At a "press conversation" Tuesday at the "Honest Abe" Lincoln Inn, a Republican candidate for Kane County Board chairman seat accused the present board chairman of "pay-to-play" politics.
GOP candidate and Illinois state Sen. Chris Lauzen handed out documents showing donations made to Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay, according to an article by Eric Schelkopf in the Kane County Chronicle.
Lauzen said 80 to 90 percent of the donations McConnaughay received are from folks who've done business with the county, according to an article by James Fuller in the Daily Herald.
Lauzen is facing off against Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns in the March 20 primary for the GOP board chairman nomination. McConnaughay is running for the Republican nod in the 33rd District state senate seat.
Lauzen told reporters that he wasn't making an accusation of criminal misconduct but was trying to show a pattern.
“The definition of corruption is serving yourself or your pals rather than the public,” Lauzen said in the Chronicle story.
"I just follow facts to conclusions," he told the Daily Herald. "I think it’s clear. There’s just too much smoke here.”
McConnaughay said she was not going to let Lauzen smear her reputation.
“Chris Lauzen is a coward,” McConnaughay said in the DH story. “This is a pattern of behavior of his that doesn’t surprise me at all."
"Engaging in character assassination as a method of campaigning is despicable,” she told the Chronicle.
In a at the Hilton Garden Inn in St. Charles, Lauzen started the rhetoric that ties Burns to the McConnaughay administration.
"This race in the Republican primary will boil down to a competition between grassroots reformers who intend to significantly improve county government versus establishment insiders protecting their status quo," Lauzen said."
I want to remind the senator that he is running against me and not the current County Board chairman," Burns said at the Friday forum. "It's fashionable to criticize those who hold the office for the organization you want to lead, because in some respects, it becomes red meat," he said.
Fuller's lead in the Daily Herald story offered an interesting contrast.
"Either Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay is a crook or state Sen. Chris Lauzen is a cowardly hypocrite," depending on who you believe, it said.
Editor's note: A technical glitch prevented links from publishing in a previous version of this story.
The Chronicle article is here: http://www.kcchronicle.com/2012/01/17/lauzen-accuses-kane-county-of-pay-to-play-politics/aa0bxur/?page=1
The Daily Herald article is here: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120118/news/701189877/
Both are excellent.