Cook County Voting Machine Changes Vote From Republican To Democrat

Candidate Votes For Himself, Machine Casts Vote For Opponent Instead

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Admitting his confidence in Cook County ballot integrity is shaken, State Representative Candidate Jim Moynihan (R-56), was shocked today when he tried to cast a vote for himself and the voting machine cast it for his opponent instead.

“While early voting at the Schaumburg Public Library today, I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” said Moynihan. “You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat.”

While using a touch screen voting machine in Schaumburg, Moynihan voted for several races on the ballot, only to find that whenever he voted for a Republican candidate, the machine registered the vote for a Democrat in the same race. He notified the election judge at his polling place and demonstrated that it continued to cast a vote for the opposing candidate’s party. Moynihan was eventually allowed to vote for Republican candidates, including his own race. It is unknown if the machine in question (#008958) has been removed from service or is still in operation.

Taxing bodies powerless to stop Schaumburg TIF, property tax increases

by Brian Costin | Illinois Policy Institute

Village officials in Schaumburg are pushing for $512 million in new property taxes via a Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, district. The taxes would be used to create an entertainment district north of Woodfield Mall.

But it’s not just people who pay property taxes in Schaumburg who would foot the bill. TIF districts cause property taxes to rise for all other overlapping taxing districts such as Cook County, Township High School District 211, and school districts 15 and 54. This means Schaumburg’s proposed TIF district will push up property taxes in neighboring communities such as Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates and Palatine. And to a lesser extent it would push up property taxes all over Cook County.

Taxing bodies are expressing worry that they will be blamed for increasing property taxes on local residents.

“But as Dave Torres, associated superintendent for business in Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 says, they are also just one more way the local tax burden is shifted more onto homeowners.”