MARSHALL, IL. (ECWd) -
Extra security was present at the Marshall City Council meeting last night with the presence of not only the Chief of Police, but also a Deputy Sheriff. I am guessing that there was some indication the meeting might get out of control.
During public comment, I again talked about the fact that Beverly Church had signed a PTAX-329 under penalty of perjury attesting that her principal residence was located outside the city limits on other property she owned. I also stated that not only had she signed the Homestead Exemption form for 2013, but her husband also signed it in 2012 (here) and 2011 (here). She cannot remain an alderman if her primary residence is outside her Ward or outside the city limits.
There were some that supported my comments, and there were some opposing comments, but the opposing comments involved stating that I had no right to say anything, that I didn't live there and should go back home, and that the voters elected her. NOBODY questioned the validity of my statements about the Homestead Exemption Tax Forms or the fact that she cannot be an alderman if her principal residence is not within the city limits.
I simply asked that the city council place this on their agenda, look at the public records, and make a determination as to whether or not a vacancy exists. I am attempting to assist the council in avoiding costly and embarrassing litigation.
As I stated in a previous article (here) there are only two options: 1) She actually lived/lives in the house in the country and cannot be an alderman, or, 2) She committed fraud and forgery on the Homestead Exemption form.
The city council cannot knowingly let this continue unchecked.
My only remaining question is: Why is it so hard to follow the law?