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Group garnering signatures in Elgin mayor recall effort
Review of the petition to recall Mayor John Stover is complete, and the group behind it is forging ahead.
Chief Petitioner Polly Parsons said the petition was approved Thursday. Now, she and others on a loosely knit recall committee are gathering signatures.
The group needs 95 signatures in order for a recall to be placed on the ballot. Parsons said the deadline for getting the signatures is March 7.The recall effort stems from a long-brewing controversy over Elgin Police Department issues that came to a head Aug. 1 when Officer Erik Kilpatrick shot Elgin resident Richard Shafer to death in the midst of a domestic disturbance call.
A grand jury ruled the shooting justified, but outrage over that incident plus a host of other police performance issues poured out in subsequent public meetings.