Turelli Looks Like A Winner In 58th District Republican Primary

Campaign claims an "impressive victory."


Though the race isn't officially over, it looks like  will probably win the .

With all of the precincts in Lake and Cook counties reporting, . She leads Neerhof in both counties, with 238 votes to his 222 in Cook County and 4,518 to his 3,976 in Lake.

The winner will face  in the general election. Drury was endorsed by State Rep. Karen May (D-Highland Park), 

"We're not out of it," Neerhof's campaign manager Mick Paskiewicz told Patch Tuesday night. He said the campaign would wait for early and absentee votes to be counted before Neerhof would concede the race.

Neerhof, a 53-year-old Lake Forest resident and obstetrician, told a group of supporters at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest that a win was "unlikely."

"These results are not what we hoped," Neerhof said.

An 'impressive victory'

Turelli, 40, was expected to spend election night at the Graffiti Grill in Lake Bluff, but did not attend because she was at a special meeting for the Lake Forest Park Board that went late. The Lake Forest resident is a member of the Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Board.

Though neither Turelli nor her campaign manager Mark Shaw returned Patch's calls, Shaw sent a lengthy text message to Patch at around 11 p.m. Tuesday.

"I have no comment for the Highland Park Patch on Mrs. Turelli's impressive victory against an unprecedented negative and defamatory campaign against her by her opponent and your propaganda pamphlet," the text read.

The "propaganda pamphlet" Shaw refers to is presumably an article Patch ran in February that explained how 

Neerhof told Patch he would support Turelli's candidacy in the general election if she wins the primary.

"I think a vote for a Democrat is a vote for (Illinois Speaker of the House) Michael Madigan," Neerhof said. 

Neerhof added he was disappointed in the . There were 19,000 early votes cast four years ago and only 11,000 cast this year, according to Lake County Clerk Willard Helander.

"I don't think people understand the severity of what we face as a nation," Neerhof said.

Some of Neerhof's supporters said they would throw their support behind Turelli if she wins the primary as well.

"I will support a Republican candidate regardless of who they are," said Lake Forest resident Dr. Richard Janson. He agreed with Neerhof that getting rid of Madigan was a priority.

"No Republican bill will ever get heard so long as he is Speaker," Janson said.

Schneider, Morrison win

In other election news, to become the candidate who will run against to represent the 10th District in November.

“I knew we could do something special,” Schneider told supporters Tuesday night. “We did this with character integrity and class.”

won the

"There's no time for a learning curve," Morrison, , told supporters Tuesday. "I'm going to go to Springfield and be a leader for you." 

, Morrison's opponent in the general election, said the decision in November would be "an incredibly clear choice" for voters. The  ran unopposed for the Republican nomination.

A small crowd stood outside of Graffiti Grill late Tuesday night, celebrating a win for Keith Brin, who won the Republican primary race for Lake County Circuit Court Clerk. He commended the Lake County Clerk Office for a smooth day of voting and the speedy delivery of polling results.

"We had all our results by 8:30 p.m.," Brin said. "It was really remarkable."

For more news and updates from Highland Park Patch, "like" us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Mark L. Shaw March 22, 2012 at 12:33 AM
My text message to Mr. Sadin in response to me shortly after my communication with Nelson states "Steve: I have been on trial since yesterday morning and expect to be on trial through Thursday evening. Mrs. Turelli was attending a meeting of her Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Board tonight on Lake Forest Beach issues. I got home rather late tonight and have to go at it again very early tomorrow morning. As a result, I decided to turn in for the night. Needless to say, I have been inundated with voicemails, e-mails and text messages from well wishers from all over the 58th District congratulating Mrs. Turelli on the positive issue-oriented campaign she ran notwithstanding the unprecedented, personally negative and false campaign waged against her over the last six weeks. We are obviously thrilled and yet humbled by the voters' confidence in providing Mrs. Turelli with the impressive victory margin tonight and promise not to let them down as we face the Democrats in the fall. If you have any further questions, please [feel] free to call me tomorrow. I will try to get back to you during breaks in my trial. Thanks, Mark." It should surprise no one that Nelson chose not to print my quote for Mr. Sadin even though he directed his close colleague to contact me for a quote after receiving presumably an unsatisfactory response from me. If Nelson keeps on spreading lies like Pinocchio, his nose is going to get so big that it will need suspenders to keep it from drooping. Mark Shaw.
Ed Brill March 22, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Has anyone in any political campaign anywhere ever seen a campaign manager criticize a journalist on such a personal and profane level publicly?
Mark L. Shaw March 22, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Mr. Brill's comment assumes that Jacob Nelson is a "journalist". If Mr. Brill's definition of a "journalist" is measured by the standards applied to legends like Edward R. Murrow, Chet Huntley, David Brinkley, Walter Cronkite, Robin McNeil, or Jim Lehrer, then Mr. Nelson is not a "journalist". If Mr. Brill's definition of a "journalist" is measured by the standards applied to agenda-driven partisans like Al Sharpton, Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O'Donnell, Ed Schultz, Chris Matthews, Ariana Huffington, Glen Beck, Sean Hannity, or Rush Limbaugh, then I guess we know where Mr. Brill is coming from. For the record, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod, Newt Gingrich and Karl Rove have been masters at attacking "journalists" with which they disagree. Mark Shaw, Chairman, West Deerfield Township Republican Organization.
Bevis Fitzwilliam III March 22, 2012 at 06:04 PM
LOL KiLLeR Pinocchio line, MarkyBoy!!! I look forward to subscribing to this "propaganda pamphlet" of yours, esp if it's just as loaded with more of your classic sCoRcHiNg ZiNgErS!!!!!!!!! :P I"M LOVIN IT!!!!
John Russillo March 22, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Ah, yes. Scream so loud about unfair reporting that people will forget what your candidate was accused of. Didn't work for Newt vs. John King either.
Mark L. Shaw March 22, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Mr. Russillo: Your comment makes no sense when read in context with the dialogue between Mr. Brill and me about the definition of a "journalist". As for complaints about unfair reporting, a simple review of my comments about Mr. Steve Sadin's coverage versus Mr. Jacob Nelson's coverage of the Turelli/Neerhof race demonstrates the distinction between Mr. Sadin's "journalist[ic]" credentials versus Mr. Nelson's agenda-driven "propaganda" credentials (i.e., Edward R. Murrow/Walter Cronkite versus Al Sharpton/Rush Limbaugh). Mark Shaw.
Jim Powers March 22, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Mark, may I suggest putting any future comments together in a letter to the editor. Thanks, Jim.
Mark L. Shaw March 22, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Mr. Powers: Unfortunately, a letter to the "Editor" of the Highland Park Patch would presumably be directed to Mr. Jacob Nelson. Given Mr. Nelson's propsensity to defame and outright lie about, and to, the subjects of his propaganda pamphlet, I cannot guarantee that what I say will be fairly and accurately reported by the "Editor" of the Highland Park Patch. As a result, the only way I can make sure that what I say is fairly and accurately reported without being filtered by Mr. Nelson is to comment on Mr. Nelson's propaganda pamphleteering or speak personally to Mr. Steve Sadin. Sorry, Jim, but Mr. Nelson just cannot be trusted with the truth. Maybe he should speak with his colleague, Mr. Sadin, about what it means to be a true "journalist". If he can master that definition and put it into practice, then maybe I will give him the same respect that I give to Mr. Sadin. Mark Shaw
John Russillo March 22, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Nevertheless, shifting the focus is exactly what you're trying to do. Falsifying credentials has taken down many a candidate. Hopefully the voters in the general election will continue to seek the truth. "It was her understanding that she completed the requirements for a degree," Shaw said. "There's no diploma you hang on your wall." Really? You expect the intelligent voters of the district to believe that she thought she received a degree without receiving any official documentation? Come on now. Who's being ridiculous now.
Mark L. Shaw March 22, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Mr. Russillo: You have no idea what you are talking about. You readily accept without question the defamatory propaganda Dr. Neerhof's campaign peddled to Nelson to try to destroy the sterling reputation of a fine public servant. I told Nelson in February that Turelli did not lie about her impeccable record. I told Nelson that Turelli attended the Univeristy of Cambridge nearly 20 years ago to get a Ph.D. In so doing, Turelli successfully completed the coursework, residency, thesis, and oral examination requirements to obtain a Masters of Philosophy ("MPhil"). After successfully completing the MPhil,, Turelli decided to discontinue her Ph.D. studies and return to the U.S. Turelli did not participate in a formal ceremony after completing the MPhil because she would have had to return to the U.K. 8 to 9 months later to do so. Therefore, Turelli never personally received a formal certificate of completion. In addition, Turelli never received formal transcripts from Cambridge because it operated on a "Pass/Fail" basis and generated no transcripts. Turelli sought documentation of her accomplishments several years ago, but was advised it was unavailable and was told that "she should assume she had the MPhil until someone told her she had not". For Turelli to definitively prove what she accomplished nearly 20 years ago, she will have to travel to the U.K. and dig through the "paper" archives of her respective college at Cambridge.
John Russillo March 22, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Well I suggest that she do exactly that or at least produce a letter from the University stating such. Do you have such a document? That would go quite a ways to restoring her fine reputation. I cannot imagine a major international university saying she "should assume she had the MPhil until someone told her she had not". When something smells wrong, it's usually wrong.
Mark L. Shaw March 22, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Turelli did complete the MPhil requirements and Nelson was told all of this by me. In addition, Nelson was told that the "Jesse White issue", was a non-story because Turelli NEVER falsely claimed an endorsement by Jesse White. I told Nelson that White, a Democrat for whom I have a lot of respect, is a personal friend of West Deerfield Township Trustee, Marc Brown. Brown was a member of the West Deerfield Township Independent Party "slate of candidates" running in 2009 against the Democrat slate. I told Nelson that White told Brown he could use his name in support of the Independent "slate of candidates", just like he allegedly did for one of the Shields Township slates of candidates in the same election. Then-Congressman Mark Kirk lent the same support to our "Independent slate". Turelli NEVER said that Jesse White ENDORSED LAUREN TURELLI, PER SE, FOR SUPERVISOR FOR WEST DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP. This propaganda was dreamed up by Turelli's Democrat opponents, Julie Morrison and Karen May, to stop Turelli from cleaning the swamp in West Deerfield and Springfield. Nelson was told this by me. Nelson ignored what I told him and didn't bother to even write what I told him. At least he could have quoted me and then said he didn't believe me. Instead, Nelson wrote an agenda-driven article presumably to malign the sterling reputation of a fine public servant. As such, Nelson defamed Turelli with "actual malice" and hopefully will be called upon to pay for his cowardice. Mark L. Shaw, Esq.
John Russillo March 22, 2012 at 11:12 PM
And Ed, the answer to your question is an emphatic NO! If my candidate had just won a primary, I'd be talking up her platform and setting the stage for the general election. This "strategy" is weird.
Mark L. Shaw March 22, 2012 at 11:14 PM
As a postcript, readers of this comment should ask themselves three questions. First, if Lauren Turelli lied about her educational credentials, why hasn't the University of Cambridge taken legal action against her for her alleged lies? Second, if Lauren Turelli lied about her educational credentials and her endorsements, why was she endorsed by the Chicago Tribune (in 2010 and 2012), the Daily Herald (in 2012), the Pioneer Press (in 2010), the Chamber of Commerce (in 2010), the Illinois Realtors Association-PAC (2012), and the Tax Accountability-PAC (in 2012) for State Representative? Third, if Lauren Turelli lied about her educational credentials and her endorsements, why did the voters provide her with an approximate 6.5% victory margin on Tueday? Maybe because it is not Lauren Turelli who is spreading lies, but Jacob Nelson and Lauren Turelli's political opponents. Mark Shaw, Chairman, West Deerfield Township Republican Organization.
Mark L. Shaw March 22, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Mr. Russillo: Now who is shifting the debate? This whole string of comments has been about whether or not Jacob Nelson can be trusted as an objective journalist. Since you cannot defend him, you lash out at Mrs. Turelli without having any idea of what you are talking about. So much for intelligence and open-mindedness. Mrs. Turelli is one of the finest public servants I have ever known and only wanted to get involved and make a difference in Springfield by supporting legislation to bring jobs back to Illinois, reversing the jobs-killing tax increases rammed down the voters' mouths by the Democrats, shoring up and reforming our scandal-laden public pension system, reforming education, and restoring some dignity to the Land of Lincoln. Given the malicious atatcks she has had to weather, it is no wonder we can't find anymore "Mr[s]. Smith['s to] go[] to Washington", or Springfield, for that matter. Mark Shaw
John Russillo March 23, 2012 at 12:02 AM
I have no intention of defending Mr. Nelson. I am also not "lashing out" at Mrs. Turelli. I am exercising my right as a voter by questioning the credentials of one of the candidates. Just because YOU say something is so doesn't make it so. Falsifying credentials is a serious accusation. If I were you I would want this put to bed ASAP and get on with the business of the campaign. But you aren't doing that, are you. YOU are lashing out at the media in some bizarre attempt to claim media bias. So follow your own advice and bring the attention back to the candidate and the task at hand. Maybe the issue will just go away, but if it doesn't you only have yourself to blame.
John Russillo March 23, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Actually, thank you for bringing this up because after further review your story still doesn't make sense. Read the letter dated 1/23/12 from Cambridge University in the referenced story. It states "Lauren Mary Grabowski was UNSUCCESSFUL in her studies and withdrew in February 1995 without gaining ANY QUALIFICATION from this institution." Not towards the PhD. Towards the MPhil. If you have documentation from the University that disputes this, then I would encourage you to produce it.
John Russillo March 23, 2012 at 12:17 AM
And if indeed she is convinced that she earned the MPhil, why did she remove it from her LinkedIn profile and Facebook page? It now just says that she "studied international relations" at Cambridge.
Mark L. Shaw March 23, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Documentation was provided to the Pioneer Press for their recent article on this issue. Please read their article for a better understanding of the issue. Mark Shaw.
John Russillo March 23, 2012 at 01:41 AM
If you're talking about the March 13th article I see no documentation just a request to produce some. Is there another article?
John Russillo March 23, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Mrs. Turelli also states in that article that she stopped citing the Cambridge degree in 2009 but we know that is not true because it was in her LinkedIn profile this year. Still got some 'splainin to do Mr. Shaw.
Mark L. Shaw March 23, 2012 at 02:40 AM
The internet reference was an old entry dating back to 2009. If you were a true "journalist", you would complete your research on an issue before blathering on in a "tit for tat" debate in cyberspace. By the way, you neglected to reveal to the readers that you write for the Highland Patch too -- instead claiming you are just a concerned voter who has no interest in defending Mr. Nelson. I guess that means you lied about your true identity, and/or motivations in attacking Mrs. Turelli, huh? Oh well, just one more duplicitous "reporter" from the Highland Park Patch who is willing to enable Nelson's "Yellow Journalism". It looks like you got the "splainin to do, Mr. Russillo".
John Russillo March 23, 2012 at 02:48 AM
I'm a writer for the HP Patch? Wow, that's very exciting! I've always wanted to be a writer. Nope, wrong again Shaw. And what are you blathering about regarding an "old entry dating back to 2009"? What exactly does that mean? Well, I guess we can all rest assured that Mrs. Turelli's campaign is in good hands. False statements, attacking the media, and now attacking private citizens asking for answers. I guess Karl Rove has spawned a whole new generation of GOP "leaders".
Mark L. Shaw March 23, 2012 at 02:55 AM
And David Axelrod has spawned another accolyte in you.
John Russillo March 23, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Careful, you're insulting my journalistic integrity. LOL.
Mark L. Shaw March 23, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Why is that? I mean Axelrod was a "journalist" before becoming a political hatchet man.
Mother of 4 March 23, 2012 at 11:34 AM
My only comment to all of this is we are all sick of negative campaign strategies. I know so many people who voted for Lauren Turelli not only because she has integrity and character but because the negative campaign Neerhof ran was such a turn off, we failed to know anything about him other than that he was another "basher". We are all sick of it. Good luck Lauren. I am one of many who are looking forward to seeing the good things you can accomplish.
Ed Brill March 23, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Maybe because the evidence of the misrepresentation didn't come out until late in this campaign cycle. And what university sues people for misrepresenting their credentials? The burden of proof, Mr. Shaw, is on you, and so far your arguments here fail to address the quote from the University itself. Maybe you could hire someone in the UK to do the records search. The issue likely won't go away between now and November.
Mark L. Shaw March 23, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Brill: A responsible "journalist" would have printed the other side of the story, as Nelson promised he would do but didn't, before defaming someone. Apparently, you are no better than Nelson. But, what can we expect from a "journalist" from a company that also owns the "yellow" tabloid, The Huffington Post?
Ed Brill March 23, 2012 at 02:29 PM
You've written two dozen responses here but I still don't see what the other side of the story actually is. You wrote that she studied and was given a "trust me" verbal direction from the University that she had completed the studies and earned the degree. The University themselves did not confirm this when contacted by Patch, apparently. The credential used to appear on Turelli's list of accomplishments. Either it was earned or it wasn't. The University says it wasn't.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something