MARSHALL, IL. (ECWd) -
According to the Marshall Advocate's December 19, 2014 article in which Gary Strohm used considerable space discussing the resignation of Alderman Church, Mayor Sanders was quoted as stating: "This is a bad slap in the face for the City of Marshall. If the residents of Ward 2 wanted her out, they should have gotten her out, not Warren LeFever. I feel that with just four months to go (in Church's term), it was a frivolous lawsuit."
Well, isn't that nice...
Mayor Sanders, the real slap in the face came to the residents when your own son stated on camera the he knew, and everyone else knew, that Church did not live in the city. You swore an oath, and then violated it. You tried to pull a fast one on the residents of Ward 2 and the entire City of Marshall, and got caught. Now, when she finally realized she could not win and resigned, you claim the lawsuit was frivolous.
"Frivolous": being without merit, lacking supporting legal arguments and without factual basis
It is apparent the presiding Judge did not think it was frivolous. It has plenty of supporting legal arguments, is based on fact, and LeFever had standing to join the suit. So how can Sanders say it was frivolous? Because he didn't agree with it?
It's one thing to allow things to happen when you are not aware they are wrong, but to allow this to happen, knowing it violates the law, and then attacking the people attempting to enforce the law, simply shows that Mayor Sanders has no respect for the law which he tries to hold others accountable to. The new "anti-bullying" ordinance is an example of this attitude of Sanders.
Mayor Sanders, I do agree this is a slap in the face, but it was dealt by Church for over three years, not by LeFever or Hollingsworth. They were the ones in the right, they had the law on their side. Click here for the judici file on the Quo Warranto.