Reick Holds State Rep. Open House

Steve Reick intern John O'Neill putting up the "Open House" sign in front of Steve Reick's campaign headquarters near the Old Red Mill Inn and across the road from the Dorr Township Hall.

Steve Reick intern John O’Neill putting up the “Open House” sign in front of Steve Reick’s campaign headquarters near the Old Red Mill Inn and across the road from the Dorr Township Hall.

The biggest political event of Friday was the Grand Opening of Steve Reick’s Campaign Headquarters for State Representative.

It is right around the corner from the office of the man he seeks to replace–Democrat Jack Franks.

I attended for the first part of the 4-7 opening.

Former State Senator and Metra Board member Jack Schaffer was there bright and early.

Jack Schaffer (left front) chats with Steve Reick

Jack Schaffer (left front) chats with Steve Reick (left front) at Reick Campaign Headquarters Grand Opening Friday.

You may remember that Jack Franks picked a feud with Schaffer, calling for his resignation and getting interested in Metra about four months after Phil Pagano committed suicide in 2010 by stepping in front of a commuter train north of Crystal Lake.

Not coincidentally, that House floor attack came after Schaffer’s billboard company, Liberty Outdoor, posted a paid ad, which you can see below, down Route 47 from Franks’ office.

Since this 2010 billboard, the numbers have undoubtedly increased.

Since this 2010 billboard, the numbers have undoubtedly increased substantially in the last six years.

After the fight began, Schaffer’s billboard company posted the following for Reick two years ago:

This billboard showed up during the Jack Franks-Steve Reick campaign in 2014.

This billboard showed up during the Jack Franks-Steve Reick campaign in 2014.

Republican candidate Bruce Rauner, who is expected to carry McHenry County, boosts the candidacy of State Rep. candidate Steve Reick, who is running against Democrat Jack Franks, in these billboards.

Republican candidate Bruce Rauner, who is expected to carry McHenry County, boosts the candidacy of State Rep. candidate Steve Reick, who is running against Democrat Jack Franks, in these billboards.

I guess the lesson for politicians is similar to one that suggests one should not pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel.

Steve Rooney participated in an animated conversation.

Steve Rooney participated in an animated conversation with Algonquin Township Precinct Committeeman John Radke.

Two township GOP Chairman attended, Steve Rooney of McHenry Township and Andrew Gasser from Algonquin Township.

You can't see the grill by it is to the right of Steve Reick.

You can’t see the grill by it is to the right of Steve Reick while he is being interviewed by Katelyn Stanek of the Woodstock Independent.

Reicke was interviewed by a newspaper reporter whom I did not recognize while he was cooking the brats.

Among local officials in attendance were Dorr Township Supervisor Robert Pierce, Hebron Township Trustee Mark Shepherd, McHenry County Board members Tina Hill, Diane Evertsen and Andrew Gasser.

I heard that there are openings for eight interns and met two who have already been selected–John O’Neill and Ryann Rooney.


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Reick Holds State Rep. Open House — 9 Comments

  1. The guy putting up the open house sign in the picture doesn’t look anything like John O’Neil unless he went on a diet.

  2. Nice open house .

    Look forward to helping Mike Walkup
    & you at the new digs.

    Go Steve Reick & Mike Walkup !

  3. Former state rep? Huh?

    With Triple Pension Mook Jack “I Shoulda Been a US Congressman” Schaffer in attendance, he could easily cost Reick votes.

    Did Jack have Big Al’s permission to attend?

  4. Thanks so much to all who came out to this event yesterday!

    Just wanted to clarify that we have spots for 15 interns on the campaign.

    Must be at least 18 years of age.

    If you or someone you know is interested, please contact [email protected].

  5. watchdog, might as well come out and just say, Nice openhouse, and my name is watchdog and i’m an idiot!!,

    LOL, LOL!!

  6. OK Rainbow – the young man in the picture is my son, the “new & improved” John O’Neill.

  7. Picked a feud, or was annoyed that every dollar Phil Pagano stole from Metra was through “vacation” (salaried employees do not receive vacation pay) checks authorized and signed by Jack Schaffer, the treasurer of Metra and Phil’s dear, dear, dear, dear friend.

    Oh, the wheels of Federal justice grind so very slowly..

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