Accusations that previously appeared on campaign flyers have come into question again with the filing of a second defamation lawsuit. A pair of former McHenry County Board candidates, Orville Brettman and Ersel Schuster, claimed in a 15-page court filing that they were targets of “humiliating” and “false” claims that were printed and distributed throughout the county before the March primary election. The suit comes on the heels of a Chicago printer’s claims that McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ former campaign manager is involved with an anonymous group that funded accusatory ads against County Clerk and Recorder Joe Tirio. Franks, whom Brettman and Schuster named in their complaint, said he was unaware of the lawsuit Friday, but said he wore it as a “badge of honor.” “I’m really proud to be a defendant in a lawsuit against hate, violence and bigotry, and I look forward to thrashing these folks in court,” Franks said. Although he didn’t admit to any involvement with the flyers, the board chairman said information supporting the allegations against Schuster and Brettman are “well-documented.” “These two people are dangerous, and they need to be exposed,” he said. Franks is only one of several defendants named in a 15-page suit, which was filed Tuesday in McHenry County court.

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