And the title of his article on Illoyances is
Reick notes that no newspaper covering McHenry County has done a story on
“…the attempt by Jack Franks to commandeer the nominating process by placing a long-time supporter on the Republican primary ballot.”
He points out that he circulated petitions, but, after getting word no state Republican Party resources would be allocated to a challenge against almost 18-year incumbent Jack Franks (who, incidentally promised to serve only six years), he stopped the effort.
Then he reveals:
“It turns out that [the man passing last minute petitions for the GOP Primary] Mr. Lichte is a long-time supporter of Jack Franks; he and his wife regularly submit letters to the editor of the Northwest Herald praising Franks for this or that wonderful thing he’s done for the district (most of them of no consequence).
“Mr. Lichte has consistently voted in Democratic primaries and has placed Jack Franks’ signs in his front yard.
“His candidacy cannot be chalked up to a political epiphany.”
That apparently woke up House Republican Leaer Jim Durkin and his House Republican Organization.
And it certainly convinced me that Jack Franks is a very vulnerable Democrat.
Then, McHenry County Blog got an “atta boy!”
“Were it not for the reporting of the McHenry County Blog, there would have been no discussion of this story at all. The blog first broke the story on November 30, and followed up with posts on December 2, December 3 and December 6. Except for a perfunctory statement that Lichte had filed, the Northwest Herald, the “newspaper of record” for McHenry County has shown no interest in pursuing what can only be described as a scandalous attempt by Jack Franks to hijack the 2016 election.”
Reick then asks a series of questions worthy of contemplation.
But he missed one:
Why did Jack Franks try to convince at least one Republican to run against State Senator Pam Althoff?
And offer to help finance the campaign against Althoff?