Several mailers attacking a slate of McHenry County Republicans in the lead-up to the primary election are tied to a Chicago-based printer that has raked in millions of dollars from Illinois Democrats in recent years, according to campaign finance records.
Breaker Press, a commercial print shop in Chicago’s Piles neighborhood, printed the attack ads bankrolled by the Illinois Integrity Fund, a group that has filed no paperwork with the Illinois State Board of Elections.
The mailers targeted McHenry County officials, including Recorder Joe Tirio and McHenry County Board members Michael Rein and Chuck Wheeler.
Breaker Press has a client list populated with many prominent Illinois Democrats.
McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ campaign committee has paid Breaker Press more than $57,000 since 2008.
House Speaker Michael Madigan has spent more than $173,000 since 2010.
Other clients include Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy.
Not all customers have been Democrats. McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan hired Breaker Press to fund a joint mailer with clerk candidate Janice Dalton.
Franks denied any knowledge of the Illinois Integrity Fund, but he commended their mailers.
“It’s refreshing to see someone push back against an entrenched, entitled group that’s done a pretty poor job for a really long time,” Franks said.
Tirio chalked up the mailers to lies.
“When you feed people lies or various forms of deceit, you’re causing them to act in a way they wouldn’t normally act,” he said, “and you’re cheating them out of their vote.”