Kendall County Clerk to Launch Inquiry into Grosskopf Voter Registration Records
Jul 29, 2015 02:49PM ● Published by Steven Jack
Kendall County Clerk Debbie Gillette said Wednesday her office will investigate a formal complaint regarding the voter registration information of Oswego Township Highway Commissioner Gary Grosskopf.
The Kendall County man behind the recent residency investigation of Oswego Township Highway Commissioner Gary Grosskopf has filed an official complaint with the Kendall County Clerk’s office calling for a further inquiry into Grosskopf’s voter registration records.
According to his complaint, Todd Milliron, alleges Grosskopf did not establish proper residency requirements that would have allowed him to vote in the election of Nov. 4, 2014. Milliron says Oswego Township cell phone records show that Grosskopf did not reside at a newly registered address on Carriage Court in Oswego for a full 30 days prior to the election as is required by Illinois voter registration law. In fact, cell phone records indicate Grosskopf had only been in the state of Illinois for a total of 25 days from June 2014 to Election Day.
According to county voting documents, Grosskopf changed his voter registration from an address on Orchard Avenue in Oswego to the Carriage Court address of his son on June 11, 2014. Grosskopf requested an absentee ballot to be sent to his Port Charlotte, Florida home for that November election.
“Mr. Grosskopf attempted to move his voter registration from Oswego Township Precinct # 10 to Oswego Township Precinct # 21 and failed to establish the required 30 days of residency in Oswego Township Precinct # 21 due to being out of state or in the State of Florida at his Florida Homestead Exemption home in Port Charlotte, Florida,” Milliron writes in his complaint.
Grosskopf’s residency is currently under investigation by the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office to determine if he’s been improperly collecting a $95,000 salary while mostly living at his home in Florida since April 2014. Cell phone records show that Grosskopf has made calls from Florida on about 320 days since that time.
Contacted Wednesday afternoon, Kendall County Clerk Debbie Gillette said her office will investigate the claims made by Milliron.
“We’re gong to look into it,” she said. “We will have to consult with the sheriff’s office, state’s attorney’s office and the Illinois Board of Elections to see if these points are valid and to see what the precedence is for this. This will take some time.”
Also contacted Wednesday, Sheriff Dwight Baird said his office is still conducting its investigation, and has yet to hand over its findings to the State’s Attorney’s Office for any possible legal action.
Whatever the outcome of the county’s investigation, holding on to his office could become increasingly difficult for Grosskopf. Ken Menzel, general counsel for the Illinois State Board of Elections, said previously Illinois elected officials must maintain voter registration requirements in the districts they serve to continue to be eligible to hold public office.
Grosskopf has previously stated he would not comment on the ongoing investigation, but he did issue an apology to township residents last week for the "negative perception" caused by his "trips out of town."