CALUMET CITY | The electoral board completed its business for this election cycle when, on Monday, it voted to remove Calumet City mayoral hopeful Brian Wilson from the ballot for the April 9 election.
The board voted to accept challenges made by supporters of Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush and mayoral hopeful Victor Green – facing off in the Feb. 26 Democratic primary unless an appellate court panel upholds the electoral board decision that removed Green from that ballot.
The board met for about an hour Monday.
The board accepted the challenge by Hope Allen, an aldermanic candidate aligned with Green. That challenge said Wilson made himself ineligible to run as a political independent this year when he first filed nominating petitions to run as a Democrat in next week’s primary election.
The electoral board accepted that challenge, even though they appeared confused at one point about what to do when city Attorney Burt Odelson explained the outcome of both accepting and rejecting the petitions, but did not specifically tell them which motion to vote on.
Another challenge filed by supporters of Qualkinbush contended that Wilson had debts to Calumet City in the form of unpaid real estate transfer tax stamps and did not have enough valid signatures of support of his nominating petitions because many of the signatures were gathered by circulators who had previously backed Wilson’s Democratic primary petitions.
Wilson sat silently while watching the hearing.
Wilson said he plans to file an appeal to the Cook County Circuit Court to try to get reinstated on the ballot for the April 9 elections, although Wilson's attorney, John Jawor, could not say when the appeal would be filed. State law gives Wilson five working days to file such an appeal.
“They could have removed me last month and we could have had this settled in court by now,” Wilson said.