McLean County Judge sides with Town of Normal in election dispute

Published: Jan. 25, 2023 at 4:01 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - A McLean County judge on Wednesday dismissed the plaintiff’s claims the Clerk must certify election petitions for positions not elected in the Town of Normal.

The jobs of supervisor and collector do not exist in Normal, and the town clerk is an appointed position.

Attorney Thomas DeVore represented the three candidates seeking to be on the ballot and had argued the town was not complying with state law.

Judge Mark Fellheimer disagreed saying, the Clerk did not have an unequivocal duty to certify those petitions to offices that are not in existence in the town of Normal. At least the ones up for election, two were non-existent. One was not up for election pursuant to local ordinance.”

McLean County Judge Mark Fellheimer
McLean County Judge Mark Fellheimer(25 News Now)

In a statement, Normal Mayor Chris Koos says, the town is “pleased the judge agreed with its legal team’s assessment” and they are “glad to put the issue behind them.”