What if the Office of the Sheriff of McHenry County became vacant in December 2006, when Mrs. Nygren changed her residency to Florida, applied for a homestead exemption and was granted a homestead exemption on THEIR home in Cape Coral?
Because it was THEIR home (purchased and mortgaged in both names), did Keith Nygren become automatically become a resident of Florida at that time?
If so, he lost his right to hold the elected office of Sheriff in McHenry County at that time. At least, that's was Illinois law says. And the Office of Sheriff became vacant!
And what if he did vacate the office at that time, albeit unintentionally but legally so? Did McHenry County have no sheriff in office in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010?
Imagine the havoc with warrants, arrests, trials. And promotions and internal appointments. And HR cases involving Zane Seipler and Bob Schlenkert.
And imagine his having to return four years of pay and the cost of benefits! That would put a real dent in his Asset column.
All for the gain of a paltry homestead exemption. How did he confirm his Florida homestead? By giving up his Illinois homestead exemption in 2009, but only after getting caught for illegally claiming homestead exemption in two states (but not charged with any tax impropriety).
But wait, when you take a tax deduction on your Federal income tax return to which you are not legally entitled, is this a new and different issue than a tax problem on the local, county level? Will IRS start sniffing around?
Nygrens claimed the Florida homestead exemption in 2009, but they are not claiming it for 2010. When did they realize that claiming the Florida homestead exemption might jeopardize Keith's McHenry County residence and job? Is that why they are not now claiming the Florida homestead exemption in Lee County, Florida?
What if Keith Nygren is determined to have vacated the Office of Sheriff in 2006? What if he was ineligible to file to run for re-election in 2009? Would all 53,791 votes for him just be thrown out?
Would the race then be decided between Mike Mahon and me? Or would a new election between Mike and me be required? And without a Republican candidate, since no eligible Republican was on the November 2 ballot?
Or would Zane Seipler be ruled the Republican winner of the February 2 Primary, since there was no other eligible Republican on the Republican Primary ballot?
Just gets murkier and murkier, doesn't it?