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Chicago Republican Election Commissioner Dies

Posted by Admin On April - 27 - 2015

From: Defend the Vote

BREAKING NEWS – RIP to Chicago Board of Election Commissioner, Richard Cowen. Read the full article Here

Commissioner Richard Cowen, the Republican Commissioner on the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners (CBOE) passed away on Sunday while visiting family in California.  Commissioner Richard Cowen reportedly battled cancer during 2014 and into this year.  Beginning in 2014, he was absent from some CBOE Board meetings and also participated in some meetings from the phone as he worked to overcome his health challenges.  Defend the Vote did not verify the exact cause of death, but was informed he died from natural causes.

Commissioner Cowen was the sole Republican on the 3 member Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. Defend the Vote worked with Commissioner Cowen on multiple occasions as we uncovered and worked to change illegal and deficient practices of the Board.  On many instances Commissioner Cowen was the sole voice on the Board that supported our investigations and work.

Besides his role with the CBOE, Mr. Cowen served on the Illinois State Board of Elections for fifteen years where he was elected chairman and vice-chairman. In addition to his duties on the Chicago Board of Elections Commissioners, Richard Cowen was a founding partner with Stahl Cowen Crowley Addis LLC. He received his law degree from Northwestern University.

Defend the Vote extends our regards to Mr. Cowen’s family, friends, clients, and co-workers who will surely miss him.  We will also miss him!  With a warm and witty personality, we appreciated his astute understanding of the law and his ability to address complex issues related to Chicago elections.

Read More – What is next for the CBOE?

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