By Bill Gantz

Staff Reporter


  Park District Commissioner Roy McGee along with Justice trustee candidates Mary McGee and John Koslowski, were beaten back January 8th in their effort to knock off the Consolidated ballot,  Coalition Party of Justice trustee hopefuls Rich Sparr and Ed Rusch Jr.  McGee attempted to have the two men taken out of the village trustee race in April by removing their names from the ballot.  The three dissenters had their case heard in front of a room full of Coalition supporters and to the Local Electoral Board.  Arguing the challenge for the McGee’s and Kozlowski was attorney Yaser Tabbara of the law firm Zarzour, Khalil & Tabbara.  

  The main focus of the objection centered on the lack of purchase of a $5.00 village dog tag.  Legal council Matt Flam defended the “canine” argument by asserting, a person cannot owe money for a debt unless they have been charged for it.  Electoral board attorney Thomas Bastion agreed.  After written and oral arguments were presented, the three-member panel entertained a motion to reject the McGee challenge.

  The motion passed on a 2-1 vote.  Village of Justice trustee Phil DePaola, who sat on the electoral board, voted no.  How much money will the challenge cost the taxpayers of Justice, still needs to be answered.  People attending the hearings voiced concern over the matter.