WHEELING, IL. (ECWd) -
We have been notified over the past several days that there is an active push by local Wheeling residents to collect signatures on a petition to recall Wheeling Mayor Pat Horcher.
Tonight, local activist Deborah Wilson will inform the Wheeling Village Board that petition signature collection will begin in order to put this recall question on the Spring 2019 ballot.
Wilson will file the Notice Of Intent To Recall prior to circulating any petitions.
This comes after Wilson claims she found information related to improper real estate tax exemption paperwork filed for years on real estate Mayor Horcher has been a part owner of. His story has allegedly changed from meeting to meeting, about the real ownership of those real estate parcels.
We will detail her findings in a future article, and suggest to Mayor Horcher that if those allegations are true, he should resign from his office as Mayor of Wheeling and seek to immediately remedy the alleged faulty real estate tax filings.
There needs to be at least 800 signatures collected before the question will be submitted to the voters.
Under Wheeling City Code 2.05, "RECALL OF ELECTED OFFICIALS", the village has an ordinance authorizing recall when certain conditions are met. Wheeling is a Home-Rule unit of local government, and as such, possesses the authority to provide thru Ordinance a method of recall. Wheeling passed this Ordinance in 1980.
Ordinance 2.05 vests the power in the electorate to recall those officials elected by them. No specific charges need be brought against the official, the individual reasons of each elector for signing the recall petition or voting accordingly shall be deemed sufficient cause for recall.
We will provide a more detailed response to this situation in a later article.
UPDATE: Video of Wilson's public comment (here).