My name is Carlos Ballesteros. I'm an investigative reporter in Chicago with Injustice Watch.
I'm reaching out to this forum in the hopes that you could help me answer some questions about a judicial candidate I'm researching ahead of next month's primary election.
The candidate in question is a notary public, but I found public records in which he's shown as both the notary and as the party taking limited power of attorney over certain properties.
From my reading of the IL Notary Public Handbook, it seems like this isn't allowed... but my question for you all: Is this typical? Do notaries usually notarize documents in which they take limited POA even though it's technically not allowed? I'm trying to understand the gravity of the situation.
I appreciate all answers, but especially those with experience in Chicago and Illinois.