Cook County Board of Elections Rules For Morrison

From the campaign for Morrison for Cook County Board of Review…

Cook County, IL, December 28, 2011 – This morning, the Cook County Electoral Board ruled unanimously in favor of Sean Morrison, Republican candidate for Cook County Board of Review, First District. The electoral board granted the Motion to Strike Dan Patlak’s objection petition against Morrison.

Patlak had contended publicly that Morrison had not filed his Statement of Economic Interest or the receipt for the document. However, according to the plain language of the statute, “The receipt is not required if the Statement of Economic Interests is filed with the same officer with which the nominating papers are filed.” [10 ILCS 5/7-12 (8)] A copy of Morrison’s Statement of Economic Interest that had been certified by Cook County Clerk David Orr’s office was presented to the electoral board this morning.

“We are very pleased with our victory today before the Cook County Electoral Board,” said Morrison. “However, I find it very disconcerting that my opponent is not familiar with basic Cook County election law and would mount such a frivolous challenge to my candidacy wasting valuable county resources and taxpayer money. That does not speak well for his candidacy or his knowledge of the law.”

Morrison filed more than 7,000 signatures to run for the Cook County Board of Review – thousands more signatures than were required. Patlak also mounted an unsuccessful challenge to Sean Morrison’s candidacy in 2010. Patlak is the incumbent commissioner at the Cook County Board of Review.

Morrison says that “politics as usual” permeates the Cook County Board of Review and that his opponent personifies the problem. He recently challenged Patlak on his serious conflict of interest of aggressively soliciting contributions from the very property tax attorneys who appear before him. With more than 90% of Patlak’s fundraising (more than $330,000.00) coming from these attorneys, Morrison has condemned this “shakedown” and called on his opponent to limit attorney contributions to $250.

Self-made businessman, Sean Morrison, 44, is the President and of Morrison Security, Inc. headquartered in Alsip, Illinois. Morrison Security has more than 1,000 employees nationwide. Morrison’s extensive pro bono work includes work with LEADS Organization and the Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force. Morrison was recently awarded the LEADS 2011 Humanitarian Award for his work in helping solve exploited and missing children cases over the years. He lives with his wife, Lora, and two children in Palos Park.

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