Early this morning, McHenry County Blog did its best to describe contents of over 100 pages of email exchanges involving Kane County Board Chairman Kevin Burns and supporters in his campaign against Chris Lauzen.
Now, a Geneva press conference has been called by political consultant Jon Zahm in which he will hand out the documents, only a part of which I copied into the article.
Here is his press release:
FOIA to Geneva City Hall Uncovers Dozens of Examples of Kane Board Chairman Candidate’s Misuse of City Resources
Shocking Content is Also Found, Including from Other Local Politicians
(Batavia)- Kane County Conservative Coalition Chairman Jon Zahm filed a Freedom of Information Act Request with the City of Geneva on February 10 requesting specific records in several areas of the Mayor’s office.
On February 17 the City turned over 116 pages of e-mail records between Kevin Burns and the following Republican Party insiders:
- Ken Shepro- St. Charles Township Chairman and Attorney for the Kane County Board
- Karen McConnaughay- Kane County Board Chairman and Senate Candidate- 33rd District
- Mike Kenyon- Kane County Republican Chairman and Kane County Board Member- 16th District
- Pat Brady- Illinois Republican Party Chairman
- Ellen Nottke- Batavia Township Republican Party Chairman
“What we have here is an inside look at how this group plays politics
“The mask is off and the taxpayers of Kane County can read for themselves the vulgarities, the hatred, the manipulation, the depravity that some Republican party insiders practice,” Zahm said.
Zahm has created numbered packets, 1-116, and will present an index at the press conference and highlight some of the most shocking dialogues.
“I am not editing anything. I want the press and public to see these records in their entirety as I will make electronic copies available after the conference as well,” Zahm said.
“At a minimum,” Zahm said, “after the public digests all of this vile content, there will be calls for Burns to resign from this race and from his Mayor’s seat and Batavia Township Chairman Ellen Nottke to do likewise from her party boss and precinct committeeman positions.”
“In 1996 I filed a FOIA in the Village of South Elgin
“Upon return of the records I requested the Village Manager resigned in disgrace and the Village Finance Director followed suit a short time later.
“I have been a watchdog in Kane County fighting for open and honest government against those who reward their friends and punish their enemies
“This is a continuation of that work,” Zahm concluded.
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