* From the Illinois constitution’s legislative article…
Within thirty days after a vacancy occurs, it shall be filled by appointment as provided by law. If the vacancy is in a Senatorial office with more than twenty-eight months remaining in the term, the appointed Senator shall serve until the next general election, at which time a Senator shall be elected to serve for the remainder of the term.
Sen. Terry Link (D-Waukegan) is currently just a bit over 28 months from the end of his four-year term. So, if he quit today, a special election would be triggered for November.
State Sen. Terry Link announced Thursday that he’s stepping down as head of the Lake County Democratic Party effective Sept. 15. The move came after party members emailed him Wednesday saying if he didn’t resign immediately, they’d vote to push him out.
Link, who has been charged by the feds with tax evasion, is also expected to step down from his seat in the General Assembly sometime before Sept. 15.
That little window, in which he’d be out of the Senate but still running the Lake County party, would allow Link to name his successor. It’s a point that’s infuriating Lake County Dems who say Link has been promising he’d step down for weeks. […]
If Link resigns before Sept. 12, that would trigger a special election for the Nov. 3 ballot. Then each party would put a candidate forward.
If Link resigns his Senate seat after Sept. 11, the cut-off date for a 2020 election is missed and his successor is appointed and would serve out the remainder of Link’s term, through 2022. And Link could have a hand in the selection.
Committee members are calling the move an “egregious” abuse of power and are pushing for a special meeting to confirm new leadership. “Enough is enough,” said one committee member. “It’s time for him to move along with his life.”
He wouldn’t just have a “hand” in his replacement. As county party chair, he’d be able to make the replacement on his own.
*** UPDATE *** Press release…
State Representative Bob Morgan and State Representative Sam Yingling, joined by the below co-signers, released the following statement:
“November’s election is so important and so consequential that we must put 100% of our energies into the campaigns of every Democratic candidate up and down the ballot.
We can’t afford any distractions or delays, which is why we are demanding that Terry Link step down immediately as Chair of Lake County Democrats.”
The below are co-signers to this statement:
Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10)
State Senator Julie Morrison (IL-29)
State Representative Mary Edly-Allen (IL-51) State Representative Jonathan Carroll (IL-57) State Representative Bob Morgan (IL-58) State Representative Dan Didech (IL-59) State Representative Joyce Mason (IL-61) State Representative Sam Yingling (IL-62)
Lake County Sheriff John Idelburg Lake County Treasurer Holly Kim
Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart (District 13)
Lake County Board Member Mary Ross-Cunningham (District 9) Lake County Board Member Paul Frank (District 11)
Lake County Board Member Julie Simpson (District 18)
Lake County Board Member Marah Altenberg (District 20)