Bloomington Alderman Dispute Considered Questionable

By WEEK Reporter

May 26, 2011 Updated May 26, 2011 at 10:24 PM CDT

A lawsuit has been filed in regards to a dispute over a Bloomington city alderman position.

Todd Greenburg of the City of Bloomington says the lawsuit filed by alderman hopeful Judy Stearns comes too early as the City has not made a final decision for the position.

Greenburg says the council is awaiting the opinion from an outside council to state the options they have in regards to seating Stearns for a new term.

Bloomington's City Council says it is witholding a final decision until facts surrounding Stern's political eligibility can be reviewed.

The issue in question involves a recent Illinois Appellate Court decision saying that a candidate is ineligible to be on the ballet if he or she has outstanding tax payments to the municipality. 

Stearns neither denies nor confirms having outstanding tax payments, but says the truth will come out in the lawsuit. She also says this is all a "smear campaign" set against her by political opponents.

A tentative status hearing for the lawsuit is schedule for September 1, 2011.  






"I was legally elected and simply seated to be elected and was denied being seated on the Bloomington City Council," said Stearns, Thursday evening, "so I'm asking for the City Council and the Mayor to do the right thing, to do what I believe they're legally bound to do and seat me on the Bloomington City Council."

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