Illinois voters will be allowed to register on Election Day for the time being. A federal appeals court placed a temporary hold yesterday on a judge's order to block the state's Election Day voter registration law. Last week, the judge ruled the policy was unconstitutional. The law requires counties with populations of 100-thousand or more to offer Election Day registration at all polling places.
Reports of voter fraud has triggered an investigation in Kankakee County. The State’s Attorney’s Office issued a press conference (Tuesday) stating alleged vote buying may be compromising the local election process.
Reports indicated Chicago political powers were offering gifts to potential voters in exchange for votes in favor of State Rep Kate Cloonen, Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, and other Democrats.
Applications for ‘Vote by Mail’ ballots are also the subject of the investigation.
Meanwhile -- Democratic leaders in Kankakee County have also issued a press release notifying the State Board of Elections and the Department of Justice claiming legally-registered voters in Kankakee County have been turned away from polling places. Voters denied claim they’ve been harassed and intimidated by local government officials.
A 21-year-old Paxton man was sentenced to 15 years in prison in connection with a home invasion in Rossville earlier this year. 21-yr-old Frank Zamiar III pleaded guilty in August to one count of home invasion, a Class X felony. Vermilion County prosecutors agreed to dismiss two additional counts of home invasion, plus one count of felony theft.
The Paxton Record reports Zamiar will be required to serve at least 50 percent of his 15-year sentence in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Zamiar was given credit for 147 days already served at the Vermilion County Jail.
Zamiar was charged in connection with a May 3 incident in Rossville. Police records showed a man and a woman heard a banging noise DURING AN EARLY-MORNING HOUR and then discovered that someone had kicked open a door. The man and woman were restrained by the intruder and the man was battered and items of value were stolen from the home.
Vermilion County investigators, with the help of Paxton police, identified Zamiar as a suspect, and a search warrant was obtained and executed at his home, where items linked to the home invasion were found.
The candidates for Vermilion County Auditor and Coroner, along with those running for the 52nd State Senate seat, answered questions and talked about issues at a forum at Danville Area Community College Monday night.
The forum was sponsored by the Business Women of Vermilion County, DACC Annuitants Association, Danville Public Library and the Executive Club.
Auditor Linda Lucas-Anstey, challenger Bill Wright each answered questions in the forum.
The candidates coroner included current deputy-coroner Steve Cornett, who’s also Tilton Police Chief, and Jayne McFadden, currently Commander of the Danville Police Criminal Investigation Division. Current Coroner Peggy Johnson is not seeking re-election.
State Senator Scott Bennett and his challenger, Michael Madigan, also participated.