Posted Online: Dec. 06, 2012, 10:09 pm

Cleveland delays decision on rescheduled caucus

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By Lisa Hammer, rlhammer@qconline.com

CLEVELAND — No date has been set for the village's rescheduled caucus.

On Thursday, Mayor Jim White said he is working to get the state and the county together on the village's options after its Monday night caucus was canceled over a dispute about eligible participants.

On Thursday, Illinois State Board of Elections Deputy General Counsel Ken Menzel told The Dispatch/The Rock Island Argus that the situation was in uncharted waters.

"There isn't any clear-cut way to go," he said. "There are differences of opinion as to what the best way to go from here is."

HenryCounty Clerk Barb Link also told the newspapers that, based on her conversation with state officials, Mayor White could either reschedule the caucus, with possible legal objections, or let everyone run as independents.

"It's completely up to the village," she said. "The ball is in (the mayor's) court. He has to decide how he wants to handle that.

"He's aware of his two options and he'll have to decide."

The People's Party caucus reportedly was interrupted Monday before it began when Trustee Sherri Krogman, who had run for office as an independent, tried to enter. Other participants objected and, after police were summoned, Mayor White canceled the caucus.

On Thursday, Mr. Menzel said an independent candidate doesn't hold office as part of a party, so Ms. Krogman should be able to participate in the caucus.

Mayor White had rescheduled the caucus for Dec. 17. On Thursday, however, he said no date will be set for the caucus until he confers with Mr. Menzel and Ms. Link.

Seats open in 2013 include the mayor and three trustees: Chad White, Jason Shetter and Steve Ballegeer.

During Thursday's village meeting, trustees approved a $6,946 tax levy, unchanged from last year. They also voted to reimburse Trustee Steve Ballegeer for bushes and mulch at the boat ramp.

Trustees failed to approve November meeting minutes, however, due to disagreement over a motion, not voted upon, to take village clerk Mike Erickson off the village checkbook and put Ms. Krogman on it.

Village treasurer Rick Lindell also toldtrustees that they must turn in W-4 tax documents by Dec. 31 or their pay will be sent to the Department of the Treasury as unclaimed property.