Attorney DeVore files suit against Normal in election dispute

Attorney Thomas DeVore
Attorney Thomas DeVore(Mike Miletich)
Published: Jan. 10, 2023 at 9:32 PM CST
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NORMAL (25 News Now) - A prominent lawyer wants a court order requiring the Normal’s town clerk to certify election petitions for candidates wanting her job, plus two other government positions that don’t exist in the town.

Thomas DeVore, defeated in November as the Republican candidate for Illinois Attorney General, filed a petition last week in McLean County Court. He’s asking a judge to issue a temporary restraining order for Clerk Angie Huonker to certify the petitions that would place the names of Amy Conklin, Robert Shoraga and Charles Sila on the April 4 ballot.

A court order is needed soon, according to DeVore, because January 26 is the deadline for names to be included on the ballot.

Conklin wants to be elected to Huonker’s job as town clerk, which is currently an appointed position. Shoraga is running for Supervisor and Sila is running for Collector. Neither of those two jobs exist in Normal, but all three candidates claim the jobs they’re seeking must exist and chosen by voters in communities that are incorporated like Normal.

“There can be no doubt the Defendants are disregarding state law by proclaiming their local election code is superior,” said DeVore in his motion.

A status hearing on Zoom before McLean County Judge Mark Fellheimer is scheduled for Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. A ruling on DeVore’s motion is not expected.