Jack Franks http://wuis.org en Legislation Aims To Preserve Schools As Polling Places http://wuis.org/post/legislation-aims-preserve-schools-polling-places <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois lawmakers are looking to keep schools available as polling places on election day. It comes as some election authorities move to what critics say are less accessible locations.</p><p></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 16:04:18 +0000 Hannah Meisel 26643 at http://wuis.org Legislation Aims To Preserve Schools As Polling Places Lawmaker Calls On Quinn To Nix Private Company That Runs Lottery http://wuis.org/post/lawmaker-calls-quinn-nix-private-company-runs-lottery <div style="margin:0;"><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;"><span lang="en-US"><font face="Arial,sans-serif" size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;">A state lawmaker wants Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to fire the company responsible for running the state’s lottery.</span></font></span></span></font></div><div style="margin:0;"> Thu, 15 May 2014 03:02:13 +0000 Lee Strubinger 25143 at http://wuis.org Lawmaker Calls On Quinn To Nix Private Company That Runs Lottery Lawmaker Wants European Model Of Student Loans http://wuis.org/post/lawmaker-wants-european-model-student-loans <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A plan that could lead to Illinois changing its student loan repayment programs is moving through the General Assembly. The new method would let students pay back loans based on their income, instead of a set schedule.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The model is a European one, often used in the U.K. and Australia, says sponsor Jack Franks (</span>D-Marengo<span style="line-height: 1.5;">). Franks says he wants to prevent college grads from being shackled to large debt payments.</span></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:41:41 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21022 at http://wuis.org Lawmaker Wants European Model Of Student Loans Legislation Would Block Faculty Loans http://wuis.org/post/legislation-would-block-faculty-loans <p>Illinois lawmakers are considering whether to crack down on universities giving a certain type of interest-free loan to faculty.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Except it doesn’t seem to be happening in Illinois.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Rep. Jack Franks, a Democrat from </span>Marnego<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, says the legislation is meant to prevent universities from abusing their tax-exempt status.</span></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 19709 at http://wuis.org Spending, Savings Fuel Gas Tax Proposals http://wuis.org/post/spending-savings-fuel-gas-tax-proposals <p>As gas prices rise and fall, there's one constant: however much you pay to fill your gas tank, it's taxed. Several proposals would change how.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Illinois, gasoline is taxed twice.</span></p><p>"What we have in Illinois is a tax on a tax," Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo) says. "Which is just wrong. Because right now we get charged with the motor fuel tax. But then on top of that, they charge a sales tax."</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 14:53:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 8616 at http://wuis.org Spending, Savings Fuel Gas Tax Proposals After No Pension Deal, Fitch Lowers Illinois' Credit Rating http://wuis.org/post/after-no-pension-deal-fitch-lowers-illinois-credit-rating-0 <p style="font-size: 16px; margin-bottom: 24px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, 'Bitstream Charter', serif;"><span data-mce-style="line-height: 1.5;" style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois' credit rating has suffered another downgrade.</span></p><p style="font-size: 16px; margin-bottom: 24px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, 'Bitstream Charter', serif;"><span data-mce-style="line-height: 1.5;" style="line-height: 1.5;">It follows the General Assembly's adjournment Friday without any agreement on what to do about the state's pension systems.</span></p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 22:32:29 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 3696 at http://wuis.org Cell Phone Ban Headed to Governor http://wuis.org/post/cell-phone-ban-headed-governor <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois House gave final approval on Tuesday to a ban the hand-held use of cell phones behind the wheel. The fate of the idea is now up to </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Pat Quinn. The issue had been debated before, but one opponent of the measure had a few new points to make.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rep. Jack Franks, </span>D-Marengo<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, decided to recount a long story about a recent stop at a Wendy's. He ordered a Frosty.</span></p> Wed, 29 May 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 3391 at http://wuis.org Cell Phone Ban Headed to Governor