The Lake County Clerk along with the Sheriff and State's Attorney, is investigating allegations of rampant voter registration fraud in Lake County.
The Lake County News-Sun reported:
Officials indicated that more than 800 of the forms were turned into the clerk's office by a Chicago resident claiming to represent several community organizations in Lake County.
The registrations involved were primarily located in eastern areas of the county, [Lake County Clerk Willard] Helander said, and concentrated in the 10th Congressional District where Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk faces Democratic challenger Dan Seals.
Does this remind anyone of the nationwide problems now finally coming to light regarding ACORN and Barack Obama's ties to that organization?
It also smacks of the same forgery allegations that led to the indictment of two of State Senator Terry Link's campaign workers for having deceased people on Link's nomination petitions. The News-Sun also reported:
Sheriff Mark Curran said the investigation has the potential to result in serious charges. "Clearly there are forgery issues and what have you that are felonies and serious issues that are being investigated," Curran said. "At this point it's hard to say how far it's going to lead."
In addition to the registrations turned in by the individual, Helander said she is also very concerned about registrations that involved valid addresses but were not filled out by the residents of those homes. Some residents who received mass-mailed registration forms with incorrect information such as the name of deceased people or pets brought those forms to the attention of the clerk's office.
The individual mentioned in the story is not named, so we'll have to do a little digging. Be back with more information soon...
ALSO- As regular TA readers know, the Lake County GOP has brought an official complaint against Terry Link's campaign for failure to disclose payments from the campaign to the indicted campaign workers, as well as failure to properly document and itemize over $40,000 in campaign expenditures. The first hearing before the State Board of Elections is this coming Tuesday. It will reportedly be a "private" hearing among the Board members, who will decide whether to actually take the complaint any further and have a public hearing on the issue. The Board has four Republicans and four Democrats, and a vote along party lines would mean that the complaint would not be taken any farther. Let's hope at least one Democratic member has the guts to at least decide that the complaint should receive a full hearing. After all, Terry Link is steadfast in his position that he's done absolutely nothing wrong...
UPDATED: h/t to an alert reader who noted that the Tribune has also picked up the story. Dogs, goldfish and dead people were among the registered voters.
I haven't seen a reaction yet from Terry Link in his capacity as Lake County Democratic Party Chairman, but I'm sure he thinks this is simply another case of "Republican operatives" trying to thwart the democratic election process.