Both are residents of Island Lake and both have done service for the village in the past or present. Residents threw out questions, mainly aimed at the Mayors credibility and integrity in the objections and relations to the objectors. One resident reminded the Mayor of her quote that she hopes the election doesn't become personal and he said it sounds personal. The Mayor responded by posting a website built and written by Dan Fields on the Daily Herald comments section, further showing her ties to him. The website has since been locked by password.
Louis Sharp is a former Trustee and a current business owner in Island Lake. He admitted in a writing in his Life Skills column that he has a long history of animosity towards a former village official, which most are assuming is Charles Amrich given their history and ties in a business in Island Lake.
Not liking someone does not prevent you from filing an objection against them running in an election. What is needed is proof of these allegations which we all hope will come at the next hearing. These hearings are expensive. Residents complained of the legal costs these hearings bring up as well s the fact that Fields, whom objected to an advisory question withdrew his objection, but not after the village racked up over $5,000 in legal fees.
The Objectors' did not appear at the hearing, only their attorney appeared. A video tape of this hearing is floating around on password protected site. Maybe they will release it for all to see.
The attorney for the canidates asked for evidence against the clients and the electoral board and the objectors attorney did not accommodate that request and the attorney said he would not until the time was right. According to the attorney, the law does not require an objector to produce evidence of said accusations.
Attorney for canidates asked Clerk Mascillino to be recused because she is a potential witness and they intend to subpoena her. If that happens, a judge most likely will appoint a replacement.
The canidates are being accused of one: Amrich, owing the village money on some bills. Two: Sciarone, as an employee misappropriated funds and therefore owes the village money.
The fight continues Thursday morning at a second hearing scheduled at 11:30 a.m.