That’s the story that’s going around… but, it’s not the eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeevil Wepubwicans that are doing the forcing this time:
Bolingbrook’s Cedra Crenshaw has become one of this election’s conservative darlings, fighting the system by launching her own efforts to challenge an incumbent Democrat State Senator A.J. Wilhelmi. Her first public appearances were at Will County Tea Party events, where she declared war on the corrupt Chicago machine as “just one mom.”
Wilhelmi, she says, is clearly a part of the Chicago machine although he’s based in Joliet. A faithful go-along vote with the Democrats, Wilhelmi is a part of the state’s problems, and ousting him along with other lawmakers who’ve created the embarrassing state budget crisis is just what Illinois needs, Crenshaw says.
And that’s just enough energy and threat from Republican ranks to scare the Democrats into doing everything they can to scratch Crenshaw off the November ballot. She’s got enough acceptable petition signatures to get on the ballot. But her candidacy is still in limbo because the Senate Democrats insist that accompanying paperwork may not have been filed on time, although the reason for the lack of clarification is because the Illinois election law itself was in transition.
The three members of the Will County Board of Elections are County Clerk Nancy Schutz Voots, State’s Attorney appointee Mary Petro and Circuit Clerk Pamela McGuire. Voots ran as a Republican, State’s Attorney Glasgow and Pamela McQuire are both Democrats. The board’s decision whether to keep Crenshaw on the ballot will be decided when Voots, Petro and McGuire’s opinions are gathered into a report which will then be made public.
Crenshaw’s confident if the Will County Board follows the decisions made in two other similar candidates’ cases, she’ll remain on the ballot as she is now. Cook County senate candidate Adam Wojcik and Chicago state house candidate Dave Lenkowski both beat Democratic challenges based on the same arguments the Democrats are making to the Will County Board. But Crenshaw’s still waiting to hear the three Will County election board judges’ final decision.
Will the dinosaur media and senior elected officials jump on this story and decry the apparent racism and sexism involved in forcing a black woman off the ballot?
Don’t hold your breath.