Coin flip will break tie for Green Oaks village board

 
 
Updated 4/19/2011 6:50 PM

A single late arriving vote has resulted in a tie for a seat on the Green Oaks village board.

A coin flip at Lake County Clerk Willard Helander's office at 11 a.m. Wednesday will decide the race as a rarely used tie breaker.

 

"We don't have any special coin," said Cindy Pagano, chief deputy clerk and head of elections. "I've been here almost 16 years and I believe this is the second time."

After the polls closed April 5, unofficial results had incumbent Richard S. Glogovsky trailing fellow incumbent Patricia Thomas by a single vote. Four candidates were seeking three, 4-year terms.

"I thought it was over. I was preparing to turn over my stuff to the village," said Glogovsky, who has served on the board for eight years. He succeeded his father, Richard W. Glogovsky, who had served 24 years.

Results are unofficial until the late arriving absentee and provisional ballots are counted. The only one received went to Glogovsky.

"It is kind of interesting," said Thomas, who was appointed by Mayor Bernard Wysocki about seven years ago and subsequently won 2- and 4-year terms. She learned of the tie about noon Tuesday.

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She said she will try to make it for the coin flip but it depends on whether she can get away from work. Glogovsky will be at work and won't attend.

"The village wins either way," said Thomas, who also served many years on the plan commission, including a stint as chairman.

Wysocki said the vote was certified Tuesday.

"One's the finance chairman (Thomas) the other is the road chairman," he said. "Either way, I'm losing someone with a lot of experience. That's the way elections go."