Jackson v. The Board of Election Commissioners of the City of Chicago

Illinois Supreme Court
Civil Court
Case Number: 
2012 IL 111928
Decision Date: 
September 7, 2012
1st Dist.
Cook Co.
Appellate court reversed.
Section 3.1-10-5(b) of Illinois Municipal Code, which provides that a person is not eligible for elective municipal office if he is in arrears in payment of tax or other debt to municipality, did not disqualify city council candidate where homestead exemptions on her property were challenged. Candidate subsequently elected to waive exemptions on all but one parcel and paid additional property tax that would have been due on parcels had exemptions not been claimed. Property tax payable to county treasurer is not "a tax or other indebtedness due a municipality" within meaning of Section 3.1-10-5(b). (KILBRIDE, THOMAS, GARMAN, and THEIS, concurring; FREEMAN and BURKE, concurring in part and dissenting in part.)