The teacher union forces behind Democrat Arne Waltmire’s candidacy for County Board have made the following robo-call:
Hi, this is Kate calling from Illinois Citizens for Accountability to let you know that Republicans Democrats and Independents finally agree on one thing – taxwasting McHenry County Board Member John Hammerand has got to go.
John Hammerand stands alone in wanting McHenry county taxpayers to hire more county board members and have us spend extra hundreds of thousands to have more politicians.
Hammerand has one of the worst history of missing work on record but he still collects a hefty salary from taxpayers, and the Northwest Herald calls Hammerand’s actions this past week quote “deplorable and hypocrisy at its worst”. The Northwest Heralds says quote “in the name of political grandstanding turned his back on his constituents”
This message is paid for the Illinois Citizens for Accountability 815-219-1641
When one Googles “Illinois Citizens for Accountability” nothing comes up but my previous article.
But, when one takes off the quote marks, the top entry is Citizens for Accountability in District 15, an Arlington Heights School teachers union web site.
Could there be a connection?
The odds seem good.
This robo-call was made a couple of times in at least two versions, so folks may have gotten irritated by it.
Here’s another version of the same message:
Hi, this is Kate from Illinois Citizens for Accountability.
I’m calling to see if you can help us find our McHenry County Board Member John Hammerand.
We’re very worried that we can’t find him. John Hammerand has missed more meetings than any other McHenry County Board Member in the past 10 years.
He has one of the worst histories of missing work on record.
It’s strange, sometimes the only time we see him is when he picks up his pay checks, around $30,000 a year, from the taxpayers, for only two meetings a month which he often skips.
Again if you have seen McHenry County Board Member John Hammerand, please tell him we taxpayers would really appreciate it if he’d tell us where he is. T
his message paid for by Illinois Citizens for Accountability,815-219-1641
That Hammerand has the highest attendance record in his County Board District is of no relevance to the Waltmire campaign. And, the annual salary is about $20,000, although there are health and pension benefits on top of that.
In any event, incumbent Republican John Hammerand went the robo-call route, too. Here’s his offering:
Hello, This is County Board Member John Hammerand.
I heard a stranger was looking for me.Only a Stranger would not know you could find me at the County Board Meetings 96% of the time, as reported on the McHenry County Blog; this is the best attendance of any County Board Member in District Four.
Only a Stranger would not know of my concern for the ever increasing property tax burden put on Residents of McHenry County and My recorded “NO” votes on every Property Tax Increase while on the County Board.
Only a Stranger would not know of my concern for the Uninsured. I don’t have disdain for them – only sympathy. I would like to see them receive the help of Licensed Professionals, rather than bureaucratic paper pushers with no responsibility for their actions.
Like the uninsured my concern for the Elderly is well known. In Committee after Committee I fought the move to make suites for the wealthy in our County Nursing Home taking away beds from the poor.
But I need help doing this! I ask for your vote on November 4th for John Hammerand and Chuck Wheeler.
Find me at the County or at www.hammerand.com
I authorize this message. Paid for by Citizens for Hammerand.