NWH Endorses Reick and Skillicorn for State Rep.

Allen Skillicorn

Allen Skillicorn

Steve Reick

Steve Reick

The Northwest Herald has decided to endorse Republicans Steve Reick and Allen Skillicorn from State Representative over Democrats John Bartman and Nancy Zettler.

The endorsement of Reick mentions that Bartman worked for the Illinois Department of Transportation, but does not reveal that he was number 4 on the patronage request list State Rep. Jack Franks’ sent to Governor Rod Blagojevich.

No matter, you can read the memo below:

The memo that Jack Franks sent seeking patronage appointments from Governor Rod Blagojevich.

The memo that Jack Franks sent seeking patronage appointments from Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Bartman was hired after this memo was sent.


NWH Endorses Reick and Skillicorn for State Rep. — 14 Comments

  1. Democrat John Bartman v Republican Steve Reick for 63rd District State Representative, which covers western and most of central and northern McHenry County.

    Election to be held November 8, 2016.


    Northwest Herald

    Endorsement: Illinois House District 63: Steven Reick

    October 6, 2016



    There is an error and omission in the article.

    – Steve Reick is a Harvard, not Woodstock resident.

    – John Bartman is currently a prevailing wage monitor for IIIFFC, which is an IUOE Local 150 union affiliated prevailing wage monitoring organization.


    IIIFFC recently changed the title of its prevailing wage monitors from Compliance Monitor to Construction Analyst.


    Prevailing wage monitors check to be sure that state mandated prevailing wages are paid on state funded construction projects.


    State mandated prevailing wages is an example of an unfunded legislative mandate from the state, on both state and local governments.


    Read the Republican Governor Bruce Rauner’s Turnaround Agenda to better understand their take on and reforms to current prevailing wage policy.

    They believe prevailing wages hike construction costs, which in turns hike property taxes.


    The 63rd District State Representative primary included:

    – Democrat Jeffery Lichte running as a Republican, opposing Steve Reick.

    – Democrat Jack Franks unopposed


    After the March 15, 2016 primary election, how did the Democrat candidate switch from Jack Franks to John Bartman?

    On Sunday May 15, 2016, Jack Franks announced himself as Democrat candidate for County Board Chair.

    On that day, Peter Gonigan of First Electric Newspaper reported:

    “Franks still has to circulate and file nominating petitions for the Chairman’s sport but Sunday’s choice makes him unofficially a candidate for two offices simultaneously.

    He told Central Committee members he would abandon the race to represent all but the southeast corner of McHenry County in Springfield next term as soon as they can pick a replacement.

    Later in a First Electric Newspaper interview, Franks qualified that saying he’d give up the Rep. race if the Committee can pick another candidate who’s both ‘electable’ and holds a political outlook consistent with his own.

    Franks won the Democratic Primary unopposed

    Harvard attorney Steve Reick was the GOP winner.”


    Thursday, July 7, 2016 – Jack Franks withdraws as Democrat candidate for 63rd District State Representative, as reported by Nate Linhart in the Northwest Herald on July 9, 2016, in an article titled, “McHenry County Democratic Party selects John Bartman to replace Jack Franks on 63rd House ballot.”


    Saturday, July 9, 2016 – The McHenry County Democrat Party elected John Bartman to replace Jack Franks as candidate for 63rd District State Representative.


    John Bartman is a long time friend of Jack Franks.


  2. Steve moved to Woodstock in June, the endorsement is correct.

    Steve has also received the endorsements of the Daily Herald and Chicago Tribune.

  3. Both John Bartman and Jack Franks are Marengo residents.


    From the list above from State Representative Jack Franks to Margaret Houlihan, Deputy Chief of Staff Intergovernmental Affairs in the Blagojevich administration, the following received state jobs or appointments:

    – Herb Franks (father of Jack Franks), Illinois Courts Commission.

    – John Bartman, Illinois Department of Transportation, in 2003. At the time he was chair of the McHenry County Democrat Party, and also at that time or has been, the chair of the McHenry County Democrat Party PAC.

    – Judge Erin O’Connell-Diaz, Commissioner of Illinois Commerce Commission, 2 terms (8 years)

    – Bill Clow, Harvard School District 50

  4. Who hired Bill Clow at SD50?

    and why

    what is Jack Franks connection.

    I have never been able to find out

  5. Following the example of my “good friends” I look forward to ALL Republicans getting behind our excellent state representative candidates Steve Reick AND Allen Skillicorn.

    For those in Allen’s district (Algonquin and Crystal Lake) feel free to shoot me a text or email if you need a sign or would like to help with this campaign.

    Andrew Gasser

  6. Does an endorsement from the Nothworst Herald help or hurt a candidate?????

  7. Luuuuv it, that Zettler & the joke/clown
    Candidate Bartman weren’t endorsed !

    If most of the wack-a-doo mayors in this
    County had have a brain between them all
    They wouldn’t have endorsed Jacko the pants
    On fire Franko.


  8. Bill Clow was Director of Community Outreach for Harvard School District 50.


    John Bartman was a Local Community and Safety Liaison for IDOT.

    That position is Rutan exempt.

    Here is the description of Rutan exempt from the State of Illinois Transparency and Accountability Portal (ITAP).

    “Employees in Rutan exempt jobs hold positions that have been reviewed and determined to warrant making
    political support or affiliation permissible considerations in decisions affecting that position.

    Without such a determination, consideration of political support or affiliation is now allowed.”


  9. Democrat Nancy Zettler v Republican Allen Skillicorn for 66th District State Representative.

    The incumbent, Republican Michael Tryon, is not running for re-election.


    Here are the boundary maps for state offices such as State Representative Districts.

    http://www.elections.il.gov > Candidates > Running for Office > Maps and Description > 2011 Representative Maps and Description


    The 66th State Representative District covers parts of south central McHenry and north central Kane counties, including parts of Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Algonquin, and Elgin, covering Randall Road from Virginia Avenue in Crystal Lake to just north of Big Timber Road in Elgin.


    Thus incumbents are not running for re-election in the 63rd or 66th State Representative Districts.

    Two new faces in Springfield come January 2017.


    Steve Bartman has said that he would not vote for Michael Madigan as House Speaker, but as an employee of a union labor affiliated organization (IIIFFC is affiliated with IUOE Local 150 and its offices are in the same compound as IUOE Local 150 in Countryside) it seems likely he will side with Madigan on most organized labor issues.

    And there is no chance he will support prevailing wage reform or most of the rest of the Rauner Administration’s Turnaround Agenda, other than to say he’s for lower taxes, but not explaining how he would accomplish that in any significant fashion.

  10. Glad the Northwest Herald is able to see the incompetence in all of these slated Democrat candidates.

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