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Why was Jon Zahm investigated by the St. Charles Police for “suspicious activity” involving minors?

Longtime “profamily” activist and political staffer Zahm would like you to believe he is a champion of the conservative cause.  He served one term the Henry County Board, served on a regional office of education board and has been involved in various charity activities, some involving children.  But apparently he was once also investigated for suspicious events surrounding children.

Read the police report and supporting evidence yourself here: https://jonzahm.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/zahm3.pdf

Having his pirate ice cream truck shut down twice by police for allegedly risking the safety of minors is creepy enough.  But the police report suggests other things worse… CASA, an organization that involves troubled minors, had to remove him as a volunteer for having too much interest in a case not his and other questionable behavior.  The St. Charles police apparently didn’t believe they were getting the full story because of inconsistencies… Why would an adult let unrelated minors stay over at his house?  The investigation never ended in arrest so we just don’t know.  But it bears asking, is Jon Zahm the Michael Jackson of the Illinois Republican Party?

Some questions for Zahm:

– Did you every have inappapropriate sexual contact with a minor as was apparently alleged in the police report?
– Do you still have unrelated children sleep at your home?
– Are any youth organizations you are involved in know of these prior allegations?
– Did you ever refer to your apartment as the Neverland Ranch?
– Why do the police feel they weren’t getting the full story?
– Are there other allegations of this type that have been ever leveled against you?
– Is it appropriate for someone who is “pro family” to have these types of allegations in their past?
– Is Paul Caprio of Family-PAC aware?  Or any of the candidates you are working with fully briefed on this?  What are they doing to protect their underage volunteers?

It appears Zahm won’t answer these questions as he’s already threatened lawsuits, all over posting public records.  This is, of course, looks to be a pattern of behavior.  We are disappointed Zahm would prefer threats than to set the record straight.

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Why Does Jon Zahm support Democrats?

This cycle seems to be full of stories about self-proclaimed Republicans who have deep Democrat ties…

One such person in Jon Zahm. As you can see in Page 1 of this PDF, Zahm endorsed a Democrat of Kane County Sheriff where he runs the oddly named Kane County Conservative Coalition.  Now he’s running the campaign of Manju Goel, who until running for Congress seemed to have voted generally in Democratic primaries.

Why would such a staunch conservative help those with deep Democratic ties, or are they actually Democrats?

Well, one answer might be in Zahm’s history of money problems which you can see here.  Page 7 shows where he even had an over $20,000 tax lien filed against him by the IRS for apparently not paying the taxes that were due.

The money problems could be explained by the fact that when Jon Zahm runs campaigns, bad things happen.  In this PDF on page 2 and following, you can see that not only was he cited by the State Board of Elections for violating the law, the case was referred for criminal prosecution.  Would you want a campaign manager who the state tried to have prosecuted for wrong-doing?

Worse is his apparent history of litigation and threats of litigation to make a buck.  Larry Kaifesh is learning this now.  Zahm was once city clerk in Geneseo where he was apparently let go but not without extracting a huge windfall payday paid for with property taxes (see page 8 and following).  It’s unclear if the city pushed him out the door but some interesting allegations were made about using city resources for political purposes.

We’ve heard of “slip and sue” but is this a situation of “fired and sue”?  Is that what happened here?

These documents raise important questions but provide few answers.

Some questions for Jon Zahm:

– Is it appropriate for you to be working with apparent Democrats and those who openly identify as Democrats while criticizing others for doing the exact same thing?
– How do you reconcile your poor person fiscal management with your supposed championing of fiscal conservatism?
– Is it appropriate that you extracted a taxpayer-funded payday from Geneseo?
– Why were you let go, or “allowed to resign” from Geneseo?
– Is Manju Goel still a Democrat? Are there other Democrats you are still working for?
– Have you paid all your taxes to date or are there still liens?  Are you still in foreclosure?

It’s time Jon Zahm comes clean and opens his books… what does he have to hide?