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  1. Illinois has a safeguard specified by law and administered by the County Clerk. A candidate cannot be listed on the ballot unless he signs a Statement of Economic Interest. It is a simple form that asks simple questions for a simple purpose.

    Candidates must simply state any economic ties they have to the office they seek.

    It is as simple as that. Candidates are not disqualified by any truthful answer they may supply. The County Clerk does not investigate the truthfulness of the answers. The only purpose of the document is to make public any such ties.

    The object is to provide the voters with this information. The voters can evaluate it anyway they want. But they must have access to truthful information before they can make any evaluation. So, at the bottom of the form, just above the place where Dr. Nemickas signed his name, it reads:

    “I declare that this Statement of Economic Interest…has been examined by me and to the best of my knowledge and belief is a true, correct and complete statement of my economic interests as required by the Illinois Government Ethics Act. I understand that the penalty for willfully filing a false or incomplete statement shall be a fine not to exceed $1,000, or imprisonment in a penal institution other than the penitentiary not to exceed one year, or both fine and imprisonment.”

    In other words, candidates are to take it seriously. It seems that Dr. Nemickas didn’t.

    Personally, I doubt that he willfully filed a false or incomplete statement because he could have remedied it as he is now trying to do. I don’t think the disclosure would have cost him any votes.

    But it also seems to me that he really should have known. Six months ago when he was considering his candidacy, he was one of the top people running IBJI. And there are only one hundred doctors in the IBJI. How is it possible that, for these six months, the fact of an IBJI relationship with LFHS and the fact that a board member of IBJI was seeking to be a board member of LFHS were never linked in anyone’s mind? Really, really bad luck.

    But regardless, he had an obligation to know. It certainly would have been easy for him to find out. He was asked the same question by the Lake Forest Caucus, I assume. (Or else the LFC dropped the ball.) How could Dr. Nemickas answer “no” if he didn’t really know? Careless disregard.

    And now, without the penalty of fine and imprisonment, how can we believe that the contract was with a different part of the organization where he has no contact, as he claims? After all, his campaign website currently says, “He is currently a member of the Executive Board, the Board of Directors, as well as Vice Chairman of the Operations and Technology Committee of IBJI.”

    But then, the DNS article quotes him saying, “I resigned from the Board of Directors and Managing Partner of my division as of January 1, 2017,” which contradicts his campaign website. One of those is willful – either he dissembled in the campaign website or he dissembled to the DNS. After all, he must know if he is on the IBJI Board or not. So which one is the lie, Doctor?

    Or is that just another example of really, really bad luck that should not count against you? Or maybe just another example of your careless disregard? Are you taking any of this seriously?

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