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Shawn Good's Mayoral Petitions Challenged

The mayoral candidate will find out next week if her name will remain on the ballot.

Shawn Good’s bid for mayor may come to an abrupt end when the Evergreen Park Municipal Officers Electoral Board meets next Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Council Chambers.

Good’s petitions are being challenged by Geoffrey Layne and Anthony Yukich for not being securely bound when turned in to the village and for lacking the proper number of valid signatures.

After the initial meeting, Good called the challenge “typical Chicago politics” and said she would be vindicated in the end.

The Electoral Board met Thursday morning  where attorney Burton Odelson, founding partner of Odelson and Sterk in Evergreen Park, represented the two objectors. Shawn Good represented herself.

Odelson, to prove his point about securely bound petitions, picked up the stack of petitions held together by a paper clip and the petitions came apart and scattered on the board members’ desk.

Good said later that they should have been in a 75-cent binder, but that they were all legal petitions.

The next step in the process will take place Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. on the fifth floor of Cook County Clerk David Orr’s office. Good’s petitions will be evaluated by the records examiner.

The examiner will be looking at individual signatures to make sure the proper person signed the petition and verifying that they are registered voters, explained Joseph Cainkar, village attorney.

Good is the only challenger to incumbent Mayor James Sexton. 

Read More: Filing Deadline for Candidate Petitions Reached

evergreenlove13 January 16, 2013 at 08:15 PM
Kells, please elaborate on this "bullying" for me so I can understand your point of view better. The way I see it is that he isn't on a "bully pulpit" he is the Mayor and does what is in the best interest of this village. I personally don't want some new young blood who might potentially screw up this town. Look at all aspects of this town and tell me what is wrong. Village Departments, Police Departments, Fire Department, Recreation Dept. Ect. I see nothing major wrong at all!
TM January 16, 2013 at 09:41 PM
Hire EP residents not higher EP residents. I am glad you are not the one running
Nancy Prior January 17, 2013 at 11:29 AM
I know for a fact Mayor Sexton is a bully! You haven't seen anything until you've met him in his office behind closed doors. My parents have owned the "Nail Spa" building since 1969 - (3138-3140 W. 95th street). The Mayor never offered my parents any money for the building -----he just threatened my 78 year old Disabled WWII Veteran dad back in 2004 (my dad passed away 4 months after the meeting with the Mayor) and now Sexton is abusing my 86 year old mom by deliberately keeping the building vacant and without heat since January 13, 2011 to STEAL it! Nail Spa was a tenant for 8 years and when we evicted him he left us with a cracked furnace and fried the electric panel. Both fall under "building maintenance", but I'm not allowed to repair anything because the Mayor's sidekick, Geoffrey Layhe, hit me with a bogus stop work order. So please do not write about "Rules" in EP because, for me, they change daily - in fact the rules that I am suppose to follow are not written down anywhere.
Nancy Prior January 17, 2013 at 11:30 AM
It is a travesty what Mayor Sexton has done to my senior citizen mom. Chase Bank was built from the ground up and landscaped, Famous Dave's built a complete kitchen in the building, the nun's retirement on 99th street is practically finished, BUT I am still fighting to repair the damage from Nail Spa and get 2 new businesses opened! I found out last month I now need to hire a mechanical engineer to replace the furnace because the building code requirements for ventilation are changed ----Shame on you Mayor! Hang in there Shawn Good
ep concerned January 22, 2013 at 07:45 AM
The Village depts are a travesty. They bounced all those jobs to part time while they work full time? Of course the Mayor gets a full salary as do his dept heads and the head of the REC DEPT,,,,,,,Makes you wonder where the loyalty lies....

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