Three Oak Parkers, hoping to snag a spot on the Park District of Oak Park Board of Commissioners, will learn their fate this upcoming Monday.
Former parks president David Kindler challenged the candidacies of Diane Dunn, Thomas Finch and Julie Grossman MacCarthy last month, asking that they be kicked off the ballot. Cook County set a date for the hearing on Tuesday—Monday, Jan. 10, at 10:30 a.m., according to county clerk spokeswoman Courtney Greve.
Challenges will be heard by the three-member Cook County electoral board, which includes representatives from the clerk's office, the county circuit court and the Illinois attorney general's office. The hearing will be held at 69 W. Washington in Chicago in the “pedway room” on the lower level, according to Greve.
Kindler claims he found that about 70 of each candidate's roughly 160 signatures weren't from registered voters, according to his complaint. The group of three candidates allegedly had the same people circulate their petitions, which he believes indicates that they're running as a slate. (Illinois election law states that park board candidates can't form a political party.)
Candidates are competing for three open spots on the park board. Also in the race are incumbent Jessica Bullock, along with Paul Aeschleman (currently chairman of the village’s transportation commission) and Victor Guarino (currently serving on the Oak Park Plan Commission).
Here’s a Wednesday Journal story about Kindler’s petition challenge: http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/12-30-2010/Former_Oak_Park_parks_board_president_challenges_candidate_petitions.
Check OakPark.com next week for coverage of the hearing.