The hearing on Crabbe and Goyle’s (oops, I meant Grabbe and MacDonald’s) objections to our petition to put the bond issue on the ballot in November has been scheduled for Monday April 26 at 7 pm at Sundling Junior High in the regular board meeting room. This hearing is open to the public, and I hope that many people will attend to remind the board that you are still paying attention! Wear red if you please.
The “electoral board” is comprised of Jerry Chapman, Tim Millar, and June Becker, who will be acting as judge and jury, and deciding the validity of the objections. I understand that much of the hearing process will take place at the County Clerk’s office downtown, where the original voter registration and signature information is kept.
We have been working literally night and day to review the objections and we believe the vast majority of them are without merit.
Hundreds of objections were made to signatures because the reviewer did not believe the petition circulator’s signature was “legible”. Last time I checked, legibility was not a requirement. Hundreds of signatures were objected to as being “not genuine”. Once again, we can easily obtain affidavits of signers if their signatures don’t exactly match their voter registration cards they signed 10 years ago. The funny thing about those “not genuine signature” objections is that, to my knowledge, the petition reviewers did not have access to the voter signature cards because they did all their work at home or at Flamm’s HQ. So, they have no basis for saying any signatures are not genuine. Also, hundreds of signatures were objected to as being duplicates, which clearly were not.
These are just examples of some of the frivolous objections which were filed by Flamm’s stooges. Too bad I can’t ask for sanctions against them for filing vexatious and harassing pleadings – but Illinois law says you don’t get sanctions in election cases. Oh well, there are always potential civil damages… but that is another lawsuit for another day. I sure hope Crabbe and Goyle know what they are getting themselves into! I doubt it because my bet would be that they have not looked at single petition page in this matter, because FLAMM”S FLUNKIES did it all for them.
Bring it on!
Please come out and show your support as we battle the “machine” tonight!
We are confident that ultimately we will prevail and the issue will go on the ballot in November. But I doubt that I will get a fair hearing in King Chapman’s court, and further litigation will most likely be necessary.
Have a great weekend and I hope you can come to the hearing on Monday.