New College of DuPage trustees promise reform, independent thought
The College of DuPage board of trustees is set for an overhaul this spring when three new members take their seats.
The “clean slate” candidates, as they called themselves, promised a fiscal overhaul of the troubled college, bolstered by the board majority they pledged to create with Vice Chairman Kathy Hamilton.
Deanne Mazzochi, Frank Napolitano and Charles Bernstein claimed victory in Tuesday’s election. They won out over nine other candidates for the board at the Glen Ellyn-based community college. Mazzochi and Napolitano secured 20 and 16 percent of the votes, respectively, while Bernstein edged out former state Rep. Sandra Pihos by less than 1 percentage point for the last open spot, according to unofficial results. The three ran as a joint effort, backed by Hamilton.
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Opinion: Voters go for a little spring cleaning
You could almost smell the Pine Sol in the air on Tuesday.
Turns out Election Day provided an opportunity for a little spring cleaning in at least a couple local school districts.
Over in Oswego, three newbies got the highest number of votes for Community Unit School District 308, dusting off a trio of board incumbents, including President Bill Walsh, who didn’t have a whiff of a chance after he was forced to run as a write-in following a petition challenge that led to his name being removed from the ballot.
Likewise, over on Aurora’s East Side, voters swept away the only two incumbents on the District 131 ballot, including the board president who, with 10.1 percent of the votes, came in sixth out of nine.
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New Oswego village president, trustees ready to begin work
Oswego Village President-Elect Gail Johnson intends to bring her style of leadership to the office, one she described as open and collaborative.
“I am a straight-shooter and tell it like it is,” Johnson said.”I will continue to do that in office. It might not always be what someone wants to hear, but I can promise it will always be the truth.”
Johnson defeated opponent Tony Giles in a close race for village president in the April 7 election, a race between two sitting village trustees completing their first and second terms, respectively.
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Naperville elections, West Aurora tax hike boost voter turnout
This week’s local elections did not draw throngs of voters to the polls, unofficial election results indicate. However, Naperville’s participation exceeded neighboring communities in the consolidated contests that were decided Tuesday.
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Three new board members for District 308 hope to improve communication
Three new members will be seated to the Community Unit School District 308 School Board in the coming weeks.
Brad Banks, Lauri Doyle and Jared Ploger didn’t run together, but they supported one another in Tuesday’s race and had similar platforms that called for better communication between district officials and parents, staff and residents.
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Four new faces for East Aurora School Board
When the four new members of the East Aurora School Board are seated in early May, they’ll have a lot to tackle.
There’s summer construction projects to consider, a facility study in the works and a teachers contract that expires in June.
A new budget has to be adopted for the coming school year, state funding is still questionable and there’s the possibility of refinancing the district’s long-term debt.
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Aurora’s 5th Ward City Council race not over yet
Not only is the 5th Ward aldermanic race in Aurora not over yet, it likely will not be over for at least two weeks.
The race between Carl Franco and Steve Solarz right now is a difference of 23 votes, with Franco on the winning end. As of Wednesday afternoon, Franco had 1,121 votes and Solarz, 1,098.
But there are still some outstanding votes – absentee, provisional and grace period ballots – to be counted.
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Heinz gets eighth term on Montgomery Village Board
The incumbents were re-elected Tuesday to the Montgomery Village Board, and nobody in a way is more of an incumbent than Pete Heinz.
Heinz was elected to his eighth term on the board, village officials said.
Along with Heinz, voters also gave incumbents Stan Bond and Doug Marecek the nod to keep serving on the board. Newcomer Will Nanzer was also on the ballot, but fell short of election. Bond earned 31 percent of the vote, Marecek 29 percent, Heinz almost 28 percent and Nanzer 12 percent.
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Slim lead divides Franco, Solarz in Aurora 5th Ward City Council race
It appears the face of the Aurora City Council will not change much due to Tuesday’s election.
With six City Council seats up, three incumbents faced no opposition, one incumbent held a prohibitive lead and another was leading, according to unofficial results Tuesday evening.
The only change for sure will be in the 5th Ward, where no incumbent was running. According to unofficial results from the Aurora Election Commission, with all 14 precincts reporting, Carl Franco, a retired air traffic controller, held a slim 50.5 percent to 49.5 percent lead over businessman Steve Solarz.
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West Aurora declares victory in referendum vote
West Aurora School District will be making significant improvements to schools in the coming years after voters on Tuesday backed an $84.2 million borrowing plan to finance building projects.
With 50 of 51 precincts reporting, 61 percent of voters approved the borrowing plan, according to unofficial vote totals late Tuesday.
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Mervine, Franco capture Aurora council seats
In the city’s 5th Ward, retired air traffic controller Carl Franco successfully claimed the council seat held by Alderman John “Whitey” Peters, who did not seek re-election for the first time since 2003. Before that, Peters served 26 years as the Aurora Township clerk.
With all 14 precincts reporting, unofficial results show Franco defeating human relations consultant Steve Solarz 964 votes to 928.
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Incumbents sweep all three seats in North Aurora
Incumbents have won the three seats up for grabs on the North Aurora village board.
With all 10 precincts in town reporting, unofficial results show Mark Guethle and Laura Curtis were handily re-elected, while Mark Carroll retains the seat he was appointed to nearly a year ago to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of Ryan Lambert. Guethle served from 2003 to 2005, ran for village president and lost, but was re-elected to the board in 2009. Curtis has been on the board since 2011.
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Residents approve District 129’s $84.2M referendum
Residents on Tuesday night approved West Aurora School District 129’s $84.2 million building bond referendum.
According to unofficial results, 3,138 residents voted yes, while 2,072 residents voted no.
The proposed list of projects includes constructing a four-classroom addition at Fearn Elementary School in North Aurora in order to eliminate two mobile classrooms at the school. The estimated cost of the addition is $1.4 million.
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Guethle, Curtis re-elected to North Aurora Village Board
Incumbent Trustees Mark Guethle and Laura Curtis were re-elected Tuesday night to the North Aurora Village Board.
In addition, Trustee Mark Carroll won election to the board, after being appointed to the board in May. According to unofficial results, Guethle received 1,203 votes, followed by Curtis with 957 votes and Carroll with 910 votes. Challenger Allen Cavender received 568 votes, and challenger Anise Hesson received 527 votes.
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Oliver, Kelsey secure terms on WCC board
Incumbent Rebecca Oliver held a strong lead over the others running for the Waubonsee Community College Board, according to unofficial election results Tuesday.
Oliver received 12,848 votes across five counties – Kane, Kendall, DeKalb, LaSalle and Will – and the Aurora Election Commission, securing her one of the two six-year terms.
Patrick Kelsey garnered 9,513 votes, more than enough to secure the second seat, results showed. Of the total, he earned about 4,100 votes with Kane County voters.
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