Most journalists do not support a slate in one area and this election the battle was on. They took over all communications, trolling and embarrassing anyone who was against their accountant Alyssia Benford. They posted over 3 dozen fabricated stories in the area and stalked a journalist! Their candidate they supported was censured for illegal activity that was never mentioned on their "legit" watchdog site. The team they supported? Far- Right wing extremists, white nationalists, one's who thought that the Capitol insurgency was the Best. day. Ever. Yet none of that was covered on their site. This is just one example.
Supporting the Patriot slate of Alyssia Benford, Deb Williams, Antonio Timothee, Jean Kelly while defaming current Trustees Maripat Oliver (12 stories), Ken Burgess, Felix George, Linda Youngs (works in office) and local reporter Bonnie Kurowski (5 stories and harassed her job/ boss repeatedly). In 37 articles they wrote about or featured the former Supervisor Bill Mayer, even though he has not been an elected official for 2 years and articles are recent.
Supporting extremists and Right Wing Patriots while defaming candidate Terry Wilke (7 stories) and more!
Jeanne Kearby, Township Clerk
Michele Bauman, Township Trustee
Doug Kearney, local rightwing extremist
Dick Barr, Local kook, Lake County board Member (Reputed Klan member)
Travis Haley, Local right wing extremist
Pat Duby Township Board member
Supported Extremist accused of reading Hitler phrases on the Capitol steps during Jan 6 insurgence, Jennie Ives, by bullying dozens of stories on Governor Rauner, Dave Carlin and others. They promoted stories for her (38 stories in her favor).
She lost the election in Nov 2020.
They are just starting with FOIAs sent on these dates to the Fire Department 10/4/2020 and 10/16/2020
We are looking into the parties involved.
Joe Russo and attorney John Nelson have been attacked on 21 different articles.
Harassment and Bullying in 72 stories! Awaiting final numbers on what they have cost this Township and the damage they have done. This is no jut the Township but the Highway commissioner is still in lawsuits an has alleged his home being shot by a .22 and brake lines cut!
Harassment and bullying in 49 stories!
55 FOIA's submitted to them.
1 Frivolous lawsuit filed against them because ECW asked for a hard drive of information. It would cost over $300 for IT costs they refused to pay. The request was not denied but the FREE was, so they sued.
Trying to get rid of the total incumbent slate!
This is a big deal!