On April 9th, municipal elections were held throughout the state of Illinois. In Lake County (the county directly north of Cook County, where Chicago is located), the Constitution Party of Illinois elected its first officeholder in the party’s history. Phil Collins was elected Libertyville Township Trustee. Collins came in 4th out of 6 candidates, with the top 4 being elected. He received 1,132 votes, or 15.11%. He got 56 votes more than the 5th place finisher. Collins is currently the campaign manager for Chad N. Koppie, the first announced Republican candidate in the US Senate election in Illinois in 2014. Koppie was the Constitution Party candidate for US Senate in 2008, receiving 24,059 votes, or 0.45%. Collins is also the deputy campaign manager for GOP candidate David Earl Williams III’s 2014 congressional campaign in Illinois’s 9th district.
The following was posted on the Constitution Party of Illinois’s Facebook page today:
“The Constitution Party of Illinois is proud to announce our first elected official, Libertyville Township Trustee Phil Collins from Lake County. He is the first of many.”