Logli: no plans to investigate alleged forgery of mayoral petitions

Logli: no plans to investigate alleged forgery of mayoral petitions

By Shellie Berg

By Shellie Berg

Staff Reporter

State’s Attorney Paul Logli lacks plans to prosecute anyone involved in allegedly forging petitions for Leonardo Guzzardo’s mayoral bid.

Guzzardo’s petitions contained 2,008 signatures, and many appeared to be in the same handwriting. He withdrew his candidacy Jan. 26 after learning the authenticity of the signatures were being questioned.

The Rock River Times did a random check on each four of the circulators’ petition submitted with a notary public seal. Out of 16 signatures, only one was even remotely similar to the signatures on file. Rockford Board of Elections Executive Director Nancy Strain and her staff were aware of that the majority of the signatures did not match. She said the Rockford Election Commissioners were also aware of the discrepancies.

“Nobody’s filed a complaint,” Logli said. He also said he had not spoken with Strain. Logli said that if someone files a complaint, or a law enforcement agency such as the Rockford Police Department investigates, his office can prosecute.

“That’s the way things normally go on in alleged criminal activity,” Logli stated. “There’s got to be some kind of complaint and then an investigation.”

Dan White, assistant executive director of the State Board of Elections, said that his agency could take a look at the petitions and investigate.

But he said that if something appeared to be obvious forgery, the quickest and most direct investigation would be through a law enforcement agency.

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