Electoral Board Hearings Continue

Hearings on a referendum objection continue.

The Naperville Electoral Board, consisting of Mayor A. George Pradel, City Clerk Pam LaFeber, and City Councilman Doug Krause, has held a number of meetings to discuss the future of a referendum question submitted by a group of residents known as Yes at Large.

Back in November, the group submitted the petition that would allow voters to voice if they wanted to continue electing city council members at large instead of districts but Naperville resident Paul Sjordal filed an objection stating there weren’t enough valid signatures and that the question is confusing.

Both DuPage and Will County officials have spent the past week reviewing voter registration records and at the most recent hearing were prepared to present the findings. But before that began, Sjordal’s attorney Doug Ibendahl withdrew all objections relating to the number of signatures, saying now it’s a legal issue.

“This petition should not have been filed in the first place, it violates Illinois Law on its face,” said Ibendahl.

After a heated discussion, the board approved to withdrawal the objections and to enter the record results into evidence in case of a future appeal.

The board’s next meeting will be Tuesday, January 29th where they will discuss legal briefs submitted by both parties, which had to be turned in by end of business on Monday, January 21st.


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