Monthly archives for March, 2016
DuPage Co. (ECWd)-
The Village of Downers Grove Commissioner Bob Barnett appears to be very selective in which conflicts of interest concern him. We recently reported on his request to the DuPage County State’s Attorney for an opinion regarding David Olsen serving as both the Mayor Pro tem for Downers Grove and a College of DuPage Trustee.
The question we now have is why is he concerned with David Olsen’s appointment when he was silent on past Mayor Sandack serving in that capacity as well as taking Dan Cronin’s vacated Senate seat?
Clearly a sitting Mayor has a potential conflict being a State Senator, but not a peep out of Barnett, who also happens to be Sandack’s committee treasurer.
You can review the State Board of Elections report for Sandack, which confirms Barnett is in fact the treasure of his committee, at this link.
Of additional interest is how not a single paper, that we could find, raised any issue of concern regarding Sandack’s conflict of serving as Mayor and State Senator. We can only wonder why it’s now newsworthy for the Daily Herald.
We know Cronin did not want Olsen to be appointed as COD Trustee, but the next question is what on earth do these people have against David Olsen? Is his leadership as a young and upcoming political figure in DuPage County a threat to the King-Maker?
We will update when the Attorney General responds to the request for an opinion, which may take years.
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The inquiry into whether College of DuPage Trustee David S. Olsen can simultaneously serve as a Downers Grove commissioner came from one of his peers on the village council, the Daily Herald has learned.
“It just seemed like a question worth getting a straight answer to,” said Commissioner Bob Barnett, who sent the email to DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin on March 10 asking for a legal opinion.