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      Macomb alderman seat election causes confusion

      UPDATED: April 2 at 8 a.m.

      Macomb's controversial city council election is headed to court this week.

      Western Illinois University Student Steven Wailand received the majority of votes in the city's second ward alderman race. But after the election, Wailand says he was told he needed 50 percent of the vote, plus one, to actually win.

      Now according to Tri-State Public Radio , the Liberty Justice Cente r is taking the city to court asking officials to declare Wailand the winner.

      Wailand and the incumbent Kay Hill are on the ballot for a run-off election on April 9.


      Original Story: Monday, March 25, 2013

      The second ward city council election in Macomb has stirred some controversy. One Western Illinois University student has turned to both the city and McDonough County, but still hasn't received an answer to his question.

      Steven Wailand is a 20-year-old WIU student who hopes to represent a large portion of Macomb's population ... college students.

      "Just really being able to represent the students and giving them that voice, I think, would benefit students greatly, and benefit the city as well. It would open up a lot of avenues and give a lot of opportunities to students that they have never had before," Wailand said.

      Wailand received 17 votes for 2nd ward alderman in the February election. His opponent, incumbent Kay Hill, received 16. Wailand said the city told him after the election that he needed 50 percent of the vote, plus one more vote, to actually win.

      But he says the city hasn't shown him any paperwork to prove that.

      "Regardless of if I get the position or not, it was a great honor to even run for the position. However, I do feel confident that if I have to go to another election, that I would win that election as well," Wailand said.

      The Illinois Liberty Justice Center out of Chicago saw Wailand's situation and he says that their legal team is helping him possibly bring this to court.

      "Nobody wants this situation to go there or beyond at all. Unfortunately, it has come to that point where one of the only remedies we can pursue would be involving the courts," Wailand explained.

      We spoke with Hill and McDonough County Clerk Gretchen DeJaynes by phone. Both said this issue is out of their control.