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Island Lake mayoral candidate fights to be on April ballot

Charles R. Amrich

Charles R. Amrich

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Updated: April 7, 2013 6:30AM

It will take a court hearing to determine if an Island Lake mayoral candidate can have his name appear on the ballot.

The electoral board voted to remove candidate Charles Amrich from the ballot Feb. 4. He owed the village about $174 on an outstanding garbage bill when he signed his statement of candidacy Dec. 18, Island Lake Mayor Debbie Herrmann said Tuesday.

“What he did is turn around and put himself back on the ballot to fill a vacancy,” said Herrmann said.

He filed paperwork to get back on the ballot Feb. 20 or 21, Herrmann said. However, he needed to do it within eight days of being removed from the ballot, according to Illinois Election Law, Herrmann added.

Since Amrich did not get the paperwork filed in time, the village clerk sent the documents to the village attorney, who instructed the clerk not to certify the new paperwork, Herrmann said.

“He needs to follow the rules. It would have been fine for him to be on the ballot if he had followed the rules. He seems to think he’s above following the rules. That isn’t a very good candidate for leadership, in my opinion. How do you expect your 8,000 residents to follow the rules if you don’t?” asked Herrmann.

Attorneys for Amrich and the village were in court Tuesday. A decision is expected to be made Thursday, Herrmann said.

Herrmann has been mayor since 2009. She would be running unopposed in the April election if Amrich is kept off the ballot.

Amrich’s attorney did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Amrich told the Daily Herald that the people of Island Lake should have a choice of candidates.

“Some people will do anything to keep me off the ballot here,” Amrich told the Daily Herald.

Herrmann said Amrich has paid his outstanding garbage bill.

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