EP Mayoral Challenger Says She Will Fight To Get on April Ballot

Mayoral challenger Shawn Good has some interesting ideas for Evergreen Park, but first she must survive a petition challenge by two associates of Mayor James Sexton.


Evergreen Park mayoral challenger Shawn Good’s back is pressed against the ropes in her bid to get her name on the ballot in the upcoming April election.

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Like many rookie candidates, an objection has been filed against Good’s nominating petitions for not being securely bound when turned into the village and for lacking the proper number of valid signatures. Good is challenging Mayor James Sexton in the upcoming consolidated election.

She represented herself before the Village of Evergreen Park’s electoral board on Jan. 10. Pending her objectors’ visit to the Cook County Clerk’s office to validate signatures on her petitions, whether or not her name ends up on the April 9th ballot will be decided on Thursday.

“It’s like a boxing ring. I’m going up against the heavy weight champ,” she said in a quick phone conversation before bell choir practice.

Asked why she thinks her nomination papers are being challenged by the associates of a two-term incumbent mayor, Good thinks its because most Evergreen Park village board members aren’t used to having competition--including the mayor.

“I think the mayor has done a wonderful job in Evergreen Park,” Good said, “but I’m running because I think I can cut the mayor’s current pay by 25 percent.”

Good didn’t elaborate how she intended to shave 25-percent off as mayor and liquor commissioner.

She does have other ideas for Evergreen Park if elected mayor, including initiating a “mayoral challenge” to local youth encouraging them to get fit, community-based farming and applying for grants to re-do the Recreation Center.

“I’d like to find out why there isn’t a park district,” she added.

Illinois’s election statutes don’t specify what is deemed an appropriate fastener to securely bind candidates' nominating petitions, such as a metal prong fastener. Some might say that the state statutes are purposely vague.

The 2013 Candidates Guide provided by the Illinois State Board of Elections specifies:

"The petition sheets shall be neatly fastened together in book form and fastened together at one edge in a secure and suitable manner."

Another beginner's mistake Good acknowledges making was not seeking legal counsel before she filed her nominating petitions.

“I’m trying to get an election attorney but they’re all very busy right now. Luckily I’m getting some legal advice,” she said.

In an elections survival workshop, Chicago attorneys Keri-Lyn Krafthefer and Adam Lasker advise wanna-be candidates that staples, paper clips and binder clips are not guaranteed to withstand the fastener challenge.

Courts have upheld local electoral board rulings to remove candidates from ballots for failure to securely bind nomination papers, e.g., using a paper clip, according to Krafthefer and Lasker’s Surviving the 2013 Elections candidates' guide.

The attorneys cite one divided electoral board, half who found that a 3/4-inch black “binder clip fastener” constituted a secure fastening device, while the other half deemed the nomination papers as “loosely filed.”

Two years ago, the Oak Lawn Community High School Dist. 229 electoral board overruled an objection against a school board candidate’s use of a paper clip, possibly because four other board members had fastened their own nominating papers with paper clips.

The purpose of using a secure fastener to bind nominating petitions is to prevent fraud and the slipping in of dummy sheets.  

famed attorney Burt Odelson, representing the objectors, picked up Good’s paper-clipped petitions, which came apart and scattered on a board member’s desk.

When Patch examined Good’s petitions at the village clerk’s office, the sheets remained perfectly secured in their paper clip.

Good also is confidant that her petitions will withstand a signature check down at the county clerk’s office.

Most of those who signed her petitions were choir members, friends and neighbors.

“I went out on my own,” Good said. “Everyone who signed was very spirited.”

The objectors are Geoffrey Layhe and Anthony Yukich. Layhe has made $1,200 in campaign contributions, and Yukich donated $1,815 to Sexton’s slate, the United Homeowners/Good Government Party, according to Illinois State Board of Elections records.

Yukich also earned $10,800 performing “administrative duties” for the Good Government Party.

Their attorney, Odelson, has given $4.400 over the years to the Friends of James Sexton campaign fund.

Good is up before the village election board—consisting of village clerk Cathy Aparo, and trustees Carol Kyle and Jerry Bosch--Thursday at Village Hall. Because the petitions involve the mayor’s, he is disqualified from serving on the electoral board.

Should the ruling go against her, Good plans to appeal. She’s also weighing options to run as a write-in candidate.

If necessary, Good says she will fight all the way to the Illinois Supreme Court.

“I understand there are so many against one, I’m just going to take it day by day,” she said. “If I don’t do it this time, I’ll be ready in four years. This is so exciting and fun for me. I’m enthusiastic.”

The Village of Evergreen Park electoral board hearing takes place at 9:30 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 17) in the council chambers at 9418 S. Kedzie Ave. The hearing is open to the public.

Should Shawn Good be allowed to remain on the ballot? Tell us in the comments.

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CQ January 17, 2013 at 01:46 PM
So it goes, the "you're a hypocrite" whine. Amusing how these posts always seem to include the word "wow". Don't know why this is so difficult, but one more time....please re read Ms. Good's reference to obtaining grants to improve the rec dept, moving on to her comment about finding out why EP does not have a Park District. Add the knowledge that there is a difference between the two. Now, read the very first post. Childish = commenting on a community member's competence when the poster lacked knowledge on the topic. Was that explained well enough for you?
Kells January 17, 2013 at 01:52 PM
You are wrong and I know that for a fact. Get your facts straight before you ramble.
Nancy Prior January 17, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Kay, I'll put signs in my parents building windows, just for you, (who ever you are) saying Mayor Sexton abuses/bullies Senior Citizens! He has prevented my 86 year old mother from collecting rent for TWO years so he can STEAL her building. You wouldn't think so kindly about the Mayor if you knew how he threatened my dad, a 78 year old Disabled WWII Veteran. It is immoral and shameful! My dad passed away 4 months after that lousy meeting. Please stop defending a person who attacks Senior Citizens and Disabled WWII Veterans because they just happen to own something he wants.
Kells January 17, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Not to get off subject, but I will attest the building department is a joke. I asked 5 people the same question and got 5 different answers. Geoff is the biggest joke as well as Ed. They have no idea what the rules are. I'm just writing this in sympathy of your parents and can attest the building department is full of Bozo's.
EPResident80 January 17, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Give it a rest CQ. Everyone sees through your bias. Enjoy the rest of your day. Hope you're being compensated for being the challenger's spokesperson!!!
TM January 17, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Kells, can you prove your "fact"? I would like to see how. Just out of curiosity. Most of the people who comment on here comment on a lot of other articles and boards trying to get people all riled up. CQ and Concerned are all over everything. They like to piss people off. I still stand behind my previous comments and think other people need to stand behind their own.
CQ January 17, 2013 at 03:47 PM
EPR80...you are the one that asked the voters to decide whether Ms. Good was as competent as Mr. Duffy. You centered your request on her comment, yet you lacked knowledge of the topic. It's appalling when the first line of attack is to question someone's competence for no valid reason. I'll defend any community member against that, gladly. If there is compelling evidence as to a person's incompetence, well that is a different story. You have a nice day as well.
CQ January 17, 2013 at 04:19 PM
TM...I would rather see a mayoral race rather than an unopposed candidate. Public roles funded by my tax dollar are something i pay attention too. Why malign a community member willing to serve? Too much of that goes on and my concern is that prevents decent people from stepping up, limiting our choices in government. This somehow riles you up?
TM January 17, 2013 at 05:16 PM
No CQ you are not getting me riled up. You start fights with everyone who doesn't agree with you. I don't care if people agree with me or not, I still believe in what I believe in and will stand behind who I think is the right candidate. Now does anyone know if Ms Good will be on the ballot or not?
CQ January 17, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Yet your post was removed. Alrighty then.
TM January 17, 2013 at 06:27 PM
I was stating valid points. How can she do these particular things if she can't do it on her own? I really think that needs to be public. And I responded to Dan saying I understood why it was deleted. Do I agree why it was? Sure, I wouldn't want someone talking about my family. BUT if you are running for public office you need to be aware it is no holds bar when it comes what people say and what people want to know.
CQ January 17, 2013 at 06:27 PM
This is disconcerting. I remember that business, it was there for quite a while. What's behind wanting your parents out? How is he taking the building...eminent domain? Just curious. Another reason as to the importance of a challenger, the incumbent has to present his plans for the future of EP,
Kay January 17, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Kells wasn't sure was your previous post stating that Mrs.Goods mother was not Mayor Vacco and Mayor Sextons secretary because indeed she was and as far as her family they absolutely work for the Village. Check your facts.
TM January 17, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Is there a list of village employees? I am curious to see it since Kells won't back up their "facts"
Nancy Prior January 18, 2013 at 10:12 AM
Kells, we are not going off the subject. I want people of EP to know the Mayor and how he operates behind the scenes. My dad was threatened for his building so Oberweis could have additional parking! Plan the parking before you build another shoebox stripmall like Oberweis. How does a parking lot (in the heart of EP) benefit the Village? I have been licensed with the state of IL since 2010 to open The Red Poppy Nail Salon, LLC and Priority Hair Care, LLC. I grew up in my parents building - I love EP - it will always be my home! Why should women of EP have to have their nails done in filthy/dirty salons. You'd be shocked to see what I did inside the old Nail Spa! I took the dropped ceiling down to expose the original tin ceiling from 1922. I have been fighting for 2 years to open 2 CLEAN new businesses in this town! I don't see any other Entrepreneurs - begging the Mayor to open new businesses in EP! All EP gets is the run of the mill ,same old same old, big name stores. I want my home (EP) to have an American owned and operated Nail Salon!
Nancy Prior January 18, 2013 at 10:44 AM
You should all STOP this nonsense! Shawn Good is running for Mayor - give the woman some credit because it won't be an easy task. When the Plaza was being discussed people were all asking for change - now Shawn Good wants to be Mayor (change) and the entire conversation is about who her relatives are and if her mom was Mayor Vacco's secretary. Get out from behind your computers and do something positive. Hang in there Shawn Good - we all commend you!
TM January 18, 2013 at 02:40 PM
No, we do not all commend her. And if you love EP so much then stop coming on here and complaining about it. I mean if Mayor Sexton really "kicked your parents out" then you could get a lawyer, there are real estate attys you know.
evergreenlove13 January 18, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Nancy, I must have missed all this "change" people were talking about. Can you explain. Was it EP residents or Non-EP people talking about "change"? Also, you story about you parents makes no sense to me, and if it doesn't make sense it's probably not the whole truth. In my opinion of course.
Nancy Prior January 18, 2013 at 09:52 PM
The Patch was writing about the Plaza and all the complaints were about changing the way the buildings get built around here - (most parking is in front of the building versus behind the building). Look up Chis Clairs old articles on the Plaza. Oh TM you make me laugh! Leave the zip code once in awhile to see how other people live and how other towns get developed.........it called PLANNING!
TM January 19, 2013 at 03:05 AM
I actually just moved here six years ago sooooo yeah think about that Nance
Nancy Prior January 20, 2013 at 06:27 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 06:28 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!
ep concerned January 22, 2013 at 07:18 AM
There's a big difference between a Park District and a Rec dept. Park Dist people are voted in and represent the people and REC dept are an appointed position. Let the people decide who runs the it not the Bully, That way someone deserving could get the job over at the Hamilton Maher center and not the candidates spouse.
Nancy Prior January 22, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Kay, I found this just for you in the United Homeowners and Good Government Party Census 2010: and I quote, "Unlike other local governments, Evergreen Park does NOT have a full-time manager, administrator, finance director or treasurer. The mayor stated that the Village is run frugally with staffing levels kept to a minumum. Our focus is on maintaining services while keeping expenses down". What year did the treasurer get hired? You said John Sawyer? (The legal fees paid to Babe Ahern's attorney when the Village lost the lawsuit over the golf course were close to $800,000 thousand dollars)!
TM January 22, 2013 at 03:37 PM
See Nance, now people are just tired of you and obviously other people had things to do over the holiday weekend.
Nancy Prior January 23, 2013 at 10:08 AM
TM - I think I made my point and shed some light for my parents and their building. The fact you took the time to write me a personal message on Patch-----------you must be thinking about me! Thanks! If you need something to do to fill all your free time ----I hear Aldi's is hiring.
Nancy Prior January 23, 2013 at 12:07 PM
TM - one last point, it seems difficult for people to grasp, the fact, that Mayor Sexton covers-up his intentional cruelty to my Senior Citizen mom / parents - considering their only crime was refusing to sell their building to the Mayor / Developer so they could knock it down for additional parking to the Oberweis Dairy strip mall! I can only imagine Mayor Sexton’s reaction if someone was “Bullying” his parents like this-- - if he would just sit back and allow the abuse??? Hmmm.....makes you think. Good Luck Shawn!
TM January 23, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Thanks for the recommendation babe, I have a better job than Aldi's so I think I will pass on that and let your kids work there instead. Or better yet you or kids can go work at Menards and Meijers! I honestly don't give a you know what about your building/business. Have a lovely day Nance!
EP95 January 24, 2013 at 03:28 AM
TM, you show yourself to be an extremely cruel individual. This woman, NANCY, is clearly distressed over a situation that involves her livelihood and family assets, yet you taunt her with your bitter little personality. Whatever the details, it is obvious the building she refers to has interrupted the strip mall design. It is more likely than not that she is receiving some kind of hard time from the Village by not complying. A roof just caved in on a building here in EP, while the building inspector, Layhe, was too busy preserving his job than performing it. So stop checking this thread and find another way of getting your thrills. Get some help.
Nancy Prior January 25, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Thank you EP95, everything you wrote is true. Everyone else is watching their money in this economy, but I guess Mayor Sexton is punishing me and my 86 year old mom for over 2 years by not allowing her to collect rent and I have been fighting the Mayor since 2010 to open a business! Geoffrey Layhe never takes a day off------------Layhe has called every one of my contractors so they won't work for me! My dad was a Disabled WWII Veteran, he limped for 60 years and he earned the Right to say "No" to Mayor Sexton when he didn't want his building knocked down for a STINKIN STRIP MALL!!! Mayor Sexton--------------PLEASE call off your dogs!!! It is Un-American to treat people this way especially a defenseless Senior Citizen!


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