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Carpentersville’s Bindergate

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Trustee Linda Ramirez Sliwinski is off April’s Ballot

A Carpentersville trustee was removed from the April ballot today after a lengthy review of signatures on her nominating petitions determined too many were ineligible or illegible.

The village’s electoral board rejected 45 signatures collected by Trustee Linda Ramirez-Sliwinski, leaving the first-term trustee with fewer than the needed 148 valid signatures, electoral board member Judy Sigwalt said.

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There’s more coming from the crying Bill Sarto >>>

Trustee Linda Ramirez Sliwinski came up 6 signatures short after the conclusion of a very lengthy “binder check” at the Kane County Clerk’s office. Trustee Ramirez Sliwinski filed 187 signatures on her petition. This was 39 more signatures than required to have her name placed on the ballot. Generally, that would be considered to be a “safe” cushion by most political experts. Unfortunately, 45 of her signatures were successfully challenged. Most were removed because the person signing the petition could not be found in the Kane County Clerk’s voter registration system.

As part of the Electoral Board that participated in the voter registration “binder check” I must say that I find this very unusual. Especially, right on the heels of one of the largest election turnouts in recent history, also just following the massive voter registration of many first time voters it seems inconceivable that this could be possible.

 

below, Bill Sarto (left) and Roeser’s Attorney Doug Ibendahl (center) checking petitions in 2007, that time it was Trustee Humpfer, Trustee Sigwalt Keith Hinz and Frank Stoneham who’s petitions were being challenged.

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Dave Reece (upper left) Roeser’s attorney Doug Ibendahl (center)

Watching the Electoral Board who at that time was Sarto, Trustee Kay Teeter and Terry Wilde, village clerk

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Is Sue Harney looking out for her own best interests?

Press Release from Savedundee.com

*** For immediate dissemination ***

 

Contact:          Don Rage, 847-742-5555, don@savedundee.com

                        Paul Lanspa, 847-836-8584, paul@savedundee.com

 

 

The full story about Dundee Township pay increases

 

At least one local blogger (a financial backer of Harney’s re-election effort) and Sue Harney have cried foul we have made light of her pay increase.  While we certainly question the credibility of blog statements, coming from a supporter of Harney, this release attempts to cover the issue more completely.

 

Based on the Township’s audited financial statement for the year ending February 29, 2008 (page 34), Township Supervisor Harney was paid direct compensation totaling $30,800 per year.  The Township Road Commissioner was paid a total of $63,640 per year (page 34 and 43, note: half of the Road Commissioner’s pay is included in the Road and Bridge fund which is inconsistent with Illinois statue).

 

At the October 21, 2008 Dundee Township Board of Trustees meeting, Resolution 2008-8 was passed giving the Township Supervisor a salary of $40,000 per year, an increase of $9,200 per year (or) a 29.9% increase over her current salary.  This resolution also gave the Road Commissioner a salary of $72,000 per year, an increase of $8,360 per year (or) a 13.1% increase over his current salary.  Voting in favor of this resolution were Trustees Lauer and Edwards and opposed were Trustees Behm and Schaffer.  Harney cast the tie-breaking, final vote to approve this resolution, and increase her own pay.  Additionally, Dundee Township is the only Township in Kane County employing an Assistant Township Supervisor, at a cost to the taxpayers of $19,000 per year.

 

At the January 31st League of Women Voters forum, Supervisor Harney defended this raise stating the position is full-time, not part-time, and Harney deserved such a large raise due to the work she has done. 

 

We find it alarming when any elected official would feel so comfortable defending this size of increase.  Make no mistake; this is a public service position.  When Harney ran for office in 2001 and re-election in 2005, she knew what the position paid.  Any argument she or her supporters put forth, expose her insensitivity to the taxpayers and the economic conditions they face. 

 

Harney and her backers can only make their justifications “work,” through the use of data for Township officials outside Kane County.  Perhaps Harney and her team are unaware of what county she lives in.  The fact Harney feels she can justify giving her self such a large pay increase, speaks for itself. 

 

It is debatable whether the Supervisor’s position is a full-time or part-time position.  At the same forum Harney explained she was the lowest paid Township Supervisors.  That wasn’t really the full story.  In defending this raise, Harney is most certainly twisting the facts. 

 

When comparing the current Supervisor’s salary to a sampling of other part-time Township Supervisors in Kane County, Dundee Township ranked FIRST of the townships we were able to sample.  Of the 16 Township Supervisors, only two (Aurora and Elgin) Townships are currently deemed full-time positions due to the magnitude and scope of the populations they serve, which we purposely omitted these from our survey.  The most direct comparison is Campton Township, which is the only other Kane County Township with an Open Space program.  Harney will now be paid 22% more than the Campton Township Supervisor.  It is our assertion that if Harney feels her position is a full-time; it is due to her own creation and not one of necessity.

 

Township

Annual Salary

Batavia

$31,887.00

Big Rock

$11,000.00

Blackberry

$20,000.00

Campton

$32,786.00

Dundee

$40,000.00

Geneva

$15,000.00

Rutland

$21,000.00

St. Charles

$38,288.00

Average:

$26,245.13

 

The Pay Raises page of our website www.savedundee.com includes pictures of Harney, impeached Governor Blagojevich, and Cook County Board President Todd Stroger.  The voters of Dundee Township placed their trust in Harney to spend their tax dollars wisely.  We feel Harney along with Blagojevich and Stroger, violated the public’s trust, showing disregard for the value and use of the taxpayers’ money. 

 

We call upon the current leadership to include a motion of reconsideration on the February 17, 2009 Board of Trustees meeting agenda, to roll-back these large increases in pay.  We are hopeful that Trustees Behm and Schaffer will make this motion, so the issue can be discussed and voted upon again.

 

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The upcoming objections.

COMMITTEE/COMMISSION MEETINGS

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

Notice is hereby given that the Municipal Officers’ Electoral Board of the Village of Carpentersville, Illinois for the Office of Village Trustee will hold a special meeting on Monday, February 9, 2009, at the hour of 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Village of Carpentersville Village Hall, 1200 L.W. Besinger Drive, Carpentersville, Il. 60110, for the purpose of convening a hearing on the objections filed by Mr. Frank Stoneham to the nominating petitions of Kenneth E. Andresen II, Debra K. Lowen, Joseph R. Haimann and Linda Ramirez Sliwinski and the objections filed by Ms. Judith Gallagher to the nominating petitions of Patricia Schultz, Kay Ann Teeter, Kent W. Baldwin, and Bradford McFeggan as candidates for election to the office of Village Trustee. Set forth below is an agenda for such meeting.

Village of Carpentersville Municipal
Officers’ Electoral Board

Therese Wilde
Village Clerk
Local Election Official

AGENDA

Special Meeting of the Village of Carpentersville Municipal Officers’ Electoral Board
for the Office of Village Trustee

February 9, 2009 6:30 P.M.

Call to order

Roll call

Convene hearing on objections to the nominating petitions of Kenneth E. Andresen II, candidate for election to the office of Village Trustee.

Convene hearing on objections to the nominating petitions of Debra K. Lowen, candidate for election to the office of Village Trustee.

Convene hearing on objections to the nominating petitions of Joseph R. Haimann, candidate for election to the office of Village Trustee.

Convene hearing on objections to the nominating petitions of Linda Ramirez Sliwinski, candidate for election to the office of Village Trustee.

Convene hearing on objections to the nominating petitions of Patricia Schultz, candidate for election to the office of Village Trustee.

Convene hearing on objections to the nominating petitions of Kay Ann Teeter, candidate for election to the office of Village Trustee.

Convene hearing on objections to the nominating petitions of Kent W. Baldwin, candidate for election to the office of Village Trustee.

Convene hearing on objections to the nominating petitions of Bradford McFeggan, candidate for election to the office of Village Trustee .

Discussion and deliberation of Board (may be conducted after each individual hearing)

Adjournment
(Posted 02/05//2009)

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NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

Notice is hereby given that the Municipal Officers’ Electoral Board of the Village of Carpentersville, Illinois for the Office President will hold a special meeting on Monday, February 9, 2009, at the hour of 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Village of Carpentersville Village Hall, 1200 L.W. Besinger Drive, Carpentersville, Il. 60110, for the purpose of convening a hearing on the objections filed by Mr. Frank Stoneham to the nominating petitions of Mr. Bill Sarto and Mr. James (Jim) Krenz, and the objections filed by Ms. Judith Gallagher to the nominating petitions of Mr. Edward M. Ritter and Mr. James (Jim) Krenz as candidates for election to the office of Village President. Set forth below is an agenda for such meeting.

Village of Carpentersville Municipal
Officers’ Electoral Board

Therese Wilde
Village Clerk
Local Election Official

AGENDA

Special Meeting of the Village of Carpentersville Municipal Officers’ Electoral Board
for the Office of Village President

February 9, 2009 6:30 P.M.

Call to order

Roll call

Convene hearing on objections to the nominating petitions of Bill Sarto , candidate for election to the office of Village President.

Convene hearing on objections to the nominating petitions of James (Jim) Krenz), candidate for election to the office of Village President.

Convene hearing on objections to the nominating petitions of Edward Ritter, candidate for election to the office of Village President.

Discussion and deliberation of Board (may be conducted after each individual hearing)

Adjournment
(Posted 02/05/2009)

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Then there were…… none

February 6, 2009

By MIKE DANAHEY mdanahey@scn1.com
CARPENTERSVILLE — Come Monday evening — in theory, at least — there might not be anybody left on the ballot for village president or for the three open trustee seats in Carpentersville.

That’s because two residents, between them, have challenged the petitions collected by every single candidate, from the three men up for village president to the eight people running for trustee. The village’s three-member electoral board meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday on their objections.

Frank Stoneham has officially objected to the petitions gathered by Village President Bill Sarto and challenger Jim Krenz. In addition, Stoneham is looking to get incumbent Linda Ramirez-Sliwinski and fellow trustee candidates Kenneth Andresen, Joseph Haimann and Debra Lowen, wife of former Police Chief Robert Lowen, off the ballot.

In 2007, Sarto, Trustee Kay Teeter and Village Clerk Terri Wilde — who made up the village’s electoral board — voted unanimously to remove Stoneham from the ballot for trustee after two residents successfully challenged his petitions on the grounds some of the signatures collected were not registered voters.

Among Stoneham’s contentions is that Lowen and Andresen collected more than the required 225 signatures. His challenges also assert that Ramirez-Sliwinski, Sarto and Haimann have “less than 148 validly collected signatures.”

Resident Judith Gallagher filed objections against the other four trustee candidates, as well as a challenge to presidential candidates Ed Ritter and Krenz.

Gallagher’s assertions include that Kent Baldwin’s misspelling of “trustee” as “trustt” is a violation of election law and that because the heading for the office they seek is not the same wording on each of Ritter’s, Teeter’s and Bradford McFeggan’s petition sheets, they are in violation. Gallagher also said there are technical flaws in the petitions of trustee hopeful Patricia Schultz.

A panel of the village’s electoral board will meet to hear the objections. The three-member board will be made up of Sarto, Wilde and senior Trustee Judy Sigwalt. Since Sarto’s petitions have been challenged, Trustee Paul Humpfer will be the third member of the panel hearing in that case, Wilde said.

But Gallagher also wants Wilde to remove herself from the electoral board because she is to be called on to testify. Her presence on the panel will “create too great a ‘risk of bias,’ ” Gallagher stated.

Barring a successful challenge, the following is the order in which candidates would appear on the April 7 election ballot.

For village president, the top ballot spot will be Ritter, followed by Sarto and then Krenz. For trustee, the order is Schultz, Teeter, Haimann, Baldwin, Ramirez-Sliwinski, McFeggan, Lowen and Andresen.

Village Attorney James Rhodes and Wilde this week oversaw the drawing for the spots. Wilde explained that Sarto and Ritter were vying for the top village president spot, each waiting for the clerk’s office to open to file on the first day to file, Jan. 19. Schultz, Teeter and Haimann were the only trustee candidates there at that time. Ballot positions after that are determined on the order of candidates showing up to file petitions, Wilde explained.

Rhodes drew each candidate’s position by going alphabetically, picking a numbered paper square out of a large ceramic container. The drawing was witnessed by Ritter and Teeter.

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Candidates petitions, being objected.

By Larissa Chinwah Daily Herald Staff

Candidates in races for village board seats in Carpentersville, East Dundee and West Dundee will have their election petitions scrutinized after several residents filed objections to their paperwork this week. Read the full story at www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=269572

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