Our View: More strangeness on Election Day
SouthtownStar editorial November 8, 2012 8:34PM
Updated: December 10, 2012 6:28AM
As in all elections, Tuesday’s voting left us shaking our heads in disbelief at some of the outcomes. There’s a right to vote, but no assurance we’ll all cast a sensible vote.
In Illinois’ 10th House District, former Rep. Derrick Smith was re-elected while under federal indictment for taking a $7,000 bribe and after having been the first House member expelled in more than 100 years.
Smith, 48, of Chicago, won because he was the Democratic candidate in a district where that’s all that matters. He refused to withdraw after being indicted in the spring, leaving the party bosses to run a third-party candidate to try to defeat Smith, who got 63 percent of the vote Tuesday.
So Smith will be sworn in to a new term in January. If he’s convicted of the bribery charge, he will automatically be disqualified from serving and will have to depart again.
Then there was the retention of Cook County Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Brim, whom all the bar associations found unqualified to serve and was suspended with pay in March after being charged with misdemeanor battery in Chicago and going on a bizarre rant in her courtroom at the Markham courthouse.
Brim allegedly shoved a court bailiff and threw a set of keys at another at a Daley Center security checkpoint. At a hearing Wednesday, Brim’s attorney said she was “legally insane” at the time of the incident (there’s an endorsement for a judge) because she suffers from bipolar disorder, which he said she now controls with medication. But what if she goes off her meds?
Finally, there are the folks who voted against electrical aggregation in referendums in eight towns in south Cook and Will counties and the unincorporated areas of Manhattan and New Lenox townships. Voters in three south suburbs actually rejected the idea of their town buying electricity in bulk for homeowners and small businesses to save them money.
What part of saving 30 to 40 percent on their electric bill didn’t those voters like? We assume most of them didn’t understand the issue. They can’t all be Tea Partiers.