LWVPFA Adopts Position on Holding Two Public Offices

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Should a person be able to hold two elected offices at the same time? After lengthy study and in keeping with the recent Consensus Meeting on the subject of Holding Two Local Public Offices Simultaneously, on January 19, 2009, the board of directors of the League of Women Voters of the Park Forest Area adopted the position statement which follows:

  • The League of Women Voters of the Park Forest Area (LWVPFA) supports the concept that an individual should not simultaneously HOLD local public offices which have been determined to be incompatible either by a prohibition in statutory law or case law or determined to be incompatible in an Illinois Attorney General’s opinion. If incompatibility is suspected, it is appropriate for LWVPFA to investigate if the offices in question are incompatible.
  • The LWVPFA supports education on this subject for the public as well as current and potential office holders. Education efforts should be on a continuum from informing the public and candidates prior to an election to, if necessary, informing a board that a vacancy should be declared if the situation warrants.
  • The LWVPFA supports enactment of stricter legislation to prohibit individuals from holding local public offices simultaneously where incompatibility exists.

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