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Lake County seeking injunction to stop election law changes

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Gilbert R. Boucher II/gboucher@dailyherald.com Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor, left, and Lake County State's Attorney Mike Nerheim announced Tuesday at the Lake County Building in Waukegan that they have filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of House Bill 2418. The bill removes the authority of the county clerk to administer elections and establishes an elections commission without a voter referendum, in Lake County only.

Gilbert R. Boucher II/gboucher@dailyherald.com Lake County State's Attorney Mike Nerheim, right, and Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor announced Tuesday at the Lake County Building in Waukegan that they have filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of House Bill 2418. The bill removes the authority of the county clerk to administer elections and establishes an elections commission without a voter referendum, in Lake County only.

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Calling the measure illegal and unconstitutional, Lake County officials are seeking an injunction to stop a new state law that strips away the county clerk's election oversight. Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Waukegan to halt the change, which Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law as part of a wide-reaching piece of election-related legislation.
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    • Gilbert R. Boucher II/gboucher@dailyherald.com Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor, left, and Lake County State's Attorney Mike Nerheim announced Tuesday at the Lake County Building in Waukegan that they have filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of House Bill 2418. The bill removes the authority of the county clerk to administer elections and establishes an elections commission without a voter referendum, in Lake County only.
    • Gilbert R. Boucher II/gboucher@dailyherald.com Lake County State's Attorney Mike Nerheim, right, and Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor announced Tuesday at the Lake County Building in Waukegan that they have filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of House Bill 2418. The bill removes the authority of the county clerk to administer elections and establishes an elections commission without a voter referendum, in Lake County only.
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