Today I called Crystal Lake Park District Jayson Herbster to complain about State Rep. Jack Franks distribution of ice cream at the band concert.
Obviously Franks would be campaigning for McHenry County Board Chairman, because his district covers the western and northern part of the county.
Herbster told me we were allowed to distribute literature at the gate as long as we were outside the fence.
Later in the morning Herbster called back.
He said that Franks had paid $75 to be a partial sponsor of the band concert.
He told me he had consulted with his attorney and told me the attorney had said that the entire park was a public venue (maybe he used different words) and that we could pass out literature anywhere.
So, I and Mike Walkup stood outside the gate and passed out literature telling people it contained the connection of Jack Franks to Rod Blagojevich. (See Jack Franks communication below.)
A female park district employee took a photo of us passing out the literature on a cell phone.
Later, after we saw Jack Franks’ people passing out campaign literature in the parking lot, Park District Police Officer Dalton came up and told us that a complaint had been made about out passing out campaign literature on park district property.
Undoubtedly one of Jack Franks’ minions made the complaint.
The Officer took our names, addresses and birth dates for a police report.
Jack Franks snapped a photo of the interchange.
I told the officer of my conversation with Herbster and what he told me the attorney had said, but he refused to call Herbster or the Park District attorney, saying he was just enforcing the ordinance.
After than we stayed on the sidewalk.
Can’t wait to find out why Herbster did not pass on the attorney’s advice to his Police Officers.