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Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

Jack Franks wants to give back a one time payment to the taxpayers of $150. So what happens when you don’t want to give back any money to businesses that have put into Valley Hi’s Levy?

A class action lawsuit suing the county. You champion for businesses but basically you could care less about the people that hire employees to stay in Illinois. You were part of the problem in Springfield that has made Illinois what it is today!

Franks was a representative from 1998-2016. During that time, the last budget that was balanced was in 2001.

Did Franks fix the Teachers Union Pension Fund deficit? No, not at all. The state of Illinois has pilfered away that pension fund. During Franks' tenure, the pension deficit for the Teachers Retirement Fund (TRS) has increased into the billions and sits at around $130 billion.

In 2005 and 2006 Franks along with Mike Madigan voted to not fund the Teachers Retirement Fund, which ended up costing the taxpayers over $11 billion. During the downturn in 2008-2016, your taxes went up and your property value went down. You have been part of the Democratic Madigan Machine, which you voted for nine times, that has made Illinois what is today.

And now you want to veto line items that the County Board will pass for a budget. You are not a King Franks. Leave the money in Valley Hi and do something good with it without being sued!

Curtis Payne

Woodstock

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