Yesterday, Judge Akemann entered a written Order imposing a Permanent Injunction against the State Legislature attempt to force a Lake County Board of Elections on Lake County residents.
Akemann found the provision unconstitutionally singled out Lake County.
I have written extensively on this subject this year. Earlier articles can be read through a Link, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.
Earlier in the week, the Illinois House overwhelmingly passed a bill to repeal the Lake County Board of Elections. The measure passed through a committee by an 11-0 vote, and was ratified by a margin well above the two-thirds margin required. Only 13 Democrats voted against the repeal, most of them from Chicago, and Rep. Rita Mayfield, who must be confused as to which county she represents.
Rep. Sam Yingling, who voted for this monstrosity earlier in the year, voted this time to repeal the measure. So did Rep. Carol Sente experience such a change of heart. Perhaps it is because election season is upon us? We can thank them both for finally seeing the light.
The repeal then moved to the Illinois Senate where it now languishes in a committee.
What possible Link exists between the original bill creating this expensive new governmental agency without any real call for it from Lake County? What possible Link exists between the repeal bill not being passed with the same alacrity as occurred in the Illinois House during the veto session? What possible Link exists between the saddling of taxpayers with a $750,000 bill for starting up the "Lake County Board of Elections?"
What possible Link exists that prevented experienced elected individuals with election law experience from serving on the "Lake County Board of Elections?" What possible Link exists that would explain how the language was drafted to prevent one County Clerk in the State from serving on the newly deemed unconstitutional Lake County Board of Elections? What possible Link exists that would explain the nearly 20 year feud between Willard Helander the behind the scenes proponent of the original bill?
What possible Link existed between the Senate sponsor and the creation of the "Lake County Board of Elections?" What possible Link existed between Senator Harmon's statements that Lake County residents wanted the now unconstitutional Lake County Board of Elections and the passage of the original bill?
Will the legislator(s) in Springfield who insisted on ramming down the throats of Lake County taxpayers the Lake County Board now expose the missing Link? Who exactly is the Link between that insistence and the creation of this now unconstitutional measure?
Inquiring minds want to know!