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Somonauk Fire ballot question upheld

Published: Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 11:28 a.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – An objection to a ballot question petition regarding the Somonauk Community Fire Protection District was denied Friday morning by the DeKalb County Electoral Board.

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.

Richard Meyer of Somonauk and three others objected to a specific 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," and called it inconsistent, ambiguous, vague and confusing to those signing the petition.

Each side presented its case to the board, made up of DeKalb County Circuit Clerk Maureen Josh, DeKalb County Clerk and Recorder John Acardo and DeKalb County State's Attorney Clay Campbell. Petitioner Angela Grandgeorge said the error was an honest mistake.

Josh, Acardo and Campbell then deliberated for a short time before voting to deny the objection. Acardo said the board believes letting voters decide is the paramount issue and it did not seem the error would cause deception or mass confusion.

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