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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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Sarto gets caught Lying again,3_1_EL08_A3HUMPFER_S1.article

Sarto still calling for Humpfer’s removal

March 8, 2008

CARPENTERSVILLE — Despite a week that included a criminal conviction and a possible unrelated probe by Kane County prosecutors, Paul Humpfer said he’s planning to stay put as a village board trustee. At least for now.

“Not at this point” is Humpfer considering stepping down from the board, he said Friday.

Humpfer has, however, been pressured to do so since well before charges were first brought last August, he said. Village President Bill Sarto has suggested his resignation several times.

“Any reason he could get, he would grab onto to get me off that board,” Humpfer said.

Their contentious relationship stems at least in part from Humpfer’s proposed ordinance to fine residents who employ or rent to illegal immigrants, the trustee and others have said.

A Kane County judge convicted Humpfer on Wednesday of four counts of domestic battery for hitting his wife of 16 years with a baseball bat at their Carpentersville home in May 2007. The conviction is yet another reason Humpfer ought to be supplanted from the board, Sarto said.

“I’ve been told by attorneys from the attorney general’s office … about the situation,” Sarto said during a telephone interview Friday. “They both told me that if he was convicted on any one of these four counts, he’d be removed.”

Sarto added that two Kane County State’s Attorneys Office investigators had told him the same thing last summer when Humpfer was indicted.

However, the Illinois Attorney General’s office denies ever offering an official opinion or any analysis on the matter, beyond pointing Sarto to the pertinent state statute.


The legislation does not state which offices or agencies have the authority to discharge Humpfer.

Also, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office said it could not confirm which staffers — if any — Sarto talked to regarding Humpfer’s conviction and its effect on his public official status.

State’s Attorney John Barsanti has not offered an opinion, and likely will not do so unless the village board itself opts to purge Humpfer and he refuses to step down.

Regardless of which bodies have authority, the violent nature of the crime absolutely demands Humpfer’s removal from office, Sarto said.

“If you went out in the community and asked 10 people,” Sarto said, 10 would say that the battery is serious enough to be considered an “infamous crime,” the somewhat vague legal standard legislators used to qualify such removals.

For more than a year, Sarto also has called for Humpfer’s ousting based on the trustee’s place of residence. Sarto has argued that the trustee has been living outside the village, which would could make him ineligible to hold a village office as per the residency requirement of the legislation.

On Thursday, Barsanti released a statement in response to Sarto’s official, months-old inquiry.

Barsanti said that he had spoken with the village about the residency issue, but had not determined whether Humpfer was — or is — indeed living outside the municipality’s borders.

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Resident questions leadership skills of C’ville Board

Board OKs gasoline tax

March 6, 2008

CARPENTERSVILLE — After an hourlong debate fueled by concerns over adding to already bloated pump prices, the village board Tuesday night voted 5-2 to enact a 2-cents-per-gallon motor fuel tax.

Officials said the tax should generate about $250,000 in revenue and is needed to offset the financial impact of a future bond issue. The tax is to take effect May 1.

Village President Bill Sarto and Trustees Keith Hinz, Linda Ramirez Sliwinski, Ed Ritter and Kay Teeter voted in favor, while Trustees Judy Sigwalt and Paul Humpfer voted against the measure.

Sarto scoffed at suggestions that the tax would be burdensome for residents, and he expressed doubt it would drive local motorists to other towns to gas up.

“First off, it does tax the users that are using the roadways,” Sarto said. “It seems unbelievable to me that somebody should say that 2 cents (more per gallon) is going to determine whether or not someone is going to gas up in Carpentersville or someplace else.”

He said the revenue from the tax will be vital to the village’s capital improvement program, the centerpiece of which is repairs to crumbling streets.

Sigwalt said that although she is not against improving streets, she has a problem voting for what she described as a tax on top of a tax while signs of a recession are everywhere.

“We have brand-new stores that are cutting jobs, and people are tapping into their 401(k)s just to get by,” Sigwalt said.

She also noted oil prices have climbed to record levels. “And they’re predicting that gas will be $4 a gallon by spring-summer,” she said.

As further evidence that the village is facing harder times, trustees cited a resolution unanimously approved by the village board that allows local water, sewer and vehicle sticker payments to be paid via credit card.

Dear Village Board and President,

I find it absolutely irresponsible that we raised our local Gas taxes in a time of recession or some call it a slowing economy,  in any case not good.

And didn’t we just raise our water and sewer rates?…………………………………………………………..

 Why is it, Government bodies can’t do what  we as Individuals have to do and that’s stay within our own budgets. We cannot force our employers to up our income just because we spend to much just as the Village Officials should not force its employers ” the Tax Payers” to up the Villages income just because the Village Officials cannot balance a budget like the rest of the 37,000 residents do and with know help from the Village!

I am not seeing…… the Logic here. The Village gave the Village Fresh Market $250,000.00, we bought the Tamarac Crossing for what? 2.5 Million dollars? and I’m sure there is plenty I don’t know but, just with this information it shows that the Village should not have bought the Tamarac property and could not afford to give Village Fresh Market $250,000. and other miscellaneous donations or “Incentives”.

This is probably the worst display of leadership yet, which includes the majority of the Board…… When does it stop?……………… where are our taxes going to be 10, 20 years from now?……  Do you realize between all of the taxing body’s that the percentage of our personal money is dwindling away to pay assorted taxes…….. How often do you think you can do this?……… Soon we’ll all be working just to pay taxes.   Where will we get our food?

With this increase in the Gas tax I would expect a freeze on all additional spending within the Village until the time you can Govern with the funds you have in the Village budget, Not the residents Budgets.

Another suggestion and Question; Don’t spend it if you don’t have it, and Should “home rule” be reviewed ?

Just as another thought, We don’t count every cent of tax money we pay each year on everything……….. Just think……….. add it up!

federal Income tax
real estate tax
sales tax
Gas of various taxing districts

And which one of these or any taxing bodies  have ever reduced their percentage of tax charged to you?


Richard Grass & Family


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