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Island Lake village board results unclear; write-in candidates take in 223 votes

McHenry County residents submit 202 write-in votes

Anthony Sciarrone
Anthony Sciarrone

A write-in candidate may have won a seat on the Island Lake Village Board, but the tallies in McHenry County likely won’t be finished until at least Friday.

Three seats on the board were up for grabs in Tuesday’s consolidated election, and three candidates ran. Those candidates were William Ziegler, Richard McLaughlin Jr. and Anthony Sciarrone.

McLaughlin took in the most votes – 542 – and incumbent Ziegler received 510 votes, according to unofficial voting totals in Lake and McHenry counties.

Sciarrone had 190 votes – less than the votes cast for write-in candidates.

People in McHenry County cast 202 votes to write-in candidates, but who those candidates are won’t be released until at least Friday, said Debra Nieto, chief deputy clerk in the McHenry County Clerk’s Office.

“We are in the process of doing that now,” she said. “Our hope is that we will have the election day tallies by Friday, and then we will post it to our website.”

Results won’t become official until April 18, she said.

In Lake County, write-in candidate Chris Carlsen received 21 votes for a seat on the board.

Carlsen owns Chi-Town Dogs in Island Lake.

“I feel great,” Carlsen said Thursday. “Our campaign was strong. It’s rare as a write-in to pull in any results. ... Island Lake is ready for a change.”

Sciarrone is the former Island Lake Police Chief. Board trustees fired him from the post amid an investigation led by the mayor’s office in November. Sgt. Billy Dickerson was fired in January in connection with the investigation.

Officials have remained vague about the investigation, saying they cannot comment on ongoing personnel matters.

Earlier this week, Sciarrone posted a lengthy statement on social media alleging misappropriation of funds and other wrongdoing by Island Lake officials.

“My primary objective is to have an honest government functioning with the utmost integrity and inclusive accountability to the village residents,” he said in the post.

Sciarrone couldn’t be reached by phone Thursday.

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