Wednesday, January 13, 2016 || By Michael Romain
A group of West Suburban mayors, including Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins and Bellwood Mayor Frank Pasquale, have formally endorsed Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown’s re-election bid.
The announcement is a boost in the prospects of the embattled clerk, pictured above, who has been the target of a federal corruption probe related to alleged misconduct.
Last November, federal authorities indicted an employee in Brown’s office in what the Chicago Tribune reported was the first public confirmation that Brown’s office is “under investigation over the possible ‘purchasing’ of jobs and promotions.” That employee, Sivasubramani Rajaram, was later charged with lying to federal authorities while under oath. Rajaram, 48, has since pleaded not guilty of the charges.
When reports of a possible corruption probe surfaced, Brown at first denied that she was ever the target of a probe, telling ABC 7 that she was the victim of “unsubstantiated media reports.”
In the wake of reports that she was under investigation, the Cook County Democratic Party endorsed Brown’s main challenger, Chicago Ald. Michelle Harris (8th).
At a Proviso Township Ministerial Alliance Network (PTMAN) meeting held in Maywood late last year, numerous African American clergymen endorsed Harris as well.
But the tide seems to have been turning for Brown of late, with U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis (7th) and Alderman and former Maywood Village Manager Jason Ervin (28th) both endorsing her early this year.
At a Jan. 12 press conference, Pasquale noted that he’s endorsing Brown for reelection “because she is the most qualified candidate and the best person for the job” and that “the Court Clerk’s office has been the most progressive under her administration.”
Perkins reinforced Pasquale’s points, adding that “Brown’s knowledge and experience about running an effective Clerk of Court office is unmatched.”
Brown is set to face Diane Shapiro, Jacob Meister and Harris in the upcoming March 15 Democratic Primary election.
“I am very excited that all of these well-respected mayors, who collectively represent more than 100,000 Cook County citizens, are voicing their full support of and confidence in my leadership as the Clerk of the Circuit Court,” Brown said. “We all share the same goals: to serve people with integrity and empower communities as a whole.”
SENIOR FREEZE EXEMPTION WORKSHOP
The Village of Maywood and the Proviso Township Assessor will sponsor a senior freeze exemption workshop on Friday, Jan. 29 at the Maywood Multipurpose Building, 200 S. 5th Avenue.
Seniors are encouraged to bring all exemption forms they’ve been sent in the mail, documentation showing 2015 income and identification.
“In their un-wisdom a few years ago, the Illinois General Assembly changed the law from automatically exempting qualified seniors each year to making each senior annually reapply for their senior freeze property tax exemption,” noted Maywood Senior Citizens coordinator Larry Shapiro in a recent Facebook post.
For more information, contact Shapiro at (708) 238-3657.
ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION
[BY VILLAGE OF MAYWOOD] With the implementation of online voter registration in Illinois it is easier than ever to register to vote. Click here to register online. Remember, as the March 15, 2016 Presidential Primary approaches any citizen who can register, should register. You can also download and print mail-in registration forms, if you would prefer to register in person.
Suburban voters can also find extensive information about key dates, early voting, mail voting, etc., at cookcountyclerk.com. City of Chicago voters can find the same information at chicagoelections.com. VFP