Kay Hill

50% Plus One
6:43 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

“Majority” Clarified for Macomb Elections

Macomb City Hall
Credit Rich Egger

It took a while, but Macomb city code finally defines the word "majority" to mean a number that is more than half.

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50% Plus One
2:36 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Former Alderman Questions Wailand's Residency

Former 2nd Ward Alderman Kay Hill
Credit Rich Egger

A judge ruled Kay Hill lost the election for second ward alderman in Macomb to Western Illinois University student Steve Wailand. But Hill is not giving up her fight over the seat.

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50% Plus One
5:58 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Will the Candidates Show Up for Ruling?

The McDonough County Courthouse
Credit Rich Egger

It’s possible neither of the people most affected by the outcome of the “50% Plus One” case in Macomb will be in court to hear the judge’s ruling.

Judge Rodney Clark announced he will rule Friday, April 26, on whether Western Illinois University student Steve Wailand defeated Kay Hill in the February election for second ward alderman in Macomb.

Clark announced the date at the end of the hearing on Monday, April 8. Wailand’s attorney, Diane Cohen of the Liberty Justice Center, immediately asked if Wailand could be excused from the proceedings because he works on Fridays.

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50% Plus One
3:03 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Disputed Macomb Election to be Resolved April 26

Steve Wailand and his legal counsel Diane Cohen
Credit Rich Egger

Judge Rodney Clark decided Monday (April 8) to give the City of Macomb extra time to gather more evidence as it tries to defend the ruling made in the February 26 election between Steve Wailand and Kay Hill.

The hearing has been continued until April 26, 9:00am, at the McDonoough County Courthouse. Clark said he would make a ruling on the case on that day.

The delay won’t impact the matter of who is seated to the position because aldermen are not sworn in until the city council’s first meeting in May.

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50% Plus One Case
11:38 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Election Dispute Hearing Continued

The McDonough County Courthouse
Credit Rich Egger

The April 4 court proceedings in the 50% Plus One case in Macomb did not last long because the Liberty Justice Center – which is representing city council candidate Steve Wailand – never summoned his opponent, Kay Hill.

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LoWV Forum
11:04 am
Sun March 31, 2013

Candidates Discuss Disputed Election

Credit Rich Egger

The candidates for alderman in Macomb’s fifth ward agree changes should be made to the city’s election process. But they have differing views of what should be done.

Incumbents Tim Lobdell and Clay Hinderliter were asked during the League of Women Voters candidates forum about the disputed outcome of the second ward contest.

Lobdell said the city needs to clarify its code.

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50% Plus One
7:27 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Raising Questions About Macomb Election Result

Macomb City Hall
Credit Rich Egger

In most elections, the candidate with the most votes wins. But that did not apply in a recent Macomb election – and no one seems able to explain how the city came up with its rule.

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Macomb Primary Results
9:59 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Every Vote Counts in Macomb Election

Credit Rich Egger

There will be two run-off elections for Macomb city council seats.

The closest race in the February 26 primary took place in the Ward 2, where Western Illinois University student Steve Wailand edged incumbent Kay Hill, 17 to 16.

However, County Clerk Gretchen DeJaynes pointed out that in order to win outright in the Macomb primary, a candidate must earn 50% of the vote plus one. In the second ward, 33 votes were cast, which means 16.5 is equivalent to 50%. The “plus one” brings the threshold to 17.5 votes needed to win.

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Primary on February 26
4:21 pm
Sat February 16, 2013

Interviews with Macomb City Council Candidates

Macomb City Hall
Credit Rich Egger

Four seats are up for election on the Macomb City Council in the February 26 primary. The city has new wards as a result of the 2010 census.

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Filing Period Closed
6:10 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Macomb Aldermen Face Election Competition

Credit Rich Egger

There are contested races for three of the four seats up for election on the Macomb City Council.

Second Ward Alderwoman Kay Hill will be challenged by Steven Wailand. Hill was appointed to the seat two years ago. Wailand is a student at Western Illinois University.

The race in the new fifth ward pits two incumbent city council members against one another. Clay Hinderliter represents the current seventh ward while Tim Lobdell is the sixth ward alderman. A third candidate – David Dunn – has also filed in the fifth ward.

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