Republicans in Dan Duffy’s State Senate District and Mike Tryon’s State Rep. District have received almost full-sized “newspapers” that promote the candidacies of those supported by the multi-million dollar Liberty Principles PAC.
- For State Senate, that means Dan McConchie.
- For State Rep., the candidate is Allen Skillicorn.
The newsprint Lake County Gazette concentrates on attacking former State Rep. Frank (incorrectly identified as Richard, his father, in the original article) Mautino, who was recently appointed Auditor General.
The paper distributed in Mike Tryon’s district, where Skillicorn is running, is called “The McHenry Times.”
It tells of how he spent his campaign funds, including a hard-to-believe $220,513 number on car expenses at Happy’s Service Station and $273,927 at Spring Valley Bank.
The paper is localized for Lake County by printing the twenty-five highest property taxes in Lake County, plus an article on Lake Village creating a Tax Increment Financing District and youth sports information.
The only mention of anything in McHenry County that I found was a notice of an MCC financial aid help day being held at the Cary Area Library.
My prediction is that the paper will not be seen after the election.
The Daily Herald reports Proft’s saying, “…the paper will be published weekly indefinitely.”
It reminds me of Tom Smrt’s monthly newsletter that was sent to virtually everyone in McHenry County.
It was inspired by the McHenry County Board’s listed sites for possible county airports, one of which was near Smrt’s shire horse farm near the intersection of the Tollway and Route 20.
The newsletter trashed the County Board members who supported the airport for about a year.
It resulted in my father’s allies gaining all the seats in the southeastern part of McHenry County for the only time.