Cook County filing period closes without surprises
The final day for candidates to throw their hat into the 2012 primary election ring came and went Monday without any surprises for suburban Cook County voters.
As expected, Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown faces a challenge in the Democratic primary from Chicago 22nd Ward Alderman Ricardo Munoz, who submitted his paperwork during the Monday lunch hour.
Brown, who's seeking a fourth term, finds herself in a familiar spot.
After running unopposed in the 2008 primary, she won 58 percent of the vote in a three-way general election race despite not being endorsed by any major daily newspaper. The former Chicago Transit Authority auditor general also defeated three Democrats in the 2000 primary and then won more than 60 percent of the vote in two-way primary and general election races in 2004.
Brown's opponent this time around was the youngest member of the Chicago city council when he was first appointed in 1993, according to Munoz's biography on the city of Chicago website. He was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and currently resides in the Little Village neighborhood on the Southwest Side.
Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez does not have an opponent in her bid for a second term after Monday's filing deadline passed.
Likewise, state Rep. Karen Yarbrough, Democrat from Maywood, is unopposed in her bid to succeed Eugene "Gene" Moore as recorder of deeds.
First-time Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak of Wheeling faces a District 1 Republican primary challenge from Sean Morrison of Palos Park. Casey Thomas Griffin of Midlothian was the lone Democrat to file.
Patlak and Morrison, in addition to several dozen candidates present to submit their paperwork at the Cook County Clerk's office when its doors opened Nov. 28, will be in a lottery at 10 a.m. Wednesday to determine ballot position.
Seven Democrats, none from the Northwest suburbs, are seeking one of three board seats up for election at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. The pool includes Patrick Daley Thompson of Chicago, the grandson of the late Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley.
Republican Harold "Noonie" Ward of Chicago filed his petition Monday, as did Green Party candidates Julie Samuels of Oak Park, Dave Ehrlich of Chicago and Karen Roothaan of Chicago.
In Lake County's 17th District county board race, which covers Lake Barrington and Tower Lakes, newcomer Mary Schorr of Wauconda submitted her paperwork Monday to challenge Nick Sauer of Fox River Grove and Dan Quick of Wauconda in the Republican primary.
In the 19th District, which covers parts of Barrington, Deer Park and Kildeer, Democrat Deborah Barry of Deer Park will challenge incumbent Republican Craig Taylor in the November general election. Both are unopposed in the primary.
In McHenry County's District 1, which includes Algonquin Township, incumbent Republicans Robert Bless of Fox River Grove and Anna May Miller of Cary filed, as did challengers Robert Nowak and Yvonne Barnes, both of Cary. Barnes is a former county board member. Nick Chirikos of Algonquin is unopposed in the Democratic primary.
Filing closes for Northwest suburban primariesFiling for the March 20, 2012 Illinois primary election closed at 5 p.m. Monday for county, state legislative and judicial candidates. Here is a comprehensive list of the filers for county and state legislative offices of interest to the Northwest suburbs.
Congressional candidates do not file nominating petitions until later in December.
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Democratic: Dorothy Brown, Chicago; Ricardo Munoz, Chicago.
Democratic: Karen A. Yarbrough, Maywood.
Democratic: Anita Alvarez, River Forest.
Board of Review
Ÿ 1st District
Democratic: Casey Thomas Griffin, Midlothian.
Republican: Dan Patlak, Wheeling; Sean M. Morrison, Palos Park.
Ÿ 2nd District
Democratic: Michael Cabonargi, Chicago.
Ÿ 3rd District
Democratic: Larry Rogers Jr., Chicago; Robert Shaw, South Holland.
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
Democratic: Stella B. Black, Chicago; Debra Shore, Evanston; Kari K. Steele, Chicago; Patrick Daley Thompson, Chicago; Patricia Young, LaGrange Park.
Republican: Harold "Noonie" Ward, Chicago.
Green: Julie Samuels, Oak Park; Dave Ehrlich, Chicago; Karen Roothaan, Chicago.
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Democratic: Cynthia Pruim Haran, Round Lake.
Republican: Gerald T. Dietz, Round Lake; Keith Brin, Highland Park.
Democratic: Thomas A. Rudd, Lake Forest; Artis Yancey, Waukegan.
Republican: Steve Newton, Antioch; Howard Cooper, Gurnee.
Democratic: Mary Ellen Vanderventer, Waukegan.
Republican: Marty Blumenthal, Highland Park; Bob Bednar, Mundelein.
Democratic: Karen Boyd Williams, Mundelein; Reginald C. Mathews, Lindenhurst; Chris Kennedy, Lake Bluff.
Republican: Mike Nerheim, Waukegan; Louise Hayes, Lake Bluff; Bryan R. Winter, Waukegan.
County Board District 17
Republican: Nick Sauer, Fox River Grove; Dan Quick, Wauconda; Mary Schorr, Wauconda.
County Board District 18
Republican: Aaron Lawlor, Vernon Hills.
County Board District 19
Democratic: Deborah Barry, Deer Park.
Republican: Craig W. Taylor, Lake Zurich.
County Board District 20
Republican: David B. Stolman, Buffalo Grove.
County Board District 21
Democratic: Arlene Hickory, Lake Bluff.
Republican: Ann B. Maine, Lincolnshire; Robert E. Haraden, Libertyville; Douglas R. Bennett, Deerfield.
Republican: Robert "Bob" Berlin, Clarendon Hills.
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Democratic: Ralph Scalise, Carol Stream.
Republican: Chris Kachiroubas, Elmhurst.
Republican: Bob Grogan, Downers Grove.
Republican: Richard Jorgensen, Wheaton.
Republican: Fred Bucholz, Wheaton.
County Board District 6
Democratic: Dirk Enger, Winfield; Terrell Barnes, Roselle; Dave Barry, Bartlett; Lauren "Laurie" Nowak, Bartlett.
Republican: Tom Sutton, Wayne; Robert L. "Bob" Larsen, Wheaton; Kevin R. Wiley, West Chicago; James F. "Jim" Zay, Carol Stream; David J. Sabathne, West Chicago.
Forest Preserve District 6
Democratic: Shannon M. Burns, West Chicago.
Republican: Al Murphy, West Chicago; Kory Andrew Atkinson, Roselle; Art Pierscionek, Bartlett; Pete Connolly, Wayne.
Republican: Pamela K. Palmer, Union.
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Republican: Katherine M. Keefe, Woodstock.
Republican: Anne L. Majewski, Algonquin.
Republican: Phyllis K. Walters, Algonquin.
Republican: Louis Bianchi, Crystal Lake.
County Board District 1
Republican: Yvonne M. Barnes, Cary; Anna May Miller, Cary; Robert "Bob" Bless, Fox River Grove; Robert C. (Bob) Nowak, Cary.
Democratic: Nick Chirikos, Algonquin.
Republican: Michael G. Connelly, Lisle
Democratic: Tim Elenz, Streamwood; Michael Noland, Elgin
Democratic: Greg Brownfield, Bartlett; Thomas E. Cullerton, Villa Park; Kevin Allen, Addison.
Republican: Carole Pankau, Itasca; Randy Ramey, Carol Stream.
Democratic: Corinne Pierog, St. Charles; Steven L. Hunter, Geneva.
Republican: Dave Richmond, Batavia; Richard Slocum, Sugar Grove; Jim Oberweis, Sugar Grove.
Democratic: Amanda Howland, Lake Zurich
Republican: Dan Duffy, Lake Barrington
Republican: Matt Murphy, Palatine.
Democratic: Daniel W. Kotowski, Park Ridge.
Republican: Jim O'Donnell, Park Ridge; Gayle Smolinski, Roselle.
Democratic: Julie Morrison, Deerfield; Milton J. Sumption, Lake Bluff.
Republican: Arie Friedman, Highland Park.
Democratic: Terry Link, Waukegan.
Republican: Don Castella, Lincolnshire; Gregory S. Jacobs, Mundelein.
Democratic: Melinda Bush, Grayslake.
Republican: Lennie Jarratt, Round Lake Beach; Larry Leafblad, Grayslake; Michael L. White, Lindenhurst; Joe Neal, Wadsworth.
Republican: Karen McConnaughay, St. Charles; Cliff Surges, Gilberts; Craig M. Powers, Geneva.
Democratic: Don Harmon, Oak Park.
Democratic: Bruce Randazzo, Chicago.
Republican: Michael McAuliffe, Chicago.
Democratic: William R. Adams, Wheaton.
Republican: Chris Hage, Wheaton; Jeanne M. Ives, Wheaton; Laura M. Pollastrini, Carol Stream.
Democratic: Keith Farnham, Elgin.
Democratic: Fred Crespo, Hoffman Estates.
Republican: Ramiro Juarez, Streamwood; Tom Lezon, Hanover Park; Cary J. Collins, Hoffman Estates.
Democratic: JoAnn Franzen, Roselle.
Republican: Dennis M. Reboletti, Elmhurst.
Democratic: Deborah O'Keefe Conroy, Elmhurst
Republican: John "Chip" Humes, Addison; Daniel J. Kordik, Villa Park.
Republican: Mike Fortner, West Chicago.
Republican: Ed Sullivan Jr., Mundelein.
Republican: Kent Gaffney, Lake Barrington; David McSweeney, Barrington Hills; Danielle Rowe, Island Lake.
Republican: David Harris, Arlington Heights.
Republican: Tom Morrison, Palatine.
Democratic: Martin J. Moylan, Des Plaines.
Republican: Rosemary E. Mulligan, Des Plaines.
Democratic: Michelle Mussman, Schaumburg
Republican: John R. Lawson, Schaumburg
Democratic: Elaine Nekritz, Northbrook
Republican: Jonathan L. Greenberg, Northbrook
Democratic: Scott Drury, Highwood.
Republican: Mark G. Neerhof, Lake Forest; Lauren G. Turelli, Lake Forest.
Democratic: Carol Sente, Vernon Hills.
Republican: Sidney H. Mathias, Buffalo Grove.
Democratic: Kathleen Willis, Addison.
Republican: Angelo "Skip" Saviano, Elmwood Park.