Campaign complaint against Romeoville mayoral candidate ‘Mongo’ Steve McMichael dropped
By bob okon firstname.lastname@example.org February 21, 2013 1:44AM
Former Chicago Bears player Steve McMichael | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
An election complaint filed against Romeoville mayoral candidate Steve McMichael’s campaign has been withdrawn.
McMichael issued a news release Wednesday saying all charges were withdrawn after a hearing before the Illinois State Board of Elections.
“This was simply typical political shenanigans aimed at distracting from the real issues while smearing my name,” McMichael said in the written statement.
Romeoville Village Trustee Kenneth Griffin filed a complaint in January contending that McMichael’s committee failed to file necessary paperwork on campaign fund-raising and expenses. Griffin said he filed the complaint after seeing McMichael T-shirts, buttons and leaflets without finding any paperwork on who was paying for the campaign materials.
“One thing I did want to do was fire a shot across the bow and say, ‘I’m watching this stuff,’ ” Griffin said.
Griffin said McMichael’s campaign has since been filing the necessary paperwork.
McMichael called the complaint “disrespectful” and noted that Griffin used the same attorney as Mayor John Noak used in calling for equal air time when McMichael, a former Bears player nicknamed “Mongo,” was doing a sports radio show for ESPN. The radio station took McMichael off the air before the last Bears game of last season.
Noak, who is running for re-election, and Griffin were represented by Chicago attorney John Fogarty.