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Article updated: 1/11/2013 11:25 AM

Objection filed against Arlington Heights term limits petition

By Melissa Silverberg

An objection has been filed to the petition calling for Arlington Heights to place a binding referendum on the April ballot that could impose term limits for elected village officials.

Resident Thomas Krausmann filed the objection with the village clerk's office Thursday morning citing several problems the petition.

According to Krausmann's complaint, "The referendum is not in the form of a question as is required by state law."

The petition, turned in by resident Bill Gnech last week with more than 2,700 signatures, is worded: "We the residents of Arlington Heights, Illinois in the County of Cook, require the Village of Arlington Heights, Illinois to put a (2) four-year term limit (8-year lifetime) binding referendum on the ballot for Village President and Village Trustee on the April 9, 2013 consolidated general election. I am a legal resident of Arlington Heights and a registered voter."

Krausmann also wrote that the way the referendum is worded is confusing to voters and does not indicate when term limits would go into effect or if they would be retroactive to already elected officials.

"I do not want this referendum to appear on the ballot," Krausmann wrote.

The Arlington Heights Electoral Board will meet at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14 in the board room at Village Hall, 33 S. Arlington Heights Road, to hear the objections and rule on the petition.

The electoral board is made up of Village President Arlene Mulder, Clerk Becky Hume and Trustee Thomas Hayes, who is the longest serving trustee on the board.

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