Friday, September 11, 2009

State Rep. Jack Franks (D) Mulling Run for Governor


It will be at least another week before state Rep. Jack Franks decides whether to run for governor.

Franks, D-Marengo, said he would continue to weigh a shot at the governor’s mansion through next week while he and other Illinois officials are on a trade mission to Ireland. The officials, not taxpayers, are paying for the trip, Franks said.

“I’m thinking big thoughts, let’s put it that way, but nothing official yet,” Franks said Thursday at a mortgage relief seminar at McHenry County College.

Franks said he had consulted with family, friends and state officials, and had a “lengthy conversation” Wednesday with House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago. Madigan’s daughter, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, turned political conventional wisdom on its head in July when she decided to run for a third term rather than for governor or U.S. Senate.

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