Election notebook

At the polls in Thornton Township
2001-02-28T00:00:00Z Election notebook nwitimes.com
February 28, 2001 12:00 am

Election fireworks display

Dirksen Elementary School was the site of some minor election fireworks Tuesday morning after words were exchanged between campaign workers on both sides.

Several campaign workers said the morning's vote tallies were accompanied by a threat or two and some screaming.

"Everyone gets along," said Tony DeFillipo of the Zuccarelli campaign later in the day. "I don't want to point fingers."

Several campaign workers on both sides who asked to remain anonymous, though, said there was some serious jockeying for space and even harassment going on at the school.

Color issues

On one level, the township races appeared to be a "color issue." Giglio supporters - and the candidate himself - frequently complained about Zuccarelli's everpresent use of yellow stationery with black type on campaign literature that flooded the township.

The color green, though may have been the most prominent, as Zuccarelli clearly outspent Giglio by a huge margin.

What they said

"Words, words, lots of loud words," said Giglio volunteer Louis Louise Muszynski when asked to describe tensions at Dirksen, which housed three precincts.

"Remarks, name-calling, accusations," said Susan Ursa, a Republican election judge for the 6th precinct, located in the library at Dirksen, when asked about the same.

"We've had a rough day," admitted Zuccarelli booster Paul Banik, who will run for alderman this spring in Calumet City's fourth ward.

Over and under

Election judge Bertha Wanzer of Calumet City said "quite a few ballots" were spoiled because voters overvoted. Using a process introduced by the county for this election that detected overvotes and undervotes, voters had the option to vote again or accept the results of their first ballot.

Short a judge?

Jim Giglio, a distant relative of Frank Giglio, said his wife was among a number of election judges who were fired by his opponent's side.

Jim Giglio, who won his re-election bid for township trustee, said his wife submitted a letter to be an election judge, but she received no response. He said that when he went to the polling place where his wife would have served, there was an empty chair. According to the incumbent trustee, it is clear that his wife was not allowed to be a judge because she supports Zuccarelli. He said early Tuesday morning, his wife got a call to fill in for a different precinct.

Frank Giglio said his side merely allowed precinct captains to select the best judges for the job.

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