Steve Reick-Jeffrey Lichte Race Noted in Civil Justice League Report on Trial Lawyers Association Political Spending

Imagine my surprise when McHenry County Blog reporting showed up in a comprehensive report entitled, “Justice for Sale III,” by the Illinois Civil Justice League.

It’s seems to be about how Illinois trial lawyers influence the political system, especially the selection of judges.

Its introduction reads, in part,

“When the same lawyers who reap millions in fees from the local court system donate millions back into the campaigns of the judges who oversee those same courtrooms, is it any wonder why critics ask the question, ‘Is Justice For Sale?'”

In a section entitled, “Illinois Trial Lawyers Association PAC Contributions to Statewide/Legislative Candidates Total $6 Million Since 2001,” is the statement,

Since 2001, 98.6 percent of the donations by trial lawyers funneled through ITLA PAC have gone to Democrats.”

It’s even in boldface type.

The percentage of political money that has gone to Democrats and Republicans from the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Political Action Committee since 2002.

The percentage of political money that has gone to Democrats and Republicans from the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Political Action Committee since 2002.  All of the $15,000 in 2016 contributions went to Republican Steve Reick’s fake GOP primary opponent Jeffrey Lichte.

Included in this part of the report is the support for fake Republican Jeffrey Lichte:

Jeffrey Litche was on the Jack Franks' clean-up crew at the Franks' McHenry Town Hall Meeting.

Jeffrey Lichte was on the Jack Franks’ clean-up crew at the Franks’ McHenry Town Hall Meeting.

The largest-ever contribution to support a Republican by ITLA PAC was actually a recent contribution to the independent committee Government For The People PAC that supported 2016 Republican “stalking horse” primary candidate Jeff Lichte and opposed Republican party backed GOP candidate Steve Reick.

Lichte, whose campaign expenditures did not exceed the minimum $10,000 filing requirement by the Illinois State Board of Elections, was accused by a local McHenry County blogger of being a “fake Republican,” due to his previous two primary election votes in the Democratic primary, as well as 2012 Google photos of a yard sign for Democratic incumbent Jack Franks in his front yard.

ITLA PAC’s single $15,000 contribution to “support” Jeff Lichte was actually used in the primary to oppose winning Republican Steven Reick.

Franks has since announced his impending retirement from the Illinois General Assembly to pursue the office of McHenry County Board Chairman.


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Steve Reick-Jeffrey Lichte Race Noted in Civil Justice League Report on Trial Lawyers Association Political Spending — 5 Comments

  1. November 30, 2015 – Jeffery Lichte files as a Republican candidate for 63rd State Representative District.

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    Northwest Herald

    Election Central 2016

    Illinois House District 63 (Republican)

    Jeffery Lichte

    On The Record

    The following appeared in the Northwest Herald “Election Central 2016” “On the Record” candidate profile for Jeffery Lichte running as Illinois House District 63 Republican in the March 15, 2016 primary.

    “I will represent the 63rd District with honor and integrity.”

    “I am a different type of McHenry County Republican.

    I am one that believes in less government.

    I am a McHenry County Republican who believes in lower property taxes.

    I am a McHenry County Republican who is actually against cronyism and good old boy politics.”

    “Unlike my opponent, I am a credible alternative.”

    “I am a different kind of McHenry County Republican, independent of party bosses and influence.”

    http://www.nwhearld.com/election-central/politicians.xml?id=1089

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    The above photo of Jeffery Lichte was taken at the September 1, 2016 Jack Franks campaign event at the McHenry VFW.

    It is the second photo of Jeffery Lichte wearing a Jack Franks hat.

    Jeffery Lichte did not provide a photo of himself for the Northwest Herald candidate profile listed above.

    Mr. Lichte had no:

    – picture of himself for the campaign

    – campaign signs

    – campaign flyers

    – political action committee

    – did not participate in the League of Womens Voters forum for 63rd State Representative District

    – basically no campaign

    The Government for the People independent expenditure PAC (since closed) was set up to support Jeffery Lichte and opposed Steve Reick.

    It was basically a smear campaign against Steve Reick.

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    The first photo of Jeffery Licthe wearing a Jack Franks hat was taken on July 24, 2016 at the McHenry Fiesta Days parade while Jeffery Lichte was driving a Jack Franks campaign vehicle.

    That first photo appeared in a July 28, 2016 McHenry County Blog article.

  2. Fascinating thread Cal.
    Did some digging on the subject earlier
    This AM, very disturbing how corrupt
    These trial & PERSONAL INJURY
    Attorneys are in this state.

    Mchenry county voters just not informed
    About this naively think it only goes on in
    Places like Cook counth.

  3. The largest ever contribution from the Illinois Trial Association PAC went to a Republican.

    In McHenry County.

    For the March 15, 2016 Primary Election.

    That Republican was Jeffery Lichte.

    But he’s not a Republican.

    He’s a Democrat.

    He filed as a Republican candidate with the Illinois State Board of Elections on November 20, 2015, for office as 63rd District State Representative.

    That’s the same District currently held by Democrat Jack Franks.

    Jeffery Lichte is pictured above wearing a Jack Franks hat.

    The Illinois Trial Lawyers Association PAC has also made substantial contributions to the PACs of Jack Franks in the past.

    Jeffery Lichte lost the March 15, 2016 primary election to Steve Reick in a smear campaign that featured an independent expenditure PAC named Government for the People which supported candidate Licthe and opposed candidate Reick.

    The largest single contribution to the Government for the People PAC, $15,000, was from the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association PAC.

    That contribution was on March 9, 2016.

    The Government for the People PAC filed its D-1 Statement of Organization with the Illinois State Board of Elections on March 7, 2016.

    Thus Government for the People could not make political contributions to candidates in Illinois Elections until March 7, 2016.

    Two days later, on March 9, 2016, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association PAC made the $15,000 contribution to the Government for the People PAC.

    How is that for lightning fast fundraising.

    The election was March 15, 2016.

    How is that for lightning fast campaign expenditures.

  4. Mark is like a laser pointing robot attack against the corruption.

    I imagine he also knows how to deflect the chaff that has been raining down continuously on anyone speaking so boldly against the agenda.

    This folks, is actually what a hero loooks like in this war.

    (Cal is another hero albeit a tiny bit naive about the danger.)

  5. Almost forgot. (Senior moments.)

    My whole point was to beseech all to pray for the safety and continued courage of those that are willing to put themselves on the line like this, to save your sorry asses.

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