Stand-ins appointed after Elk Grove mayor and trustee recuse selves from electoral board

  • The Elk Grove Village electoral board meets Friday morning -- Village Clerk Lorrie Murphy, from left, board attorney Tom Bastian and Trustee Nancy Czarnik. Lawyers appointed to stand in for Czarnik and the mayor to consider objections to a term limits referendum weren't present.

      The Elk Grove Village electoral board meets Friday morning -- Village Clerk Lorrie Murphy, from left, board attorney Tom Bastian and Trustee Nancy Czarnik. Lawyers appointed to stand in for Czarnik and the mayor to consider objections to a term limits referendum weren't present. Christopher Placek | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 12/20/2019 7:53 PM

A Cook County judge has appointed two public members to the Elk Grove Village electoral board to hear two objections to a term limits referendum.

Judge Sharon Sullivan appointed attorneys Christopher Cohen and Daniel Kelly in place of Mayor Craig Johnson and Trustee Nancy Czarnik on the three-member panel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Johnson and Czarnik recused themselves because they would be subject to the March 17, 2020, binding ballot question, which will ask voters whether the mayor and trustees should be limited to two consecutive 4-year terms.

Cohen and Kelly are set to join Village Clerk Lorrie Murphy on the three-member panel for a meeting at 2 p.m. Monday.

They'll hear two objections filed against resident Tim Burns' referendum: one, originally filed by Benjamin Lee in October but recently remanded to the electoral board by a Cook County judge, and the other filed Monday by Gil Schumm, treasurer of the Committee to Oppose the Retroactive Term Limits Referendum, which is backed by the mayor.

The electoral board met briefly Friday morning as a formality, with a quorum established by Czarnik and Murphy. Johnson was at the village-sponsored Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl.

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