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EP Election Board Says No to Good Candidacy

Petitions cited for lack of valid signatures, inappropriate binding


In less than five minutes Thursday morning, Evergreen Park election officials slammed the door on the mayoral candidacy of Shawn Good.

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The Village of Evergreen Park Municipal Officers Electoral Board, consisting of Trustees Carol Kyle and Jerome Bosch, and Village Clerk Catherine Aparo, with representation by attorney Joseph Cainkar, voted unanimously to remove Good’s name from the April 9 election ballot.

Good is challenging incumbent Mayor James Sexton, the only contested race in the upcoming municipal election, other than a library board race for two-year trustee.

The action came after two village residents, filed an objection regarding Good’s petitions for not being securely bound when turned in to the village and for lacking the proper number of valid signatures. To appear on the ballot, 66 valid signatures are needed.

Good’s petitions were viewed by a Cook County Clerk records examiner on Jan. 11, who determined that Good fell short of the number of valid signatures needed by 16. Several signatures were ruled invalid for not being genuine; others were discounted because the signer was not registered to vote at the address listed.

with Burton Odelson, founding partner of Odelson and Sterk, representing both Yukich and Layne. His associate, Matthew Welch, represented the objectors this time around.  Shawn Good represented herself both times, though after the meeting said she had sought legal advice.

Regardless of the outcome of today’s ruling, Good said she is not through challenging the mayor. She told the Patch she has several options to consider, including a write-in candidacy.

What do you think of this latest development? Tell us in the comments.

ep concerned January 19, 2013 at 02:24 PM
Or if you're an illegal alien you got a job there. The mayor touted job creation but I'm sure a lot the workers there don't even live here in the village.
CQ January 19, 2013 at 02:33 PM
One would think if you were proclaiming the enormity of other people's stupidity, you'd use the annology of the world's biggest mountain....not the presidential mountain. I guess your just not that swift. If not set in stone, Im sure the faces on the presidential mountain would be disdain for the chicken little political preservation move in EP this week. That's the difference between leaders and politicians, I guess.
Ted January 19, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Really EP concerned get a clue! You must not have known Babe and I have never bullied anyone in my life. Southtown paint moved to Orland Park where I'm sure they are getting taxes breaks( ha ha). Like the previous post sometimes you need to give some concessions to your"big box" stores that in turn produce real estate and sales taxes that help the village to do other things. Have you been by Yukich fields lately, the ice rink, I can go on and on. But it is pointless because you will bring up some idiotic point about a trustees daughter having a job at Pete's. Why don't you just say who's daughter it is. Or about someone supposedly being bullied! Did you go check the records and see how much the great Ms Ahern sold her property for? Almost exactly what the village valued it at. The court that ruled in her favor that is was worth 25 million was more of a joke then anything! EP concerned sounds to me like you are just a bitter whiner and complainer. Since you spend so much time on this blog- why don't you reveal yourself and give us all your platform for 2017. Put some people together to sweep this administration out. But you won't because cowards blog instead of rolling their sleeves up to be part of the solution. If this village is that bad? Which it clearly isn't. Wake up concerned
Ted January 19, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Concerned- You are so silly it's funny! Petes has illegal aliens working there? Did you ever go to Evergreen golf course. I believe all of the workers there were EP residents. Wake up
EP Parent January 19, 2013 at 04:05 PM
My how we've all digressed. Back to the original story, I do think that it would have been nice to have an alternative mayoral candidate. I think it does look petty that a couple of (reportedly cohorts) of Mayor Sexton to have filed the protest. It does make one wonder what they are afraid of. On the other hand Mrs Good should have obtained more signatures because as stated by others, this is not an unusual protest in Illinois politics. I am happy with Mayor Sexton, but having a choice for any elected office is never a bad thing.
CQ January 19, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Lesson learned Ms. Good...learn to be a cut throat, bad ass wanna be, learn to out maneuver your opponent with chicken little tactics, learn that this is way more important than substantive issues,,,,and there you go, your in the game!
Concerned January 19, 2013 at 07:02 PM
Thank you, CQ, for stating what I would want to on here - I love reading your comments. And hello to EP Concerned... We're not the same person, but look like we can agree on some things. It's too bad we won't be able to have a real election. All of those who actively worked to prevent one should be ashamed of themselves. As for EP thriving... Here are a few facts... Our population has decreased by almost 5% over the last decade according to city-data.com, but I've heard from town officials that its closer to a 15% decline. Also, according to realty track, there are over 300 homes in pre-forclosure, up for auction or bank owned. That doesn't even count people like my neighbor who just had a short sale and got a third of what they paid for their home 10 years ago. Don't get me wrong... I really like living in EP, and chose to move here for a lot of the reasons Kay has mentioned. That's why I get concerned when I see the value of my house fall by half, my taxes increase by 50%, and my government spending my tax dollars in ways I don't agree with. All to protect their little fiefdom...
ep concerned January 19, 2013 at 07:29 PM
That's why they need to go. Just look at all the people making over 100k. While some visit their summer home others face forclosure. Shame!
ep concerned January 19, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Maybe they are hiding something.....
evergreenlove13 January 19, 2013 at 08:07 PM
What a comment Ed, I think we can all assume what you mean by "crap". If it means what I think it means shame on you!
evergreenlove13 January 19, 2013 at 08:13 PM
You have no clue what you are talking about when speaking of the small businesses on 95th st. and the remainder of this town. You have still yet to respond to any of my above statements about explaining yourself. You are content in just spewing ridiculous statements that any sane individual knows isn't true. It amazes me that you are criticizing these jobs by saying they are low paying. Many people would love to have one of these jobs. Who are you to say that a trustees daughter isn't allowed to have a job in this town?
evergreenlove13 January 19, 2013 at 08:16 PM
Your comment about "illegal alien" just shows the type of person you are. You don't know the people who work there so until you have facts that prove your statement you should really keep your mouth closed. You are sure a lot of the workers don't live in ep, maybe you should get stats to back that up.
evergreenlove13 January 19, 2013 at 08:19 PM
There is that green eyed monster again. Jealousy gets you nowhere in life. I would rather not get started on the stupidity of people facing foreclosure.
evergreenlove13 January 19, 2013 at 08:22 PM
EP cannot keep people who do not know how to pay their bills and keep their houses from moving into here. Your house value did not fall because of anything our LOCAL government did. Your LOCAL government isn't the reason people are not buying houses at this moment in time. I am with you that I do not live my FEDERAL & STATE government is spending my tax dollars. I do however appreciate the fiscal responsibility my LOCAL EP government spend and save my tax dollars.
evergreenlove13 January 19, 2013 at 08:23 PM
What would that be?
Concerned January 19, 2013 at 08:30 PM
It is my understanding that a few years separated the town valuing the golf course, and when it was sold, and that was when the "financial meltdown" occurred. The thrust of her victorious 25 million dollar lawsuit against the town was because their interference caused her to lose a sale for a much higher price. And what exactly does "the stupidity of those facing foreclosure" mean? EP is suffering along with the rest of the country, but they seem to be doing so in denial.
Tcp January 20, 2013 at 05:12 AM
Mrs. Good seems very responsible! Maybe she just wants a little change in this town! Is there anything wrong with that? Can this town handle competition or...?
Nancy Prior January 20, 2013 at 05:42 AM
Hey Ted, Kay and the rest of you who think I have nothing better to do than invent stories - this is what Mayor Sexton has done to my parents / mom - (The Reporter newspaper May 2011 - did a story for us front page)! analogy: The Mayor wants your house, but it's not for sale. TOO BAD! The Mayor forces you to keep your house vacant for two years and without heat! BUT......you are allowed to visit your property anytime you want (lucky you) - you can even unlock the door walk around inside BUT you better not try fixing anything because you were given a bogus stop work order from the Mayor's sidekick Geoffrey Layhe. Oh by the way, keep paying those property taxes which are close to $30,000 dollars or the Mayor will steal your property! I filed in June 2010 to open 2 new businesses in the building - the Mayor lost both my applications. (I have the Village meeting minutes as proof). Finally, November 5, 2012 - the Mayor approves my Business Licenses. I had to hire an Architect to draw 4 ceiling fans and some florescent lights to submit to get a Permit, .......BUT, mysteriously there are all kinds of problems I am required to fix because the building was never inspected properly when Nail Spa and US Cellular were tenants!!! I have spent the past week cutting up the floor because the pipes when US Cellular moved in were NEVER capped off - instead I have Jewel plastic bags shoved into the sewage pipes which caused a leak and rotted the wood under my new floor tile!
Nancy Prior January 20, 2013 at 06:03 AM
I would like to see any of you fight for something that's RIGHT! No one should be allowed to abuse Senior Citizens or people in General just because they own something that the Mayor wants! It's UN-American! Oh I forgot - we also pay roughly $60 dollars a month for water that we cannot use! Nail Spa left the building infested with mice and huge black cockroaches, but he got a new Business License (no problem) to move down the street in front of Little Company of Mary Hospital! It's pathetic.............the mess I have had to clean up because Village Inspectors got paid for a job they were obviously NOT doing! Let Shawn Good run for Mayor!
Nancy Prior January 20, 2013 at 07:26 AM
This is for anyone - who doesn't have a clue how this Village operates. Nail Spa duct taped the circuit breakers "ON" (I have the breakers with the silver tape on them as proof). I hire ARC 1 Electric in Hickory Hills to replace the electric panel. ARC 1 website says they have been in business for 13 years and when we meet the owner, Mike Motola, he tells my mom and I he's already licensed in EP. We hire him in February 2011 to replace the panel. Bottomline - ARC 1 replaces the electric panel WITHOUT a Permit. (That's when I was young and naive - get the Permit BEFORE anyone does any work especially if your last name is PRIOR and the Mayor wants your building). EP issues me a ticket for $150 dollars and issues ARC 1 a ticket for $300 dollars. We go to Court June 2011 - I pay my $150 dollar ticket, BUT Geoffrey Layhe came to court just for me to tell the Judge ARC 1 didn't have to pay his ticket because "He didn't mean to do the work without a Permit"! And - "Hugh McGivern, Electrical Inspector, said he does not have to pay"! We sue ARC1 in small claims Bridgeview - oops Mandatory Arbitration - ARC 1 tells the Arbitrators TWICE, "I did exactly what they told me to do"! (He's referring to the Village). I brought and paid another Electrician as an expert witness to list the problems with the Electric Panel and testify the panel change is NOT completed! Again mysteriously...............ARC 1 is found NOT guilty!
Tcp January 20, 2013 at 11:19 PM
Kay - sledding on private property is tresspassing. Allow me to come and play all over your lawn and see your reaction.
Tcp January 20, 2013 at 11:22 PM
the cost 10 million
Tcp January 20, 2013 at 11:52 PM
Concerned - like many other towns there are new banks on alsmost every corner. Chase Bank has gambled away 6 million dollars and they are getting a fourth bailout (it wasn't just one) for their irresponsibility. If I acted like Chase Bank, I would be foreclosed upon. In addition, as many families have left EP for greener pastures, the generations behind these two and they are: 1.) The Conservatives 2.) Baby Boomers, is smaller known as Gen-X. Pointedly, as more retirement homes are being built, there is simply less of a demand for residential homes. The indicator on homes is driving up the tax base even though house prices are falling. You can go on to Cook County and file an appeal. We did and they reduced it by $1,000.00 and that was only the first appeal, we could have done a second. In towns like Crestwood there is residential tax relief due to the many businesses.
IGA January 24, 2013 at 05:17 AM
Alright everybody, calm down. You all speak of a great neighborhood and people, then please put those claws away and let's all start acting like it. Ms Good is obviously green to the political scene, not just in EP, but everywhere in the state. Many politicians fumble over paperwork and such the first time out. Major high five for her to take the time out and run. I would love to say that EP will bend such a goofy rule and allow her to run, but lets be real here. In ANY line of work, if you can stop the threat of someone possibly even considering taking your job, you too would use all rules and sources to halt it. Ms. good knows better for next time. Personally, they would have been better off letting her run, the story would have been minuscule at best. But it has the potential of snowballing in years to come, and may end up creating a bigger threat in the long run. As far as your likes and dislikes of the way the town is run and the people who run it, be like Ms Good and change it. There are pros and cons to these large stores, and here's hoping the mayor will do what's right and pass a tax break on to residences in the village from the money we will be taking in. It will increase home buying hopefully. Every village town etc across this country has it's flaws, cliques, and bad decisions that form over time due to staleness and repetitiveness.
IGA January 24, 2013 at 05:18 AM
Ms prior, I am sure there are two sides to your story, but no matter what they are, a peaceful and fair agreement should be made between you and the village. I miss the village I grew up in of Joe Packeys, Dairy Queen, Butera, heck the Martinique! But times change and we all don't adapt well to change. Try to look at the pros, we aren't Sauk village or the defunct crestwood or many others. Our streets are
IGA January 24, 2013 at 05:18 AM
safe, and not all the storefronts are vacant. But there are cons as well. Preferential treatment to businesses, alleged disrespect to homeowners and some businesses, lack of indoor rec facilities for residents. We need a pool, we need an indoor playground for children in the winter. Take monies and purchase racquet and fitness and give it to the people to enjoy. Have a Xmas celebration in the center of town and
IGA January 24, 2013 at 05:19 AM
encourage small businesses to open their doors. Lessen permit fees on residents and raise them on commercial to encourage homeowners to use Menards to improve their homes. Theiris so much good here people, if you have an issue, build your voice of one, and bring them to meetings. I hope they realize the correcting all of your issue will only strengthen the community, improving word of mouth and helping to bring
IGA January 24, 2013 at 05:19 AM
more good people into this great neighborhood. I just recently moved out of evergreen , but my parents live there and will continue to. If you all think I can win a mayoral race let me know, and I will move back in with them. But I will need 66 signatures, maybe 67 to be safe. Haha. keep in mind the success of common, not personal good. Things work better with that train of thought.
Concerned January 25, 2013 at 02:25 AM
Evergreenlove13, you can't have it both ways. You can't say that out town is thriving financially, and yet have these numbers of forclosures to deal with. Forclosures, whether because someone over-borrowed, or got a divorce, or had to move for a job, are not good for the price of your house, or my house. I'm glad to hear the town has money in the bank, but look where that recently got the D124 school board. People see money, and they put their hand out. How is EP going to fare when Springfield finally pushes the pension problem down to the school districts? You know that there are no laws that allow states to declare bankruptcy (which IL is), yet there are laws allowing municipalities and school districts to declare bankruptcy. Of course I understand the difference between local, township, county, state, and federal taxes (of which, I pay them all), but I'm still not happy with the way EP, specificially under the leadership of Mayor Sexton, has used my town's revenue, in situations such as tax deals with big box stores and in dealings with the EP Golf Course. I'll say it again... it's a shame we can't have a real debate in the public square on the real issues that face out town, which we all care about greatly.
evergreenlove13 January 25, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Concerned, as I was saying.....It is not the Village of Evergreen Park's fault if people are forclosing on their homes. I was stating that your homes value didn't fall because of anything Mayor Sexton did. You home value fell because of your fellow citizens who forclosed on their homes. And YES my town can be financially sound (with money in the bank) even if people are forclosing. That is why it is always nice to have that extra money there. Just because people put their hand out doesn't mean that Mayor Sexton is going to give it to them. In my opinion what D124 did was wrong, they should make sure they always continue to have a surplus of money for when Illinois stops paying their part of the bills. (you and I agree on everything in regards to D124 and the state of Illinois and I would guess the federal government) We just disagree with our local government. There can be real debates or questions asked, you just have to go to meetings and ask. I personally don't feel that Ms. Good would be more conservative with the villages money than Mayor Sexton. I go off of the fact that she didn't do enough research on the process of running for mayor. So I tend to think she won't do enough research on the right ways to spend the money.

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