A 16th Circuit Court judge said Friday he will hear the final arguments Jan. 9 about whether or not a referendum question asking to abolish the Aurora Election Commission can be on the March primary ballot. Judge David Akemann said the court will hear arguments, and likely make a decision, beginning at 10 a.m. Jan. 9 in room 320 of the old Kane County Courthouse, 100 S. Third St., Geneva. Akemann said state law gives him seven days from the first hearing, which was Thursday, by which to make a decision. That would put the final day Jan. 11, and Akemann said “the court’s going to keep to that schedule.” “We only have a very short window of time,” he said.
A loosely organized group of Aurora citizens submitted nominating petitions with about 1,500 signatures to put a referendum on the March 20 primary ballot asking voters to abolish the Aurora Election Commission. The group only needed 1,000 signatures.
The commission was formed by referendum in 1934, and must be eliminated by referendum. In 1986, a similar referendum was brought to the voters, and about 60 percent of the voters supported keeping the election commission.