With the threat of a stay in McHenry County’s gray bar hotel, Breaker Press President Richard Lewandowski spilled the beans regarding the identity of those behind the notorious hit pieces mailed against Joe Tirio’s McHenry County Clerk campaign.
The printed told the courtroom the following were involved:
- Michael Noonan, 328 South Jefferson, Chicago 60661 – produced the documents
- Sean Tenner of KNI, 4801 Broadway, Chicago 60640 – paid for the work
Shortly thereafter, Lewandowski mentioned Jack Franks’ name.
A gasp went up in the audience of Republican officials and partisans.
It did not take a detective to figure out that the perpetrators of the postcards were connected with Jack Franks.
That’s because Tirio and the four County Board candidates attacked were critics of Franks.
The paper of record in McHenry County, however, made no previous suggestion of Franks’ possible involvement until today’s courtroom reporting.
Now, by taking down the photo of Franks’ election night conference with Noonen and Tenner, the Northwest Herald might make readers wonder why it is protecting the reputation of the County Board Chairman.
The effort of Natalie Harris, attorney for Breaker Press, Janice Dalton and, more recently, the Illinois Integrity Fund, to insert a “John Doe,” admitting to be part of the Illinois Integrity Fund, did not win approval of Judge Costello.
The case was set for 1:30 in Judge Kevin Costello’s courtroom.
It lasted until 5:30.