MUNDELEIN - Within days of Governor Pat Quinn signing into law a bill allowing online voter registration, Lake County officials filed suit Tuesday in reaction to a little-discussed provision in the same law which requires the county to set up a new election commission. The provision in HB 2418 was so under the radar that the two Democrats that sponsored the legislation say they have no idea how it was added in, and who is responsible for the addition.
The Tribune asked House sponsor State Rep. Andre Thapedi and Lake County State Sen. Terry Link about the addition. Thapedi, a Chicago Democrat, said he didn't know how the clause was added. Link, a Democrat from Lake County, said that he supported the idea but again denied he was behind the clause. "And I have zero idea who it was," he said.
The section of HB 2418 that sets up an election commission and strips authority from longtime Republican Lake County Clerk Willard Helander specifies Lake County indirectly with stipulations only Lake fulfills, stating: