Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Senator Link files to Run for Waukegan Mayor

Both the Daily Herald and the Lake County News-Sun are reporting that Senator Terry Link (D-30th) has filed Petitions seeking the office of Mayor of Waukegan.

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?

14 comments:

  1. Will gambling follow Link to Waukegan? Does lobby money follow democrats in Illinoins? Of course! I heard that he's promised more pieces of the action (concessions, related services relating to a new casino) than Obama has excuses! I feel bad for those in that community that have made a good effort to elect some very good people. It's too bad that the good 'ol boy network there is so strong.

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  2. Will a Republican run for mayor of Waukegan? The anti-republican vote might split, between Mayor Sabonjian and the Democrat, causing the Republican win, with 40%-45% of the vote.

    Phil Collins

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  3. How can Terry Link be for Waukegan, while he insists that any future Casino in Lake County will go to Park City? While he may argue that Waukegan would still receive some benefits, the greatest benefit would be for it to be located in Waukegan itself. Waukegan is more deserving than the small community of Park City in economic need, and by far has the better possible site locations for a Casino. Terry Link has not given any indication that he supports, or would fight for, what is in the best interests of Waukegan. His candidacy for Mayor of Waukegan, in fact seems hypocritical.

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  4. How can Terry Link be for Waukegan, when as senator, he insists that any new casino awarded to Lake County will go Park City? He has fought tooth and nail against it going to Waukegan. While he tries to argue that Waukegan would still receive some benefits, they would not be as great as if it were located in Waukegan itself. Waukegan is more deserving than the small community of Park City in terms of economic need, and by far has the better site location available for space and easy access. His support for Park City is llogical, and goes against common sense. He has not given any indication that he supports, or would fight for, what is in the best interests of Waukegan. His candidacy for Mayor of Waukegan, in fact seems a hypocrisy.

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  5. I think we need a full time mayor who is dedicated to Waukegan. I also think its impossible for him to be State Senator and a mayor without conflicts of interest on a continual basis.

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  6. Read the DH article about Terry Link running for mayor. A particular quote is alarming.

    Link isn't worried about not having enough time for legislative and mayoral responsibilities. He called the Senate post "a part-time job in every regard."

    WTF? Our state is in massive debt and with a big pension crisis among other problems. The very poor results bear out that he treats his responsibilities as "part time."

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  7. A law should be passed stopping politicians from holding two government jobs. It would keep out part timers. Lemme guess. Ole Link won't support it. Why should he if he can line his pockets with tax payers bucks!

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  8. Have anyone asked Senator Link if he would step down from his current postion if he wins the mayoral seat? Don't assume he would take on both postitions.

    Some says Link is a stone for one of the other canidate to get in as mayor, you know the one who he goes to church with the mother..sounds logical to me..then he can run the office wihout leaving springfield

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    1. In the Daily Herald article, Link says he will keep both positions. He was asked and is on record. I doubt he is a shill for another candidate. The math suggests he wants both. 150k as mayor + 80k as senator = 230k per year. I wonder what his pension is looking like? Probably a WHOLE lot better than almost every last person in Waukegan and in Illinois.

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    2. You have some incorrect information. The Waukegan mayor salary is $118k, not 150. So Link would pocket 198K every year, not 230k. That still big time banking of tax payer dollars. The sheriff job probably pays well too. Will Link go for the hat trick when that comes up?

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  9. Senator Link has gone ON record numerous times declaring that he will not take a pension or benefits as Mayor of Waukegan and will donate a large part of his salary to charity. He will also work to bring the casino to WAUKEGAN, not Park City. He is chairman of the gaming board in the Senate. He is EXACTLY what Waukegan needs to get out of the hole we have been put in by the current Mayor and city government.

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    1. Does we have to make him mayor first in order to get the casino in Waukegan? Are the other candidates open to a casino? They are. His being mayor shouldn't be a condition.

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  10. Could it be that he wants the credits? He should do EXTREMELY well under the GARS system.

    http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?DocName=004000050HArt.+13+Pt.+VIII&ActID=638&ChapterID=9&SeqStart=152200000&SeqEnd=153300000

    As to the casino, here is an interesting article that could shed light.

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-09-03/news/ct-met-park-city-casino-20110903_1_casino-developer-casino-license-gambling-hall

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