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