[The following is a Letter to the Editor]
The following is written with fact and conjecture. The portion that talks about property taxes is factual taken from the Lake County Property Tax website. The conjecture is my assessment of trend I have noticed.
One could say Sam Yingling doesn’t like it when you decide to run for office where he has implicit interest or an office that he himself holds.
In early 2013, Yingling frantically called on known allies to solicit their support to file an objection to three people running for Avon Township Office. Yingling settled on a young activist with learning and social challenges. Township races for the most part are not partisan races as was the case in 2013. However Yingling a Democrat, orchestrated the complaint against three Democrats who had actively supported his 2012 campaign for State Representative. To add insult to injury, Yingling launched the petition challenges on behalf of three Republicans and their campaign whom he also donated $5000.00 (www.elections.il.gov). Yingling’s activist ultimately lost his objection at significant costs. That significant cost is conjecture because there is no money trail. The young activist had no financial means to engage the “high-profile” attorney used in the petition challenge.
On June 30th of this year (www.elections.il.gov), a former employee of Sam Yingling filed a petition objection against Denise Rotheimer who collected 2100 signatures (based on Rotheimer public statements) to seek a ballot position. (Hamilton v Rotheimer). Rotheimer announced her intention to run as an “Independent” for the 62nd District. Yingling (Democrat) is the incumbent and Rod Drobinski of Wauconda is the Republican challenger.
Why Hamilton? She has very little political experience and lost her bid to run for local office in 2013. Hamilton worked for Yingling in his real estate business as a real estate agent. In 2009 after Yingling was elected Township Supervisor, a township that has an office involved in property tax assessments, Ms. Hamilton experienced a significant drop in her property taxes (http://maps.lakecountyil.gov/mapsonline/). Hamilton has the largest home on her block; a 1000 square feet larger than her neighbors. Yet in 2009 & 2010, Hamilton paid the least amount of property taxes in her neighborhood. How much less? Upwards of $1000.00 less!!! One would think $1000.00 variance is significant amount in a middle-class neighborhood.
Why was Hamilton afforded reductions that homeowner with significantly smaller homes were not? Did Yingling uses his position as Township Supervisor to influence the process? Did Yingling play favoritism with his employees at New Century Real Estate? Did Yingling call in “the debt” in his objection to another person running for the office he currently occupies?