With so many complaints and accusations arising among local candidates in the March 20 Republican primary, it's getting difficult for Elmhurst Patch to keep up. Candidates and their supporters in Elmhurst are calling each other out on matters of , who's paid for the postage for a mailing and whether the timing of the mailing was unethical, whether candidates can , and who has endorsed who.
In races for the state legislature, is largely the cause of the infighting, says a March 15 Chicago Tribune article about the GOP's "bruising battles."
"Two years ago, state came close to becoming the Republican nominee for governor. Now the veteran lawmaker from Hinsdale is fighting for his political life thanks to a primary challenge by , of Elmhurst," the article states.
Dillard's campaign also sent Elmhurst Patch a critical press release March 15 after Nybo mailed, during the pre-election "dark period," a taxpayer-paid-for letter about legislation Nybo filed to impose term limits. The letter was sent to constituents in Nybo's current 41st House District. Nybo's people countered that the letter was not a campaign piece, and that they ran it by the House GOP conference before they mailed it, to make sure it was OK.
But the acrimony is not limited to state legislative races. The crowded , with eight candidates vying for three spots, is no less messy.
The latest local issue involves Pete DiCianni, Elmhurst's mayor and a candidate in District 2, and who has endorsed him.
, another Elmhurst Republican running in District 2, was surprised to hear DiCianni's robo-call to District 2 residents at 3:45 p.m. March 9. On the call, DiCianni said, among other things, that he was endorsed by State Sen. Ron Sandack (R-21, Downers Grove).
DiCianni's call starts out saying he is clearing up "misinformation" about his plans to serve .
"I will be giving up any and all mayoral compensation, including any possible future pension from the city of Elmhurst," he said on the call.
On the robo-call, DiCianni goes on to say he is endorsed by former Attorney General Jim Ryan, 17 DuPage mayors, and Sandack, among others.
Rivadeneira said he confirmed with Sandack that there was no such endorsement. Sandack, who is now running for the Illinois House in the 81st District, then took it a step further.
On March 18, at 4 p.m., Sandack sent out a counter-robo-call stating, "I'm calling to object to Mayor Pete DiCianni's claim that I endorsed him for County Board. I want to be clear: I did not endorse him. The fact is, as former mayor of Downers Grove, I believe it's difficult, if not impossible, to hold two local elected offices at the same time.
"Thank you for allowing me to clarify Pete DiCianni's erroneous claim."
DiCianni's website, as of Monday morning, still listed Sandack among his endorsers. But when contacted by Elmhurst Patch, DiCianni's only response was to email a campaign flyer that lists more than 30 endorsements from legislators, mayors and other local officials.
Sandack's name was not on this list.