A year into office, Campton Hills Trustee Tim Morgan resigns

Trustee dogged by effort to remove him, because of a 2002 felony DUI conviction in Michigan

(Left to right) Campton Hills trustee candidates Nicolas Boatner and Janet Burson, village president candidate Barbara Wojnicki and trustee candidate Timothy Morgan celebrate early returns in the Consolidated Election on Tuesday, April 4, 2023.

CAMPTON HILLS – After barely serving a year, Campton Village Board Trustee Timothy Morgan resigned at the end of the Village Board meeting May 7.

Morgan said he was tired of fighting the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office to keep his seat.

Morgan was elected last year, but a 2002 felony DUI conviction in Michigan dogged his ability to keep his seat.

“There was supposed to be a deposition today and I resigned last night,” Morgan said. “I don’t feel I deserve to go through a deposition for something that was 23 years old and doesn’t have anything to do with anything.”

State’s Attorney Jamie Mosser had first warned Morgan not to take his seat because the conviction made him ineligible.

When he took the oath and was seated, her office filed a civil action, which still was pending, seeking to remove him from office, alleging the felony conviction disqualified him from holding office in Illinois.

Morgan characterized the action to remove him as “wasting taxpayers’ money.”

Michigan records showed Morgan had fulfilled all his requirements after the 2002 DUI, including probation, community service, not to possess or drink alcoholic beverages, pay a fine and use a breathalyzer in his vehicle for a year.

Morgan had said he paid for his crime and rehabilitated his life.

His right to serve in elected office would have been restored in Michigan, but not in Illinois, according to prosecutors.

Illinois law states that if someone was convicted or pleaded guilty to a felony, the office to which he or she was elected “is rendered vacant.”

Morgan’s attorney, Jeffrey Meyer, had argued last year that Illinois law did not bar someone from holding a constitutional office – such as a judge or legislator – upon completion of a sentence for a felony conviction.

A felony conviction bars anyone in Illinois from holding a municipal office, such as a village trustee.

Meyer tried to have the 2nd District Appellate Court in Elgin review unresolved areas of Illinois law in connection with Morgan’s case, but the court declined.

Village President Barbara Wojnicki said Morgan had been a good trustee.

“We will miss him,” Wojnicki said.

The village is taking applications to fill Morgan’s vacancy.

“I was duly elected,” Morgan said. “I was trying to give back to my community. I could hold any office, just not a small municipal office. It just didn’t make sense.”

In a text message, Mosser wrote her office has Morgan’s letter of resignation.

“We are researching to make sure it is binding,” according to Mosser’s text. “If it is binding, then the case would be moot and it would be dismissed.”