John Toscas stays on Worth Township ballot
A three-person electoral board in Worth Township on Monday refused to declare township Assessor John Toscas ineligible to run for re-election despite the fact he's also running for mayor of Crestwood, a village in the township.
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#1 Jan 29, 2013
This king size JIZZ BAG should be thrown off the ballot.
#2 Jan 29, 2013
According to the election rules he should be thrown off of both!!! says : May a candidate file for more than one office?
Yes, however, he must withdraw from all but one office within five business days following the last day of petition filing, if the offices are incompatible. If he does not withdraw from all but one incompatible office, his name will not be certified for any office.[10 ILCS 5/7-12]
#3 Jan 30, 2013
He's just another example of political correctness. I wouldn't vote for that piece of sh!t. And he'll be perfectly fine with telling everyone "it's ok". And just point his fat f'n finger at someone else. Not getting my vote, that's for sure.
#4 Jan 30, 2013
It is apparent that the only reason this frivolous objection was filed is to help Presta and the other township party. The attorney for the objector knew John could run for both offices and no conflict existed. This is big city partisan politics at its worst. When they cannot debate the person's excellent credentials and qualifications, they throw mud at him and simple-minded people fall for it.
#5 Jan 30, 2013
Jimbo Jimbo Jimbo, It has nothing to do with Crestwood. Look who is running against Toscas at Worth Township. Trace his lineage back and it will be glaring obvious even to a short minded person such as yourself who is behind this move.
#7 Jan 30, 2013
BOSS TOSCAS, A Lesson in Cook County Politics - Part II
Toscas is also a Trustee for the Village of Crestwood. And right now, he is running in the upcoming April election for mayor of Crestwood along with another election to retain his seat as assessor in Worth Township. Obviously, arming himself with enough money to run in all these elections isn’t a problem. When he puts the arm on you to donate to one of his campaigns, only the homeless dare say no. In a sense, you have to admire this guy. He’s running a racket as smooth as the one the Chicago Outfit came up with when they began selling plate-glass window insurance to terrified shopkeepers along Taylor Street.
Not only do property owners have to think twice before daring to question Toscas, Suppose you are one of the unlucky saps appearing before him in his third, fourth or fifth role as a municipal hearing officer. How likely are you to not drop an envelope to his campaign or start an argument with anything he has to say?
Now, before you all just shake your heads and shrug this off to voter neglect, I do have to tell you that some people out there have been crying foul for a long time about all this. In fact, they filed a formal complaint against Toscas that was decided this past Monday, January, 28th, by the Worth Township Electoral Committee in Alsip.
So,“Justice has finally prevailed?” you may enquire.
“No, it didn’t, you nieve little creature,“ I must answer.“You’re not down in some rabbit hole here, Alice! This is Cook County!” And as anyone living here will tell you, "In Cook County, the wonders never cease".
You see, the three people who presided over the hearing and ultimately, decide that Toscas could flaunt the Illinois Election Guidelines and run for multiple offices, happened to be Toscas’ own running mates in one of the two upcoming elections he’s out to buy. So you see, the chances that they were ever going to rule against one of their own were - dare I say – remote.
Toscas and all three of the committee hearing officers are members of the Unity Party, which is running to retain the control they have on public jobs and taxpayer money throughout Worth Township. Despite the fact that Worth Township encompasses parts of Robbins which is 96% African American and Blue Island, which is heavily Hispanic, the Unity Party slate is so white you could pour it on your cereal. That little factoid shows you just how powerful the Republican machine Toscas has built, is in the area. It also tells you just how deeply the Unity Party contempt is for the people living in Worth Township. I would have bet my house that the lily-white, testosterone filled hearing board that convened on Monday was going to signal loud and clear that this neck of woods ain’t ready for reform. But nobody would take that bet. So at the end of the day Monday, Johnny Z. Toscas emerged from the meeting as Cook County’s very own version of Louisiana boss, Huey Long.
Anywhere else, the old axiom about “pigs getting fat and hogs getting slaughtered” might have played out and a righteous sense of shame would have swayed pols to act and bring about an end to Illinois' undisputed king of political razorbacks. But like I already said, this ain’t no rabbit hole, Alice - this is Cook County. And in this neck of the woods, Toscas and his cronies roll on.
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