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Panel to drop electioneering claims against Burr Ridge's Straub

Straub aims to make village more resident- and business-friendly

BURR RIDGE — It's an accusation that Burr Ridge Village President-elect Mickey Straub called "petty and unfortunate."

The DuPage County Election Commission claimed Straub was in violation of electioneering April 9. Electioneering, or attempting to persuade voters, is not allowed to happen within a 100-foot radius of the poll room, said Joseph Sobecki, assistant director of the commission.

Paul Darrah, spokesman with the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office, said there will not be any action taken by the office against Straub. Darrah said the issue had been addressed and Straub was "compliant."

Commission officials said they received complaints from voters at the polling room of the Burr Ridge Police Department that Straub allegedly was too close to a window outside the polling room and near a vehicle that had a Straub campaign advertisement attached.

"Our polling place coordinator did speak to him and after he clarified, [Straub] moved beyond the radius," Sobecki said.

Straub said the misunderstanding could have been in his interpretation of the rule. He guessed their argument was that he was parallel to the room outside, and if measured through the wall, the commission would be correct.

But Straub said it was nothing he did "out of ill intent."

"If it was technically incorrect, and it's through the wall that's what counts, not out the door, then I humbly apologize and I hope they forgive me," he said.

Straub also said eight of his campaign signs were stolen the morning of the election, but was ready to put that behind him and move past the electioneering accusations.

"I think it's unfortunate that people try to create something out of nothing," he said. "We should be looking forward, not backward."

Straub finished in the election with 920 votes. His closest opponent, Robert Sodikoff, finished with 763 votes and John Bittner received 287 votes.

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