State Rep. Candidate Peter Janko’s Palm Card

Two Democrats are running for the opportunity to face off against State Rep. Steve Reick in Jack Franks’ old district.

Janko is the one member of the Democratic Party’s State Central Committee who did not vote to re-elect Mike Madigan as its Chairman.

He is running against Woodstock Mayor Brian Sager, whom Jack Franks has appointed to the Regional Transportation Authority Board.

Here are the cards that Janko is passing out:

Janko has an extensive web site here.


State Rep. Candidate Peter Janko’s Palm Card — 11 Comments

  1. Read the resume carefully just another makeover for a left-wing POS.

  2. That’s his pitch, Fierabras.

    He is a real left-wing Democrat, not a Madigan crony.

    It’s a distinction lost to many on the right.

    Janko was part of a left-wing anti-Democratic-incumbent “squad” before it was considered cool by the media.

    He is to Sager what Sanders is to Biden.

  3. I met Peter Janko at the Bernie Sanders tent at the County Fair.

    Sanders carried McHenry County over Jack Franks’ choice, Hillary Clinton.

    Franks is supporting Janko’s opponent, Brian Sager.

  4. Where’s Sager’s Palm card?

    Is there a $10 off coupon for some Boystown bar w/ go-go boys?

  5. I love compassionate conservative republikkklans grading Democratic candidates; because they care so much about the Democratic Party. Stay tuned,,,tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, 259 days, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwww…

  6. Sager has been a Republican throughout his entire career.

    Franks handed him a $25,000 per year patronage job and “ presto” he is a Democrat?

    Sager is a “compromised Jack Franks political hack”.

    I hope people realize they are being hoodwinked.

    Pete Janko is decent, honest man.

    He is the “real” Democrat in the race

  7. I have always suspected Sager was a Republican out of political convenience.

    Years ago hardly anybody running for office in McHenry County wanted to call themselves the d word and we had (and still have) many of Democrats pretending to be Republicans.

    His time in city government doesn’t scream “I’m a Republican.”

    Tax bills would not indicate that (right, Susan?).

    But whether Sager calls himself a Democrat or Republican is mostly irrelevant to me — I just view him as a moderate.

    He left the GOP after there were calls for him to resign.

    I think this was after it was discovered he was on a host committee for a Franks fundraiser.

    Janko is the real left wing option in this race.

    Cal brings up something interesting.

    Janko is a Bernie supporter and the district voted for Bernie, so can we infer that Janko will win?

    I don’t think so.

    Voters aren’t going to put two and two together or even if they do many will pick Sager.

    Voters are going to see Sager’s name, know they know his name, and vote for him.

    Sager is very popular in Woodstock, receiving about 60 percent of the vote last time he was up for re-election in a three-man race.

    Sager has a densely concentrated area of support that Janko does not have and which I believe will put him over the edge.

    The problem with the assumption about Janko winning because Bernie won is that you’re saying people put policy first, and we see time and time again voters NOT voting for who aligns with their policy preferences the most but some other factor like “I met him before and he was nice” or “electability” or “which candidate is skinnier” or “which candidate does not have a pony tail” or “experience” or “whose name can I pronounce” or “well I don’t agree with him all the time but I TRUST him.” Sometimes there isn’t even a verbalized rationalization like that, it’s just a gut feeling.

    I think Sager will win because not everybody obsesses over politics and is going to know all this inside baseball about state central committeemen and Jack Franks fundraisers.

    The average Democratic voter is not your Indivisible activist type.

    You would be amazed at how many voters (even primary voters) go to vote and don’t know what contests are on the ballot, which candidates are running, anything about the candidates running, etc.

    They go in blind and look for names they know or like.

    (And we encourage more people to vote LOL)

    So I expect Sager and Sanders to win in the area.

    Another thing hinted at in this article: the Franks-Sager connection.

    People are curious about whether the Dems will invest money in Sager because of his relationship with Franks.

    On the other hand, people don’t expect Janko to get much help either due to his insubordination of Boss Madigan; and to be completely fair, Reick isn’t going to be swimming in dough either.

    Should be interesting and thank God we have individuals like Angel who are willing to give us some substantive comments about these Democratic primaries…

  8. Janko’s motto “I’m not Jack Franks!” is a pretty good one.

    I think we should see a lot more of this from our Democratic friends across the aisle.

    A welcomed and much-needed trend.

  9. Chuck you allow yourselves on the County Board to be hoodwinked, time and time again.

  10. My motto: “I am not the sunshine blogger, not in a million years.” Will this get me elected? Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, 258 days, tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwww…

  11. Jack Franks’ downfall is that he’s a chameleon.

    Trying to be all things to all people.

    He’s so unreal about things.

    He dreams everyone is his friend, and is all smiles.

    “The people love me. I’m down to Earth”

    But it’s all fakery.

    Most the supposed ‘Republicans’ in the County are just the same —- including Chuck Wheeler.

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