At least as far back as May, Democratic Party State Central Committeeman Peter Janko was promoting his candidacy to run against Republican Steve Reick.
Janko’s claim to fame is being a member of the Democratic State Central Committee who refused to vote for Mike Madigan’s re-election as its Chairman.
I talked at length with him while he was manning the Bernie Sanders tent at the McHenry County Fair and a teacher from Jacobs High School.
He told me he spent $600 to win his State Central Committeemanship race, but would not share his technique with me or, he told me, with staff from the State party when he was asked.
And that person is Republican turned Democrat Brian Sager.
Janko said he expected Madigan to put up an opponent in the Democratic Party Primary Election.
As far back as 2008, Sager was testing the waters to run for State Representative, if Jack Franks ran for statewide office.
He was walking with Republicans in parades and got elected President of the McHenry County Council of Governments.
But even then, he was cozing up with Democratic congressional candidate Robert Abboud and Member of Congress Melissa Bean.
In 2012, Sager was recruited by State Treasurer Dan Rutherford to run as a Mitt Romney Alternate Delegate to the Republican National Convention. He was a member of Jack Franks’ Host Committee that year, too.
The Woodstock Independent’s story reports, “Republican Gov. Jim Thompson appointed him as Illinois’ Far East trade representative to Hong Kong, a post he held for two years in the late ’70s.”
Rutherford headed that commercial outreach part of state government.
While he was a Republican Precinct Committeeman from Greenwood Township, he served as a member of State Rep. Jack Franks fundraising “Host Committee” numerous times.
Being called on the inconsistency, he had enough integirty to resign the GOP post…unlike at least one other local mayor.
When newly-elected Governor Bruce Rauner came to the Woodstock Opera House to promote his agenda, Franks and Sager posed for a picture with him.
In 2018, Sager supported Carlos Acosta in his successful campaign of McHenry County Board.