Lake County News – Sun –
A Kane County judge on Friday overturned a new state law that would have mandated creation of an elections commission in Lake County and usurped the duties of the Lake County Clerk’s Office to run local elections.
Kane County Judge David Akemann struck down the law in a written ruling Friday in response to a lawsuit filed by Lake County officials challenging the constitutionality of the law.
“We won,” said a relieved County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor, who had maintained the new law’s requirements would have cost the county an estimated $500,000 to $700,000 to implement without voter approval of the measure.
“This decision is a big win for Lake County voters and taxpayers. The bottom line is what Springfield did was unconstitutional and demonstrates government at its worst,” Lawlor said. “This ruling protects voters’ right to decide who administers elections like every other county in the state, and avoids the creation of a new expensive government bureaucracy.”
The decision renders moot the passage earlier this week of legislation by the Illinois House to repeal the law.