Kendall County gadfly candidate provokes Bobby Piton response resulting with his ejection from committee meeting by chairman
As preempted in Wednesday’s McHenry County Blog article concerning the request by The Three Headed Eagle Alliance, Inc., a non-profit/non-partisan group asking Kane County to conduct a forensic audit of the November 2020 general election, the Kane County Board’s Public Service Committee held its regular monthly meeting Thursday morning.
The meeting, chaired by Verner “Vern” Tepe (D, Elgin) had public comments at the beginning of the meeting, prior to the Kane County clerk’s office presentation on “Election Process”.
Three speakers had signed up to speak.
U.S. Senate candidate Bobby Piton (R, Geneva), who gave a 6-minute presentation at the Kane County Board meeting on July 13, was in the audience, but had not signed up to speak.
Of the three speakers, one was political gadfly Stephen Youhanie, who billed himself as “chairman of the Kendall County Party”. Youhanie of Oswego ran last fall for Kendall County coroner against the Republican incumbent and with the Democrats not fielding a candidate, Youhanie picked up a significant percentage of the vote, which made the “Kendall County Party” an established political party, which Youhanie now “chairs”.
Youhanie was also the individual involved in a 2019 incident of giving a “Nazi salute” to Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (D, IL-14).
Basically, as a gadfly, Youhanie is a known troublemaker, and he caused Piton trouble that resulted in Piton’s ejection from the meeting in the middle of Youhanie’s speech Thursday. Chairman Tepe ordered Kane County sheriff’s deputies to escort Piton off the premises. Piton left, without resistance.
Piton, in an early afternoon Facebook post, initially responded, but gave a more detailed written response early Thursday evening on his campaign’s Facebook page:
“Kane County Board democrat Vern [Tepe] took away my right today to listen (as a taxpayer in my own county) to the testimony of opposition at a committee meeting he headed that was dealing with the subject of election integrity.
“This democrat board member Vern [Tepe] hates free speech and must feel threatened with math anomalies I detailed at a previous meeting on election integrity.
“It’s ironic [Tepe] has a BS in math, but isn’t interested in hearing the math anomalies found in the November 2020 election that HE WAS ON THE BALLOT for in Kane County.
“[Tepe] should recuse himself from this issue of the committee just on this fact alone!
“Nobody on the ballot should be heading up any committee on Election Integrity (because he clearly is bias and likes the outcome that benefited him.)
“I was not there to speak today, just listen.
“However, they let a goofball Kendall county resident Stephen Youhanie, a man with a police record who gave a Nazi salute at a parade, the mic to try to discredit my assessment without my ability to respond.
“When I responded saying I would be auditing other counties, [Tepe] ordered security to remove me from the meeting.
“Free speech, our Liberty, our election integrity, and our future is attacked constantly by the leftists in power. These people are emboldened by their power and are politically motivated by their communistic ideals.
“Nobody should accept this, even on a local county level.”Bobby Piton, Facebook post, 7/22/21, early evening
Response to the incident involving Piton’s ejection, and what led to it, will come later in commentary.
Since the purpose of the meeting was to hear the Kane County clerk’s office respond to the questions raised at the July 13 County Board meeting, the clerk’s office responded, in detail. The video is cued to the beginning of the presentation, which last 30 minutes, with additional discussion among the committee members for a little over 30 minutes.
Basically, all of the issues were addressed, and there will be no forensic audit because the clerk’s office proved none was needed. Please view the presentation, and judge for yourself if that assessment is accurate.
Kane County Clerk Jack Cunningham (R, Aurora) is speaking at the moment the video is cued. After Piton’s ejection, at the end of public comment, most of the Three Eagle Headed Alliance group walked out of the board room as the committee conducted its other agenda items prior to the clerk’s office presentation. Several did return to see most of the presentation:
If interested to hear the audio of the public comment portion of the meeting (the camera for speakers was minimized), please go to the 3:56 mark of the video, which includes Chairman Tepe’s opening remarks setting the rules for public comment.
My commentary of what I witnessed in the presentation, and at the meeting watching remote replay, will be saved for a future article, given focus should be on the clerk’s response to the election integrity questions from July 13.
- Bobby Piton’s initial Facebook response can be viewed here
- Bobby Piton’s detailed response, including video of interview via Facebook can be viewed here
- Background information about Kendall County Party chairman Stephen Youhanie can be viewed here
- McHenry County Blog article, 6/17/19, concerning Oswego Prairie Fest parade incident can be viewed here
Please, McHenry County Blog wants to hear what you think. While there’s a lot of material, particularly the Election Process presentation, please review what can be reviewed, let us know in comments what you did review and what did you think.