Electoral Board to consider motion to drop objection to candidate’s nomination filing Thursday

The Buffalo Grove Electoral Board will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14 to discuss and decide on a motion to strike the objection to nominating petitions filed by Gowri Magati.

            The challenge to Magati’s petition was filed by former longtime Village Board member Jeff Berman. At the root of the challenge is the validity of some signatures on Magati’s petition and that she was not in compliance with the requirement that signatures that were not signed in her presence as petition circulator. The Daily Herald reported that this is “contrary to sworn certifications by Magati.”

            The motion to strike the objection was made by Matthew Flamm, Magati’s attorney, when the Electoral Board met on Friday, Jan. 8. Flamm, a Palatine resident, ran in the March 2020 Democratic primary for judge of Cook County Circuit Court 13th Subcircuit, but finished fourth out of five candidates with only 8.7 percent of the vote.

            Under the Illinois Election Code, an electoral board consists of the Mayor/Village President of a municipality, the Village/City Clerk and the senior member of the Village Board or City Council. As the senior members of the Buffalo Grove Village Board, Andrew Stein and Lester Ottenheimer are candidates in the upcoming April election, they are ineligible to be part of the electoral board.

            The Illinois Election Code requires that a member of the general public be selected to fill the spot by the chief judge for Cook County Circuit Court. That member is attorney Laura Jacksack.

            The hearing can be accessed online at this link. If the objection is upheld, the electoral board’s next meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 20.

 Casstevens honored

Buffalo Grove Police Chief Steven Casstevens has been named 2020 Law Enforcement Official of the Year by the Illinois Security Professionals Association (ISPA).

Casstevens received the award at the ISPA’s annual awards gala.

“Chief Casstevens has been awarded for his distinguished service, his history in law enforcement and going above and beyond the performance of his duties,” Dennis Gano, executive director of the ISPA said.


Police News

Probe continues into theft – Police report that two men reportedly filled a duffel bag with an unknown quantity of items from the CVS store at 20 E. Dundee Road.

Masks swiped – A box containing 100 surgical masks were reported stolen from a car in the 300 block of Butternut Drive.  Reports say the vehicle was left unlocked.

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