John Reinert’s State Senate Petitions Challenged By Steve Verr

No details yet, but the Illinois State Board of Elections reports that a challenge to the State Senate petitions of McHenry County Board member John Reinert has been filed by McHenry Township Republican Party Chairman Steven Robert Verr.

Craig Wilcox and John Reinert at State Rep. Allen Skillicorn’s petition party.

Reinert is running against fellow County Board member Craig Wilcox.

Both are seeking to replace Pam Althoff in the State Senate.

Those who joined John Reinert when he announced his candidacy to succeed Pam Althoff.

Althoff has endorsed Reinert.

It occurs to me that by filing on the last day possible, Reinert gave opponents the lease amount of time to examine his petition signatures.


John Reinert’s State Senate Petitions Challenged By Steve Verr — 38 Comments

  1. It’s all about to come out.

    The Bad and the Ugly.

    There’s no Good in this unfolding drama.

  2. “Any person seeking to run for public office In Illinois has to prove he or she has enough community support to justify being placed on the ballot. Support is established by the gathering of signatures from friends, neighbors and supporters who believe an individual has the character, experience and judgment necessary to govern responsibly.”

  3. I’d sure hate to lose Wilcox off of the County Board, but there is no way that I want RINO Reinert in the Illinois Senate.

    It’s crazy that the Board Chair has the power to appoint new Members when there is a vacancy.

    That system works OK when the Chair is elected by the Board Members and has to be able to get along with them, but it really breaks down when there is a popularly elected Chair who can’t/won’t play well with others.

    The political party of the departing Board Member should nominate a candidate, and he/she should get in by a majority vote of the Board

  4. Given that petitions were gathered in a train station, may I suggest “republican trainwreck” as a campaign slogan? Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock…

  5. Pam Althoff’s Recruit & Puppet has questionable signatures???



    Someone should tell both of them ‘it’s quality, not quantity’.

  6. It should be interesting to see how many Chicago Demorats were involved in Reinerts petitions.

    Althoff probably got her Union goons to come out knocking on doors?

    Is this Althoff’s favor to Franks to ensure a Democrat wins for this seat or what?!

  7. Folks Meet ‘Stacey Conroy’ 14279 South Luna, Chicago Illinois.

    Passer of Petition number 106 and many others of John Reinert; and sidekick DeMarcus MacDaniels

    12739 South Union Chicago Illinois; passer of Reinert petition number 105 and many others.

    Together these two fine examples of virtue and American Democracy turned in over 835 signatures

    for the Reinert Campaign to reform Illinois politics.

    One problem.

    None of those signatures was that of a registered voter.

    Mr. MacDaniels even had the same person sign no less than 11 times.

    This assumes that the 11 were actually a real person, and not something even worse.

    We’re checking.

    In an upcoming post here, or perhaps elsewhere you will lean the names of the local luminaries

    who were part of the ‘ballet access exercise’.

    Then you can judge for yourselves whether Birds of a feather flock together.

  8. The Board Chairman submits a name to the Board for approval.

    It must be of the “same political party”, which just means that the person had to have voted in the primary for that party.

    It must be done within 60 days of the vacancy.

    The last time, Chairman Franks waited out nearly the entire 60 days before appointing anyone.

    The law doesn’t say what happens if the 60 days isn’t met, such as where the Board rejects the nominee.

    So this creates pressure on the Board members to approve whoever the Chairman selects.

    The person who wins the election could tender a resignation early, thus allowing the current Board to vote on the replacement, but there is no way to force the Chairman to do that.

  9. Reinert wasn’t even up to the job of getting on the County Board.

    He only got on because he was allowed to piggy-back on Thorsen’s County Board campaign.

    Didn’t have his literature by the time volunteers arranged to walk for him and then didn’t show up to walk for the candidates who were prepared.

    He’s of no benefit to the Republican party.

    He should be running as a Democrat.

  10. Games people play…

    Desperate to deliver the favor to the Dem Jack Franks, courtesy of Pam Althoff.
    his favor is in return of the favor of supporting/endorsing Althoff for the job she wants, His! (Chairman of the County Board after he moves on)

  11. Uh, oh the Althoff stooge, aka John RINOert, is in a tough spot!

    Was his paid circulator a south side of Chicago thug-jailbird?

    Ans: Yes

    Naughty, naughty!

    Will Reinert be thrown off the ballot:


    Will Mary “LSD” Mahady fess up?


    Will Pam ‘the sweet scam’ Althoff’s phone records be subpoenaed:


    Johnny boy:

    You should have listened to Joe ‘Jitsu’ Gottemoller and thought long and hard about what you did and not be beguiled by Pammy’s promises/

  12. Maybe Rienert should go back to hanging out at his reserved seat at the Cottage and regaling his retinue of hoodies with charming stories about his ‘horemanship’ in Indiana. (Hey, John, time to clear that tab!)

    Tut, tut, John, too many people know!

    Even John Jung knows about some of the side-splitting details with Mr. Stogsdill of Owen County (Indiana) fame and Ms. Juke, of sassafras tea notoriety.

  13. Hey, quit picking on Althoff and her winged monkey Rienert!

    Leave that to the Althoff Family, they have much to say about her, and as they say, “It ain’t very pretty!”

    Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
    Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
    While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
    As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
    “Just Pam Althoff,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
    Only this and nothing more.”

    Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December;
    And Pam Althoff’s poof, ‘the Rienert’ got a challenge that cost him the Senate floor
    Eagerly I wished the morrow;—vainly I had sought to borrow
    From my books surcease of sorrow—sorrow for the lost Pam-no-More—
    For the wretched and repulsive harridan, whom the angels name Pam-no-More—
    Nameless here for evermore.

    Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
    In there slipped an ugly Maven of the tainted days of McHenry yore;
    Not the least obeisance made she; not a minute stopped or stayed she;
    But, with mien of lord or lady, skulked above my chamber door—
    Perched upon a bust of Al Jourdan, just above my chamber door—
    Perched, and sat, and nothing more.

    Much I marveled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly,
    Though its answer little meaning—little relevancy bore;
    For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being
    Ever yet was blessed with seeing Pam Althoff above his chamber door—
    Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door,
    With such name as “Pam-no-More.”

    But the Maven still beguiling all my fancy into smiling,
    Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of old bird, and bust and door;
    Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking
    Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore—
    What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore
    Meant in croaking “Pam-no-More.”

    “Be that word our sign of parting, RINO or fiend!” I shrieked, upstarting—
    “Get thee back into the tempest and the Night’s Plutonian shore!
    Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!
    Leave my loneliness unbroken!—quit Al’s bust above my door!
    Take thy Reinert from out our sight, and take thy form from off my door!”
    Quoth the Maven “Pam-no-More”

  14. Dynamite thanks for the poem.

    The best I could do is roses are red violets are blue and Reinert is pooh!

  15. Reflects poorly on everybody pictured here, especially the ones who are running for re-election like Power Plant Joe Gottemoller and RINO Larry Smith, as well as CAREER POLITICIAN PAM AKA Pamela Althoff.

    Citizens for Pamela Althoff gave 5,000 dollars to Reinert!

  16. Based on his press release, Reinert turned in his petition with over 2,000 signatures.

    It would take a lot of research (work) to verify those 2,000 signatures and find that more than 1,000 were not valid.

    As pointed out above, he waited until the last minute to turn in his petition, thereby shortening the time frame anyone could start the verification process.

    Anyone think the ‘Althoff / McConnaughay brainless trust’ thought the sheer number of signatures would discourage anyone from attempting to verify them?

  17. I sure hope Reinhert didn’t pay those hoodlums before he verified the vaility of those signatures word pn the street was that they were paying $3.00 per signature.

    That’s at least $2,400.00.

    At the very least fraud at most criminal.

    If he already paid shows a serious problem with Mr. Reinhert’s judgement and/or character.

    He should withdraw now to avoid further embarrassment.

  18. ‘Tis will be a very sad day in Crystal Lake if Mr. Reinert is removed from the watering hole known as the Cottage, scene of many a fight and even a murder not long ago.

    Rienert entertains us there with his many tales of hairbreadth escapes … from jealous and jilted lovers during his, as he calls it ‘misspent youth’, from the law, from various tax collectors, from angry stood-ups, from bet winners, from outa-state creditors, etc.

    Please let him stay on the ballot! We need more comedy in our lives.

  19. Just when you thought is couldn’t get any better!

    Here is the poster child of Reinert’s campaign.

    This is the clown who holds the record for fake signature; 840+ with 1 used 11 times.

    I’ll bet Reinert didn’t even know.

    What do you think?

    And his campaign committee had no idea either.

    Or not.

    Time to get off your chairs folks while you still have a County left.

  20. I don’t understand how a homicide and a black criminal’s jail profile has anything to do with this issue.

    Can you two please explain further?

  21. @ Cindy

    The black criminal you referred to was Reinert’s number one petition passer in the circulation drive just passed.

    Over 840 phony signatures were turned in.

    None of them were any good.

  22. Reinert’s Out!

    We win either way.

    If Wilcox wins in the General, we have the best, knowlegable and committed fighter in Springfield

    If Wilcox loses we get to keep him on County Board where he’s also needed

  23. I thought that was what you said. I just didn’t believe it could be possible.

  24. I wish Wilcox well in his Senate race, but he will be a big loss to the County Board.

    I’m sure Jacko has already instructed some hand picked brown nosers to make sure to pull a Republican ballot in the primary so that they are eligible to replace Wilcox or any other Republican Board Member who may leave.

    He probably has several such sleeper candidates in every district, just in case.

  25. Unlike Pam Palmer, whose replacement can at least be selected by the local GOP precinct committeemen because of the timing of her resignation, if Wilcox waits until after the first week of August to resign his Board seat, Chairman Franks will be able to put forward the name for a replacement subject to Board approval.

    If he follows past form, he will wait until the end of the 60 day deadline to do so, thus leaving the Board feeling that they don’t have time to re vote on an alternative.

    So if Wilcox is going to be the sole candidate on the primary ballot, and is confident of beating the Democratic candidate in the General Election, he might want to consider tendering his Board resignation before the August deadline so the local GOP committeemen can pick the ballot replacement. Then the Franks pick would only serve a few months or even a few weeks at best.

  26. (10 ILCS 5/25-11) (from Ch. 46, par. 25-11)
    Sec. 25-11. When a vacancy occurs in any elective county office, or in a county of less than 3,000,000 population in the office of clerk of the circuit court, in a county which is not a home rule unit, the county board or board of county commissioners shall declare that such vacancy exists and notification thereof shall be given to the county central committee or the appropriate county board or board of county commissioners district committee of each established political party within 3 days of the occurrence of the vacancy. The vacancy shall be filled within 60 days by appointment of the chairman of the county board or board of county commissioners with the advice and consent of the county board or board of county commissioners.

  27. “If there are 28 months or less remaining in the term at the time of the vacancy or failure to qualify, the appointed officer shall serve for the remainder of the term.

    “If there are more than 28 months remaining in the term at the time of the vacancy or failure to qualify, the office shall be filled by a special election to be held at the next general election.”

  28. Fierabras is broaching a no-no, taboo topic.

    How traitors like Rienert use black thugs for political purposes.

    I met Rienert a few times in Crystal Lake over the years.

    Something about him turned me off, but I couldn’t put my finger on it.

    He’s just a whore who’ll sell us out.

    He’s perfect for Illinois GOPdom:

  29. RINO-ert should cut his losses and withdraw now and save himself from further embarassment!

    I bet he quit his stupid giggling now.

    What kind of loser submits fake petitions?

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