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An objection has been filed to candidacy petitions filed by Ronald Steele Jr. for the office of River Forest Township supervisor. A hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the township offices, 8020 Madison.

Mary Roberts, a member of the River Forest Community Center board, sent a letter to the township Jan. 28, objecting to Steele’s filing on the grounds that it was incomplete. Steele is a member of the River Forest park board.

“[T]he petition forms that Mr. Steele has submitted for this office are incomplete and/or not in the proper format,” Roberts wrote.

A review of Steele’s petition filing shows his five petitions sheets to be in apparent order. An accompanying statement of candidacy form, containing a sworn affidavit of residency, is filled in with Steele’s name and address at the top, but not in a second area further down the page.

In addition, the receipt for his statement of economic interest, filed with the Cook County clerk, is time stamped but otherwise blank.

Roberts was not available for immediate comment Thursday afternoon. Steele acknowledged an oversight Thursday, but said he’d included all necessary information in the filing.

“All the required information is there,” he said. “I just didn’t [repeat it] in the lower section.”

Steele has retained the law firm of Ancel Glink to represent him at the Saturday hearing. He noted that while Ancel Glink is the River Forest Park District’s law firm, his decision to hire them is separate from that relationship, saying, “I’m personally retaining them.”

Electoral board members were notified the Saturday meeting by township Attorney Gregory P. Melnyk, via letter on Feb. 3. That electoral board is comprised of the township supervisor, township clerk and the senior township trustee.

The township’s current supervisor, Veronica Krawczyk, who is running for reelection against both Steele and former village trustee Dale Rider, said Thursday she will not be part of the electoral board, due to the conflict of interest.

Exactly who will be seated on the board is an open question, since all four township trustees – Ronald Davis, Mary O’Brien, Anna Marie Romeo Gebert and Mark Kelty – are also running for reelection.

Steele said he wasn’t certain, but suspected there might be a conflict with current candidates sitting in judgment of other candidates.

“I’m assuming there may be a conflict there,” Steele said.

Should that prove to be the case, a circuit court judge would likely have to appoint two individuals to the electoral board.

Two races uncontested, two with no candidates

In related news, two other township races will be uncontested, while two others didn’t attract a single candidate. Current township Assessor Pamela Kende will run unopposed, as will all four current township trustees. No individuals filed to run for either township collector or township clerk.

“At some point we’ll have to appoint someone to those offices,” said Krawczyk.

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