Here’s what the law says:
The bottom requirement was passed buried in the massive Democratic Party criminal “reform” bill last year.
Let me address from a policy viewpoint first.
Had it come in a separate bill, I would have voted against it–especially with its grandfathering in of incumbent Sheriffs.
Talk about an “incumbent protection law!”
But, naturally, the lobbyist for the Sheriff’s Association knows who pays his/her salary.
I do not believe in restricting who can run for office.
Limiting the talent pool is not the way to obtain the best government.
This has been done repeatedly, of course.
Take the Regional Superintendent of Schools.
The requirements kept the current occupant of the office to be considered when it was vacant in the early part of this century, because she had decided to stay home and raise her young children. As a reault, she didn’t have the three years of recent administrive experience.
The same Catch-22 eliminated the Hartland Township woman working for the Sanagamon County Regional Superintendent of Schools.
The there was the bill to require school business managers to have a master’s degree in educaiton passed in 1975.
It was a Northwestern Illinois State Rep.’s first bill and, unless one;s first bill is terrible, it passed after the sponsor is harrassed on the floor.
Dick Mucahay asked me why I didn’t vote for his bill.
I told him the country was in a recession and all sorts of business types who would make excellent buniness managers were unemployed, probalby pretty much what I had said on the House floor.
In the case of the Office of Sheriff, the post is an administrative and policy one.
Some would argue it should not even be elective.
Note, we do not elect police chiefs.
Management abililties are required of the Sheriff.
There are a lot of employees in counties like ours.
And there are certainly different types of criminal activity that various candidates could prefer, much like State’s Attorneys.
That having been said, the law is now on the books and it is unreasonable to expect candidates not to use every advantage they can find.
Robb Tadelman’s supporters seek to have oppenent Tony Colatorti thrown off the ballot because, they argue, he does not have the required Full-Time Law Enforcement certification.
Colatorti does have a 1999 Part-Time certification:
But Tadelman counters with the following February 20, 2020, rejection of Colatorti’s request for a waiver:
This document will undoubtedly be submitted in evidence to the McHenry County Electoral Board considing of the County Clerk, State’s Attorney and Circuit Clerk.