Quick Hit’s – January 12, 2018

Quick Hit’s is going to have to be quick today because I promised my publisher I’d knock out the table of contents to “So You Wanna Win a Local Election” soon!

 

Flood stays on the ballot

Having just returned from the second installment of Hampshire attorney Laura Pollastrini’s objection hearing, I can tell you with certainty that her contention that Judge Flood should’ve filed an economic interest statement specific to her 16th Circuit candidacy fell completely flat.

Those of you interested in the ruling that preserved her ballot status can read it right here: Flood.

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Judge Elizabeth Flood

Basically, the Kane County electoral board ruled that the EIS she filed as a sitting associate judge equally served her purpose as a candidate. But despite the fact she won, Flood’s failure to take the 10 minutes to file a separate EIS cost her at least five grand in attorney’s fees.

The moral to this story is, please fill out those EIS’s whether you need to or not people!

I can also tell you – with certainly – that the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office still can’t get the hearing procedures right, but we’ll save that story for another day. It would’ve also been a bit more efficient if KCSAO civil division chief, Joe Lulves, could figure out it isn’t 2019 yet.

Waiting for the ruling to be revised and recopied meant another 20 minutes of my life I’ll never get back.

At the conclusion of those festivities, a reporter asked Ms. Pollastrini if she issued the objection on behalf of another candidate or had been in contact with another candidate. She refused to answer. When I inquired as to whether she’d file an appeal, Pollastrini told me she’d discuss it with her attorney.

Considering the stakes involved, there will be much more to this story, I’m sure.

 

There’s something about a stellar attorney

Though the law school option didn’t work out for me, I still find it utterly fascinating to watch an elite attorney ply their trade. The Kane County folks who immediately come to mind are:

  • Kelli Childress
  • Jeff Meyer
  • Brick Van Der Snick
  • Rick Williams (negotiations)
  • D. J. Tegeler in his prime

The fact that you’re not on the list doesn’t necessarily mean you suck (though it might) – it’s just that I haven’t seen all a y’all at work.

To quell any potential Jeff Ward Fan Club dissent, not only is their no remuneration involved here, but one of those folks is permanently off my Christmas card list. And Rick, your politics suck! Jeff Meyer’s could use some philosophical adjustments, too.

But I digress!

In this very vein, it was a pleasure to watch Judge Flood’s attorney, Ancel Glink partner Keri-Lyn Krafthefer, in action over the past two days.

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When it comes to the Land of Lincoln, election law can be a daunting and fluid thing, but that didn’t stop Ms. Krafthefer from hitting the legal nail on the head time and time again.

And unlike the bulk of attorneys who could put the worst insomniac to sleep, she argues her points with a verbal style and cadence that draws listeners in. The court reporter did have to ask her to slow down a bit, but that was just an amusing aside.

There may have been very little merit to the challenge, but Flood was in very good hands with Ms. Krafthefer.

 

And speaking of problematic economic interest statements…

… There’s no way I’ll be voting for Democratic attorney general candidate Scott Drury any time soon.

You see, Drury used his sitting State Rep EIS to round out his attorney general nominating paperwork which drew the same kind of objection that Flood faced. Voting somewhat along partisan lines – with his fellow Dems trying to boot him from the ballot – the Illinois State Board of Elections electoral board kept him on the ballot by a 5 – 3 margin.

An indignant Drury declared:

Through his challenge, Mike Madigan and a corrupt political system tried to thwart democracy and maintain their grip on power. The good guys won, and there will be a lot more victories for the public when I’m attorney general.

What our intrepid candidate failed to mention is, while he was sitting in on his own hearing, Drury was attempting to get AG opponent Renato Mariotti thrown off the ballot for a lack of valid signatures. Why does something about pots and kettles suddenly come to mind?

Mariotti survived the challenge.

State representative, Scott Drury speaks during Monday evening's Village Board meeting. The agenda included discussion of a proposal to regulate assault weapons in the Village of Deerfield. | Brian O'Mahoney~for Sun-Times Media

But to quote my good friend Bill S., aye, here’s the rub! Drury showed up at the Illinois State Board of Elections at 8 a.m. on Nov. 27 to submit his paperwork. With about 500 candidates on hand that day, he had to wait in line for about an hour.

During that time, he could’ve availed himself of the Secretary of State folks the ISBE brings in to take economic interest statements right then and there. They’ll help you fill the EIS out. They’ll notarize it. And they’ll be more than happy to provide candidates the required receipt.

But State Rep Drury just stood there.

As a result, an ISBE insider and I have decided we’re going to make a massive Springfield lobbying effort to install stupidity as a statutory justification to throw candidates off the ballot. Trust me, it’ll be far better than term limits.

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