Anthony Clark off Oak Park ballot

Electoral board sustained objection in 2-1 vote

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By Stacey Sheridan

Staff Reporter

Oak Park village trustee candidate Anthony Clark will not appear on the April ballot per the ruling Monday from the Oak Park Municipal Officers Electoral Board. In a written statement sent to Wednesday Journal, Clark denounced the process under which his candidacy was found ineligible.

"Those who believe in true Democracy, in allowing the people to decide elections, were silenced today," Clark said in his statement. "Instead of a hearing to determine where I reside, it was an opportunity for current leaders who share different ideological viewpoints to attempt to assassinate my character."

The electoral board ruled that Clark did not meet the residency requirement necessary to secure a place on the ballot and serve in an elected capacity. The decision came during Clark's final hearing Jan. 25.

According to Clark's statement, he and his campaign are evaluating next steps which could include appealing the electoral board's decision to the Cook County Circuit Court. Clark did not explicitly state whether he intends to file an appeal.

"Attacking me won't stop the movement and as a Black man who will continue to dedicate his life to the community of Oak Park, I recognize that when you rock the boat, you better be able to swim," Clark's statement reads.

Board members Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb and senior village board trustee Jim Taglia voted to sustain the objection against Clark, filed by resident Kevin Peppard. Village Clerk Vicki Scaman, the board's third member and herself a candidate for village president, supported Clark remaining on the ballot.

"There's been a lot of sworn testimony in federal court in particular," said Taglia. "That is to me indicative that Anthony is not a resident of Oak Park."

Peppard presented as evidence Clark's April 2020 bankruptcy filing, wherein Clark listed his parents' Oak Park home as his mailing address and his property in west suburban Lombard as his permanent residence. Further evidence brought forward by Peppard included Clark's August 2020 property tax bill, which showed a residential property tax exemption on the Lombard address. 

"I do agree that this is a very difficult case," said Scaman.

She believed the evidence pointed to Clark having a residence in Lombard but not one that she could definitively say was his primary home.

"His physical presence here in Oak Park is undeniable. His commitment to Oak Park is undeniable," said Scaman. "I can't find anything to believe that he resides in Lombard."

Clark has maintained during the hearings that he lives fulltime with his parents, whom he cares for, in Oak Park on Lombard Avenue but that he purchased the suburban Lombard property to house what he believed to be his biological child and the child's mother. He stated under oath that he has never lived in Lombard. His mother Blanche Clark also stated under oath that Clark lives with her and her husband in their Oak Park home.

Clark's attorney Ed Mullen stated in his closing arguments that Clark listed the Lombard townhouse in his bankruptcy filing as his primary residence because it was the only property Clark owned and for which he was financially responsible. The Lombard residence, according to Mullen, is also not an income-generating property.

"His understanding of 'residence' and where he 'lived' when he signed the bankruptcy petition was primarily a financial answer for purposes of the bankruptcy code rather than an answer of physical presence and intent to remain for purposes of municipal and election law," Mullen stated in his closing argument.

He further argued that Clark believed he qualified for the homestead tax exemption on his Lombard property because it generated no income and it was the only property under his ownership.

Whether made in error, the municipal board found Clark's listed addresses in his bankruptcy filing and tax bill hurt his credibility and character.

"I am concerned that we don't have any information as to whether he intends to correct exemptions that he's taken, but I don't believe that is for this board to be judging," said Scaman.

Taglia mentioned that perjury, or lying under oath, can result in a hefty financial fine or prison time. If they were simply paperwork mistakes, Taglia reasoned, the board had no way of knowing if Clark intends to fix them.

"This goes to credibility," said Taglia. "You would think that if somebody made four or five serious errors in paperwork that they would try to at least explain how they're going to undo that."

Clark's attorney Ed Mullen argued that affidavits submitted by Clark and the testimony of his mother demonstrated that Clark was physically present in Oak Park from April up until the present, as well as that Clark spends most of his nights in his parents' home or with his girlfriend, who also resides in Oak Park.

"I don't think that the affidavits, although they were helpful, and they were strongly considered," said Taglia. "They don't carry the same weight as the other evidence."

Abu-Taleb felt similarly to Taglia regarding the evidence presented against Clark, which included a loan obtained by Clark's parents through the village of Oak Park. When applying for the loan, Clark's parents did not disclose Anthony Clark's income.

Clark's income, had it been included, would have made them ineligible to receive the loan. His mother swore in testimony that she did not know and was not told that she and her husband needed to include Clark's income in the loan application.

According to Abu-Taleb, the funds from the loan come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the application for the loan requires listing everyone in the household over the age of 18. Abu-Taleb also stated that there is a waiting list to receive these loans in Oak Park.

"The Clark family decides not to list Anthony as an income in that household and they get the $24,100 when they shouldn't," said Abu-Taleb. "That actually denies another family from getting it."

The loan document submitted as evidence does not show whether the Clark family actually received the amount stated by Abu-Taleb; rather, the document states "the Village's Chief Financial Officer is authorized and directed to loan up to $24,180.00 and grant up to $8,590.00 in [Community Development Block Grant] funds to the Owners…"

"We have a character issue," said Abu-Taleb. "We have someone who is lying under oath."

 Abu Taleb continued, "We have someone that chooses to decide which household they belong to, based on what works best for them. I struggle with that."

Scaman said she didn't disagree with Abu-Taleb's views on the subject but that it was not within the boards purview to determine whether Clark had committed perjury.

"This is a tough position for all of us," said Scaman, who added she was not deciding whom she was voting for in the election nor was she deciding whether any judicial bodies should follow up with Clark.

"I am being asked to determine whether he has laid his head in Oak Park over the last year and whether the intention is for him to continue to live and reside in Oak Park," said Scaman. "I don't have any reason to believe he's not going to."

 

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Bill Maxwell  

Posted: January 27th, 2021 10:17 AM

Jr. People can send the money to Live Cafe. They were able to get the news cameras out with the name of the place in view of the camera and the money was quickly raised to repair the damage and some free advertising. Since the Editorial appears to imply that the contester may have been racially motivated what else do you need. That W.J. can be the place for people to place ads. I know when he was running for Congress, race was ever an issue although in Oak Park, well there just has to be something some where so raise the money and take it to court and get it over turned and back on the ballot

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: January 27th, 2021 9:33 AM

Just don't send the money to the Suburban Unity Alliance. It was involuntarily dissolved by the Illinois Secretary of State on Jan. 8. Another task Clark proved incapable of attending to properly.

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: January 27th, 2021 9:26 AM

Jr. If he is crying he can stop it because all of his supporters can get together and raise money. Mr. Clark can move the case to the court system. The most unfair part of this all to Mr. Clark, it is going to cost money to seek out competent legal counsel specific to this matter. Oak Parker's know Gofundme campaigns. Take out ads in the Wednesday Journal letting people know where to send in donations. Call the news stations. Give Mr. Clark a chance to possibly over turn the ruling. The Electoral Board had to go by facts they had and they were difficult to challenge

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: January 27th, 2021 7:54 AM

So, now, due process by elected officials is "creeping fascism," Mr Pavarotti? What nonsense. Clark was lying, now he's crying.

Gregg Kuenster from Why I sing Italian love songs  

Posted: January 27th, 2021 12:06 AM

Ruth said it's a sad day. So true. Fascism is a political philosophy (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts government and often race above the individual. Kevin Peppard has the right to challenge candidates for reasons big and small. Nothing wrong with that. I generally do not agree with many who call to cure social ills by granting reparations, examining humanity, changing language and doing the hard soul searching work (whatever that means). I do not agree with the high school dumbing down education so everyone can be equal. Taking Anthony Clark off the ballot is much bigger?? The ballot is the core of our successful democracy. Hilary Clinton had a constituency in NY without being from NY ?Mr. Clark obviously has a nexus to the community. Where, when how, why he slept ? Is not our business? That he may be a liar and a con ? Is not our business?. That he has a constituency of young and minority voters ? Is our business? . Clark is one of us. We may not like Clark but he is one of us. If the Bills that sleep without a partner without a family cannot see they are enabling our community to abandon democracy, shame on all of us. Anthony Clark has the right to community. Anthony Clark has the right to free speech. Anthony Clark has a right to receive a vote. He is speaking from his slanted view to not only give voice to his race but to all of us. I disagree with most of his solutions but he represents a voice of the repressed??. This creeping fascism is coming in like a fog from all sides?.. Hang Mike Pence?..Attack AOC?.. Stop feeding the homeless?.. Ticket and take the car with the broken taillight on Chicago Avenue in RF?. Look how ugly we have become?. You broke the rule ? No job for you ? No family for you?Go sit in jail ... like all of us alone in front of our screens. Perdonami ? uma parola che? Tu non dice mai? E non ti facile dirme? Io t'amo... una parola che... tu no

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: January 26th, 2021 5:47 PM

Jim Kelly would you tell the arm chair pundits how the record was set straight because if there is good information that could overturn the facts then that would weight in Anthony Clark's favor to move it forward

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: January 26th, 2021 5:44 PM

Ruth Lazarus I appreciate you being the only one to discuss this. I would think you were in full control of your emotions and you fell into an area that people call others names and that is not acceptable and we have to do better. It has been stated before from others including Peppard that he has called out others regardless of what their sex, race, occupation were. That has not been challenged so I take it as being correct. At some time Ruth, people are going to have to move past racist because it can be continually used without fact. I know about the tax incident regarding one of the Electoral Board members and everyone had a choice at that time if they read the W.J. on who to vote for. That does not mean the person was not able to recognize discrepancies with facts. Whichever way you choose where Mr. Clark lives does not favor him. If he lives in Oak Park, then his income was not declared for taking out a Federal loan by the person or person's he is living with. Maybe you can answer why Anthony Clark was not declared on the loan form living at the residence because it was explained that if he did live at the residence then his income would have been used and the loan most likely would not have been approved

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: January 26th, 2021 5:32 PM

Well, Jim, gotta tell ya, it's not about grinding axes. It's about laying out an argument against the sort of incompetence and carelessness exhibited by Clark. That said, I've already found yet another FTT person who apparently can't walk and chew gum at the same time. And I'm working on a white Republican official who should have been first in line for my "axe," but for Fritz Kaegi''s office taking nearly 20 weeks now and counting to fulfill a FOIA request. Sorry to hear you hold citizens holding politicians to account in such low regard. That's your bad, in my opinion.

Jim Kelly  

Posted: January 26th, 2021 5:16 PM

Kudos to Vicki for her thoughtful and INFORMED effort to set the record straight. Thanks also to Ray Johnson and Deborah Wess for their reasoned,focused and rational perspectives supporting Vicki's explanation for her vote. I'm with Vicki! Of the 61 comments in this thread so far, nearly half of them come from just two armchair pundits who now need to find another axe to grind.

Nick A Binotti  

Posted: January 26th, 2021 5:16 PM

William - Per the IRS website, SUA is up to date on their IRS filings through August 2019.

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: January 26th, 2021 5:04 PM

Ruth, really. Evidence that includes statements made under oath and under penalty of perjury DO carry greater weight than, Ohh, your mother vouching for you. If Clark was on the witness stand in a court, a competent attorney would have eviscerated him. He got hung with his own statements.

Ruth Lazarus  

Posted: January 26th, 2021 4:54 PM

Bill: I would agree that calling Mr. Peppard a cranky white man may not have been kind, but I am angry, and the reason for my anger and my language lies in the glee he showed last August when he began questioning Mr. Clark's residency "stay tuned?..", as well as the complaints he aired at the hearing about being, he feels unfairly, called racist because most of the people he investigates are either Black or progressive candidates. We all make choices about what evidence we consider to be important. I believe the choices Mr. Peppard and many of the people who post on this website may not be deliberately racist, but they do show racial bias. They show a lack of understanding of how everyone is not experienced in homeownership. In giving greater weight to the financial documents than to Mr. Clark's word, his driver's license, his voting record, his mother, his neighbors, etc., you are showing bias as well. I am sure you mean no ill or race based intent, but you are making a choice as to what facts you consider to be more important than other facts, and the question is, "why". No one here seems especially bothered by Mr. Anan's past legal troubles, why is that?

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: January 26th, 2021 4:49 PM

Jr. anyone who reads your comments knows you are an equal opportunity kicker. Up or down you kick with facts. I know the information is not relevant to the decision made by the Electoral Board, although it certainly does appear to be a continual problem of filling out forms and you are right that a person running for a political position should have their own affairs in order before taking on the duties of handling the affairs of citizens

Doug Katz  

Posted: January 26th, 2021 4:19 PM

To clarify, in my previous post, I refer to favorable ruling. Meant favorable for Mr. Peppard, and was not making an assertion as to a ruling being right or wrong. Likely used wrong terminology.

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: January 26th, 2021 4:15 PM

Amazing. Clark's Suburban Unity Alliance, which has raised $6,700 of a $100,000 Go Fund Me goal, was involuntarily dissolved Jan. 8 by the Illinois Secretary of State. And as best I can tell, through Guide Star, he hasn't filed the required 990 form for his non-profit with the IRS. At the risk of sounding like I'm kicking someone while they're down, seriously, he needs to just focus on getting his own affairs in order before he asks to be given authority over our village funds and ordinances. He clearly has his hands full just dealing with his own personal affairs.

Doug Katz  

Posted: January 26th, 2021 4:15 PM

A lot of interesting debate here, but I would encourage that people watch the hearing before passing judgement. Hearsay has shortcomings and direct observation, when available, is the best way to determine what went down. I would also add that Mr. Peppard made two challenges and the first was thrown out almost immediately with very little debate. Both challenged candidates were African American, so to characterize the process for elections as anything but objective is wrong. The article conveniently left out the previous hearing and the ruling. It is relevant and demonstrates that the process followed by our village representatives was fair and objective. Anyone can say what they want about Mr. Peppard's challenge, but to sully the process or our representatives when their past behavior demonstrates otherwise is just plain wrong. You may not agree with them, but the process was driven by evidence and objective analysis for both candidates and the fact that both challenges did not receive a favorable ruling speaks to the fairness. Regarding loan applications, I cannot speak to the specific instructions or their clarity, but most applications are pretty self-explanatory, and we are talking about intelligent applicants. Like the hearing, I would encourage anyone with doubts to obtain a copy of the application (blank of course) that is used for this loan and see what it says. For what it is worth, I am a 20-year veteran of the lending industry and an application is an official loan document that an applicant is attesting to as true and accurate when they sign. It even says it. Misunderstanding an application is rarely a defense. In fact, in situations where the omission was crucial for approval, an applicant can face a host of problems if their application was found to be inaccurate, especially if the omission possibly changed what would have otherwise been a decline. I am not saying that is the case, but rather what is generally accepted loan process.

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: January 26th, 2021 2:44 PM

Jr. I cleared out the cache again and was able to connect with the link. Check it on another computer or clear out your cache and try again. It is still up on the village website. The other choice is type into your browser Village of Oak Park website. It takes you to a page and click on Village of Oak Park. That takes you to the website. Then highlight Your Government and a drop down menu opens. Click on Board Agendas, Minutes and Video. You will notice in green the date 1/25/2021. Follow that line to the right where it says Video. Click on Video and that will be the Video you want

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: January 26th, 2021 1:43 PM

Not here.

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: January 26th, 2021 1:14 PM

Jr. I cleared the cache and the link is still working. Check that you copied it correctly. Here is the link http://oak-park.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1410

Tom Leeds  

Posted: January 26th, 2021 1:02 PM

It seems there are two facts here. 1) Clark declared legal residency in Lombard when he claimed the that house to be his "residential property that is occupied by its owner or owners as his or their principal dwelling place" and 2) His parents swore that they are the only residents with income in their home in Oak Park for the purpose of receiving a Federal loan. which if Clark did live in the house is criminal bank fraud. Besides, Anthony should try adulting first.

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: January 26th, 2021 12:41 PM

Link doesn't work

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: January 26th, 2021 12:04 PM

Jenny Earlandson I do not think it takes much to be considered a resident of Oak Park. You just establish residency. The question of residency in this matter to establish was very conflicting. You can go to the follow link and listen to why the residency could not be established http://oak-park.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1410

Jenny Earlandson  

Posted: January 26th, 2021 11:24 AM

I don't have all the facts to decide this issue, but this issue is causing a lot of controversy and should be straightforward. Does Oak Park have a specific policy on what it means to be a resident for the purposes of serving on the Village Board? Does it require that one own or rent residential property in Oak Park or what? I think that "residency" means different things in different contexts. If there is no stated policy, perhaps we need one to make this matter a straightforward issue.

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: January 26th, 2021 10:09 AM

Ruth Lazarus the best challenge that Anthony Clark would have would be to establish a time line that could show that he was not living in the household when his family applied for a loan. He would have to show he moved to Oak Park after the loan was filed and then entered to be on the ballot. Everything previous to that would put him in Lombard where he would be able to get a reduction on taxes and also list his primary residence as being in Lombard. I do not recall that being discussed and maybe because the Electoral Board already established the timeline

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: January 26th, 2021 9:52 AM

Ruth Lazarus I am not guessing what the circumstances were. I listened to the facts being presented. You referred to Kevin Peppard as a cranky White man. First, I would want you to explain your relationship with Kevin Peppard to call him a cranky man. I would then move to what being a White man had anything to do with it. I would ask why adding in his age as being old was important. None of those have anything to do with the man gathering facts and there was a preponderance of evidence after the Electoral Board went through the paper work. There is a misunderstanding while filling out a form for a loan that Anthony Clark was not listed as residing in the very household that says he was living in the household. There is the signature on a Federal form that Anthony Clark signed stating his residency is in the Lombard. He signed a form to get a discount on his home owners taxes that is for his primary home. Those are facts that are very difficult to dispute because if he claims he lives in Oak Park then the household he lives in did not list him as living in the household when applying for a loan. Those are the facts that left the Electoral Board with a lot of confusion on why would homeowners not know who lives in their home and why would someone claim on a Federal form they lived in Lombard. I can understand a person who is not educated to not understand what they are signing although never sign anything you do not understand. Seek the counsel of a lawyer. Mr. Clark is educated. He is a teacher and if I understood it correctly, he has a masters in criminology. It is unfortunate what took place although I do not know of any way around it and neither did the lawyer representing Mr. Clark

Nick Polido  

Posted: January 26th, 2021 9:17 AM

Facts are stubborn things, the dog ate my homework is poor excuse Ruth.

Ruth Lazarus  

Posted: January 26th, 2021 8:43 AM

@Bill. I think he was not included because he and his family either misunderstood the process, thinking that because he was not the homeowner, and owned another home, he did not need to be included, or they deliberately kept him off in order for his parents to qualify for the loan. I have no idea and neither do you. We could have each made our own judgment about whether or not to vote for him if he was on the ballot. Instead, we get to ponder what it means that one cranky white man was able to get two other men in power to remove Mr. Clark from the ballot, disregarding his word, his mother's word, and the word of many members of this community who know he lives here because they see him walking his dog, riding his motorcycle, etc. This was really a dark day in Oak Park, and I'm so sorry you can't see that. I really hope he appeals, but I sure wouldn't blame him if he chose to disengage from all this ugliness.

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: January 26th, 2021 7:05 AM

Yeah... things change, Jennifer.

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: January 26th, 2021 12:37 AM

Jennifer Malone I do recall Jr. explaining in a comment that after you write last point you do not make any more comments. Very good observation. I did go back to read his last point to make sure his next few points were not just a continuation of the last point and it was not

Jennifer Malone  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 11:38 PM

Just here to point out: "one last point", says Dwyer character at 3:44 pm. Makes 5 more points until 10:18 pm.

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 10:49 PM

Jeffrey Smith remove knowing every one and just listen to the information presented. Do not think of anything other than what is being presented. Do not pay any attention to physical movements otherwise known as body language. Now here is the link http://oak-park.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1410

Jeffrey Smith  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 10:37 PM

And there was joy in Crudville.

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 10:29 PM

Jr. I would leave covering court cases up to experienced journalist. I just do what I do or did

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 10:18 PM

You don't get to opine like I do and also cover court hearings as a journalist, Maxwell. And Gregg? Take your meds.

Josh Vanderberg  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 10:18 PM

This was an excellent summary, thank you.

Bill Stenger  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 9:58 PM

Mr. Clark crying foul? So atypical.

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 9:58 PM

Thank you Jr. I have had just a little experience in counter questioning. I would like the idea of you covering the case if it did go to court. I think between traveling time and court time you would be back in an hour. That would be 55 minutes of traveling time

Gregg Kuenster from Perdonami ... uma parola che  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 9:49 PM

But you can say it baby ... Baby can I hold you tonight .... Maybe if I told you the right words ... At the right time you'd be mine ... Bill if you listen hard enough ..the words don't come easily .. Perdonami .. Perdonami

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 9:44 PM

Damn, Maxwell. I'm impressed.

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 9:38 PM

Ruth Lazarus the household in Oak Park who took out a loan through the Village of Oak Park, on the paper work when asked who lives in the household, Mr. Clark was not included. Could you explain why he was not included if he lived in the household

Ruth Lazarus  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 9:23 PM

@Bill. Why do you not believe Mr. Clark, his mother, his neighbors, his students, his colleagues at the high school, etc., who all say he lives here? I'd be happy to hear a reason for how Mr. Clark has been denigrated that doesn't sound like racism, but I haven't heard one yet.

Gregg Kuenster from Hey Tony you're not one of Us  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 9:19 PM

Forgive me It is a word that You never say ... And it's not easy for you to tell me ... I love you ... It is a word that you never say... There are words That you can't say, or you don't want to .... When sometimes you don't need more ... Say one sorry Tony you're not one of us

Gregg Kuenster from Nobody sent Tony   

Posted: January 25th, 2021 8:58 PM

Ci sono parole ... Che tu non sai dire, o non vuoi ... Quando a volte non c' bisogno di pi,... Di uno scusami,... New York Hillary Clinton Oh Yeah that was different ... she did not really live in New York ...Perdonami ... uma parola che ... Tu non dice mai ... E non ti facile dirme ... Perdonami

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 8:47 PM

Honestly, what I think is going on is there are people who do not want to agree with a decision and toss away facts. Very similar to Trump supporters and maybe it helps understand better how they think. Facts drop way and replaced with racism. If racism is what people want to believe then get a lawyer and take it to court. The worst thing you can do is start unfriending people because they do not agree with you. That is the same childish behavior that took place for 4 years. Do not let Oak Park become divided like the Country has been

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 8:40 PM

And yet, Ray, when he was asked on a federal affidavit, under oath, the simple question, "Where do you live," he answered with the Lombard IL address.Not his supposed Oka Park address. He got sunk by his own words, not some miscarriage of justice. I hope Anthony appeals. It will be interesting to see how he responds to the questions and comments of a Cook County Judge.

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 8:29 PM

Ray Johnson maybe you can answer this question. Where do you think the Federal Government, the assessor's office and the person or person's who took the loan in Oak Park who did not include Mr. Clark lives because I am just having a difficult time to understand where he lives. I do understand how documents where submitted and paper trails start to form when trying to prove residency and that is probably why those did appear during this process

Ray Johnson from Long Island City  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 8:22 PM

@ Deborah Weiss, spot on about Vicki Scaman. Full disclosure, I'm supporting her. In regards to this issue, I've also sat on that electoral board and proof of residency was the question before it. Not bankruptcy, nor Village grants, not character, nor "credibility". Mr. Clark's driver's license and voting registration is Oak Park. Sworn affidavits confirmed his residency. He should have remained on the ballot, and let the voters decide all the rest.

Bruce Kline  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 8:16 PM

@Katie Murphy. Yes I agree people really do need to do their homework. When Mr. Clark ran for a seat in the House of Representatives held by Rep Davis, his residency requirements were determined by the Supreme Law of the Land: the US Constitution, and NOT Illinois state law. As such Mr. Clark had to be at least 25 years old, a citizen of the United States for at least seven years, and an inhabitant of that state for which he was seeking to represent in the House i.e. Illinois. That's it. In other words a resident of Lombard, or for that matter any other town or city in Illinois, could have run for Mr. Davis's seat.

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 7:21 PM

Deborah Wess I know Vicki is a very hard worker and has done terrific work for the Village and I hope she continues to do so. My question to you is where do you think the Federal Government thinks Anthony Clark lives or the accessors office and including the person or person's who took a loan out not claiming Anthony Clark living at the residence because it was all about residency and the character of the person developed on facts unless I misunderstood the process

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 7:11 PM

Dima Ali I thought keeping up the piece after you first started with posting an unsubstantiated opinion that Moroney was a White supremist worked in your favor. It was nice people paid for a 2 page spread in the W.J. to show support. It also helped support the W.J.

Ed Egan  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 7:07 PM

Ben, I am. The article where we are both commenting is not about the increased crime in the area. How is that relevant, Ben?

Deborah Wess  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 7:06 PM

Tom MacMillan, I believe Vicki Scaman's spine is perfectly developed, as is her perspicacity grasping the purview of the Municipal Officers Electoral Board. It was not and is not determining perjury, nor tax fraud, nor whether Mr. Clark's parents misunderstood an application. (Although I have no doubt in her last days as Village Clerk she is even now already working on clearing up any confusion with that process, because that's what she does every single day as our clerk: makes our lives as Oak Parkers better, especially in all the ways we interface with our municipal government). She takes her duty on that board, as all her duties, with the utmost seriousness. As she said the 2nd day of Mr. Clark's hearing (the first full day), it was critical they made no procedural errors at all, gave no reason for either side to have that kind of reason to win on appeal. In contrast, her fellow members drifted far afield into assessing (some would say assassinating) Mr. Clark's character (and his mother's) rather than the narrow determination of his residency in April, 2020 - all that they were legally charged to do.

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 7:00 PM

Jr. I just made another mistake. We all make mistakes

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 6:58 PM

Ed Egan the character of Anthony was if you will, a by product produced from the conflicting evidence that regarded he was never claimed by the homeowner to have lived in the household and the household was able to receive a loan. Then you add in the Federal Filing for bankruptcy using the place of residence as Lombard, and include the the Lombard address to receive a tax discount. It was very obvious that there was no way to disprove it and Anan with Taglia understood it very well. I mentioned before that Vicki if it was possible should be excused from the electoral board although I forget what Dwyer Jr. was educating me on and it would not be a problem or conflict

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 6:56 PM

My mistake. Taglia.

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 6:52 PM

William Dwyer Jr. Posted: January 25th, 2021 6:31 PM Jr. you wrote Andrews and not Taglia. As mentioned, since you like to help me out with mistakes, I mentioned I would help you out, too

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 6:49 PM

Ruth Lazarus I know you and others are not going to be looking at this other than race and that is very unfortunate when you are searching for equality. I will post the link and listen to Anan explain how Anthony never was claimed to be living in the household in Oak Park and that money could have gone to another family. Listen to how Anthony, regardless if he lives in Oak Park or not filed with the Federal Government he lives in Lombard, and he also did that with the accessor's office. You can not talk your way out of the fact because you say one thing then the other thing is wrong. I can understand how people think a person is being held back because of race although that is not the fact and we have had a Black President and now a Black female Vice President. I would enjoy if there were a better make up of races on the Village Board although I want people with integrity and wherever a person is on that scale they can always develop improve. Here is the link http://oak-park.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1410

Ben Venuti  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 6:39 PM

Ed..You should be ashamed of the increase in crime in the area...carjackings, muggings, etc. From what I hear, Anthony is a mentor to local youth. This will give him extra time to counsel against such behavior.

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 6:31 PM

If you've ever been a juror, you'll know that it's allowable to weigh a number of factors in deciding guilt or non-guilt, including finding the witness not believable or credible. Anan saying he had problems with Clark's character was perfectly fair given there was evidence for and against Clark. This is on Clark, not Abu-Taleb or Andrews.

Liz Thompson from Oak Park  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 6:21 PM

Thank goodness no one ever verified my residency by block party attendance. Seriously?

Ed Egan  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 6:10 PM

It was my impression that the purpose of the hearing was regarding residency, not character. Abu-Taleb's decision to weigh in primarily on character, not the matter at hand was questionable to say the least. The board's decision to move the goal posts, and deny the citizens of Oak Park all the options at the ballot is a misstep I won't forget at the ballot box. Ashamed at Abu-Taleb for trying to dismiss community input too. The village will be in better hands since he isn't running for re-election.

Ruth Lazarus  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 5:50 PM

@Jeff. I seem to be having trouble posting but I'll try again. I only heard a bit of the hearing, but I heard a number of public comments, including my own, to attest to Mr. Clark's presence in the neighborhood. I'm thinking maybe Mr. Clark did not get affidavits from neighbors because he underestimated the willingness of Mr. Anan and Mr. Taglia to disregard his word, his mother's word, and the words of his neighbors who vouched for him. He perhaps underestimated the interest in getting him off of the ballot.

Jeff Schroeder from OAK PARK  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 5:02 PM

I am curious about something. Why did Clark provide as evidence affidavits from his parents, but not from neighbors? Parents act out of love, but if he was really residing in Oak Park, wouldn't a neighbor have seen him out there shoveling or taking out the garbage once or twice? Did he attend any block parties?

Dima Ali  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 4:56 PM

Write in*

Karen Walker-Ward  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 4:52 PM

Very disappointed in their decision. He should appeal.

Dima Ali  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 4:50 PM

Dan Haley was quick to report this but took him almost a week to take down an Islamophobie and racist piece of opinion by his disgraced racist buddy Baron because "the opinion should have jumped out at us as inappropriate" I will write off Anthony. I will vote BLACK candidates. Trump lost and so will OP very own trump, the rink leader, and his minions.

Ruth Lazarus  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 4:13 PM

The mayor and Mr. Taglia should both be ashamed of themselves. The only relevant issue here is residency, and many people were able to confirm that Mr. Clark lives in Oak Park. Doesn't the mayor have his own history of tax fraud? How come that's fine with all of you financial responsibility folks? I guess mistakes are fine as long as they are made by the right people. I hope Mr. Clark appeals this horrible decision and our Oak Park representatives get called out on their nonsense.

Mindy Credi  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 4:01 PM

My heart goes out to Anthony. He tries tirelessly to to help others. I hope in the coming years that his credibility is restored!

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 3:44 PM

One last point. I did background checks on well over a hundred people when I was a working journalist, and here's how it goes, folks. When we found found something, we did something. Because there was something there. And when we found nothing, we did nothing. Because there was nothing there. So, if you don't want journalists or other investigators to find something, make sure there IS nothing. Because everything else is just so much b.s. That too hard to understand?

Ken Hayes from Oak Park  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 3:38 PM

I will never understand why race comes into play here. He has been caught in a lie whether it's the county assessor, the election board or the bankruptcy court. He needs to get his facts straight before deciding he can represent the people of Oak Park. As far as why his candidacy against Danny Davis wasn't contested; no chance he was going to win that one.

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 3:26 PM

Clark didn't stand a snowball's chance of beating Davis, so I'm rather certain the Davis's people didn't see it as being worth their time and effort to delve into Clark's background. Moreover, Clark hadn't filed for bankruptcy during either of the times he ran against Davis. And btw, if Davis HAD challenged him, at least we wouldn't have had to listen to all the crap about it being racist.

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 3:22 PM

Scaman sure is struggling to understand what is pretty crystal clear to everyone else. No, it was not a "tough position for all of us". Grow a spine.

Katie Murphy from Oak Park  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 3:16 PM

Did the residency issue come up with Clark when he ran for Danny Davis' seat either time? Because if not there seems to be a double standard here: It's not ok for OP but ok for a US congressional district? Lombard is not in the Davis district. I may have missed the objection if it was brought up then, if so, my apologies. But if not....people really need to do their homework and call out all races rather than picking and choosing.

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: January 25th, 2021 3:05 PM

Wellwhattyaknow. I guess there was need for debate after all, huh?

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