Cook County Clerk Takes Issue with Palatine Township Republican Team Flyer

Cook County Clerk David Orr issued a statement early Monday pointing out that his office does not endorse the Palatine Township Republican Team, as it may have appeared on a flyer sent out by the group that arrived at homes this weekend.

Cook County Clerk David Orr issued a statement Monday clarifying what voters may believe is an endorsement by his office of the Palatine Township Republican Team in a flyer mailed to Palatine Township homes. 

"I recently became aware of a flyer that was mailed to voters in Palatine Township by the Palatine Republican Township Team (see attached). One side of the flyer shows a sample ballot, similar to what can be found on my website. However, the flyer also inappropriately uses my name, title and logo, and therefore may imply my endorsement of particular candidates. That it is not the case. As the election authority, I make it a practice never to endorse local candidates. I wanted to clarify this situation for the voters before [the] election."

The following is a statement from the Palatine Township Republican Team: 

The flyer was not meant to confuse anyone nor was it meant to imply Clerk David Orr supports our team. Rather it was to show that these are the officials “punch” numbers and that this is what a residents' voting ballot will look like. The Palatine Republican Township Team regrets any confusion this may have caused.


 Do you know how much the primary is costing Palatine Township taxpayers?

For information on all the candidates, including profiles and Local Voices contributions, click here.

The primary is today, February 26. Voting begins at 6 a.m. and the polls close at 7 p.m. A total of 18 candidates are running for eight open spots on the Palatine Township board. 

For voting information, visit the Cook County Clerk's website

Stay with Palatine Patch for full election results as they come in tonight. 

Neal February 25, 2013 at 09:45 PM
You mean politicians and the people that work for them for are being deceptive? No? I wish this type of behavior wasn't the norm..
Bill February 26, 2013 at 12:55 AM
Agreed. Why would any local politician fight for the same seat for decades? That is so dysfunctional that it's unbelievable that Fleming and Powers are tying to hold their seats for 20 years. Think about that. Think about the type of person it takes to not simply move aside, mentor another person, provide for a healthy way of doing things. Why would they lie on campaign mailers to hold on to a seat which is supposed to be a civic duty anyway? Do you see the mentality at work? The one where it becomes about them, about making money, but not about simply a civic duty? These people need to go. Vote them OUT!
Savebriarwood February 26, 2013 at 04:24 AM
John Powers misrepresented many material facts to the residents of Plum Grove Estates last summer (see Powers Statements/Rebuttals) on the savebriarwood.com site. He spent well over 100,000 and likely thousands of other hours of public servants time to push through an ill-conceived and unnecessary bridge replacement and road work. At the eleventh hour he sent a notice to a handful of residents. The community fought back and stopped the project. John Powers should be replaced as he is not someone who can be trusted, in my opinion
Roman G. Golash February 26, 2013 at 03:10 PM
The slime posted against Linda Fleming and John Powers is unfair and unprofessional, the flyer does not even note who generated and paid for this idiocy. Let's have fair and decent elections, get the slime balls out of politics.
save briarwood February 26, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Mr. Golash: We have a committee of 10 residents representing the majority of Plum Grove Estates in the Bridge issue. John Powers intended to spend hundreds of thousands, likely well over a million dollars on a project that the residents thought ill-conceived and wasteful. John Powers misrepresented facts to the entire community and it is well documented on our site: savebriarwood.com. We have the transcripts of the meeting as well as all of the FOIA documents to back this up. This is not idiocy, but unfortunately the truth of how John Powers has tried to push through projects that are costly and unnecessary; this project would also have caused increased speeds in a neighborhood with many children. Please educate yourself by going to the site. Sometimes the truth takes effort to get out, and that is what our committee has tried to do. Tom Kaider is an honest, hard-working, long-time resident at Palatine, who we feel will serve the community, and that is why we strongly support him as Highway Commissioner. Wendy Basara for the Save Briarwood Committee.
Palatine Watches You February 26, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Any idiot who is familiar with Palatine Township knows that it is the staunchest Republican area in the state including David Orr, why do you think they gerry-mandered the new map to write out Bob Dold? Palatine Township carried Mark Kirk to victory for many years, per Senator Kirks own words. In no way does that flyer look like an endorsement. It is either a cheap ploy by David Orr for publicity or another complaint made by the childish "Doing Things Better Slate." As for cry baby Ms. Basara, please, Plum Grove Estates, Briarwood and all the other unincorporated area's are a drain on our resources. Toni Preckwinkle is going to make you become part of a city, be prepared for that fight. Most of the people in this area support John Powers, not a women who wants to protect her childhood home at any cost, including the safety of your neighbors for your own selfish reasons.
Palatine Watches You February 26, 2013 at 10:25 PM
P.S. I also believe that the bridge is staying intact????? is that not right Ms. Basara and that they are going to watch it and monitor it or are we at different meetings?????? You are lying to the public.
save briarwood February 26, 2013 at 10:40 PM
To Unknown "Palatine Watches You": We are a committee and our positions reflect the group, in fact several if not all participate in all of our commentary. Regarding Powers saying he will "watch the bridge ", last August and September Powers was still trying to replace the bridge. A fact. Powers sent C. Burke engineering to look at this. This changed when this election and the competition came forth. Only when this election was looming did the plan change to "watch". Interesting timing. This isn't about any one resident of Briarwood, you can call any of us on the committee - all our names are listed, you did not list yours. Did you read the Powers Statements and Rebuttals. There were direct misrepresentations to over 150 homeowners. With facts to back that up. Not innuendo, insults and lots of question marks. Facts speak volume ... that's what we have stood for. The Save Briarwood Committee.
upton February 26, 2013 at 11:21 PM
Is the bridge in question the pedestrian bridge that crosses Salt Creek connecting the Creekside subdivision in RM to another neighborhood? I only ask because I saw yard signs in Creekside area last summer and figured they had to do with that bridge.
save briarwood February 26, 2013 at 11:43 PM
Yes, you're right there were over 150 signs in support of saving the bridge displayed in residents' yards. Also, residents of connecting Creekside, Dawn Gate, and Forest Estates were supportive of maintaining the current footprint of the bridge and the curves on Briarwood Lane as people understood that these are traffic calming devices that SLOW traffic; many neighbors were concerned about their kids traveling on bikes if the bridge were to accomodate faster speeds by Power's plan. Powers wanted to straighten the road, and put a 'highway' type bridge in. Thank goodness for the public support to stop this. As one person put it in the comment section: ' If you want to ruin a neighborhood, go ruin your own.' Many engineers, including IDOT, questioned Powers in the replacement and costs associated with this project. Many people spent hours of their time to get the truth out, and fortunately the public overwhelmingly voted to lower the speed limit in the area - which is the biggest factor in safety and severity of accidents. Thank you to everyone who got involved! See savebriarwood.com for more detailed info in supporting documents.
save briarwood February 26, 2013 at 11:45 PM
Just to be clear the bridge is the Briarwood Lane Bridge -- There is an old "cow bridge" nearby in Creekside that is strictly a pedestrian bridge. The signs were in support of saving the Briarwood Bridge. Thanks!


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