Sunday, February 24, 2013
Candidates weigh their options
Embattled Island Lake slate candidates weigh their options
By JANE HUH - firstname.lastname@example.org
Created: Sunday, February 24, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST
ISLAND LAKE – Candidates of the “For the People” ticket are weighing options after suffering a blow last week to their appeal to put Charles Amrich, candidate for village president, on the April 9 ballot.
“We’re kind of keeping it close to ourselves right now,” said Mark Beeson, a fellow slate candidate who is running for village trustee. “We’re trying to figure out what the best plan of attack is and likely will commit to something [by the end of the week].”
The Lake County Circuit Court last Tuesday dismissed Amrich’s appeal on grounds of improper delivery of legal documents to the opposing attorneys and individuals involved in the case.
Amrich’s attorney had paperwork served personally, rather than using certified or registered mail, as statute requires.
“Our appeal didn’t even get heard,” Beeson said.
Amrich led the “For The People” slate, which include clerk candidate Teresa Ponio and trustee candidates Beeson, Anthony Sciarrone and Keith Johns.
The competing slate, “United for Progress,” is led by incumbent Village President Debbie Herrmann, who is seeking re-election as village president. Incumbent Connie Mascillino, who is seeking re-election as village clerk, and trustee candidates Josh Rohde, Ken Nitz and Ed McGinty round out the slate.
“We’re almost there,” Beeson said. “We’re going to be making a final decision soon and hopefully prevail in the sense that we get a full slate back, so that the residents of Island Lake will have a choice.”
Amrich, a former village president who served from 1985 to 2005, filed to run against Herrmann. Two residents with business ties to the current village administration, Dan Field and Louis Sharp, filed objections to Amrich’s candidacy, resulting in the electoral board hearings.
Objectors said Amrich was ineligible to run for office because of an overdue $174 garbage bill. Amrich paid the bill after he signed his statement of candidacy form, but before he filed his nominating papers in December.
As long as the bill was paid by the time nominating papers were filed, Amrich met the requirements to be qualified, said his attorney, David McArdle, citing the Illinois Supreme Court’s Cinkus case.
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