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Chicago Daily Observer 27 March 2017 One Comment

From the Wilmette Friends 

Stay Focused on the Facts. Don’t Get Distracted By Baseless Claims

Yesterday, we learned that Mark Weyermuller has filed an objection against Wilmette Friends with the Illinois State Board of Elections. While we have not yet received the actual filing, he wrote about it in the “Illinois Review Crossroads of the Conservative Community” publication.


Weyermuller’s claims are baseless and misleading. Illinois election law requires a group to file as a PAC (political action committee) if and only if it has received or spent more than $5000. Wilmette Friends has not crossed the $5000 threshold. Weyermuller has no support for his false claims to the contrary.

Weyermuller also claims that Wilmette Friends hired an unnamed paid political consultant. Once again, this is not true. No effort was made by Weyermuller (or anyone on his behalf) to contact anyone associated with Wilmette Friends to determine whether his claims had any basis in fact before filing the complaint or publishing an article about it.

It is unfortunate that Weyermuller and others repeating his claims have resorted to these unfounded political distractions, but not surprising given how effectively the Wilmette Friends volunteers have exposed the hidden connections to and campaign support from outside interests at work in the upcoming municipal elections. Wilmette Friends is a group of neighbors and friends working to put the best interests of local residents first, not a political party or ideology.

Yes, you are reading that right.  A group organized to support a political party is claiming to be non-partisan, despite raising money for a political party, spending money for a political party, and distributing campaign material for a political party.

The same group, the Wilmette Friends has not filed any paperwork with the State of Illinois, yet expects the State Elections Board to take their word, despite all their partisan political activity, they should not be required to file with the State because they “put the best interests of local residents first”.  That’s great, anyone who claims to work in local residents best interests is above the law.

The complaint sounds well-founded to us.  The Wilmette Friends need to quit hiding behind their ridiculous claim to be non-partisan, rather than just another Political Action Committee, albeit one which does not like the transparency required by the State of Illinois.  It’s time for the Wilmette Friends to come clean and admit their electioneering with clear and transparent filing with the Illinois State Board of Elections.

One Comment »

  • Wilmette Friends or Foes said:


    It is possible to conduct a campaign without incurring expenses (former US Senator William Proxmire of Wisconsin made a career out of doing so), but most commercial printers want to be be paid.

    Even if the materials (signs, brochures, etc.) used by the Wilmette Friends were donated, there is still the question of reporting “in-kind contributions.”

    Similarly, the candidate beneficiaries of the Wilmette Friends must be identified and dollar amounts provided.

    Lastly, since the Wilmette Friends have solicited funds there has to be some type of disclosure as to where the funds are deposited. No fundraising is permitted by a committee without a treasurer either.

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