Still no answers about voter fraud in Elmwood Park : FOX-BGA - FOX 32 News Chicago

Still no answers about voter fraud in Elmwood Park : FOX-BGA Investigation

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CHICAGO (Patrick McCraney) - A top county politician demands answers about possible voter fraud in Elmwood Park, more than six months after a FOX Chicago News-Better Government Association investigation first raised questions about problems in the western suburb.

Our original story featured a man named Frank Cupello, who voted out of his parents' address in Elmwood Park for more than a decade, while living in Lake County.

Cupello is an investigator with the Cook County State's Attorney's office, which investigates (among other things) voter fraud. He is a longtime political supporter of Elmwood Park Mayor Pete Silvestri.

"The County Clerk determined there was no voter fraud," Silvestri told citizens at a July village board meeting.

Cook County Clerk David Orr said that isn't true.

"In fact, the reason I'm very concerned is I suspect there clearly was some wrong doing," Orr said.

Silvestri said he just assumed Cupello had been cleared.

"I made the assumption," Silvestri said, "and you know what? Probably half an hour later, I said I probably should have checked that first."

Orr said he asked State's Attorney Anita Alvarez to look into our findings back in February. She did not, citing a conflict of interest.

"We referred this case over to the Attorney General because he's one of our employees," Alvarez said, "and it's potential criminal conduct."

SEE: State Police investigating Frank Cupello and possible voter fraud

A spokesperson for the Attorney General initially said the case was handed off to the Illinois State Police. An ISP spokesperson told FOX Chicago they couldn't investigate because Cupello's actions didn't happen on duty, and they sent it back to the Attorney General.

"All anybody can tell us is so and so's investigating, no, so and so's investigating, no, so and so's investigating," Robert Herguth, Better Government Association investigator said.

"We don't even know if anybody's investigating," Hergutth continued. "This is a police officer. If he's doing something wrong, we should know it."

Orr said it's time someone caught the political hot potato.

"Substantial wrongdoing was alleged," Orr said. "Breaking the law was alleged. There's been no resolution. I want resolution."

Sources within the State's Attorney's office have told FOX Chicago and the BGA that Cupello is boasting he's going to beat the rap.

But now, after months of saying they don't do investigations, the Attorney General's office now said it is investigating the case.

"The resolution has got to be clear enough that we say, well, you may convince us that maybe legal action's not the right way to go," Orr said. "But if there's substantial evidence, what else are you going to do? No one should be allowed to get away with these things scot free."

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