It doesn’t take a political expert to figure out that McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks does not want Joe Tirio elected McHenry County Clerk.
Consider that Tirio’s campaign for Recorder of Deeds was based on the theme of consolidating government, something Franks talks a lot about, but has precious little to show for it but newspaper clippings.
Consider Franks won’t even endorse a consolidation referendum in McHenry Township, while calling for a referendum of the same consolidation of the Road District with Algonquin Township.
Consider also Franks’ Labor Day Weekend press release accusing Tirio of buying raffle tickets with county money. (He did, but for receipts, if there were an emergency.)
Obviously Franks gave it a negative spin.
So, is it just a coincidence that one of Franks loyal supporters filed an election complaint against Tirio when he was suing to discover which Jack Franks’ allies are behind the insulting mailings by something calling itself the “Illinois Integrity (sic) Fund?”
Illinois State Board of Elections Hearing Officer Andy Neuman suggested the following be adopted by the Elections Board:
I do not believe the Complainant has met his burden of introducing evidence or information sufficient for the Board to conclude that the Republican Central Committee of McHenry County had paid legal fees on behalf of Mr. Tirio.
I believe the Respondent left some room for speculation considering they didn’t provide any supporting evidence to show that the Republican Central Committee of McHenry County had paid Mr. Prossnitz for services that were performed on their behalf.
However, I believe he presented a plausible explanation of the expense and considering Mr. Tirio testified that he was paying for his own legal fees for his lawsuit I recommend these allegations be found not to have been filed upon justifiable grounds and this matter not proceed to a public hearing. (Boldface type in the original.)
Today, the Illinois State Board of Elections acccepted its Hearing Officer’s recommendation.
Tirio will be back in court on October 26th, when Judge Kevin Costello is expected to allow what his attorney Philip Prossnitz sought in the suit, the ability to subpoena Breaker Press about the identify of those behind the Illinois Integrity Fund.
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