Tuesday was a terrible, horrible, no good, exceedingly humiliating, very bad day for McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks.
First Franks faced an uprising from County Board members for his role in State Rep. David McSweeney’s bill to make him a near czar in McHenry County.
He had to eat crow big time at that night’s County Board meeting.
Franks was so shook up that he could not wait for his turn on the agenda after the plebs, I mean, ordinary County Board members, got their say.
I guess the Chairman was afraid of what might end up in the Northwest Herald, whose story painted Franks’ eating crow in a laudatory manner and has not a clue what really happened on Tuesday.
(You can read a near transcript of Franks mea culpa here.)
The second shoe to drop was the filing of a second suit resulting from the Illinois Integrity Fund (sic) hit pieces mailed about a year ago.
This time former County Board candidates Orville Brettman and Ersel Schuster went further than McHenry County Clerk and named Franks as a defendant right off the bat.
Plus Breaker Press, Michael Noonan, the Roosevelt Group, Sean Tenner, KNI, Inc., John/Jane Does, also know as the Illinois Integrity Fund.
In the suit, the two Republicans point to four mailings made by Breaker Press in their McHenry County Board District 6 campaigns.
And the suit claims Jack Franks involvement:
Brettman’s description of Exhibit A is below:
Schuster objected to being described as having a “history of criminality and hate” and a “history of hate dating back more than 40 years.”
Exhibit B follows:
It contains a supposed headline from the Northwest Herald saying, “DEATH THREAT AGAINST COUNTY OFFICIAL TRACED TO HOME OF MCHENRY COUNTY BOARD CANDIDATE ERSEL SCHUSTER.”
Exhibit C follows:
Comments in the suit about his follow:
Exhibit D follows:
The suit repeats the elements of Exhibit C, plus adds, “C’ville president planned illegal spying, burglaries. Brettman told a grand jury in 1975 that he took part in admittedly illegal activities.”
Here is the last exhibit, Exhibit E:
This is what follows:
Brettman denies the charges of the hit pieces and is described by his attorney Jim Bishop like this:
The court filing claims that the charges leveled by the postcards and “libelous per se”…with defendants knowing of their falsity and actual malice.
And connects the attacks with similar ones against Republican County Clerk candidate Joe Tirio: