From the Oct. 20, 2015, Sycamore, Illinois, MidWeek "Looking Back." These are stories from the newspaper from back then.
1915, 100 years ago: P.A. Quarnstrong, mayor of Genoa, appeared before Justice Z.B. Mitchell in Sycamore on Thursday morning, on the charge of operating his automobile without a state license. The complaint was made by E.C. Duval, formerly a policeman of Genoa, but who failed to be reappointed.
Mayor Quarnstrong admitted technical violation of the law, but explained that rather than buy needed parts at a cost of some $75 he had not been using his automobile, but on the day on which he was charged with violating the law, he took it out for a short time on an urgent run into the country.
Unfortunately I did not find how the judge ruled, but this clearly looked like a case of Duval getting back at his former boss. I am figuring that the mayor didn't get a license for the car (unless the one in question was his drivers license if they had them back in 1915) because it wasn't running.
You Know What They Say About Payback. --RoadDog