Voters in DuPage endorse ways to rein in power

November 8, 2012
Susan Frick Carlman

DuPage County voters came down firmly behind proposals to rein in two forms of political power when they went to the ballot booth this week.

A statewide advisory measure urging a prohibition on simultaneously holding two elected offices drew overwhelming endorsement, with more than 90 percent in DuPage favoring the ban.

Two of those who prevailed in Tuesday’s County Board races are already in elected office. Gary Grasso, mayor of Burr Ridge, is serving a term that expires April 30, 2013. Grasso eked past Bolingbrook Democrat Sharon Bryant to take the third County Board berth for District 3, which includes a small piece of southeast Naperville. Bryant, who fell short by 11 votes, said that she is considering initiation of a recount.

And Pete DiCianni, Elmhurst’s mayor, said early in his campaign that he intended to remain in office if he won a District 3 spot on the County Board, but later announced he would step down if elected. A portion of northeast Naperville now lies in District 3. A ban on multiple elected offices also passed in a landslide in Elmhurst.

Voters in two areas of the county also gave the thumbs-down to “corporate personhood,” saying they would favor a federal amendment specifying that only people — not corporations, unions or other organizations — are entitled to the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. The effort, being spearheaded by the organization Move to Amend, is taking aim at the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United decision, which lifted the caps on campaign donations by businesses and other groups.

The ruling was widely seen as key in the expenditure of an unprecedented $1.3 billion by political action committees and other outside groups on the recently completed presidential race.

In Lisle Township, the nonbinding measure was approved by 63 percent of the voters, and in Warrenville it passed with 65 percent support.


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