Hearing Examiner’s Recommendation on Dems Challenge of Steve Reick’s Petitions

Republican State Rep. candidate Steve Reick confers with GOP County Chairman Sandra Salgado at State's Attorney candidate Patrick Kenneally's Meet & Greet the day after the State Board of Elections confirmed Reick's place on the ballot.

Republican State Rep. candidate Steve Reick confers with GOP County Chairman Sandra Salgado at State’s Attorney candidate Patrick Kenneally’s Meet & Greet the day after the State Board of Elections confirmed Reick’s place on the ballot.

Democratic Party voting history of Jeff Lichte, put on the ballot by Democrats who wanted to give Jack Franks a free ride this fall.

Democratic Party voting history of Jeff Lichte, put on the ballot by Democrats who wanted to give Jack Franks a free ride this fall.

In the very worst way Democrats working in the interests of State Rep. Jack Franks didn’t want Republican Steve Reick on the fall ballot.

They wanted going on 18-year incumbent Jack Franks to have no serious opponent.

They gathered signatures to put their fellow Democrat Jeff Lichte on the ballot.

The Dems knew Lichte wouldn’t put up a fight.

That would mean Franks–seeking a tenth term, which will give him a full legislative pension–could have the same situation that House Speaker Mike Madigan usually has:

a fake fall opponent

That would have happened had the Dems been able to throw Steve Reick off the ballot.

And the Dems did their best.

Read what the Illinois State Board of Elections Hearing Examiner Phil Krasny writes about the fight.

And, read between the lines.

The Board of Elections voted 6-2 to keep Reick on the ballot.

To no one’s surprise, the two “no” votes came from Chicago Democrats.

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Hearing Examiner’s Recommendation on Dems Challenge of Steve Reick’s Petitions — 5 Comments

  1. Now, the real work begins!!!

    We must ensure Reick wins the primary – RESOUNDINGLY!!!

    Then, we must work tirelessly ALL summer to ensure we finally get rid of “What time does the movie start?”

  2. Since when does the McHenry County GOP endorse candidates?

    I’m pretty sure their bylaws don’t allow it.

    So much more the “reformers”.

  3. Franks has quite the war chest and name recognition from being a legislator wrapped up in the Madigan run machine for 18years.

    So, it is going to take all hands on deck to make sure we are actually represented in the 63rd district.

    That said, everyone, the McHenry county gop and all the concerned grass roots citizens in the district, need to get behind Rieck in both the primary and the general to show that representative government by the will of the people, and not government by the entrenched, is still possible!

  4. JustWonder: When the Democrats (Jack Franks and Mike Madigan) OPENLY file A petition as Republican I would expect the Republican party to break from their position of not endorsing candidates in the primary.

    I personally know of no law or rule against that.

    Anyway, my read of what Salgado said is that he is the ‘party’ candidate.

    Not necessarily an endorsement but a statement of fact?

    “Steve Reick is the Party candidate for this seat and we are confident that on March 15, he will be successful and begin a positive and energetic campaign into his November win.”

    In the past it was not unusual for Mike Tryon to endorse candidates in primaries.

    As a matter of fact right now Mike Tryon has openly endorsed someone running in D-66!

    Last time I checked he was still listed as a Republican committeeman.

  5. Reick is the only Republican running, therefore, he gets endorsed.

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