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Hearing Officer Recommends Overruling Objection To Trunco ​​Candidacy

Formal Recommendation Expected At Jan. 25 Cook County Electoral Board Hearing For Niles-Maine District Library Trustee Candidate

Tom Robb

Jason Trunco.

Oral arguments were heard Friday by the Cook County Electoral Board on objections filed against Niles-Maine District Library candidate Jason Trunco. At the end of that hearing, the hearing officer recommended the objection be overruled, a spokeswoman for the Cook County Clerk’s Office said. An overruling of the objection would allow Trunco ​​to remain on the April 4 election ballot. If the objection is sustained, Trunco’s name would be removed from the ballot.

A hearing scheduled for 10 am Wednesday, Jan. 18 was rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 25, when Sally Daly, deputy clerk of communications for the Cook County Clerk’s Office, said a final ruling is expected.

The objection points to misdemeanor convictions in North Carolina and Ohio, between 2001 and 2004, some of which Trunco ​​has acknowledged and some he has denied, including “assault on a woman” (the North Carolina statute related to what would be domestic assault in Illinois ) and criminal trespass. The complaint also highlights issues Trunco ​​had with the Niles Park District, including an incident that led to his being barred from park facilities for one year.

The Illinois Public Library District Act of 1991 in section 75 ILCS 16/30-20(e) contains language stating, “A person is not eligible to serve as a library trustee who, at the time of his or her appointment or filing of nomination papers or a declaration of intent to become a write-in candidate, is in arrears in the payment of a tax or other indebtedness due to the library district or has been convicted in any court in the United States of any infamous crime, bribery, perjury , or other felony.” The Illinois Electoral Code contains similar language.

What qualifies as an “infamous crime” would be determined by the Cook County Electoral Board.

The Cook County Electoral Board consists of representatives of the Cook County clerk, the clerk of the circuit court of Cook County, and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

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