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Beyond the search warrant: Former Rep. Jack Franks accused of criminal sexual assault, aggravated battery

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Jack Franks

Springfield, IL - We're learning more about a sexual misconduct investigation surrounding a former Illinois lawmaker, first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times. A recent search warrant obtained through a Freedom of Information request shows a Sangamon County Judge found probable cause for several crimes including criminal sexual assault, sexual abuse, official misconduct, stalking and aggravated battery.

Investigation Timeline

A spokesman for House Speaker Mike Madigan says their office received a complaint in November of 2018. The complaint alleged sexual harassment between an employee and former State Representative Jack Franks. The suburban Democrat served in the House from 1999 to 2017 before leaving Springfield to become the McHenry County Board Chairman. Madigan's office found the allegations to be credible in February of 2019 and requested the Secretary of State's Police ban Franks from entering the Capitol Complex without an escort.

The Speaker's Office received more information about the allegations in March and shared it with the Sangamon County State's Attorney. They suggested Madigan's office give the information to Illinois State Police.

Fast Forward to January 2020

Illinois State Police requested a file with information collected for the investigation on January 24. The Speaker's legal team made several attempts to contact the Sangamon County State's Attorney to discuss how Madigan's office should cooperate, but there was no response.

ISP executed the warrant at the Speaker's office last Wednesday. A spokesman for Madigan says all of the necessary documents were turned over.

Jack Franks has not responded to several requests for comment.

Mike Miletich

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