Ryan Heuser Sends Second Attack Against Potential Jack Franks’ Opponents Ersel Schuster & Diane Evertsen, Among the Most Conservative County Board Members

Labeling himself a “tax fighter,” Jack Franks-backed Democrat Ryan Heuser has launched a second attack on two of the most conservative Republicans on the McHenry County Board.

Ryan Heuser labels himself a “tax fighter,” but offers no tax hike that he has fought.

Hueser again uses a mailing to push for passage of Jack Franks’ County Executive referendum. He is one of very few candidates to support this concentration of power in the hands of one person. He makes no mention that a County Executive will be able to spend up to $25,000 without prior County Board approval.

The address side of Ryan Heuser’s attack piece on Ersel Schuster and Diane Evertsen does not use as attractive photos as did his first mailing.

On his web site, Heuser lists eleven unions and Jack Franks as endorsing him.

Ersel Schuster released this rebuttal to the two Heuser hit pieces:

Ersel Schuster, Member/Candidate McHenry County Board
408 S. Shannon Drive, Woodstock, IL 60098‐9474
815‐338‐2207 or [email protected]

Dear Friends & Neighbors,

Ersel Schuster

It is with deep disappointment that I feel a need to get this message out to you at this time. However, to those of you who have received copies of the Ryan Heuser campaign pieces, I cannot allow his personal attacks on Diane and myself to go unchallenged.

Diane has responded and her e‐mail has gone out to everyone we could reach. In the event this transmission reaches someone new, Diane’s comments parallel those below.

My response to the deliberate untruths is as follows:

1.  “Work 10 hours a week,”

I would challenge this person and anyone who believes this statement to follow us around for just one week. My thought is that they may not run for the position once they see the effort it takes to do the job. His statement of a 10‐hour work week can be multiplied many times over.

We often field calls late at night or early, early in the morning. I cherish each and every opportunity to speak with and help anyone who contacts me. That is just who I am.

2.  “Raised their salaries three times, increased their pension and receive health care benefits”

  • No. I did not vote to raise county board salaries “three” times… I have consistently worked to change the pay structure to a “per diem.” In essences, that would reduce pay as a members would only be paid for meetings they actually attended;
  • No. I did not vote to “increase” board members pensions; and,
  • No. I have never taken county health insurance.

3. “Raised our property taxes over the past 10 years to be one of the highest in Illinois”

While I have served on this board on prior occasions, this man states that “over the past 10 years” I have voted to increase taxes. I am just completing a “four” year term and Diane is completing a 2 year term on the county board. Had he done his own campaign piece and bothered to check the record, he would know his statement to be false.

4.  “Do NOT support a publically elected County Executive”

The one true statement is that I DO NOT support the County Executive form of government. Among other things, it is adding another level of government and can only raise the cost of doing the county’s business.

5.  “Give themselves hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of benefits.”

I would challenge this person to identify all these benefits! I’ve certainly not seen them.

While I know that folks running for these positions may not have all their facts, it does tell us something about the person when they would publish such outlandish statements without verifying them.

I want to thank you for your past support and encouragement. It is my hope that Diane and I will be able to continue the work we’ve begun in advocating for less county government.


Ryan Heuser Sends Second Attack Against Potential Jack Franks’ Opponents Ersel Schuster & Diane Evertsen, Among the Most Conservative County Board Members — 13 Comments

  1. Cal do you have this guys phone #?

    Or do I have to call the Jack Franks office to let someone know how displeased I am with this idiot running for County Board? Thanks!

  2. No phone number on his web site, but there is an email address.

  3. Idiot? That seems a bit low brow don’t you think?

    Isn’t he merely suggesting a frustration with the McHenry County Board?

    Politics is a funny funny game.

    In a related note: I don’t believe the board does such a spectacular job, that one would achieve the label if idiot by criticizing them.

    Just sayin.

  4. Melissa, take a breath and calm down.

    Learn how to disagree without name calling.

  5. Well…says is right.

    You may want to use one of the following from Webster Synonyms: airhead, birdbrain, blockhead, bonehead, bubblehead, chowderhead, chucklehead, clodpoll (or clodpole), clot [British], cluck, clunk, cretin, cuddy (or cuddie) [British dialect], deadhead, dim bulb [slang], dimwit, dip, dodo, dolt, donkey, doofus [slang], dope, dork [slang], dullard, dumbbell, dumbhead, dum-dum, dummkopf, dummy, dunce, dunderhead, fathead, gander, golem, goof, goon, half-wit, hammerhead, hardhead, ignoramus, imbecile, jackass, know-nothing, knucklehead, lamebrain, loggerhead [chiefly dialect], loon, lump, lunkhead, meathead, mome [archaic], moron, mug [chiefly British], mutt, natural, nimrod [slang], nincompoop, ninny, ninnyhammer, nit [chiefly British], nitwit, noddy, noodle, numskull (or numbskull), oaf, pinhead, prat [British], ratbag [chiefly Australian], saphead, schlub (also shlub) [slang], schnook [slang], simpleton, stock, stupe, stupid, thickhead, turkey, woodenhead, yahoo, yo-yo, dumb cluck

    Anyone who spends union dollars publicizing what is obviously false, deserves any one of the above.

  6. Yeah, you’re acting about as childish and petulant as she is.

    Why are they lies?

    Because the targets of the mail say so?

    As usual, the standard of proof on this forum is mindnumbingly low.

  7. Reality Check would benefit from using a fact checker before posting comments.

  8. Is ‘Reality Check’ one of those graduates from our over-priced public education system which cannot seem to meet State Standards in McHenry County?

    For his benefit, here is the link on this blog which may help:


    I am making the leap of faith that Reality Check will take the time click on the link and actually read the contents.

    Jack Franks may want to click on the link also.

  9. Hahaha. Your ‘fact checking’ is pointing to another article on this blog?!

    You people really live in an alternate universe and have created a reality of your own.

  10. I will call him an idiot…


    because instead of showing up to public forums in District 6 like Scott Summers has… Ryan’s campaign strategy is to send atttack ads with no fact LAST MIN.

    Which could have been paid by the man he was endorsed by….

    Does anyone know what this guy actually stands for in County Government?

    For me I just can’t STAND people who abuse voters with Lies and manipulation to get elected.

    Why can’t we just be honest about what we stand for or is that just not in style anymore?

    Very disappointing and I don’t mind letting him know that.

  11. Also Well.. and Reality Check, Call up Diane and Ersel or ask for a voting record..

    There are other ways of getting facts and information outside of Cal’s blog…

    It’s not like Cal’s blog is the only source of information in the County…

    Other questions are why attack Diane and Ersel ?

    why not Mary McCann and Michele? Why not Scott Summers or Larry Smith?

    Hmmmmmm is it because Franks just doesn’t like them ?

    How is Ryan gonna stop tax increases?

    How is Ryan gonna take on the UDI?

    How is Ryan gonna conserve our water in district 6?

    Does Ryan know anything about zoning ordinances?

    How is Ryan gonna protect farmers?

    Where is the positive?

    Why soooo Negative?

    OH…. because he plays the game… We don’t need people that are gonna play a game…

    We need people who are gonna make a DIFFERENCE! an impact in our county and give us a voice in District 6!

    Not someone who is gonna point the finger at others!

    I’m just saying…

    He took the campaign strategy of Jack Franks and so far that ain’t working for us…

  12. I guess I’m wondering why the County Board must approve a $25,000 contract. Consider this.

    Twenty-four members (some interested; some not) ponder and weigh the merits of spending $25,000.

    Depending on how many times they hit the Snooze button while wading through a proposal to spend $25K and how many times a committee meets to discuss it, it probably costs us more than $25K to spend $25K.

    Maybe the County Administrator’s authority to spend money should be increased?

    Why not bump the threshold to $50,000? More?

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