The man who opponents thought was out of the running, put himself back in by filing as a write-in candidate for Grafton Township Assessor.
Assuming he filed the correct paperwork, he will need about 50 votes to win re-election.
Zielinski had been removed from the ballot by the Grafton Township Electoral Board for the infraction of not numbering his petition sheets.
After takin office, Zielinski brought underassessed neighborhoods up and lowered those that were relatively overassessed.
That infuriated those whose taxes rose, of course.
The Township Board cut the salary for the next assessor to $30,000 with pension benefits under the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.
The salary now is $72,162, plus IMRF pension and full benefits.
When Zielinski filed for re-election, despite the Township Board’s having cut the salary about in half, a successful objection was filed, leaving that line on the Republican Primary Election ballot empty.
Only three people filed for the four Trustee seats on the Township Board.
Two people have filed as write-ins in the February 28th GOP primary:
- Matthew Cooper of Lake in the Hills
- Linda Moore of Huntley
Moore ran successfully for Township Supervisor on the platform of stopping the buidling of a new township hall planned by the outgoing Township Board.
She was successful.
That success, however, brought much animosity from the Township Board, which unsuccessfully attempted to all but replace Moore with a Township Administrator.
Moore sued and won, but the drum beat of negative publicity led to her defeat in the 2013 GOP Primary Election to the ousted Township Administrator.
That Administrator lost to current Supervisor Jim Kearns, who said he would resign once he took a seat on the McHenry County Board representing District 6, the most rural part of McHenry County. (His name is still on the Township web site).
Also filing for the empty Township Trustee seat is Iyad A. Akel, a resident of Lakewood.
He filed as an Independent, leaving the February 28th vote between Moore and Cooper.
Assuming he filed the proper documents and can marshal enough write-in votes, Zielinski will retain his office.