Fueled by thousands and thousands of dollars of teacher union money, Crystal Lake South auto mechanics teacher Arne Waltmire is filling mailboxes and people’s ears with campaign messages.
Pretty much all are negative, aimed at defeating incumbent Republican John Hammerand.
Hammerand and newcomer Chuck Wheeler are facing off against Democrat Waltmire.
Let’s talk about a robo-call that came today first.
One person described it like this:
Just got a really nasty robo call from Illinois Citizens for Accountability on John Hammerand.
Said he is paid $40k per year and misses most of meetings.
Do either of you know who is behind this group?
The phone number was 815-219-1641.
The answer is that I have never heard of the pop-up committee, but the technique of using non-traceable committee names is one that has been used by supporters of Jack Franks, who also gets teacher union money and does their bidding, even if it hurts poor inner city kids.
The question of meeting attendance is one that can be researched. Below you see Hammerand’s attendance record for 2014, along with that of other District County Board members.
County Board members get paid about $20,000 a year, so I suppose the negative robo-call is talking about two years’ salary. County Board members also receive health benefits and are in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund pension system.
Although one can’t know who did the robo-call, it certainly came from a Waltmire supporter.
There also have been three mailings I have been able to chase down.
We’ll look at them in the days ahead.
I don’t know the order in which they were sent, but the number of mailings is appropriate for a campaign for state representative.
Here’s one on Waltmire’s signature issue, cutting the size of the McHenry County Board.
Other county boards with smaller numbers of members get paid a lot more than McHenry County Board members. Waltmire’s calculated savings undoubtedly do not factor in that likely offsetting cost increase.
The Democrat talks about DuPage and Cook County having smaller county boards. I believe the DuPage County Board members get paid about $50,000 a year.
Waltmire cites Hammerand’s health benefits and pledges not to take them. Certainly, he would not need them as a teacher in Crystal Lake’s High School District and a member of the Teachers Retirement System.
In 2012 Waltmire was paid about $120,000.
So, if elected, he will be on two public payrolls.