Chris Hage Appointed to DuPage Election Commission

Wheaton attorney Christopher Hage fills vacancy on the three-member DuPage Election Commission.

A Wheaton attorney has been appointed to fill the final vacancy on the three-member DuPage Election Commission. DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin selected Christopher Hage to complete the remaining term of former Chairman Rick Carney, who stepped down in May.
“I pledged to bring a professional approach to the Election Commission and Chris Hage possesses the experience and work ethic needed to oversee this key public agency,” Cronin said. “As we approach a critical national election this fall, I feel confident that the new leadership team we have installed at the Election Commission will work in an open, ethical manner that reflects the best interest of DuPage County voters.”
Hage is an attorney with the firm of Kathryn L. Harry and Associates P.C. located in Oak Brook. He practices criminal and family law. Hage is a former prosecutor with the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office in Wheaton and past legal counsel to the Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee in Springfield. His term will expire in January 2013.
“This is a great opportunity to serve the people of DuPage County and I’m grateful to Chairman Cronin for appointing me to this position,” Hage said. “DuPage has always prided itself on an open and fair electoral process and I am committed to ensuring that legacy remains unchanged into the future.”
Following revelations earlier this year of poor ethics and procurement practices at the agency, Cronin appointed Cathy Ficker Terrill of Elmhurst and Art Ludwig of West Chicago to the Election Commission in April. Over the last several weeks, the commission has instituted new ethics, personnel and procurement policies as well as eliminated the use of credit cards and cell phone use by commission staff.

Information courtesy of a press release from DuPage County.

Mark Kmiecik July 10, 2012 at 05:21 PM
I know Chris to be honest, energetic, and he will bring open and fair oversight to the DuPage Election Commission. Congratulations Chris.
Jodi July 10, 2012 at 06:11 PM
There couldn't have been a more unethical person appointed to this position than Chris Hage. Google Chris Hage Dixon Police to learn more about his unethical and thuggish behavior towards women. Chris Hage harrassed and threatened the federal employment of a U.S. Marine. http://ilrnha.org/uploads/Pereira_Letter_021511.pdf "With this letter, I address the threat and harrassment I have been unduly subjected to by Mr. Christopher Hage, an attorney in DuPage County, Illinois." "Chris Hage spoke out of order. He walked up to stated to directly Olga, “How do you think this will be reflected on the Federal Transportation Department?” Then, Chris Hage proceeded to harass Gloria Campos about Olga’s employment at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Chris Hage was then escorted out of the convention hall by a City of Dixon Police Officer."
Steve July 10, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Mark, get a clue, energetic ,honest, yea right, the only way Hage will ever get a political post is he has to be appointed it, Ives handed a landslide defeat to him in March, why, he certaintly wasn't underfunded, he had no lack of endorsements, signage everywhere, why did he lose...NOBODY LIKES HIM!! His actions in Dixon and elsewhere show this guy is third rate, I wonder if Crony parked him in the election comm. to keep him away from a real action or out of trouble
Mark Kmiecik July 10, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Steve (The mud slinging coward that hides behind the name) get your facts right Laura M. Pollastrini 3,015 19.85 % Chris Hage 4,738 31.19 % Jeanne M. Ives 5,436 35.78 % Dave Carlin 2,002 13.18 % 688 was the difference between Jeanne and Chris Hage - In fact 5,436 voted for Jeanne compared to 9,755 who did not vote for her . Hardly a landslide. It would seem you are full of shaving cream.
D R July 11, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Should the Ethics policy permit a person who works as a political consultant to serve as a paid Commissioner on the Election Commission Board? If a person has earned over $160,000 doing work as a partisian political consultant working on political campaigns and also serves on the Election Commission, isn't there a conflict of interest?
Steve July 11, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Actually Mark, my name is Steve Cook, I am not hiding, and that is a big difference, considering the facts that Hage had far out spent Ives and had the silly DuPage Machine including the wooden statue of Birkett, yes that is a upset/landslide victory and shows how unlikable Hage is. But anyways, if you can come up with better facts about the election or can prove that Hage is somewhat respectable, I suggest you keep to yourself old man
Steve July 11, 2012 at 01:47 AM
oh and by the way Mark, demo stats and polling wise, Ives had that election, Pollastrini diluted Ives numbers otherwise it would been over for Hage at 7pm on election night instead of 830pm to which i might add I heard Hage didnt even publicly concede , coward ehh Mark
Mark Kmiecik July 11, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Steve, yada yada, yada... numbers speak.... 688 is not a landslide.. and mud slinging is not an argument make... but Ives won and good for her congratulations. What is disturbing me is the intensity of your hatred for Chris Hage as well your lies about Hage not conceding election night... He did, because I was there that night. Your immaturity shows by the vindictive of yours lies and your obsessive hated to kick this horse.
Steve July 11, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Actually it's my disappointment in the way IL Republicans behave, they have so much opportunity to take this state back and squandered it, hate, your assumption is incorrect, no I don't hate Hage , this is political, not personal, but do I want him representing me, my family in Springfield, no way! When I see something like Hage,his past behavior towards me (there is more on that) and the Dixon incident, I will exercise my right to to free speech to oppose, thats what makes this country great, to defend our own beliefs. So i look forward to your retort, i always enjoy a good political debate
Steve July 11, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Reject Steve 10:36 pm on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 one thing to answer, 1. there are a lot of people who have posted recently on Hage, look at the Daily Herald, I see no shortage of anti-Hage there, and no Its me either. 2. did you mean kick a "dead" horse, your statement there seems to lead to that, his political career died on election night, no state rep or committeman 3. Carlin and Laura posted public statements on FB conceding to Ives, that would have been the right thing to do
Mark Kmiecik July 11, 2012 at 05:20 AM
I am sorry to see such a hate filled young man as your self, spouting bold face like and calling it true. It is obvious your trolling posts meant to fill the room with mud you need to grow up a little.
Steve July 11, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Well just like Hage cant hold a conversation without name calling. Hopefully you havent raised your kids the sameway.
Mark Kmiecik July 11, 2012 at 03:12 PM
I raised my kids not to lie, defame, and hate.
George P July 11, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Why appoint a person who has an "Active" political committee to the election commission?
Mark Aguilera July 11, 2012 at 05:50 PM
As someone who worked in Wheaton for 3+ years and knows the community and its citizens well, I think this is a fantastic appointment. The voters of Wheaton will be served well by Chris.
Deborah Donna July 11, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Did you know that the cost of renting Danada House for a fundraiser is not free?
Eric Johnson July 11, 2012 at 06:15 PM
I have had the pleasure to know Chris for the past 10 years and I have always found him to be an honest and hardworking individual. His knowledge of election law will be an asset to the commission and I wish him the best of luck. The residents of DuPage County , many of which are friends and family, are lucky to have him.
Eric Johnson July 11, 2012 at 06:17 PM
By that same logic David Carlin diluted votes from Chris.
Kevin July 11, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Steve - for starters you should calm down and have a coherent thought that does not ramble in 4 directions, separated by commas. Secondly, in what world do you live where you consider a Facebook post as sufficient for a concession call? To add to that, I was standing about five feet away from Chris on Election night when he called Ives, so I have no idea where you are getting your information from. The fact of the matter here is that there we two good candidates (maybe 3 if you consider Laura good) who each had there own camp of supporters. I am sure whoever you backed has there own issues, and maybe Chris does too. But at the end of the day, he is a good man who lives a legitimate and legal lifestyle and is more than capable of handling this position. You may hate him or dislike him or whatever you want to say, but the fact of the matter remains - you are not Dan Cronin and the simplicity that you have shown in these posts show that you never will be. It was his choice, and he chose wisely.
Jenny July 11, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Mark, The video of Chris Hage being escorted out by police after threatening and harrassing a female veteran doesnt square with your personal experience with Hage. Coult it be that he is a two-faced political hack? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3HMMLiYHYU
Jenny July 11, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Hage's neighbors who know him best had a chance to elect him as their precinct committeeman, they said no and chose Ives instead. Hage is not liked by voters that know him best.
Mark Kmiecik July 11, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Well said, Kevin. I concur with Kevin on that concession call, I was there and watched Hage make the call to Ives. I known Chris Hage for a 4 years and he one of the most decent human-being around. Chris's appointment is an asset to the election board and will be well served by the knowledge Chris brings. Mr, Cronin was very wise with his choice.
Tony G. July 11, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Steve Cook.... I remember you. You were that disruptive guy at the Warrenville Park District meetings. We all thought you had a screw loose. Reading your ramblings here only confirm that assessment. Chris Hage is a great choice, and Chairman Cronin picked correctly.
Mark Kmiecik July 11, 2012 at 09:10 PM
The issue has been settled, Jenny Even though your gal won, you still continue with vitriol and hate for Chris Hage, Why is that? The election is done! Are all Jeanne supporter so filled with hate like you? Also, considering that 5,436 voted for Jeanne compared to 9,755 who did not vote for her, Jeanne Ives, if she was smart, would be be reaching out to those 9.7k that did not vote for her and be and making nice with the supporters of Chris, Laura, Dave (including me).,
A concerned citizen July 12, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Why is it that, more often than not, when Chris Hage is in the news, a one-sided version of this story is shared on the comment boards? What happened after these allegations were made? Was he reprimanded or sanctioned for any wrong-doing by any of the agencies or authorities to which Olga's letter was directed? Interestingly enough, he was not.
Matt July 12, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Here's the other side of the issue, why hasn't Hage publicily addressed the issue or his side of events. If one side has been presented, why hasn't there been a rebuttel to what happened. However, we have seen video evidence of the police escorting him out. We have a formal complaint by Periera, but the only thing offered by his defenders is that we simply were not there or it was a set-up or conspiracy. Therefore, we have reason to believe that Hage committed something in Dixon. In summary, there are two sides to every argument, we only know one. PS This is just an observation, so please Hage supporters, please keep the personal attacks to min. thanks
Steve July 12, 2012 at 10:30 PM
In response to Tony G (assuming that's your name, perhaps it's Dennis or Orlando), for one please give evidence of how I was disruptive in anyway at the WPD meetings, please review the minutes. I am very curious about that accusation. Secondly, "Tony" I find it interesting that you were at WPD meetings to begin with since nobody ever came to them, attendance was usually zero and we were always very civilized! Next, "Tony" your pal Hage, there is video of him being tossed out of a meeting by police for being a "disruptive guy" at a meeting of the Republican Hispanics, considering he is white, what business did he have there. I can attest that I have never been escorted out by police officers of any meeting.
A concerned citizen July 13, 2012 at 05:06 PM
@ Matt, I can't speak for Mr. Hage specifically as to how he did or did not rebut the allegations contained in her complaint. However, it is logical to conclude that because no action was taken by the federal government, the local government or the commission that regulates attorney behavior, or any of the other governmental agencies to which Olga raised the issue that her complaint is unfounded. In my opinion, because her complaint was found to have no merit, there is no real reason for either side to keep bringing up the issue publicly. And, please do not worry...I do not believe in bringing personal attacks in these forums. My only goal is to participate in healthy debates that spread information to the community at large and encourage people to think, in general.
A concerned citizen July 13, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Why is this relevant?
Patricia Crawford July 19, 2012 at 11:50 AM
This is very good news! Chris Hage is an honest, hard-working, loyal individual with high ethical standards who will do a fantastic job in this position! Not concerned with the negative comments, as time will show this man's character.


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