SPRINGFIELD -- CORY JOBE, the only candidate on the ballot for Ward 6 alderman this spring, is going back to work for JUDY BAAR TOPINKA.

CORY JOBE, the only candidate on the ballot for Ward 6 alderman this spring, is going back to work for JUDY BAAR TOPINKA.

Jobe was downstate director of economic development for Topinka for nearly 11 years when she was state treasurer. Jobe worked with programs such as linked deposits, where state money is deposited in banks if those banks agree to do special loan programs to help certain types of businesses or community-oriented programs.

Topinka lost her race for governor in 2006, but came roaring back to be elected Nov. 2 as comptroller — a job she’ll be sworn in to on Jan. 10. That’s also when Jobe will officially start his job on her senior staff, running legislative affairs and programs. He’ll be paid $92,500 annually.
“She introduced me to politics in Springfield,” Jobe said. “Judy’s a hard worker and she’s very determined to get things done, so I’m excited to be a part of the team.”

Jobe, 37, is now economic development specialist for Peoples Economic Development Corp., a subsidiary of Mount Vernon-based Peoples National Bank. He said he’s usually on the road three days a week. He’ll be doing some consulting with the economic development corporation for about six months to tie up loose ends with ongoing projects, Jobe said.

He also said he believes he’ll be able to find the time to be a good alderman, should he get elected, despite his full-time job. He noted that the person he’s seeking to replace, Ward 6 Ald. MARK MAHONEY, who isn’t seeking another term, is also clerk of the Illinois House.

Jobe has discussed his aldermanic run with Topinka.

“She’s very supportive of my campaign and likes to see young people get involved in the process,” Jobe said.

Jobe is alone on the Ward 6 ballot in part because two others who filed for the office were disqualified after objections to their nominating petitions were upheld by the city’s electoral board. One of the objectors to the petitions of both CAMERON COUNTS and KENT  DeLAY was DAVID DILLAVOU, a GOP precinct committeeman and retired city division manager at Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Dillavou said he was asked by TONY LIBRI, chairman of the Sangamon County Republican Party, to get involved. He said he is familiar with the petition process, and it “just dilutes the whole thing” if people get on the ballot without carefully following the process to get enough needed signatures.

Libri confirmed that he contacted Dillavou. Back in 2007, Libri said, objections from Democrats forced some GOP candidates for Prairie Capital Convention Center board off the ballot.
“We’re just following the example they set for us,” Libri said.

An interesting point of history: Dillavou also objected back in 1994 to petitions filed by then-state Rep. MIKE CURRAN, D-Springfield, who said he was living apart from his family so he could run in a House district with less of a GOP tilt.

Curran ended up winning that case and was allowed to stay on the ballot — but then said he couldn’t find a permanent home in the new district and dropped out of the general election contest. The seat in the 100th House District ultimately was won by Republican GWENN KLINGLER. And Curran made a run at Springfield mayor the next year, losing to Karen Hasara.

In memory of Davlin
In honor of the late Mayor TIM DAVLIN, Sangamon County Democrats are providing a holiday dinner and gifts for the children of four families in need of assistance, according to a statement of Democratic Chairman JIM MOODY. He said the families were identified with the help of some local officials and churches.

“We hope this gesture makes all of us feel better as we remember how much Mayor Tim Davlin loved this city,” Moody said.

Moody, a longtime friend of the mayor, had his own heartfelt statement on Davlin’s death Dec. 14:

“Mayor Tim Davlin was a wonderful man and great friend,” Moody said. “I knew him all my life. As children, our families went on summer vacations together. I even thought he was my cousin for a while. He was always charismatic and charming. He was always there. When my father died, Tim gave the eulogy. He made me cry and laugh at the same time. We will miss him deeply. There is a void in my heart and a void in Springfield. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

Moody’s father, a longtime member of the Sangamon County Board also named Jim, was known as the “Mayor of the North End.”

Meanwhile, it was hard not to be moved by TARA DAVLIN, daughter of the late mayor, when she spoke at his funeral Mass about letters she exchanged with her father.

“We love you more than you’ll ever know,” Mayor Davlin had told her when she was 16 and on a religious retreat. And she talked of the great peace she has, knowing that she wrote him a thank-you letter, spurred by a family trip to Ireland, for the many good things he passed on to her.
“He’s the city’s best friend, and he’s my best friend,” she said.

Schilling reacts
The fact that Illinois is losing one seat in Congress following release of the 2010 Census numbers seems to have U.S. Rep.-elect BOBBY SCHILLING, R-Colona, wondering about his longevity in the House.

Here’s the statement he released concerning the new numbers, with the backdrop that Democrats will be in control of map-drawing in Illinois:

“In the historic 2010 election, the voters of Illinois overwhelmingly rejected NANCY PELOSI and her radical agenda. I call on Governor (PAT) QUINN and the Illinois Legislature to resist backroom deals and the temptation to draw a map that would effectively void the voters’ decision for new leadership in Congress, and try to restore Pelosi to power in 2012. Voters should be the ones choosing their representatives, not the other way around. I will continue to work for a smooth transition and for the people of the 17th district.”

Can’t we all just chill during the holidays?

Congratulations
Congratulations to Sangamon County Treasurer TOM CAVANAGH, who was recently elected regional chairman of the Illinois Association of County Treasurers. Treasurers in the 26-county region covering western Illinois chose Cavanagh during a meeting in Jacksonville. He will serve indefinitely, and replaces former Warren County Treasurer NANCY CLAYTON, who retired.

Cavanagh just started his third term as Sangamon County treasurer.

Bernard Schoenburg is political columnist for The State Journal-Register. He can be reached at (217) 788-1540 or bernard.schoenburg@sj-r.com.