Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Senator Link files to Run for Waukegan Mayor
Senator Link has had such long standing ambitions and even moved to Waukegan from Vernon Hills a few years back to establish residency.
The current mayor, Robert Sabonjian, is a former Democratic member of the Lake County Board who successfully ran for mayor in 2009 as an Independent. Mr. Sabonjian plans to be reelected as an independent.
The Daily Herald reports that if elected, Senator Link plans to hold both positions, as mayor of Waukegan and as a State Senator. The Article can be read here.
One of my late political mentors, Senator Adeline J. Geo-Karis, also was Mayor of Zion while retaining her position as State Senator. Others have held positions of Mayor and legislator in the past, as well as other municipal and township positions.
Occasionally, little civil wars erupt between Democratic factions in the Waukegan area. Will we be seeing a repeat during this election cycle?
There will be a primary election between Mr. Link and other challengers, including City Clerk Wayne Motley, and First Ward Alderman Sam Cunningham, who also filed for the position of mayor.
Deadline for filing Petitions to run as a Democrat or Republican is December 3, 2012 at 5:00 PM. The deadline for filing as an Independent is Christmas Eve, December 24, 2012.
Makes you wonder, with veto proof Democratic control of both legislative chambers in Springfield, and the certainty of a major gambling or casino bill passing over the objections of Governor Quinn, will Mayor Link be voting for a Park City Casino, or will that Casino now be located in Waukegan?