SHOREWOOD - Shorewood Mayor Rick Chapman is strongly opposed to negative campaigning, and he's very upset that someone used his home address without his permission to send out a mailing attacking his 97th House District opponent Mark Batinick this week.
The mail piece accuses Batinick of taking money from abortion supporters and having sold out the prolife movement.
"That mailing did not come out of our camp or me," Chapman said Monday. "I have contacted the Board of Elections and the Will County State Attorney to ask what recourse we have, but I assure you this won't go away no matter what happens Tuesday. We will find out who sent out that mailing and I want to see them stand before a judge."
The only hint of who sent the mailing out is linked to the postage permit number, which is the same as a newsletter sent out by the IBEW Local 21. Chapman had not yet contacted the IBEW, but had been told that they were looking into who and how their permit number was used.
In a formal statement to Illinois Review Monday afternoon, Chapman reiterated his position:
"I had absolutely nothing to do with the above communications that were mailed to voters in the Illinois 97th District. My group has been instructed by me not to take part in any smear tactics. We might state facts that we are certain about pertaining to financial donations, because we believe the money trail might be important. In this case, we would not do it this way, no matter what."
A third candidate in the 97th GOP race, Amanda Mancke, has received thousands of dollars from abortion advocacy groups, which have sent out at least two attack pieces on Batinick, who appears to be leading in the polls.