Report: Appeals Court Puts Dems Back on Ballot for Will Co. Board

After being taken off the ballot in July, candidates in five districts, including those serving Frankfort and Mokena, can run in November thanks to a state appellate court, the Chicago Tribune reports.

A state appellate court Wednesday put seven Democrat candidates for Will County Board back on the November ballot, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The decision reversed rulings from the Will County Electoral Board and a circuit court . Republican leaders will appeal the ruling to the Illinois Supreme Court, the Tribune reported.


Candidates who were returned to the ballot include Mario Carlasare, of , who was running in District 2; and Santino Lettieiri and John Sanchez, both of , who were running in District 12.

Republicans objected to the seven Democrats being put on the ballot, claiming proper notice wasn't given for the meeting after the March primary where party leaders selected those candidates, the report stated.

"I was in attendance when chairman Scott Pyle completed his request for candidates to fill the county board vacancies," said Tim Gaffney, vice chairman for the Democrats, in an e-mail to Patch. "And as former county Democratic chairman, there was nothing wrong with the way chairman Pyles went about the procedure."

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The board is currently Republican-led, and the three-member Will County Electoral Board has a Democratic majority, the report stated.


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Johnny on the spot September 15, 2012 at 02:02 AM
My thumbs are sometimes too big for my phone lol Liquor is that better Mom
Johnny on the spot September 15, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Your right no worries about Santino not enough votes out there for him anyway's
We The People September 15, 2012 at 05:24 AM
Thank You Scott !
Brian Hannigan September 15, 2012 at 05:53 AM
The more I know about our politicians, the more I hate politics. I'm disgusted by the tactics of the republican party both at a local level as well as nationally, but I can chalk it up to politics and shake my head. The bigger issue here is who our politicians are. I've been a Mokena resident for nearly a decade now and am trying to get a better understanding of the local politics, so I decided to google these people who are running for elected office. The first person I looked up was Santino Lettieiri. The first page of results turned up a May 21, 1991 Chicago Tribune article reporting that our Mr. Lettieiri had threatened a federal witness the helped convict his brother Mario in a multimillion-dollar drug ring charge. Now I don't know what became of this charge, but Santino Lettieiri was arrested for it. Again, the more I know about our politicians, the more I hate politics.
Karen Schultz September 15, 2012 at 01:00 PM
So if the republicans, who seemed to do what they needed to do to be on the ballot, were in the same position as the democrats, would the appellate court acted in the same way? Just wondering. As to some of the other comments. Vote smart. Do your homework and vote smart.Be involved in your community so it is run with high ethics. BE INVOLVED is key to your community, no matter where you live.


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