Monday, April 1, 2013
Cook County Clerk David Orr's lawyers filed a brief in defense of a lawsuit attempting to overthrow the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
Cook County Clerk David Orr’s office is taking a stance against opponents of same-sex marriage. On Monday, Clerk Orr's lawyers filed a brief in opposition to a motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging Illinois' same-sex marriage ban. Orr was the original defendant in the suit to overturn the state’s ban on gay marriage: Darby v. Orr. However, the longtime equal rights advocate, along with Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, refused to defend the state ban, the Chicago Phoenix reports. Instead, Orr sided with the 25 plaintiffs across the state—from Evanston to Rock Island, Hyde Park to Alto Pass—who were denied marriage licenses. As a result, downstate County Clerks Kerry Hirtzel and …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Early voting is now in effect for the 2012 Presidential Election from Oct. 22 through Nov. 3. Grace period voter registration is also now in effect.
Monday, October 22, 2012
If you’re going to be out of town or can’t handle the pressure of voting on election day—Nov. 6—early voting is now in effect for Cook County voters. Early voting will take place form Oct. 22 through Nov. 3. Voters do not need to give a reason why they cannot make it to the polls on Election Day. They only need to fill out an application at the early voting site. State laws require early voters to provide a valid photo ID to an election official before receiving a ballot to vote early. Valid forms of ID include a current driver’s license, a driver’s license of state ID, university/college ID or another government-issued ID with a photo, such as a passport. Voters may vote anywhere in Cook County where early voting is available. Early …
Friday, October 14, 2011
Cook County Clerk’s Office released latest tax increment financing district information amidst push for financial reform.
Fewer revenue was collected last year in the 425 active tax increment financing districts throughout Chicago and the suburbs than in past years, yet another indicator of a still sluggish economy, according to the Cook County Clerk’s Office. A report released on Thursday shows that countywide TIF revenue, listed at $807 million, dipped 3.8 percent from 2009 and 9.5 percent from its peak in 2007, and is expected to dip even lower in 2011. Cook County Clerk David Orr attributes the decline to the closing of TIFs—although seven were added in Chicago—and “the real estate downturn, which yielded lower assessments that impacted the incremental value.” Orland Park’s main street triangle TIF, established in 2004, has not generated any revenue since…
Monday, June 27, 2011
Village manager says his dog is incapable of signing for a certified letter that county says he received reminding him that he still needs to file economic disclosure statement as required by law.
Oak Lawn Village Manager Larry Deetjen’s name appears on a list of “non-filers” in a new online database that requires public employees and elected officials to file statements of economic interest with the Cook County Clerk’s office. After months in the works, Cook County Clerk David Orr launched the new online database last week containing more than 24,000 discloure statements from public and elected officials throughout Cook County. The Illinois Constitution and Illinois Governmental Ethics Act requires elected officials and high-ranking public servants to annually answer an eight-question disclosure filing or “statement of economic interest.” The questions seek such information as whether filers own companies, real estate or have …
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Dan Sodaro and Linda Flanagan-Vahl, who lost hotly contested races in the April 5 election, pursue discovery recounts.
The losing candidates in two close Oak Lawn races traveled to a West Side warehouse for a discovery recount of votes cast in the April 5 election. Both are still holding out hope that they can overturn their respective elections. Dan Sodaro, who ran as a write-in candidate after getting bumped off the ballot, remains 11 votes behind longtime incumbent Bob Streit in the Oak Lawn Village Board trustee race. Linda Flanagan-Vahl lost a squeaker against Ron Pratl for a seat on the Community High School Dist. 218 school board that includes Richards High School. Losing candidates who fall within 95 percent of the winning number of votes can request a discovery recount in 25 percent of a municipality’s precincts. Sodaro was allowed a partial …
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Oak Lawn Patch offers these handy resources for voters in the April 5, 2011 consolidated election.
Sick of the robo calls and political mud-slinging? Don't worry — it will be over after today. Today, election judges will be rubbing the salt from their eyes and rising early to staff the polls at VFW halls, churches and schools for the April 5, 2011 consolidated election. Polling places in Oak Lawn as well as the rest of Illinois open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m., giving early risers and not-so-early risers 13 hours to cast their votes. Oak Lawn voters will be casting votes for 1st, 3rd and 5th District village board trustees; school board races in Dist. 218, Dist. 229, Dist. 122 and Dist. 123; Oak Lawn Park District Board of Commissioners, the Oak Lawn Library Boad of Trustees, and Moraine Valley Community College trustees. How to find …
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Early voting turnout in suburban Cook County more than doubled compared to 2006 midterm election.
Oak Lawn landed in the top third of early voting turnout in suburban Cook County with 2,219 residents casting ballots at the village clerk's office before the Nov. 2 midterm election. Out of 44 early voting centers in suburban Cook County, Oak Lawn placed 15th in early voting participation. "People love it, it's just great," Oak Lawn Village Clerk Jane Quinlan said. "I fought to get this when it first came out. Geographically, Oak Lawn fit in with (the county's) scheme." Orland Park had the highest early voting turnout among Cook County suburbs with 5,802, followed by Wheeling with 5,242. More than twice as many suburban Cook County voters have voted early and requested absentee ballots than in the 2006 gubernatorial election — the first …