Prior to the Primary Election allies of Jack Franks sent scurrilous postcards against Recorder of Deeds Joe Tirio’s candidacy for the Republican nomination for McHenry County Clerk.
The beneficiary in the GOP Primary Election was the former Clerk of the City of McHenry, who filed for bankruptcy the day she filed her petitions in the County Clerk’s office.
Tirio wasn’t alone in the tactic by the “Illinois Integrity Project.”
Two County Board members who have not fallen into the Board Chairman Frank’s wake–Chuck Wheeler and Michael Rein–also were targets of hit pieces, as were challengers Ersel Schuster and Orville Brettman.
When the return address turned out to be a Hoffman Estates building that appeared bogus, the only connection to the mailing was a printer used by Democrats like Jack Franks–Breaker Press.
Tirio sued to pierce the printer’s screen.
He hasn’t gotten the name of the person who made the mailings, but he is close.
The suit seems to have sent Tirio’s secret hater into his bunker.
No hit pieces were mailed against Tirio during this fall’s campaign.
I’m guessing the suit sacred the guy who didn’t follow election law by
- reporting his expenditure to the Illinois State Board of Elections and
- identifying himself