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Sodaro Comes Up 11 Short in Ballot Canvass

Cook County Clerk canvasses 3rd District vote in Oak Lawn Village Board race.

Write-in candidate Dan Sodaro lost three more votes during a ballot canvass at the Cook County Clerk’s office Thursday afternoon, falling 11 short of Trustee Bob Streit in the 3rd District village board trustee .

Sodaro stunned the opposition in the April 5 election when he managed to garner 701 write-in votes after he got tossed off the ballot when an was filed against his nominating petitions because of irregularities with his circulators.

As it stands, Thursday’s canvass puts Streit at 738, Sodaro at 727. The results are still unofficial.

The , which was scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, was 15 minutes late in getting started. Two pairs of county clerk employees read the results back and forth to each other of all of the races including the 3rd District trustee, library board trustees, park board commissioners, and the and District 229 school board races. All of the tallies were compared to the tabulated results to ensure that election judges had counted the votes correctly.

County employees, overseen by Deputy Director of Elections Noah Praetz, also canvassed early voting and absentee ballots cast in the 3rd District.

The candidates and their election attorneys, a reporter, and other guests, including attorneys Dennis Brennan and Burt Odelson, watched the 3rd District canvass. Oak Lawn Village Board Trustee Jerry Hurckes also stopped by for part of the canvass.

James Nally, Streit’s election attorney, said that a majority of the time the canvass remains the same as the unofficial numbers.

“Most of the time, the numbers don’t change,” Nally said.

At the end of the roughly 60-minute process, Sodaro fell 11 short, losing three more votes, bringing his total count to 727.

Three votes were lost because of a reporting error, Nally said.

“Right now Mr. Streit is the winner,” Nally said. “It’s going in the right direction for him.”

In the 35th precinct at the polling place, where some 3rd District voters were reportedly given ballots for the 5th District race, Sodaro garnered 16 “paper” ballots that were scanned by an optic scanner, and 38 touch screen write-in votes where voters had typed in Sodaro’s name on a keyboard. Sodaro also earned seven early write-in votes, bringing the total to 60.

A Cook County Clerk spokeswoman adjusted the number of voters who may have been impacted by the 3rd District ballot error from “a maximum of 12 voters impacted” to two voters who may have voted in the wrong district. Still, it wasn’t enough for Sodaro, who began the afternoon already down by eight votes.

Nally said that Cook County Clerk David Orr’s office, which oversees suburban Cook County elections, canvasses all election results, which is a provision of state election statutes.

“Very rarely does it have the audience that it did today,” Nally said. “It’s pretty routine. There is a canvass for elections where someone wins by 10,000 votes. It’s done for every election.”

Still outstanding are two absentee ballots that still have not been physically received by the county clerk’s office. A total of 11 absentee ballots were requested by 3rd District voters in the April 5 election; nine of those ballots have been entered into the unofficial tally. The outstanding absentee ballots have until next Tuesday to reach the county clerk’s office, provided both are postmarked before midnight April 4.

“Barring something happening with the two absentee ballots, this is something the clerk would certify as a result of the election,” Nally said.

Asked if he was relieved that it was over, Streit replied: “I always had confidence in the county’s numbers.”

Sodaro left immediately after the canvass to meet with his attorneys, Richard Means, of the Means Law Offices, and Tiffany Nelson-Jaworski, of Chicago-based Ancel Glink.

Because he fell within 95 percent of the winning number of votes, the losing candidate in the 3rd District race, in this instance, Sodaro, can request a discovery recount. A discovery recount counts votes cast in 25 percent or two of the district’s eight precincts.

Sodaro said that he thought the county clerk’s office did thorough job.

“You never want to lose a vote. It could have been a much worse scenario,” Sodaro said Thursday evening. “I’m happy that people knew how to vote for me and went and did it. That much was evident today. There weren’t any questions about the spelling of names. It was evidence that those votes were mine.”

Up until now, Sodaro said, everything has been hypothetical.

“It’s been hypothetical numbers and early votes verses those in precincts [on April 5],” Sodaro said. I have the data now to look at the irregularities and see where they came from. I have a lot of information to digest and sort through the precincts.”

Sodaro still has a few weeks to decide whether he will pursue a discovery recount.

“I have until May 2 to request a discovery recount and pick my two precincts,” he said. “If nothing else this is proof of the old adage that every vote does count and I’m going to make sure that every one of them is counted.”

QC April 19, 2011 at 12:31 AM
li'l andy Tommy bob You're pathetic!
QC April 19, 2011 at 12:44 AM
ShopCVS "attorney Dennis Brennan, who played a major roll in the Dan Sodaro petition challenge and filed a challenge to get referendum tossed off the ballot, has since filed sanctions against Oak Lawn Tax Watch for $12,000 in legal fees.".....PATCH. Li'l andy said, in the begining, that his Legal Fees would be"UNDER $1000.00" because he works at Walgreens and can't afford more. What are the chances, Huh? I wonder if that's Legal?? Somethin's not Right here.
Mary P. O' April 19, 2011 at 03:39 AM
why's village clerk jane quinlan getting a salary,since she can't do her job? she should be investigated and fired!
Mary P. O' April 19, 2011 at 03:43 AM
andybites#1
andy skoundrianos April 19, 2011 at 05:29 AM
What's cvs??
andy skoundrianos April 19, 2011 at 05:52 AM
Hey shop saw your buddy's d-2's today Heilmann gave money to Hurckes??? Whas up with that?? 2 years ago they wanted to kill each other. Also Heilmann gave a 1,000 dollars to Sodaro, a guy he removed from the ballot. Our local Oak Lawn fire union gave Mr. Sodaro 5,000 dollars I thought the firemen were staying out of the race?? So much for Mr. Independent Dan Sodaro!!
tech 5 April 19, 2011 at 08:27 AM
AFTER LAST WEEKS MEETING, STREIT, DUHIG,PHALIN, AND GOOD OLD JANE AKA "PAT" SNL QUINLAN HAD SOME INTERESTING THINGS TO SAY,,!!!! AND THEY THOUGHT NO ONE WOULD BE LISTENING.
3045 waste of $ April 19, 2011 at 01:19 PM
Local 3045 just pissed away 5k on a loser. Maybe it's time to call in sick and absue more sick time. Dan Sodaro wouldn't mind
OakLawnGuy April 19, 2011 at 01:40 PM
Details?
JohnEggert April 19, 2011 at 01:42 PM
Fundamental life lesson learned by anyone whoever played high school or college sports, yet missed by many in Oak Lawn: "Be gracious in victory and humble in defeat."
Mary P. O' April 20, 2011 at 12:40 AM
why's village clerk jane quinlan getting a salary,since she can't do her job? she should be investigated and fired!
Patch Fan April 20, 2011 at 12:11 PM
If Dan Sodaro practiced what he preached about civility he probably would've done the classy thing and conceded publicly and wished Mr. Streit the best. I bet he didn't call to concede.
Mr. Civility April 20, 2011 at 12:14 PM
If Dan Sodaro practced what he preached about civility and manners he would've publicly conceded to Mr. Streit and wished him the best. He doesn't have enough class to do that. I bet he didn't call Streit to concede either. No class.
Bob April 22, 2011 at 02:49 AM
Hey QC! There is no way your boy Phelan will be mayor! He is to much of an istigator and doesn't have any people skills!
Bob April 22, 2011 at 02:53 AM
So much you know it is 3405 and my family started this fire department. Watch what you say!!!
QC April 22, 2011 at 04:42 AM
Uncivil IT AINT OVER, 11 VOTES, PLUS THE VOTES THAT JANE QUINLAN SCREWED UP, REMEMBER. PETE Q SHOULD'VE PUBLICLY CONCEDED TO CAROL QUINLAN, WHO BEAT HIM WITH CLASS AND MORE NUMBERS, BUT HE DIDN'T!! THE UNSCRUPULOUS PARTY. CLASSLESS, DIRTY AND BULLYING!!!! Night, night Tommy bob!
QC April 22, 2011 at 04:43 AM
Tommy bob You posted the same message 2 x's
QC April 22, 2011 at 04:46 AM
3045 waste of $ Show the PROOF! OR SHUT UP, TOM.
andy skoundrianos April 22, 2011 at 04:52 AM
Dave quit whining your guy lost your mad you spent a grand on this guy you threw everything at Bob and he still won!!! Pete did concede another Dave lie . Don't look back Lil Dave something may be gaining on you BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
QC April 22, 2011 at 05:05 AM
Li'l andy Did it occur to you that the reason your name is mentioned a lot on these blogs is because you and Tommy bob are posting MORE garbage and People are replying? THINK ABOUT THAT FOR AWHILE! How do you know why Heilmann hurried out of the store? Emergency call from home? A badly needed Perscription perhaps? Whatever...so what! Don't ASSUME ANYTHING, Goof! BTW, It's NOT "You seen me friday" It's, You SAW me Friday!
QC April 22, 2011 at 05:11 AM
3:42pm on Saturday, April 16, 2011 sumppump aka Tommy bob No JANE QUINLAN!! YOU'RE RIGHT, SHE SHOULD GO TO PRISON!! If she's not intelligent enough to follow Government Election Rules, She is NOT QUALIFIED FOR THE POSITION of Clerk! Fact is Fact. The Oak Lawn Taxpayers paid for her Village Clerk classes and this is what We get?? Did she pass ANY Tests? What Grades did She Get? SHE PASSED WITH FLYING COLORS IN: FRAUD, PERJURY AND OUT AND OUT BOLD FACE LIES. NOW, SHE IS A TEAM PLAYER! I hope she likes the bed she made. Good Luck.
QC April 22, 2011 at 05:31 AM
Li'l andy Failin TOM THE ELECTION ISN'T OVER!!! DON'T COUNT YOUR CHICKENS...... PETE "SUPPOSEDLY" CONCEDED WITH A MESSAGE LEFT ON CAROL'S PHONE! NOT "PUBLICLY"! YOUR WORD !!! YET AGAIN ANOTHER UNSCRUPULOS TOM LIE!! YOUR THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE, HUH???? AND YOU ALL VOTED TO PAY THE LEGAL BILLS IN LUMP SUMS, RIGHT? BBBBAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!
Trinity April 22, 2011 at 12:04 PM
QC, you need meds and a straightjacket. I feel sorry for your children. They have a horrible mentally unstable parent. You are a disgrace to the community and embarrassment to your friends and family.
QC April 22, 2011 at 02:59 PM
Trinity Oh, I get it! I and others are CRAZY FOR TELLING THE TRUTH AND BACKING IT UP WITH FACTS. CAN YOU BACK UP YOUR STATEMENTS??? DO IT! "you need meds and a straightjacket. I feel sorry for your children. They have a horrible mentally unstable parent. You are a disgrace to the community and embarrassment to your friends and family." RIGHT BACK AT YA ON STEROIDS!
crop duster April 23, 2011 at 04:56 PM
How did sodaro afford two attorneys? I know Means is cheap but I thought he owed the other firm $8,000. Why are they still working for him when he said he couldn't afford to continue the fight because of legal bills. Is this another lie? Please say it aint so.........
OakLawn DESERVES THE REAL TRUTH May 15, 2011 at 05:07 PM
THE REPORTER ONLINE Jan. 28 2010: Evergreen's Burke bests Madigan's man in 36th House Kelly Burke, president of the Evergreen Park Library Board, defeated Michael Macellaio. Michael Macellaio, HANDPICKED FOR THE SEAT BY ILLINOIS HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER MICHAEL MADIGAN. ATTORNEY JAMES NALLY FILED A COMPLAINT WITH THE COOK COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY ALLEGING BURKE PROMOTED HERSELF IN A LIBRARY NEWSLETTER. ODELSON,JAMES NALLY and some other attorneys argue that Emanuel must have access to the house for it to qualify as his residence. Sodaro comes up 11 short Patch The candidates and their election attorneys, a reporter, and other guests, including attorneys DENNIS BRENNAN AND BURT ODELSON, watched the 3rd District canvass. Oak Lawn Village Board Trustee Jerry Hurckes also stopped by for part of the canvass. JAMES NALLY, STREIT'S ELECTION ATTORNEY, said that a majority of the time the canvass remains the same as the unofficial numbers. “Very rarely does it have the audience that it did today,” NALLY said.
Hurckes 4 Mayor May 16, 2011 at 11:35 AM
Hurckes is paying Sodaros atty Richard Means thousands because he wants to be Oak Lawns next mayor. Means isn't cheap.
QC May 16, 2011 at 01:37 PM
Show the Proof. Streit's the one with aspirations of being Mayor. Not gonna happen. Phelan will take him down.
QC May 16, 2011 at 01:45 PM
Question. Who's paying bobby's atty fees? One way or another the Illinois taxpayers will be bilked, again.
hurckes for Mayor May 16, 2011 at 02:05 PM
QC you have connections to both whackjob wives who don't like Means who told Hurckes Means was a waste of money. Don't act like your not an insider.

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