When one of House Speaker Mike Madigan’s Democratic Parfty Primary Election opponents sued in Federal Court, it led to evidence that Madigan’s organization did indeed put two candidates on the ballot with Latino names.
Sued by real opponent, Jason Gonzales, Madigan’s attorney argued since his client won almost two-thirds of the vote that he would have won whether or not the fake candidates were on the ballot.
However, Judge Matthew F. Kennelly did note,
“The court does not hold that there is no constitutional limit on election-related misconduct whenever that misconduct is publicly known before the votes are cast.”
In 2016 McHenry County saw a fake candidate in Jeff Lichte.
He was put up by Democrats to run against Steve Reick in the 2016 GOP Primary Election.
- No campaign website.
- No campaign literature.
- No campaign phone number.
- No campaign email.
- No campaign social media.
- All references to Mr. Lichte point to the OPPOSITE political party.
- Google Maps contained a JACK FRANKS campaign sign in Mr. Lichte’s lawn.
- Did not show up at the League of Women’s Voter forum debate.
- Does not have a single Republican supporter anyone knows about.
- No one in the Republican Party seems to know Mr. Lichte.
- No photo on the internet.
The Chicago Tribune story on Madigan’s sham candidate is here.