Various configurations of the McHenry Township Electoral Board, configured carefully by Township Attorney James G. Militello III to avoid direct conflicts of interest, met over a four-hour period on Wednesday.
Arguments were made on two cases, one brought by Township Supervisor Craig Adams against the candidacy of Republican Steve Verr extensively.
Adams’ main argument was that Verr’s candidacy was infalid because each person attending the GOP nominating caucus was not allowed an equal vote.
He based his argument on the Illinois State Constitution.
In questioning by Verr, Adams admitted that he took part on the long Township Republican Central Committee meeting that devised the rules, although Adams did not approve of several aspects, including the weighted voting given to GOP Precinct Committeemen.
Adams also admitted serving as Township Supervisor and having been appointed as a Republican (and still serving in that office) while running as an Independent.
The questioning by Verr was extensive with points made, even though overruled by Electoral Board Chairman David Stone, seeming setting the stage for a court fight.
Clerk of the GOP Caucus, Steve Rooney put in the record that those nominated won on both the weighted basis and on a one person, one vote count.
Argument was made that Adams complaint was made a day after the deadline set by the Illinois State Board of Elections.
The rebuttal from Adams was that the Township Calendar was set a year before and on the web site.
On behalf of other candidates, Verr challenged the composition of other boards that were composed entirely of incumbent McHenry Township officials who were running together against the Republican and Democratic Party caucus slates.
There were thirty candidate objections filed.
The main result was that they were continued, mainly until 1:30 on Friday afternoon.