When a Judge Issues a Warrant, It’s Serious

jack_franksState Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) issued the following statement upon learning that the Illinois State Police executed a search warrant Wednesday at Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan’s Capitol offices investigating allegations of wrongdoing, including sexual misconduct and stalking, against McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks:

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“The news that Jack Franks is under investigation because “probable cause exists for the crimes of criminal sexual abuse, criminal sexual assault, official misconduct, stalking and aggravated battery”, according to the Illinois State Police, goes beyond anything that can be easily dismissed with a blanket denial”, Reick said. “These allegations stem from actions that occurred as far back as 2016, and they demand a complete investigation.”

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According to a report in the Chicago Sun Times: “Madigan’s office said it received a complaint in 2018 about alleged sexual harassment by a former state representative, investigated and found the complaint credible. Madigan’s office said appropriate law enforcement agencies were informed the following year.”

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“I have to wonder why it is that predatory actions that allegedly occurred as far back as 2016 took until 2018 to be communicated to and investigated by the Speaker’s office, and why it then took until “the following year” for law enforcement to be informed of them.” Reick said. “Where will this end?”

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“Jack Franks has no choice but to immediately resign as the Chairman of the McHenry County Board.” Reick demanded. “Everything he does in that role going forward will be tainted by the credible allegations of abuse against an innocent victim of what by all accounts is predatory behavior. The people of McHenry County deserve representation that is not tainted by allegations of misconduct of such breathtaking proportions. Until these allegations are fully dealt with, he has no business holding a position of trust. He must immediately resign.”

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