Here’s the decision rendered Friday that puts Independent Dee Beaubien on the ballot against Republican primary election winner Dave McSweeney in the 52nd District:
The State Board of Elections, sitting as the duly constituted State Officers Electoral Board pursuant to Sections 10-9 and 10-10 of the Election Code (10 ILCS 5/10-9 and 5/10-10), and having convened on August 6, 2012 at 100 W. Randolph, Chicago, Illinois, and having heard and consideThe State Board of Elections has been duly and legally constituted as the State Officers Electoral Board for the purpose of hearing and passing upon the objections filed in this matter and as such, has jurisdiction in this matter;
- On July 12, 2012, David McSweeney filed an objection to the nominating petition of Dee Beaubien for State Representative for the 52nd District of the State of Illinois as an independent candidate.
- A call for the hearing on said objection was duly issued and was served upon the Members of the Board, the objector and the candidate by registered mail as provided by statute.
- The candidate filed a Motion to Strike and Dismiss the Objector’s Petition.
- On the basis of the findings of the Board’s appointed hearing examiner and the recommendation of the General Counsel, the Board finds:
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the candidate’s Motion to Strike and Dismiss the Objector’s Petition is GRANTED.
A.That there is no restriction in the Election Code that would prohibit the candidate from running as an independent candidate in the November 2012 General Election after signing a nominating petition for an established party prior to the Primary Election.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the objection of David McSweeney to the nomination papers of Dee Beaubien is dismissed, based on the findings contained in Paragraph 5 above, and the name of Dee Beaubien, independent candidate for the office of State Representative for the 52nd District of the State of Illinois, shall be certified for the 2012 General Election ballot.
William M. McGuffage, Chairman
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Here is David McSweeney’s reply:
“I’m disappointed by the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE) decision.
“I respect the ISBE, but still believe that Dee is not qualified to run as an independent this general election cycle because she signed two Primary petitions.
“Therefore, we have decided to appeal the decision to the Illinois Courts.
“I ultimately think that our position will be upheld.
“However, if Dee does stay on the ballot, I’m confident that the voters of this area will reject the Madigan/Beaubien policies of higher taxes and more debt.”