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Preliminary Election Results Put Sodaro Five Votes Behind Streit

Trustee Bob Streit, Oak Lawn's longest-serving village board member, hangs on by a thread against write-in candidate Dan Sodaro.

Unofficial results from Tuesday’s consolidated election released by the Cook County Clerk’s office place write-in candidate Dan Sodaro fives votes, give or take a few, behind Bob Streit in the Oak Lawn Village Board Trustee race.

County election authorities still have not certified the vote in the 3rd District race that saw 730 write-in ballots cast to Streit’s 735 in the district’s eight precincts. Both preliminary counts released on Wednesday factor in early voting and absentee ballots.

Of the 6,687 voters registered in the 3rd District’s eight precincts — 3, 26, 27, 33, 35, 46, 85 and 112 — 1,735 ballots were cast in Tuesday’s election marked by a dismally low 16 percent voter turnout. Voters in the 3rd District also voted for library trustees and school and park board members.

Streit spent most of Tuesday sitting on a lawn chair outside the Johnson-Phelps VFW Post, greeting voters before they went inside the post to vote. Later that evening at De Ja Brew, where Streit had gathered with supporters to await the election returns, the senior trustee appeared stunned as Village Manager Larry Deetjen added up the precinct counts on a paper plate.

During the campaign, Streit associate Andy Skoundrianos chased Sodaro off the ballot after several politically volatile village electoral board hearings. Skoundrianos charged that Sodaro had committed “perjury and fraud” when circulating his nominating petitions—a mantra repeated by Streit throughout the heated campaign.

While Skoundrianos took the heat for filing the objection, Streit attended all of the hearings, sitting directly behind his friend and attorney Dennis Brennan, taking notes.

"The objection was legitimate," Streit said Tuesday night. "(Sodaro's) petitions essentially contained perjury by him and by one of his biggest supporters, Lynn Craig. Frankly, I don't think he should have run as a candidate in Oak Lawn. I don't think he should have been allowed to."

The Cook County Clerk has until April 26 to certify the votes in Tuesday’s suburban races. Sodaro ran as a certified write-in candidate. Only those votes for eligible write-in candidates are counted, as opposed to cartoon characters and celebrities.

Over the next two weeks, county election authorities will review all of the information provided by election judges from the 3rd District precincts. After the polls close, judges tally up the write-in votes and determine those that are valid.

According to the Cook County Clerk’s instructions to election judges, “Complete accuracy of a write-in candidate’s name is not necessary as long as the election judges can determine a voter’s intent to select a specific write-in candidate.”

“The name doesn’t have to be spelled correctly,” said Courtney Greve,  spokeswoman for the county clerk’s office. “We basically say there should be some relationship between the appearance and sound of the name on the ballot.”

If judges disagree about the validity of a write-in ballot, then a majority of judges will make the determination whether to count the vote. It is also likely that not all of the write-in ballots cast in the 3rd District will go to the certified write-in candidate, as some will go to cartoon characters or sports figures. Mickey Mouse, Homer Simpson and Michael Jordan are popular choices on write-in ballots, but are not counted.

By Wednesday, five absentee ballots requested in the 3rd District still had not been received by the county clerk’s office. As long as those ballots are postmarked by April 4, they can still be counted, Greve said.

While Sodaro’s chances of pulling off the seemingly impossible task of deposing the village board’s longest serving trustee had dimmed by Wednesday afternoon, Sodaro can still request a discovery recount.

Should a losing candidate capture 95 percent of the vote (in Sodaro’s case 36 votes within Streit’s 735), losing candidates can petition to have 25 percent of precincts re-tabulated. Such a recount could buy enough votes to put Sodaro ahead of Streit's 735.

“In this case of eight precincts, two precincts can be re-tabulated,” Greve said.

tech 5 April 08, 2011 at 06:27 PM
OK HERE WE GO- PLEASE SCROLL TO TOP OF PAGE AND CARFULLY READ BOB'S MAILER. SOUNDS HONEST, BUT THE TRUTH IS SINCE MY RESISDENCE IN HIS DISTRICT SINCE 96 ,THE MAN HAS NEVER SHOWED HIS FACE AT MY DOOR. UNTIL RECENTLY DURING THIS CAMPAIGN WHEN HE FAILED TO RECOGNIZE THE THAT THE SQUARE SHAPE AT FRONT OF HOUSE IS CALLED THE FRONT DOOR. WELL AS IT TURNS OUT, THIS GUY FINALLY SHOWS UP- BUT AROUND THE HOUSE UP ON TO THE REAR DECK TO MAKE HIS PITCH,OR SO WE THOUGHT. HIS FISHING EXPEDITION OF TRICKS WAS NOT ABOUT THE COMMUNITY OR CONCERNS OF US AS RESIDENCE,BUT OF SOMTHING ELSE. WELL NOW THE IMPORTANT ISSUES THAT WE AS A COMMUNITY SEE EVERY DAY ARE IGNORED AND HAVE BEEN FOR MANY YEARS. I INVITE ALL OAK LAWN RESIDENCE TO LOAD UP THE FAMILY AND DRIVE TO 99&MELVINA,MAYBE A PICNIC PERHAPS AND ENJOY WHAT BOB SAYS MATTERS TO HIM BUT DONT LET THE KIDS GET TO CLOSE!!. JUST REMEMBER YOUR NOT ON SHORE DRIVE!! CANT WAIT FOR SUMMER!!!!
QC April 08, 2011 at 06:41 PM
Adam Was his expedition regarding your deck? Was it sort of a threat? I wouldn't doubt anything this guy and his Bullies do.
tech 5 April 08, 2011 at 09:29 PM
NO , NEWER DECK, THIS WAS A PANIC VISIT, ABOUT THE PETITION, BUT NEVER ONCE ASKED ABOUT CONCERNS OR ISSUES WE MAY HAVE. TIME FRAME PUTS THIS ABOUT THE SAME PERIOD WHEN HIS CAREER DISSIPATION LIGHT STARTED FLASHING. THIS DISTRIC NEEDS CHANGE ,THATS ALL IM SAY'N .
sad but true April 08, 2011 at 09:47 PM
Quit whining if your guy lost so be it come back in 4 years and do it again. Don't blame anyone else when you have a 16% percent turnout I don't think voters really cared about either candidate. They could care less about neighborhood meetings,email messages,how long you've lived in Oak Lawn, Who went where and who got this for the village, They are worried about keeping their houses and jobs Sad but true
tech 5 April 08, 2011 at 11:53 PM
TRUE THE ECONOMY IS IN POOR STATE, BUT DANGEROUS PROPERTIES ARE JUST THAT!! PERIOD!! YOU CANT CANDY-COAT SUCH MATTERS. THIS JUST DID NOT HAPPEN OVER-NGHT, WERE TALKING YEARS!! ANY VACANT BUILDING WHICH, BY REASON OF LACK OF MAINTENANCE,ORTHE BOARDING UP OF ITS DOORS AND WINDOWS,OR OTHER REASONS,THAT HAVE A SUBSTANTIAL ADVERSE EFFECT ON THE VALUE OF THE PROPERTY IN THE IMMEDIATE NEIBORHOOD. THIS ISN'T WHINING,THIS IS FACT AND THE FACT IS THE PRINCIPLE USE OF THES BUILDINGS HAS BEEN ABANDONED, AND HAS NO FUNCTION OR USE. SO WHAT YOUR SAYING IS TO RE-WRITE THIS AGAIN IN 4 YEARS IF MY GUY LOST, BECAUSE YOUR GUY CANT DOESN'T CARE??? THESE ARE BUILDINGS THAT ARE DANGEROUS, AND HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH EMAIL, JOBS,OR MEETINGS, BUT ARE IN DANGER OF COLLAPSE, IN WHOLE OR IN PART AND JUST PLAIN UNFIT FOR HABITATION. STREIT HAS HIS OFFICE LESS THAN A BLOCK AWAY, AND FOR 2 YRS THE "SAFTY" BARRIERS HAVE BEEN LAYING ON THE GROUND. THATS BECAUSE THE WALL COLLAPSED ON TO THE SIDEWALK WHICH STILL IS THERE AS YOU READ THIS.. I'M NOT MAKING THIS STUFF UP ,BUT DO HAVE TO DRIVE BY THIS EVERY DAY -SAD BUT TRUE.
oaklawnmom April 09, 2011 at 02:06 AM
Or option 3 - the petitions were valid. Or option 4 - none of the above. I don't think that those are the only options available Mr. Zurek. I really believe you need to rethink your options on what actually occurred.
John Zazula April 09, 2011 at 04:05 AM
Oak Lawn Mom when are you going to stop drinking the kool-aid?? The petitions were tossed out because of perjury and a pattern of fraud.. not my words the words of the electoral board which by the way contained The mayor and Jerry Hurckes who ended up supporting the candidate they themselves removed from the ballot?? It didn't even matter because the write in candidate almost won anyway Which shows the voters don't care if a candidate does his petitions right or wrong. That is a bad statement concerning the politics of the present in Oak Lawn
QC April 09, 2011 at 02:45 PM
That's right Tommy Bob blame the Residents for Streit's BAD SHOWING, not the fact that He's inefficient, lazy, arrogant and only in the race for political gain. Not because he ran a despicable campaign. Not because of his downstate "Boss". Keep finger poining and deflecting. The residents are seeing through all the BS.
QC April 09, 2011 at 03:04 PM
They do care if they're NOT ALLOWED TO VOTE FOR THE CANDIDATE OF THEIR CHOICE! They care if they took the time to excersise their RIGHT TO VOTE AND WERE REFUSED their choice! They care if they're sent on a WILD GOOSE CHASE BY THE VILLAGE CLERK (WHO'S RESPONSIBLE FOR THE WHOLE MESS) who's BACKING A PARTICULAR CANDIDATE! They do care if the VILLAGE CLERK WATCHES OVER THEM AS THEY VOTE IN THE EARLY VOTING! They do care if THE VILLAGE CLERK ENGAGES IN UNETHICAL BEHAVIOR! RESIDENTS DO CARE!!!!!!!
J. J. Zurek April 09, 2011 at 10:37 PM
Why can't we all just get along. The election is over. Everyone should stand around the camp fire, hold each others hand and sing Kum Bah Yah. Life is too short. If everyone used all of this pent up animosity toward a common goal for the betterment of Oak Lawn, it would have been achieved already. It is quite obvious that someone had an ulterior motive, and it is now resulted into some very hard feelings #1 and created a bigger divide #2. Which is only going to hurt the people and the Village of Oak Lawn, more then any one or two individuals in the long run. Put those petty little differences aside, roll up your sleeves and work toward the betterment of Oak Lawn, and leave those fragile humongous ego's at the front door on your way into the Village Hall. Stop the bickering and let the betterment begin.
William J Murphy April 09, 2011 at 11:34 PM
Can't think for yourself. That line was used several times by other posters referring to Tom And Bob.
William J Murphy April 09, 2011 at 11:44 PM
Just how do you know this? Has Ancil glinks or kerilynn consulted with you? Ifyou are an attorney, you are violating the attorney/client privacy and ethic's oath by stating this information.You should be going before ARDC board. If you're not an attorney, you're a liar and a putz.
William J Murphy April 09, 2011 at 11:50 PM
Why are you so vile towards women? You do realize you are abusing these women don't you? Are you to much of a coward to confront a man your size or bigger? COWARDS.
QC April 10, 2011 at 01:21 AM
Anyone know if Pete ever called Carol to concede?
Gman1 April 10, 2011 at 04:51 AM
Did Sodaro call Streit ??
QC April 10, 2011 at 11:55 AM
That race isn't over yet but when it is, one way or the other, I'll expect li'l andy to be on an extension.
Tim Moran April 13, 2011 at 03:06 AM
When is the next election, I can't wait!
Merrit April 13, 2011 at 06:10 PM
curious if anyone knows if Streit paid Andy's attorney fees yet?
Isabel P April 13, 2011 at 07:11 PM
Merrit, aren't you concerned about how Dan Sodaro can now afford an atty like Richard Means when he was billed 20,000 for Ancil Glink services that he never paid? Him Dawn and Lynn Craig then lied to the entire community about it claiming they coudlnt afford the legal bills when in reality they were given free legal representation. Total lies to gain pity and sympathy from the voters. Looks like it workd. How they can look in the mirror as perjurers and liars is beyond me.
politicsiscrazy April 13, 2011 at 10:22 PM
Isabel P. Your post sounds like a bunch of others posting under a different name. As stated in another post under another article.........I think you are completely wrong under many of your assumptions................. Has anyone ever confirmed what Sodaro's legal bill actually was from the electoral board hearings? I seem to recall reading that if Sodaro continued his fight the legal bill would be in excess of $20,000, not the final bill. And I don't believe anyone is snubbing their noses at any charges but even Bob Streit says he wishes the objection was never filed. Is it possible the accusations were false considering he said hindsight is 20/20? That was the impression I received. Plus I've read about the bullying tactics at the petition signers doors. Were these affidavits signed under duress? Lots of questions and not many answers.
William J Murphy April 14, 2011 at 01:06 AM
On the video in the Election Rewind column dated 4/10 Bob says that he hasn't discussed it with Andy yet.
dickmeansdick April 14, 2011 at 07:30 PM
Who is paying Richard Means for Dan Sodaro? Either Heilmann or Hurckes or both.
shameonoltrustees April 14, 2011 at 07:59 PM
What business is it of your's?? Who's going to pay Jane's Attorney Fees? NOT THE VILLAGE, that's for damm sure! Hey, maybe Brennan can give Her "a Discount", for being "a Team Player", just like Andy! tommeansprk.
POS TP April 14, 2011 at 11:40 PM
we'll have fundraisers for sodaro, scumbag.
Concerned Son April 14, 2011 at 11:41 PM
I grew up in Oak Lawn and I have no stake in Oak Lawn politics as I moved to a place where people actually turn out to vote and, should it be warranted, changes are made. However, if any politician ever attempts to intimidate my elderly parents for not signing a petition again by confronting them on their front porch (you know who they are, now you know who I am), I can promise you that I will get involved and use every available legal means (and I have many) to ensure that his conduct is punished, publicized and ANY candidate running against him will receive more support than the politician can hope to drum up. Guaranteed. Be very careful who you attempt to intimidate, be very careful; this is about a trustee, nothing more. Too bad I found out about this yesterday, but I can assure you it won't happen again. For anyone else out there, feel free to contact the Attorney General's Office, they'd be interested. Better yet, go Federal. There'll be more on this issue. It's obvious by this blog that there are intimidation concerns. Why? It's village trustee, nothing more.
takes 1 2 know 1 April 15, 2011 at 02:04 AM
CS the perjurers who falsely signed are to blame. They fraudulantly circulated and fraudulantly signed and its unfortunate that those liars are so desparate they'd lie cheat steal and take advantage of people like your parents. Son you are blaming the wrong bunch. You yourself seem like a bully making all kinds of meaningless threats online. If you really had means you wouldn't be bragging online under a false name.
oaklawnmom April 15, 2011 at 02:26 AM
mr. takes 1 2 know 1.........if you actually read concerned son's post..........it said about NOT signing a petition.........not because they signed a petition. concerned son, can you please clarify? thanks!
QC April 15, 2011 at 02:37 AM
takes aka Tommy bob You don't even make sense. concerned son never named a group, although everyone KNOWS which Group he's refering to. " those liars are so desparate they'd lie cheat steal and take advantage of people like your parents" (Seniors). Hmm. Nowwho's MO is that? I've got it! Tommy bob,Their Village Thugs and their Thugette Jane, (who specializes in Secretly contacting seniors about their Identities being Stolen and fraud and perjury.) If you were so Right and not a cowardly Bully threatening and lying online Tom, you would be using your real name.
QC April 15, 2011 at 02:44 AM
Concerned Son GET INVOLVED.
andy skoundrianos April 15, 2011 at 03:39 AM
How bout you QC I use my name what's yours??

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