Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Illinois: Dolton trustees claim recall law illegal

A fight between Dolton Mayor Riley H. Rogers and Trustees Stanley Brown, Tiffany Henyard and Robert G. Hunt Jr. has led to a lawsuit over a new recall ordinance adopted by a 4-3 vote on June 1. The ordinance back dates the recall law to April 2013 (when those three trustees were elected), but somehow does not apply to those elected in April 2015 (when three trustees supported by Rogers were elected.

This one seems great -- the mayor has "purportedly appointed himself the village's police chief," though other stories are saying that the recall is about liquor licenses and the Rogers claims its about the sale of a money-losing senior housing complex that the three trustees blocked.

The recall law also lets the mayor name replacements, subject to the trustees approval.

The lawsuit claims that the recall law had to be enacted by public referendum.

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