As a history professor, I often look for ways in which the past can inform the present. One belief that led me to my profession is that history imparts crucial lessons that can help us make sense of events unfolding in the here-and-now.
Legal action is now possible over the result of the second ward alderman election in Macomb.
Candidate Steve Wailand said the Liberty Justice Center read about the disputed outcome and agreed to represent him pro bono. Wailand has said he does not have enough money to hire an attorney because he is a college student. He’s a junior at Western Illinois University, where he’s studying chemistry with an emphasis on pharmacy.
Macomb city council candidate Steve Wailand told aldermen Monday night that he’s still trying to get some answers about the February election results.
It appeared Wailand defeated incumbent Kay Hill for second ward alderman, 17 – 16, but County Clerk Gretchen DeJaynes ruled there would be a run-off election because neither candidate received 50% of the vote plus one.
DeJaynes said she is simply following the rules given to her by the city, while city leaders have said it’s up to the county clerk to certify election results.