Hearing set on Tinley Park term-limit proposal
By Mike Nolan firstname.lastname@example.org August 13, 2014 6:14PM
Updated: September 15, 2014 5:22PM
A three-member panel on Friday will hear objections regarding one of two referendum questions dealing with term limits for Tinley Park officials.
On Monday, Trustee Greg Hannon filed objections to a proposed referendum question submitted last week to the village by attorney Steve Eberhardt.
Tinley Park trustees recently approved placing a question on the Nov. 4 ballot that will ask voters whether trustees, the mayor and village clerk should be limited to three consecutive four-year terms. If approved by voters, the term-limit clock would start ticking for those elected in April’s village election.
Hannon said Wednesday that his objection is with the wording of Eberhardt’s ballot proposal, which would restrict the mayor and trustees to three full or partial terms.
That question proposes that the limit take effect “immediately upon approval” by voters — raising the issue of whether longtime elected officials could potentially be kicked out of office right away, Hannon said.
“Is it a possibility? I don’t know,” said Hannon, who has hired a lawyer to present his objection at Friday’s hearing.
Eberhardt has previously said that he intends for his term-limit question to apply retroactively.
It was his petition drive to get the question on the ballot that prompted village officials to get their version in front of voters.
The village electoral board, which will hear Hannon’s objection, consists of Mayor Ed Zabrocki, Clerk Patrick Rea and Trustee Dave Seaman. If the board rules in favor of Hannon, the decision could be appealed in Cook County Circuit Court.
Rea said any referendum proposal that will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot in the village has to be submitted to the county clerks in Cook and Will counties by the end of August.
In a November 2012 advisory referendum, nearly 17,000 Tinley Park voters supported term limits, while about 6,600 were opposed.
Eberhardt also spearheaded that referendum drive. He ran for mayor in April 2013, losing to Zabrocki, who was elected to a ninth four-tear term.