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Update posted by Kerri Barber On Oct 23, 2018

Imagine being a member of your local party and contributing with donations only to discover that those contributions paid for a liability policy that another member hoped to use to pay for their legal expenses brought about by their bad behavior. They are quite literally using party funds for their own benefit.

That is exactly what happened in Cook County Court Case 2018-CH-06436.

State Central Committeewoman and now County Party Chair Kristina Zahorik filed a lawsuit after Westbend Mutual Insurance denied her claim for legal expenses related to our Defamation case. Ironically, this is the same policy that both Kerri Barber and her husband helped pay for as members of the same party.

Westbend has now filed a counterclaim against Zahorik, former Chair Bissett, and Paula Yensen citing Illinois law against 'willful acts' that violate the law.

Westbend cited the apparent intentional acts that contributed to our reasons to file. Recall that, of the small amount of evidence we provided, it was all the defendants bragging and celebrating their actions. That is the clear evidence of intentional action.

The defendants in this case (Zahorik, Bissett and Yensen) are required to file an answer by October 17, 2018 with a judicial decision expected by November 26, 2018. Heroic Media, LLC with Kerri Barber and Kae Dickinson are not parties to this counterclaim.



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Update posted by Kerri Barber On Aug 27, 2018

If you donated to our county party, as we did, part of those funds purchased a liability policy to cover the party.

Our legal team was contacted by County Chair and State Central Committeewoman Ms Zahorik’s attorney as we were named in yet another case.

2018-CH-06346

https://courtlink.lexisnexis.com/cookcounty/FindDock.aspx?DocketKey=CABI0CH0AGEDG0CH

It seems Ms Zahorik sought help with legal fees in our defamation case, but was denied coverage by the insurance company. Their reason for the denial was that coverage doesn’t extend to willfully acting against state law.

Her council then suggested to our attorney that if we’d just amend our petition in court, we could join the suit against the insurance company for a higher ‘payout’.

Of course our council declined because, for us, this was NEVER about money. We will pursue the merits of this case for ourselves and to ensure no other volunteer or candidate may be subjected to the same harassment and retaliation we have faced.

We look forward to the judge’s ruiling in that case in September of this year.

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Update posted by Kerri Barber On Aug 27, 2018

Our county party is already being influenced to change. In October 2017, the party chair and executive board voted to remove 20 appointed PCs in violation of state law. They decided they ‘owned’ the votes of these volunteers and removed them, including Kerri Barber, to rig a key vote.

As of this year, the party has now adopted the same position on PCs as reflected in Illinois state law that dictated appointed PCs ‘shall serve as if elected,‘ meaning they cannot be removed on a whim.

The actions of the executive board last year created a liability for the county party for 20 different lawsuits.

We are pleased that the executive board has now admitted to the grave error by changing our county party bylaws to reflect the laws of the state.

This is only the beginning and our fight continues.

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