The Woodstock Independent rarely covers anything in government above the municipal level of Woodstock, Bull Valley, sometimes Wonder Lake governments and the local school board.
I only remember seeing a reporter elsewhere at one McHenry County College Board meeting.
Nothing wrong with staying local.
But, recent evidence indicates it has become a mouthpiece for McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks.
See, for example, complete with supplied photo,
McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks looked forward to those projects and more last week during his second annual State of the County …
But more evidence is a scathing editorial January 16th editorial comparing McHenry County Clerk Joe Tirio to Stormy Daniels.
Reading like it was spoken by a lawyer giving a closing argument, the piece points out defamation suits involved both the porn star and the public official (called a “politician,” of course).
The Woodstock Independent, which to the best of my knowledge did not cover the smear mailings sent by Jack Franks ‘ allies, asserts that both Tirio and Daniels “pursued defamation complaints that they are destined to lose.”
The editorial concludes, “In Illinois such lawsuits are not supposed to be allowed to stand.”
One wonders what law school Editorial Board members Cheryl Wormley, Larry Lough, Sandy Kucharski or Ken Farver attended.
The paper certainly did not cover the trial over which Associate Judge Kevin Costello presided or it would not have written that the “judge should have laughed the case out of court.”
The verbal decision that Judge Costello delivered after about ten minutes in his office was stunning in its logic.
Confounding is the assertion that Tirio’s Republican primary opponent was responsible for the mailings’ saying “some mean things about him.”
Even someone reading the Northwest Herald should know the primary opponent, a defendant in suit along with Breaker Press and the Illinois Integrity Fund, testified she knew nothing about the mailings.
The editorial does not even mention the charge of “false light” in Tirio’s suit (neither did the Northwest Herald), pretty much an admission that no one at the weekly paper read Tirio’s court filing.
For those with no knowledge about false light, an attorney told me the level of proof is lower than for libel or slander.
The paper does endear itself to me by referring to the anonymous group behind he mailings as “the so-called Illinois Integrity Fund.”
I could not find a link to the editorial.