Steve Reick Fires Back at Jack Franks

Steve Reick, the Republican candidate for State Representative against incumbent Democrat Jack Franks is not taking the hit piece against him lying down.

When I ran the story on it, I may have incorrectly said it was from Jack Franks.

Actually, I did say it was from Jack Franks.

Now I have a hard copy and see in teeny, tiny letters written perpendicular to the text that the mailing came from Republicans for Fiscal Responsibility.

Just as with the hit piece featuring Jack Schaffer, there is no address or name accompanying the pop-up committee’s name.

Pardon me if I still think it came from Jack Franks.

See copy of the hit piece, complete with a photo (used without permission) that I took of Reick here.

Below you can see Reick’s reply:

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Former Barrington Hills Couple Indicted for Bankruptcy Lies

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office:


ROCKFORD — A husband and wife, both formerly of Barrington Hills, Ill., were indicted today by a federal grand jury in Rockford on separate counts of making false statements in a bankruptcy case.

The indictment alleges that DANIEL APOSTOLOPOULOS, 52, and SOULA APOSTOLOPOULOS, 45, each filed a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Petition, and fraudulently failed to disclose financial interests.

According to the indictment, on Oct. 23, 2009, Daniel Apostolopoulos filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy Petition, and made false statements on a bankruptcy schedule and a Statement of Financial Affairs, both of which were filed under penalty of perjury.

Specifically, it is alleged that Apostolopoulos intentionally concealed his interest in a checking account, a Chicago restaurant, and property located in Wisconsin.

It is also alleged that Daniel Apostolopoulos failed to disclose his relationships with his father-in-law and sister-in-law, to whom he had transferred a Volvo and a Mercedes automobile within two years of filing, as well as concealing his prior ownership in other financial accounts.

The indictment further alleges that on March 4, 2010, Soula Apostolopoulos filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy Petition, and made false statements on her Statement of Financial Affairs, filed under penalty of perjury.

According to the indictment, Soula Apostolopoulos fraudulently concealed income she received from her interest in a Chicago restaurant she previously purchased with her husband, as well as her interest in Wisconsin property and in financial accounts during the year preceding the filing of her bankruptcy.

Providing material false statements or documents under penalty of perjury in a bankruptcy case carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, or twice the gross gain or gross loss resulting from that offense, whichever is greater. The judge may also impose a sentence of probation of one to five years, and a term of supervised release of up to three years. If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.

Zachary Fardon

Zachary Fardon

Members of the public are reminded that a criminal indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. Each defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt of each defendant beyond a reasonable doubt.

The indictment was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Robert J. Holley, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Love.

Red Ribbon Week Fights Drug Use

A press release from the McHenry County State’s Attorney:

McHenry County State’s Attorney Kicks Off Red Ribbon Week

Lou Bianchi

Lou Bianchi

Louis A. Bianchi, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces the joint celebration of Red Ribbon Week with local schools.

Red Ribbon Week commemorates Kiki Camerena, the DEA Drug Agent who gave up his life fighting the war on drugs.

It has become an annual event that focuses on drug abuse awareness and prevention.

Students from eight schools joined the State’s Attorney at the courthouse to present poems, essays and to discuss the ways in which they will celebrate Red Ribbon Week at their schools.

Leslie Schermerhorn

Leslie Schermerhorn

Thirty five thousand red wristbands, displaying this year’s anti-drug theme, “Love Yourself, Be Drug Free”, were distributed to over 40 schools in the McHenry County area, along with T-shirts bearing the slogan, “Turn Your Back on Drugs.”

Juvenile Court Judge, Maureen McIntyre, addressed the students.

Regional Superintendent of Schools, Leslie Schermerhorn, was also in attendance along with radio personality Stew Cohen from Star 105.5 who will be broadcasting the recorded event.

Cook County Jailers Charged with Cooperating with Inmates to Smuggle Drugs, Etc.

A press release from the U.S. Attorney:


CHICAGO — Nearly three ounces of marijuana was confiscated after it was found hidden inside two sandwiches that a Cook County corrections officer allegedly tried to smuggle into the Cook County Jail last year in exchange for a $200 bribe.


Cook County Jail

Cook County Jail

As a result of that seizure and an allegedly broader conspiracy, the corrections officer, three inmates, two civilians, and a Chicago police dispatcher are facing federal charges in connection with alleged smuggling of marijuana and other contraband into the jail, sheriff’s department and federal law enforcement officials announced today.

In June 2013, three jail inmates allegedly conspired with two civilian women to bribe JASON MAREK, a corrections officer for the Cook County Department of Corrections since May 2011, to bring marijuana, cigarettes, tobacco, alcohol, food and other contraband into the jail for inmates’ consumption and for further distribution within the jail, according to a three-count criminal complaint that was filed yesterday and unsealed today.

According to the charges, an ounce of marijuana, which sells for approximately $200 outside the jail, could be sold for five times as much, or $1,000, inside the jail.

Cook County Jail beds in dorm

Part of the Cook County Jail.

Marek, also known as “Murder” and “Murda,” 29, formerly of Orland Park, was assigned to the 3 to 11 p.m. shift at CCJ, Division 9, Tier 2H, when the alleged marijuana smuggling was thwarted on June 21, 2013.

He was arrested this morning and was released on his own recognizance after appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey T. Gilbert in Federal Court.

Between June 15 and 24, 2013, three jail inmates –


– who were housed in the same tier where Marek was assigned, allegedly conspired with two women to bribe Marek to smuggle the marijuana and other contraband into the jail.

During a recorded telephone call from the jail on June 15, 2013, Goods told his wife, PEARLISA STEVENSON, that, with her help, he had the opportunity to make some money by selling marijuana inside the jail as long as he also had a corrections officer willing to help him.

“Rooting out corruption in the Cook County Jail is a top priority of mine,” said Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart. “I’m thankful to our federal partners at the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for working closely with my staff to conduct such a thorough investigation and to charge this far-reaching case.”

Zachary Fardon

Zachary Fardon

The arrests and charges were announced by Sheriff Dart, together with Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Robert J. Holley, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The investigation was a joint effort between the FBI and the Sheriff’s Office of Professional Responsibility, with Sheriff Dart’s full support, to improve the security and integrity within the Cook County Jail.

Goods, also known as “Big Weasy,” “Weasy,” and “Wang,” 36, of Calumet Park; Johnson, aka “Primo,” 32; and Powell, aka “JuJu” and “Juicy,” 22, both of Chicago, remain in state custody and will be transferred to face the federal charges on a date yet to be determined.

Stevenson, aka “Wang Wang,” 29, and NATOSHA McCOLLUM, aka “Tasha,” 21, who is Powell’s girlfriend, both of Chicago, were arrested this morning and were released on their own recognizance after appearing before Magistrate Gilbert.

Those six defendants ― Marek, Goods, Johnson, Powell, Stevenson, and McCollum ― were charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana.

The seventh defendant, STEPHANIE LEWIS, 40, of Chicago, a “supervisor police operations” in the police dispatch group in the city of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications, and who is Johnson’s girlfriend, was arrested last night.

She was charged with one count of illegally accessing a law enforcement computer to assist the alleged extortion and drug distribution conspiracy. Lewis and three others ― Powell, Johnson, and McCollum ― were also charged with conspiracy to access a law enforcement computer to further extortion and a drug conspiracy.

Lewis was also released on her own recognizance. Marek, Stevenson, McCollum, and Lewis were each ordered to return to court at 9:30 a.m. Friday for a status hearing before Magistrate Gilbert.

According to a 48-page complaint affidavit, Goods and Powell pre-sold marijuana to inmates within the CCJ. In June 2013, inmates transferred funds to Stevenson and McCollum via the jail’s Inmate Trust Account system, allegedly to purchase marijuana and other contraband, which Goods, Powell, and Johnson expected to be brought into the jail.

After collecting the money from other inmates, McCollum and Stevenson discussed with Goods and Powell their efforts to purchase marijuana from drug dealers outside the jail.

Johnson and Lewis allegedly coordinated the delivery of contraband to Stevenson for delivery into the jail, and on June 21, 2013, Stevenson delivered the marijuana and other banned goods to Marek.

At the same time, McCollum and Stevenson paid Marek a $200 bribe to smuggle the contraband into the jail. Marek attempted to deliver the marijuana to Goods but was intercepted by the FBI and the Sheriff’s Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility as he entered the jail.

After Marek failed to deliver the marijuana and contraband, Goods, Powell, and Johnson allegedly worked with McCollum and Lewis to obtain Marek’s home address and information about his family to threaten Marek and convince him to bring additional contraband into the jail.

Johnson allegedly contacted Lewis and, after informing her that Marek had accepted a bribe but failed to deliver the goods, asked Lewis to provide Marek’s personal information, including his home address and names of family members because Johnson and Goods planned to send their associates to Marek’s house.

After receiving Marek’s license plate number from McCollum, Lewis allegedly conducted an inquiry of Marek’s license plate on an OEMC computer linked to an Illinois State Police database, which queried the National Crime Information Center database, and Lewis then provided Marek’s home address to Johnson, the complaint alleges.

In June 2013, Good, Powell, and Johnson were housed in the jail’s Division 9, Tier 2H, where Marek was assigned for a 90-day rotation. Tier 2H is located on the second floor of the south tower of Division 9, which is located at 2834 West 31st St., Chicago, and is comprised of two interconnected three-story buildings that house general population male inmates with a maximum security classification.

Each count of the complaint carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.

The government is being represented by Assistant United States Attorneys Megan Church and Michelle Nasser.

The public is reminded that a complaint contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

AG Candidate Paul Schimpf Calls on Lisa Madigan to Probe Early Voting Problems

A press release from the Republicans’ candidate for Attorney General Paul Schimpt:


Schimpf, Paul looking right

Paul Schimpf

WATERLOO, IL – Republican Attorney General Candidate Paul Schimpf issued the following statement in response to the problem State Representative Candidate Jim Moynihan had casting his vote in Cook County and the suspension of early voting in Rockford and Winnebago County:

“Nothing is more critical to the success of our democracy than the integrity of our elections. I call on Lisa Madigan to immediately open investigations into these voting irregularities.”

Franks Asks Metra for Schaffer Pension

Remember that billboard that Jack Schaffer’s Liberty Outdoor put up in early September?

Just in case you don’t, you can see it below.

The Steve Reick sign next to WashWorks next to Thorton's on Route 14 in Cary.

This Steve Reick sign was on Route 14 next to WashWorks next to Thorton’s  in Cary.

Shortly after the message of “No Franks, No Madigan Vote for State Rep. Steve Reick,” went up, Metra got a phone call with what Metra characterized as a Freedom of Information request.  Read it below:

Apparently Jack Franks was not required to file his Freedom of Information request in writing like us mere humans.  This email says it came by phone.

Apparently Jack Franks was not required to file his Freedom of Information request in writing like us mere humans. This email says it came by phone.  If it came in writing, Metra would have provided a copy pursuant to my FOIA request.  While Franks’ question was answered the day it was submitted, it took Metra two weeks to provide what you read here.

And, what was the answer provided Franks?

Per our phone conversation and the authorization of the FOIA below from Lynne Corrao, Jack R. Schaffer is receiving a retirement benefit from the Regional Transportation Authority Pension Plan in the amount of $139.90 per month.

So what started this tiff?

You may remember after Phil Pagano killed himself in 2010, Jack Franks suddenly became interested in Metra.

Actually, that interest did not manifest itself until after Liberty Outdoor posted the message you see below on the billboard closest to Jack Franks’ Route 47 office in Woodstock.

The 2010 billboard that caught Jack Franks' attention.

The 2010 billboard that caught Jack Franks’ attention.

After that, Franks started speechifying about how Metra needed reforming and how Jack Schaffer should resign from his Metra Board post.

Schaffer refused to resign, deciding instead to serve out his term, which ended this year.

One Minute Poll re Barb Wheeler & Joel Mains

Barb Wheeler

Barb Wheeler

An automated phone call selected this voter in Barb Wheeler’s southernmost precinct to ask whether he would vote for her or virtually invisible Democratic Party opponent Joel Mains.

That, by the way, is the only contact that I have seen that might be a Mains campaign effort.

The first question asked which gubernatorial candidate I would vote for:

  • Democrat Pat Quinn
  • Republican Bruce Rauner
  • Libertarian Chad Grimm
  • Undecided

The second question was about the State Rep. race:

  • Democrat Joel Mains
  • Republican Barbara Wheeler
  • Undecided

The final question asked for party identification

  • Republican
  • Democrat
  • Independent

You can guess how this Republican Precinct Committee answered the questions.

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I’d run Joel Mains photo, but I’ve never seen him.

Dems Attack “Good Old Boys”

A campaign piece is being delivered door-to-door at least in Woodstock which attacks the “Good Old Boys.”  (If you have seen it elsewhere, please tell us where in the comment section.)

Set aside that most people who attack that amorphous group who supposedly pull strings behind the scenes abbreviate “old” to “‘Ol” as in “Good Ol’ Boys.”  (See bottom image.)

Franks Schaffer Hit Piecxe Triple Dipper

Jack Schaffer, former State Senator, County Auditor, Metra Board member and a Department Director under Governor Jim Edgar is featured on this Democratic Party mailing.

The main page features Jack Franks’ hate symbol, Jack Schaffer.

Schaffer owns Liberty Outdoor Advertising and had the audacity to rent the billboard nearest the State Rep.’s Route 47 Woodstock office for an anti-Franks message. You can see the 2010 message below:

The 2010 billboard that caught Jack Franks' attention.

The 2010 billboard that caught Jack Franks’ attention.  Four years later the figures are undoubtedly much higher.

After this billboard appeared during the John O’Neill challenge of Franks in the 2010 election, Franks showed the temper for which he is well-known.

Of course, Franks denied that his attacks on then-Metra Board member Schaffer after the election were motivated by the billboard. (I lay out the chronology of the feud here, if your interest is deep.)

Schaffer has been out of elective office since 1993, but in the public eye recently for voting “Hell No!” to the motion to dismiss the reform Metra Executive Director.

Schaffer is not running for office now, but gets top billing in the mailing from an unknown group called “Citizens Against Cronyism.”

No address for the front group is given, but one can guess that Jack Franks is involved.

It follows the example set by Jack Franks supporters against John O’Neill in 2010.

Read to the two articles below for details:

Franks Schaffer Hit Piece Hammerand-Jung Reick

Republican candidates John Hammerand, John Jung and Steve Reick are labeled as “Good Old Boys” by this hit piece. Both Hammerand and Jung has served on the County Board for a good number of years. Reick, running against Jack Franks for State Representative has not run for public office before.

As you can see, on

the address side are negative messages against two incumbent McHenry County Board members, John Hammerand and John Jung.

Both have been on the McHenry County Board for years, but both are the strongest GOP candidates in their districts.

In Hammerand’s District 4, running mate Chuck Wheeler is running for the Board for the first time. He is trying to replace Sandy Salgado, who is retiring.  Wheeler runs an insurance agency.

Running against Wheeler is Democratic Party candidate Arne Waltmire.  Waltmire ran poorly (7th out of nine) in the last McHenry County College Board election.  The then teacher union official benefited from much teacher union money then and has had a significant infusion since then.  He has almost $15,000 in the bank.

Jung was defeated by Democrat Paula Yensen four years ago, but regained his seat during the reapportionment election in 2012.  Yensen is up for re-election this year.

The other Republican is Michael Rein, who ran

If there is a strategy involved in attacking the strongest Republican in each of these County Board districts, I cannot discern it.

The third candidate attacked is Steve Reick, the Republican opponent to State Rep. Jack Franks.

Although pledging to run for only three terms when he first ran in 1998, Franks is seeking his ninth term.

County Jailed Illegals from Liberia & Sierra Leone in August, Jail Ready for Airborne Diseases

When I read the Chicago Tribune story about an immigrant taken from O’Hare Airport to the Kenosha County Jail and placed in a negative airflow cell, I wondered if McHenry County had a similar capacity.

While the CDC states that ebola is spread just like HIV, that is, it not spread though the air but through bodily fluids, mixed messages are filtering out about whether if one were sneezed on by someone with the disease it would be communicable.

And the infection of the two nurses in Texas, who were wearing protective clothing still has not been explained.

Information I received late last week as a result of a Freedom of Information request indicates that the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department is ready to handle airborne diseases.

McH Co Jail airborne disease protocal top page

Standard operating procedures have been written for airborne disease control at the McHenry County Jail.

At least on paper.

There are three “medical isolation cells” in the jail.

There have been recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees from countries where ebola is endemic.

Three from Liberia were admitted who came in late August.

One on August 20th, another on August 25th and a third on August 29th.

In addition, one was incarcerated from Sierra Leone on August 5th.

Obviously they not were infected with ebola or you would have heard about it on the national news.