Cronin Appoints Final DuPage County Election Commissioner
All three commission members have been replaced following revelations of poor ethics practices earlier this year.
Editor's Note: The following was submitted by a DuPage County staff member.
A Wheaton attorney has been appointed to fill the final vacancy on the three-member DuPage Election Commission. DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin selected Christopher Hage to complete the remaining term of former Election Commission Chairman Rick Carney, who stepped down in May.
“I pledged to bring a professional approach to the Election Commission, and Chris Hage possesses the experience and work ethic needed to oversee this key public agency,” Cronin said. “As we approach a critical national election this fall, I feel confident that the new leadership team we have installed at the Election Commission will work in an open, ethical manner that reflects the best interest of DuPage County voters.”
Hage practices criminal and family law with the firm of Kathryn L. Harry and Associates P.C. in Oak Brook. He is a former prosecutor with the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office in Wheaton and past legal counsel to the Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee in Springfield. His term will expire in January 2013.
“This is a great opportunity to serve the people of DuPage County and I’m grateful to Chairman Cronin for appointing me to this position,” Hage said. “DuPage has always prided itself on an open and fair electoral process and I am committed to ensuring that legacy remains unchanged into the future.”
Following revelations earlier this year of poor ethics and procurement practices at the agency, Cronin appointed Cathy Ficker Terrill of Elmhurst and Art Ludwig of West Chicago to the Election Commission in April. Over the last several weeks, the commission has instituted new ethics, personnel and procurement policies as well as eliminated the use of credit cards and cell phone use by commission staff.