The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois on March 9, 2008 · Page 111
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The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois · Page 111

Arlington Heights, Illinois
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Sunday, March 9, 2008
Page 111
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SUNDAY, MARCH <), 2008 Continued from Pggc DAimiF.RAI.I) SKCTION 1 PAGE 7 F12M Left, Democrat Bill Foster casts his ballot Saturday morning at Rejoice Lutheran Church In Geneva. Foster went on to beat Republican Jim Oberwels In the 14th Congressional District's special election. Oberwels, right, speaks to the press after losing the special election. He sought to replace Dennis Hastert, who resigned the seat In November. Hastert had endorsed Oberweis. I,AURA STOKCKF.R/lstncckcrfn' MARY HKTII NOI.AN/innoliinfri Hailvhcnilcl.coin Election: Both had strong backing from national parties Continued from Rige 1 large chunks of their own money on the special election. Oberweis, as of Feb. 25, had lent his campaign $2.3 million. Foster lent his campaign $1.3 million. National party committees threw support behind the candidates, bringing in campaign staff and advertising. The county clerks have to turn in the results by April 5 to the Illinois State Board of Elections. The ISBE has to canvass them by April 12. Oberweis campaigned as a fiscal and social conservative. He called for a voluntary program of allowing workers to privately invest some of their Social Security contributions in exchange for delaying receipt of their full retirement benefit for seven years past normal retirement age. Oberweis criticized Foster for being endorsed by abortion-rights supporting groups, such as Planned Parenthood of Illinois. He also said that, because Foster did not support extending all of the 2001 and 2003 federal tax cuts which are due to expire in 2010, Foster was in effect willing to raise taxes thousands of dollars per person. Foster criticized Oberweis' stance on illegal immigration. He also filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission about Oberweis' campaign finances. He charged that Oberweis failed to notify him and the national Democratic Party that he was loaning his campaign more than $350,000 within 48 hours of doing so, as required by a law known as the "Millionaires Amendment." The law is intended to allow an opposing candidate to access more campaign resources in response. Foster played up his science background, promising to use logic to approach problems. He also campaigned as an agent for change, including having Sen. Barack Obama cut a television ad for him. Sen. John McCain made an appearance in Sugar Grove on behalf of Oberweis. Oberweis ran unsuccessfully, in 2002 and 2004, for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, and in 2006 for the GOP nomination for governor. Democrats report voting irregularities BY NANCY GIER Democrats reported voting irregularities Saturday during the 14th District special election between Republican Jim Oberweis and Democrat Bill Foster to replace retiring Dennis Hastert. Justin Major, a voter protection lawyer for the Foster campaign, observed that the word "Republican" flashed on a touch-screen voting booth at Pioneer School at 615 Kenwood in West Chicago as though it was a primary election. The ballot was normal otherwise, and the word came up only on the screen. Paper ballots were also available, and no problems were reported with the use of paper. Major said the same problem was "I wonder why the opponent is hitting the jackpot. It really concerns me because this is such a tight race." Justin Major, a voter protection lawyer for Bill Foster's campaign reported to him by election judges at St. Andrew's Country Club on Route 59 in West Chicago; at Faith Community Church at 910 Main St. in West Chicago; and at Wegner School, 1180 Marcella Lane in West Chicago. He said it also was reported at the Bartlett Community Center, 700 S. Bartlett Road in Bartlett, where voting for five precincts takes place. Election judges there used tape to mask the word. "I wonder why the opponent is hitting the jackpot," Major said. "It really concerns me because this is such a tight race." Major said he was told technicians from either Diebold, the manufacturer of the touch-screen machines, or from the DuPage Election Commission had been notified. Amy Tauchman, new political director of the DuPage Democratic Party, said there are only 14 14th District precincts in DuPage County. The majority of the district is in Kane County. "They should shut down the touch-screen booths rather than allow this subliminal advertising," Tauchman said. Lesson: Defendant apologizes in court, says he is ashamed Continued from ftige 1 ness, court documents said. Singh reluctantly went along. But once Barone had Singh partway down the slippery slope, he kept pulling, court documents said. Barone told Singh that a consulting company Barone owned had been hired to do work for another company he did not identify. Problem was, the plea agreement said, Barone told Singh there was a professional conflict of interest between Barone and the company, so he couldn't be discovered billing for the work. If Singh would bill for the work instead, and pass along the payments to Barone, Barone would let Singh keep about $25,000 of the payments, court documents said. Singh, his plea agreement said, honestly believed Barone was actually doing the work, but couldn't bill for it. Singh figured Barone was merely double-dipping on GTI/GRI, doing work for them both direcdy and through his consulting company. Again, afraid he might lose work if he didn't cooperate, Singh went along. Later, when he never got a report from Barone on the work, he suspected the truth: that Barone had in fact done no work and was fraudulently billing for non-existent studies. But at that point, it was too late. Singh was in too deep. "I have made a colossal mistake here which I will always feel I should have never gotten involved in," Singh told Judge Lefkow in court Friday. "I apologize to you. ... I am ashamed of my behavior." At that point, he began to beg for leniency, citing a desire not to be separated from his wife by prison. "She is my lifeline," said Singh, who broke down in tears, unable to continue. His wife, in the courtroom, also doubled over in tears, her face in her hand. Barone has been charged with mail fraud in a related case, which is pending. However, Assistant U.S. Attorney Carolyn McNiven told the judge that Barone is near death and no money will likely be recovered from him. Barone could not be reached for comment Friday. Location. It's the ultimate determining factor in real estate. Walk to Metra in downtown Arlington Heights, the premier suburban location. Purchase. Rent to own. Rent. Sales Center and Model 8 S. 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