Coughlin Refiles Campaign Papers Nolen Claims Contributions Still Inaccurate, Might Contest Filing
Grondin, Kathryn, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Kathryn Grondin Daily Herald Staff Writer
Almost a year after being elected to office, Geneva Mayor Tom Coughlin has taken what he hopes is the final step to put last April's election behind him.
Coughlin on Wednesday afternoon filed corrected campaign documents with the State Board of Elections in Chicago and with Kane County that show a few changes to his contributions and expenses.
"I corrected the mistakes the best I could," Coughlin said. "It's very difficult to go back a year ago.
"I fixed them the best way I can."
The state agency in December ordered Coughlin to file complete forms within 90 days after finding he willfully filed incomplete reports in June.
The decision stemmed from complaints by Geneva businessman Randy Nolen, who ran the campaign of one of Coughlin's opponents in the race. Nolen alerted the board last June about the mistakes when he complained that Coughlin underreported contributions, among other things.
According to campaign documents filed Wednesday, Coughlin's contributions and expenses increased by less than $400 from figures he reported last June. His itemized contributions increased from $1,600 to $1,800, while his non-itemized contributions rose from $975 to $2,081. …