Breaking News Bar
posted: 5/28/2013 6:40 PM

State moves to take election oversight from Lake County clerk

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • Willard Helander

      Willard Helander

 
 

SPRINGFIELD -- A lengthy list of proposed election rules emerged Tuesday that would take supervision of voting away from Lake County Clerk Willard Helander and create a new board to do the same job.

"It's a power grab to take over election authority in Lake County," Helander said.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

Legislation to make the change -- and also allow online voter registration statewide -- was approved by an Illinois Senate committee Tuesday, sending it on for further debate.

A five-member board would be created within 90 days of the rules changing, and the members would be appointed by Lake County's chief judge, currently Fred Foreman.

Helander protested that usually when election boards like the ones that run voting in Aurora and DuPage County are set up, voters are allowed to decide to go that direction. In this case, state lawmakers would make the change on their own.

And, she said, the move would cost the county money.

State Rep. Don Harmon, an Oak Park Democrat and the plan's sponsor, said the move made sense because it works for other counties.

State Sen. Matt Murphy, a Palatine Republican, expressed concern that voters wouldn't be involved, arguing the new board members would be "foisted" upon Lake County.

"This provision strikes me as a little heavy-handed," Murphy said.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here