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Has President Sarto become obsessed?


Carpentersville president looks to prosecutors to remove trustee
By Larissa Chinwah | Daily Herald Staff

It’s March.


That means March Madness, the start of spring and St. Patrick’s Day.

In Carpentersville, it’s also the time of year when Village President Bill Sarto sends a letter to the Kane County state’s attorney requesting action against a trustee.

This year, he’ll also send a letter to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Sarto met with village administrators Tuesday to discuss Trustee Paul Humpfer’s political future, in light of the trustee’s conviction for misdemeanor domestic battery.

Though state law requires the ouster of elected officials convicted of a felony — or “an infamous crime” — those found guilty of a misdemeanor can retain their seats.

“We are requesting that quo warranto action be taken to have Mr. Humpfer removed from the village board,” Sarto said. “We are asking that they step in and do the right thing and have him removed.”

“Quo warranto” is a legal term describing an action that establishes the legitimacy of an officeholder.

It is commonly used to remove publicly elected officials who have committed crimes but who refuse to relinquish their offices.

“It seems like we are not getting much of a result from the state’s attorney,” Sarto said. “They have been kind of ducking this in terms of taking a position one way or another. We are hoping to get some clarification on this.”

A Kane County judge last week convicted Humpfer, 44, of four counts of domestic battery stemming from a May 2007 argument in which Humpfer hit his wife in the legs with a baseball bat.

Humpfer faces up to 364 days in county jail. Sentencing is set for April 10.

Village attorney James Rhodes confirmed that he was preparing a letter to send to both authorities, but declined to elaborate on the letter’s contents.

First Assistant State’s Attorney Clint Hull said the office had not yet received a request from Sarto and refused to comment further.

The latest correspondence with county prosecutors comes almost a year to the day since Sarto asked Kane County State’s Attorney John Barsanti to look into allegations of domestic abuse filed by Humpfer’s wife in 2005.

In March last year, just weeks before the April election in which Humpfer was running, Sarto resurrected an 18-month-old incident and brought it to the state’s attorney’s office for investigation.

In that incident, Jacqueline Humpfer, Humpfer’s wife, had sought and received an order of protection against her husband.

The state’s attorney’s office determined no charges were warranted in that case and no charges were ever filed.

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