Chicago GOP has already found curious signatures in Madigan opponent's petitions
CHICAGO - No one knows better how important verifiable signatures are on an election petition than House Speaker Mike Madigan. For decades, he's easily won election after election in his 22nd House District among bungalows surrounding Midway Airport, and hundreds more campaigns as House Speaker and head of the Illinois Democratic Party. His home district is "Madiganville" to anyone who's been around in Illinois politics for any length of time.
Terrence F. Goggin, who lives at 7750 South Kostner in Madigan's 22nd House District, is also well acquainted with the routine of filing petitions. Starting in 1996, he filed as a Republican candidate to challenge House Speaker Mike Madigan four elections in a row. Never did he get close to beating the Speaker, although the last time Goggin tried in 2002, he came the closest - losing by only 43.35%.
Goggin has never raised enough in campaign contributions to file a financial report with the State Board of Elections. But after a twelve year silence, he's back again, filing petitions to be the Republican nominee for the 22nd State House District - challenging House Speaker Mike Madigan once again.
It's Mr. Goggin's petitions and signatures that the Chicago GOP started scouring this week, hoping to find enough duplications and errors to oust Goggin from the 22nd House District 2014 GOP primary ballot slot.
The Chicago GOP isn't just blowin' smoke, either. They've found signatures that are already raising questions - just as they are getting started. And, Chicago GOP's spokesman Chris Cleveland says, they're really in need of help to go over each signature before next Monday.
Here's what they've found thus far - an uncanny amount of signatures that appear to be the same handwriting, most often from the same reported address:
And these from petitions Mr. Goggin himself circulated on his own street:
Chris Cleveland says there's more to see - and the Chicago GOP welcomes any volunteer efforts over the next week as the deadline for filing objections looms. For more information, he's available via email at chris.cleveland@ChicagoGOP.com .