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Electoral board to rule on Somonauk fire district ballot question

Published: Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 5:30 a.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – A DeKalb County Electoral Board meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. today in response to an objection to a ballot question petition regarding the Somonauk Community Fire Protection District.

The petition, submitted by Somonauk resident Gary Grandgeorge, would put a referendum on the ballot for residents in the district, asking if its board of trustees should be elected rather than appointed.

Four other Somonauk residents – Richard D. Meyer, Jerry M. Cronin, Dianne L. Kazak and Dealas E. Wiley – are objecting to the petition, saying some of its wording is unclear and misleading.

Specifically, they object to a clause with the phrase, “... that the proposition to elect the Trustee of the DeKalb Fire Protection District be submitted to the electors of the Somonauk Community Fire Protection District, DeKalb and LaSalle Counties, at the next regular election.”

“[O]n it’s face,” the filed objection said, “said language on each petition sheet is inconsistent, ambiguous, vague and confusing to any petition signor as it indicates a singular (one) Trustee shall be elected and that one Trustee to be elected would be from the ‘DeKalb Fire Protection District,’ and not the ‘Somonauk Community Fire Protection District.’ ”

Each side will argue its case today before DeKalb County Clerk John Acardo, DeKalb County Circuit Clerk Maureen Josh and DeKalb County State’s Attorney Clay Campbell, who will then rule on the objection.

“Like any electoral board hearing, it’ll be conducted like a judicial hearing,” Acardo said.

The hearing will be held in the DeKalb County Courthouse’s Third Floor Jury Room.

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