New March 30th Law May Prohibit Dee Beaubien from Running for State Representative against Dave McSweeney

The threat of State Rep. Mark Beaubien's widow Dee Beaubien's running against Dave McSweeney (seen above) may have disappeared with the signing of House Bill 2009 last Friday.

For years, the Illinois General Assembly has been trying to limit the people who could challenge incumbents.

No more write-in votes for people unless they register with the County Clerk sixty days ahead of time.

Even if someone does register, if another’s name is written in, complete with an “X” in the box, it won’t be counted.

Back in 1973 Algonquin Township Assessor Forrest Hare had displeased the Establishment and it put up a school teacher to run against him in the Republican caucus.

The caucus, which had three polling places where people could vote by secret ballot, was completed at the Field House of then-Crystal Lake Community High School.

The counting ended at about 3 AM and Hare lost by a couple of votes. No recount was allowed, even though the judges told Hare they weren’t sure the totals were correct.

Hare ran as a write-in candidate in the general election and won over 60% of the vote, not in small part because Mal Ballairs of Crystal Lake radio station WIVS-AM pounded the local Republican Party precinct committeemen for refusing to allow a recount every weekday until the election was held.

(To prevent such a situation in the future State Senator Jack Schaffer, who supported the effort to remove Hare, and I passed legislation in 1973 allowing township parties to authorized a township primary election, rather than the caucus route. Algonquin Township Republicans have done that ever since.)

Now, state law does not allow someone who has been defeated in a primary to run in the general election, even as a write-in.

The General Assembly struck again when the State Senate passed House Bill 2009 on last Thursday, March 29, 2012.

One day later it was signed by Governor Pat Quinn, so obviously something after the March 21st primary election stimulated quick action.

That, you will note was last Saturday.

I figure someone figured a Democrat had a potential problem.

The bill was introduced February 17, 2011, by Republicans Mike Fortner and five days later co-sponsored by Republican Sidney Mathias.  It passed the House 75-38-1 on March 29, 2011, just one year before it cleared the Senate. where it passed the Senate 53-3 under the sponsorship of Democrat Don Harmon.

Here’s the language of the new law:

“A person

  1. who filed a statement of candidacy for a partisan office as a qualified primary voter of an established political party or
  2. who voted the ballot of an established political party at a general primary election

may not file a statement of candidacy as a candidate of

  • a different established political party or as
  • an independent candidate

for a partisan office to be filled at the general election immediately following the general primary for which the person filed the statement or voted the ballot.  A person may file a statement of candidacy for a partisan office as a qualified primary voter of an established political party regardless of any prior filing of candidacy for a partisan office or voting the ballot of an established political party at any prior election.”

While the law probably got its Senate impetus from some perceived threat to a Democratic Party legislator, it probably will prohibit Dee Beaubien, who was calling people Thursday about her goal to run against Dave McSweeney in her deceased husband’s newly-reconfigured 52th State Representative District.

Dee Beaubien

My thanks to commenter “Dave,” who posted the new statute under the story,

Dee Beaubien Running for State Rep against Dave McSweeney

Of course, it is unknown whether Dee Beaubien voted in the Republican primary election last month, but the odds seem good since the candidate she favored, appointed State Rep. Kent Gaffney, was her husband’s budget staffer and she contributed almost $12,400 to his campaign.

And, there was no way she could have known that House Bill 2009 would be enacted right after the primary election, even before the ballots were canvassed by election authorities.

In the Senate only State Senators Shane Cultra, Dan Duffy and Kyle McCarter voted against the legislation. Duffy’s Senate District covers the one in which McSweeney is running for State Rep.

The roll call in the Illinois House had substantially more opposition. It appears below:

Locally, State Rep. Mike Tryon and Tm Schmitz (who will represent part Huntley next session) voted in favor of the bill. Jack Franks opposed it. Mark Beaubien was not in attendance for the vote. Most of the "No" votes appear to be from Democrats.


New March 30th Law May Prohibit Dee Beaubien from Running for State Representative against Dave McSweeney — 7 Comments

  1. Since this law passed after the primary, can it apply to those who noted in this last primary?

  2. The “point” of the “Dee Beaubien story” is NOT whether it is “legal” but rather that she easily considered running as a Democrat. Remember she is ostensibly a Republican and she was “awarded” a Republican honor last February! This is remarkable and another example of the endemic political problems in the Republican Party. This should wake up the Republican Party to these realities:

    a) There are many active members who would dump the Republican Party as fast as a hot potato if it served their personal interests.

    b) These types are no help to the Republican Party and they are the main reason for the inept organization, failed management, and lack of passionate support for the Party.

    c) The leadership of the Republican Party is either too inept to clean house OR (worse) they agree philosophically with these liberal self-serving county-clubbers and so would prefer to have the Party falter in their desire to “keep peace” with them.

    d) Most know precisely who these people are in the Party. Nygren leads the group and he and his thuggish henchmen would rather the scorch the Party to help themselves than defeat the enemy. Nygren, Lowrey, and Graham recently led the effort of trying to do so and cost the taxpayers millions in the process. The weaklings in the Party say virtually nothing even at their own demise. They were miserably defeated not by loyal Republicans but rather due to an outsider objective judge who smelled the “rat” in the process and put an end to it.

    e) The Democratic Political enemy – to these thugs – is not their enemy; in many case they are closer to them than the Republican Leadership.

    If I am wrong, please articulate precisely where I am wrong.

    If I am right, where are the Republicans standing up for their party? Can you name ONE?

  3. Who donates to Keith Nygren???

    Ald Ed Burke of Chicago ( a Dem) Nygren ran for office as a Dem and could not win, so he did a flip.

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