Tinley Park trustee charged with misdemeanor harassment pulls out of election, replaced on ticket

A Tinley Park trustee, charged with misdemeanor harassment, has withdrawn from the April 2 election and the party he was running with has picked a replacement for him on the ticket.

Brian Younker, who was running for a second term on the Village Board, withdrew at the end of last month, according to a notice he filed with the village clerk. He said that time constraints prevented him from devoting the time necessary to campaign.

The Concerned Citizens for Tinley Park party said Tuesday that John W. McGuire is replacing Younker. The slate also includes current Trustees John Curran and Michael Pannitto.

Younker said Monday that he is involved in a custody dispute concerning his 5-year-old daughter, and that “between my job and that I can’t commit the time” to campaign. He will serve out the remainder of his current term on the board.

“It’s seven days a week from here on out” until the election, he said of the necessary time commitment. “Family comes first.”

The trustee said his withdrawal has nothing to do with a pending misdemeanor charge against him.

Younker was charged last October with harassment by electronic communication. It’s alleged he sent threatening texts to the boyfriend of his former fiancee, which he denies.

“It’s a ludicrous charge,” Younker said Monday. “I intend to beat that 100 percent.”

He is president of Younker Media, a mobile billboard company in Tinley Park. Younker previously served for 20 years as a commissioner on the Tinley Park-Park District board and was board president before being elected a village trustee in April 2015.

Running on the Concerned ticket, Younker was elected with Pannitto and Jacob Vandenberg, defeating a slate of incumbent trustees. Vandenberg was elected mayor in the spring 2017 election.

McGuire’s name was submitted to the clerk’s office Feb. 4 to replace Younker on the ballot.

He said Tuesday he’s been a Tinley Park resident for 15 years and is running for trustee because “I want to move our village forward.”

McGuire, 52, was previously mechanical officer for bus maintenance for the Chicago Transit Authority and now manages operations in the Chicago area for MV Transportation. The company, headquartered in Dallas, provides para-transit services for seniors and people with developmental disabilities, and McGuire said that, locally, MV has contracts with agencies such as Chicago Public Schools and Pace.

Along with the Concerned Citizens slate, a newly established party, One Tinley Park, is vying for three trustee seats on the Village Board, with William Brennan, Diane Galante and Michael Mueller running for trustee on that ticket.

The One Tinley party was established by Trustee Michael Glotz and village Clerk Kristin Thirion, who more than a year ago broke ranks with the Concerned Citizens for Tinley Park party. With the Concerned Citizens slate, Glotz and Thirion were elected in the spring 2017 election along with Vandenberg, who headed the ticket.

Also running for trustee as independents are Brian Godlewski and Jeffrey Mech.


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