In Illinois, where observers of politics have often ruefully mused is the state where the electorate votes early and often, early voting is now underway for the March 20 primary election. In Lake County, which is just north of Chicago and borders on the state of Wisconsin, local officials announced that five people have been indicted on felony charges involving the November 2016 general election. With information gleaned by the Lake County clerk’s office, cases were investigated by the office of the state attorney general in that county.
According to Assistant State’s Attorney Fred Day, all five cases involve alleged crimes stemming from the Nov. 8, 2016 general election. Before charges could be leveled against the accused, witnesses and the alleged criminals had to be interviewed before the announcement of the charges.
Court records show that Marcelo Villaruz (63) of Beach Park, Illinois, is charged with perjury for the alleged misrepresentation of his U.S. citizenship. Gina Villaruz (51), his wife, was also indicted on the same charge. They are to be arraigned on March 21, along with three others. Also charged are Yvette Yust (56) of Waukegan, Illinois, who is facing two counts of misrepresenting her citizenship, said Day. Janet Pokryfke (70) of Mundelein, Illinois, is charged with voting more than once, and is also facing perjury charges for allegedly sending in a mail-in vote as well as casting a walk-in vote during the general election. Marvin Hershman (89), of Riverwoods, Illinois, stands charged with two counts of voting more than once and one count of perjury, according to Day. Day said that Pokryfke and Hershman and Pokryfke voted in Lake County and voted again in Cook County.
All five defendants are facing class 3 felonies, and could face probation or a sentence of two to five years in prison upon conviction. Indicted on March 7 by a Lake County grand jury, the five defendants join three others among other cases of alleged fraud relating to the November 2016 election. Thomas Ruud -- the former coroner for Lake County -- is facing five counts of perjury for allegedly signing several election petition pages for the 2016 primary collecting the signatures himself. He has claimed that the signatures on the pages were a mistake and an unintended oversight. Ruud will have his day in court on May 21. Ellen Mauer and Denise Zwitt, both of whom held positions at the Libertyville-Vernon Hills Community High School District 128, are facing perjury charges involving nominating petitions in the 2016 school board election.
According to a study conducted by Rob Paral and Associates, data from the U.S. Census and the Department of Homeland Security show that Lake County has approximately 39,000 illegal immigrants, while neighboring Cook County (Chicago) has 307,000.
Critics of the Democratic Party, such as Tucker Carlson of Fox News and author Ann Coulter, have warned that the Democratic Party (which is dominant in the Chicago area) is resorting to registering non-citizen voters to sway electorates. Coulter wrote in her book Adios America, “The American electorate isn’t moving to the left- it’s shrinking. Democrats figured out they’d never win with Americans, so they implemented an evil, genius plan to change this country by restocking it with voters more favorably disposed to left-wing policies that Americans would ever be…. No minds have been changed. Democrats just brought in a new group of voters whose minds don’t need to be changed.”
Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.