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County Clerk Candidate says Opponent Used Government Resources for Political Campaign

I'm running for DuPage County Clerk. DuPage is the second most-populated county in Illinois, next to Cook. It claims to be a Republican stronghold, although it gave President Obama the majority vote twice. Other federal and state candidates have performed well, too, this past decade.

It's not enough that my opponent put in $80,000 of his own cash into his campaign, that he's raised tens of thousands from his crony government friends, and that he has the full support of the Republican power structure. He also had his subordinate notarize his political petitions; her commission and bonding were paid for by the county. This perk isn't available to the rest of us; we must go to a bank at inconvenient hours and/or hunt down notaries.

The County Clerk’s office is responsible for completing the notary commission process for all notary public applicants throughout the county and recording these appointments. This office, more than any other, should be held accountable for any misuse of notaries.

Using government resources for political activity is wrong. It's also against the law and ethics codes.


DuPage County clerk candidate says opponent used government resources for campaign

By NATHAN LURZ, My Suburban Life

A candidate for DuPage County clerk has filed a complaint with the county state’s attorney’s office claiming her opponent has been using government resources to further his campaign.

Democrat Jean Kaczmarek, a Glen Ellyn resident, hosted a press conference Tuesday at the DuPage County Judicial Center before submitting her complaint regarding Paul Hinds, a Republican and the county deputy clerk. Both are vying to replace Clerk Gary King, who is retiring.

Kaczmarek’s complaint, which includes 85 pages of public records, said county employees – including the current clerk – notarized and circulated several of Hinds’s required petitions to run for office.

Now she’s asking the state’s attorney send the complaint to an outside body to ensure the notarization and circulation didn’t happen under coercion or during work hours.

She said she had “no confidence” in the state’s attorney’s office, claiming multiple conflicts of interest...

http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2014/09/30/dupage-county-clerk-candidate-says-opponent-used-government-resources-for-campaign/aq59scb/
Posted by Jean4CountyClerk | Sun Oct 5, 2014, 01:16 PM (3 replies)

DuPage County Clerk Candidate Says Opponent Used Government Resources for Campaign

It's not enough that my opponent put in $80,000 of his own cash into his campaign, that he's raised tens of thousands from his crony government friends, and that he has the full support of the Republican power structure. He also had his subordinate notarize his political petitions; her commission and bonding were paid for by the county. This perk isn't available to the rest of us; we must go to a bank at inconvenient hours.

The County Clerk’s office is responsible for completing the notary commission process for all notary public applicants throughout the county and recording these appointments. This office, more than any other, should be held accountable for any misuse of notaries.

Using government resources for political activity is wrong. It's also against the law and ethics codes.


DuPage County clerk candidate says opponent used government resources for campaign

By NATHAN LURZ, My Suburban Life

A candidate for DuPage County clerk has filed a complaint with the county state’s attorney’s office claiming her opponent has been using government resources to further his campaign.

Democrat Jean Kaczmarek, a Glen Ellyn resident, hosted a press conference Tuesday at the DuPage County Judicial Center before submitting her complaint regarding Paul Hinds, a Republican and the county deputy clerk. Both are vying to replace Clerk Gary King, who is retiring.

Kaczmarek’s complaint, which includes 85 pages of public records, said county employees – including the current clerk – notarized and circulated several of Hinds’s required petitions to run for office.

Now she’s asking the state’s attorney send the complaint to an outside body to ensure the notarization and circulation didn’t happen under coercion or during work hours.

She said she had “no confidence” in the state’s attorney’s office, claiming multiple conflicts of interest...

http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2014/09/30/dupage-county-clerk-candidate-says-opponent-used-government-resources-for-campaign/aq59scb/
Posted by Jean4CountyClerk | Sun Oct 5, 2014, 01:08 PM (3 replies)

DuPage Clerk Candidates Tussle Over Election Oversight Issues

DuPage is the second most-populated county in Illinois.

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140924/news/140929172/

DuPage Clerk Candidates Tussle Over Election Oversight Issues

9/25/2014

by Robert Sanchez, Daily Herald

Four decades after the DuPage County clerk's office was stripped of its ability to oversee elections, a candidate for the office insists that power should be returned...

Kaczmarek, meanwhile, is the co-founder of a local watchdog group that monitors the election commission.

"I have followed the election commission very closely for 10 years," Kaczmarek said during a recent Daily Herald endorsement interview. "I have found a number of egregious problems there over the years that could have been prevented had it had proper oversight."...

"If you ask any county clerk in the entire state what their number one responsibility is, each one of them would say administration of the electoral process, except for DuPage County," Kaczmarek said...
Posted by Jean4CountyClerk | Sun Sep 28, 2014, 02:31 PM (0 replies)

DuPage Clerk Candidates Tussle Over Election Oversight Issues

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140924/news/140929172/

DuPage Clerk Candidates Tussle Over Election Oversight Issues

9/25/2014

by Robert Sanchez, Daily Herald

Four decades after the DuPage County clerk's office was stripped of its ability to oversee elections, a candidate for the office insists that power should be returned...

Kaczmarek, meanwhile, is the co-founder of a local watchdog group that monitors the election commission.

"I have followed the election commission very closely for 10 years," Kaczmarek said during a recent Daily Herald endorsement interview. "I have found a number of egregious problems there over the years that could have been prevented had it had proper oversight."...

"If you ask any county clerk in the entire state what their number one responsibility is, each one of them would say administration of the electoral process, except for DuPage County," Kaczmarek said...
Posted by Jean4CountyClerk | Sun Sep 28, 2014, 02:27 PM (0 replies)

Calling for Greater Transparency of County Lobbyists Outside Cook County

Do you know what lobbyists are up to in your county?

Unless you live in Chicago or Cook County, you probably have very little, if any, information online on lobbying activity where you line.

Often we hear about what lobbyists are doing on national level, but not what's going on in our back yards.

This week I advocated to the DuPage County Board that they broaden their reporting requirements of lobbyists and make that information available online, just like it's done in Cook County. Cook County Clerk David Orr introduced this very successful public service four years ago:

http://www.cookcountyclerk.com/ethics/lobbyistonline/Pages/default.aspx


Date: Aug. 12, 2014
For Release: IMMEDIATE

DUPAGE COUNTY CLERK CANDIDATE JEAN KACZMAREK CALLS
FOR GREATER TRANSPARENCY OF LOBBYISTS


Lobbying Activity Must be Broadened & Placed On-Line

County Clerk Candidate Jean Kaczmarek calls for greater transparency of lobbying activities as the DuPage County Board prepares to vote on contracts for lobbyists at this morning’s meeting at the 421 County Farm Road Building in Wheaton.

“I advocate for an initiative to broaden what lobbyists are required to report and that this information be entered on-line on the County Clerk’s website,” Kaczmarek says.

Kaczmarek will ask Board members to check out Lobbyists Online, unveiled on the Cook County Clerk’s website in 2010 following the unanimous passage of the Lobbyist Sunshine Initiative the previous year.

Cook County ethics amendments require lobbyists to submit their photos, update client compensation, report dates of contact, the person contacted and any expenditures. Bi-annual press releases detail information compiling data. For example, the January 2014 summary stated that lobbyists contacted Cook County officials nearly 1,000 times. The Public Portal allows searches of lobbyists’ names A to Z, who they’re lobbying, what they’re lobbying about, and total compensation.

When he unveiled the initiative in 2009, Cook County Clerk David Orr said “Online lobbyist reporting will give taxpayers, elected officials and the media unprecedented access to track who is lobbying and about what. Everyone will be able to act as a watchdog.”

The percentage of lobbyists and firms reporting compensation in Cook County leaped from 15 to 48 percent immediately after the reporting switched to online. Government watchdogs, including Kaczmarek, applaud it.

“I’ve experienced frustration at the lack of transparency regarding the Election Commission’s lobbyists in the past,” Kaczmarek says. “Once I submitted a Freedom of Information Act requesting reports and memos of their lobbyist and was told that there were none. How can we pay a lobbyist $36,000 and have nothing to show for it?”

“Placing more lobbying information online diminishes speculation of what’s going on behind closed doors. It aligns perfectly with the County's ACT Initiative promoting accountability and transparency. And, it's so easy to do,” Kaczmarek says.
Posted by Jean4CountyClerk | Thu Aug 14, 2014, 02:48 PM (7 replies)

Apply Online to Vote by Mail in Illinois for the November 2014 Election

Vote on Election Day if possible. If you can't, apply online now for your vote by mail ballot to arrive after Sept. 25, 2014.

Above all - VOTE!

Here are the three largest counties where you can apply online. Please post your county clerk's vote-by-mail page to this thread. Thanks!

DuPage County

http://www.dupageco.org/Election/Voters/41942/

Cook County

http://mailvoting.cookcountyclerk.com

Lake County

http://countyclerk.lakecountyil.gov/ElectionInfo/Voter-Services/Pages/Voting-By-Mail.aspx



Never take your right to vote for granted.

Jean Kaczmarek, 2014 Democratic Candidate for DuPage County Clerk
Posted by Jean4CountyClerk | Thu Aug 7, 2014, 10:23 AM (0 replies)

Apply Online to Vote by Mail in Illinois for November 2014 Election

Vote on Election Day if possible. If not, you can apply online now for your vote by mail ballot to arrive after Sept. 25, 2014.

Above all - VOTE!

Here are the three largest counties where you can apply online. Please post your county clerk's vote-by-mail page to this thread. Thanks!

DuPage County

http://www.dupageco.org/Election/Voters/41942/

Cook County

http://mailvoting.cookcountyclerk.com

Lake County

http://countyclerk.lakecountyil.gov/ElectionInfo/Voter-Services/Pages/Voting-By-Mail.aspx



Never take your right to vote for granted.

Jean Kaczmarek, 2014 Democratic Candidate for DuPage County Clerk
Posted by Jean4CountyClerk | Wed Aug 6, 2014, 03:05 PM (2 replies)

Bad Politicians are Elected by Good People Who Don't Vote

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Never take the right to vote for granted.

Jean Kaczmarek, Democratic Candidate for DuPage County Clerk, Illinois

(DuPage is the second-largest county in Illinois. And yes, I've heard about election fraud. I've been an election reformist for nearly a decade. The best way to combat fraud is for *everyone* to vote on Election Day.)
Posted by Jean4CountyClerk | Sun Aug 3, 2014, 04:53 PM (2 replies)

Check the status of your Illinois voter registration on-line

It's easy to check the status of your voter registration and to find your polling place location on-line:

http://www.elections.il.gov/VotingInformation/RegistrationLookup.aspx



Never take the right to vote for granted.

Jean Kaczmarek, Democratic Candidate for DuPage County Clerk

Posted by Jean4CountyClerk | Sat Aug 2, 2014, 10:52 PM (12 replies)

Here is the link to register to vote on-line in Illinois

https://ova.elections.il.gov/

Please note that one cannot register to vote on-line within 30 days of an election and be able to vote in that election.

Never take the right to vote for granted.

Jean Kaczmarek, Candidate for DuPage County Clerk
Posted by Jean4CountyClerk | Fri Jul 25, 2014, 10:53 AM (6 replies)
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