From a comment made by Mike Walkup under the article, “Northwest Herald Finally Recognizes Jack Franks Lies.”
When I was at the County Fair in August of 2016 I was approached by Herb Franks who told me that Jack was hopping mad about this piece, as it had a copy of the list of the people for whom he had requested jobs from Blago on the back.
A bit later Jack came over to the GOP booth which I was helping to man at the time with one of the flyers in his hand and told me that now he was going to take the gloves off and would “destroy me”.
Within the hour, a very negative hit piece was seen in the hand of a voter who stopped by the GOP booth, which was being passed out at the Franks booth, so obviously he had those flyers ready to go before even seeing anything from me.
During the campaign his hit pieces against me were very similar to those used in 2018, taking very innocuous normal things and twisting them beyond recognition.
For example, he would have one of his minions, sometimes someone from Chicago, file a campaign finance complaint that was completely spurious and/or technical and then put out something which said I was “under investigation by the State Board of Elections for campaign finance violations”.
Then I would go to the hearing and no one would show up resulting in the complaint being dismissed. This happened several times.
The mailer against Mike Rein was similar.
Mike lived in Woodstock and was very careful to never charge for mileage to the administration building which he could have done. (Members outside of Woodstock routinely collected mileage).
However, he did go to a downstate seminar and charged a small amount of mileage for that.
All of that was then lumped into his health benefits, (which EVERYONE on the Board who was not already covered by another health plan was subscribed to), and he was depicted in a convertible overflowing with cash with the implication that he had collected a large sum of money for mileage.
Local campaigns never used to be like this.
Politics has become a blood sport and Truth is the casualty.
I hope that Joe’s suit can start to move the pendulum back to some semblance of sanity.
But I doubt it.