Thursday, April 25, 2013
The Will County clerk's office counted the remaining provisional ballots Tuesday morning, but they did not alter the outcome of the April 9 election.
Hundreds of provisional ballots were added to the vote totals on Tuesday, but the outcome didn’t change in two of Plainfield’s closest races. As election night came to a close, Plainfield School District 202 incumbents Rod Westfall and Michelle Smith kept their seats, joined by newcomers Bill Slabich Jr. and William Dargan. Read: Just 104 votes separated Dargan and fellow candidate P. Anne Walchshauser. On Tuesday, provisional, grace period and absentee ballots were counted at the Will County Clerk’s office, but it didn’t change the outcome. Walchshauser picked up an additional 350 votes to Dargan’s 351. In the end, Dargan held onto his lead, which increased to 105 votes. “Of course I would be honored to express my thoughts as an official…
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The retired Will County Sheriff's Office deputy chief said his well-rounded law enforcement background makes him a strong candidate in the March 2014 primary.
Editor's note: Written by Karen Sorensen Nick Ficarello is the first candidate to formally announce plans to run in the 2014 election to succeed Paul Kaupas as Will County sheriff. Ficarello, who retired as a deputy chief in 2009 after working for the sheriff's office for 32 years, released a statement announcing he will be a Republican candidate for the county's top law enforcement job. Candidates cannot start circulating election petitions until November to run in the March 18 primary. According to the release, Ficarello discussed his plans at the April 18 Will County Republican Central Committee meeting. Will County Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas, the current sheriff's second cousin, told the Joliet Herald News that he, too, was at last week's…
Friday, April 12, 2013
That's how many registered voters cast ballots in the April 2013 election, according to the Will County Clerk's Office.
Around 11 percent of registered voters throughout the Plainfield area cast ballots in Tuesday's election, according to data from the Will County Clerk's office. That's lower than the countywide average of 16.84 percent. Sign up for our free, daily e-newsletter. Like Plainfield Patch on Facebook. Of the 44,358 residents registered to vote at all Plainfield-area precincts, only 4,892 voters participated in the election, or 11 percent. That number was under the Will County voter turnout of 16.84 percent, or 66,087 voters out of 392,549 registered. According to county clerk Nancy Schultz Voots, turnout was low across the county, where consolidated elections typically draw about 18 percent of registered voters. Click to see vote totals for …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
A second incumbent, Andrew Mihelich, won election, as did newcomers Tina Markley and Barbara Adams.
Here are the final vote counts for Joliet Junior College District 525 board. Incumbent Andrew "Andy" Mihelich won his re-election bid but fellow incumbent Dan O'Connell did not. Barbara DeLaney did not seek another term. The district includes all or portions of Will, Kendall, Grundy, Cook, Kankakee, LaSalle and Livingston counties.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Rod Westfall and Michelle Smith won re-election, while William Slabich Jr. and William Dargan will join the board.
Five candidates faced off for four open seats on the Plainfield School District Board of Education. In the end, unofficial vote totals show that incumbents Rod Westfall and Michelle Smith will return to the board, while newcomers William Slabich Jr. and Bill Dargan won the two remaining spots. Just more than 100 votes separated Dargan from P. Anne Walchshauser, who did not win a seat on the board. Dargan, a sales manager for Hostess Brands, first ran for the board in 2011. Meanwhile, Slabich, a 12-year resident of Plainfield, made his first run for office. Election results are unofficial until canvassing of votes is completed and absentee, provisional and grace-period ballots are counted later this month. Unofficial Plainfield-area vote …
Incumbent Mayor Mike Collins and trustees Margie Bonuchi, Garrett Peck and Jim Racich held onto their seats.
Four familiar faces will return to Village Hall this spring. With little new blood on the ballot — only one challenger faced off against the three incumbent trustees — voters re-elected Margie Bonuchi, Garrett Peck and Jim Racich, according to unofficial election results. Meanwhile, Mayor Mike Collins officially ran unopposed after an election challenge knocked Michael Lambert off the ballot. Lambert ran as a write-in candidate, but couldn’t garner enough votes to unseat Collins, a veteran of the Illinois State Police and U.S. Air Force. "I'm feeling just excited," Collins said at a post-election gathering at HopScotch & Vine in downtown Plainfield. "Myself and my supporters really wanted to make a statement about the job myself and the …
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Editor's note: Election results will not be official until Tuesday, April 30 when canvassing of votes is completed and after absentee ballots postmarked by midnight, April 8, and provisional and grace period ballots are counted on April 21. Read: It was a big night for Republicans — and incumbents — in Plainfield Tuesday, according to unofficial vote totals. In the Village of Plainfield, incumbent Mayor Mike Collins and trustees Margie Bonuchi, Jim Racich and Garrett Peck won re-election. Collins faced a challenge from write-in candidate Michael Lambert, who was able to snag nearly 20 percent of the vote, but it wasn't enough to unseat the mayor. Sign up for the Plainfield Patch newsletter In Plainfield School District, incumbents …
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Thursday, April 4, 2013
Plainfield District 202 candidates share their views on funding, school safety and Common Core Standards.
This month, five candidates are vying for four spots on the District 202 Board of Education. On Monday night, they participated in a forum to share their views on everything from education funding to school safety, charter schools and the state’s new Common Core Standards. Watch the full video of the forum in our player above, and check out our additional coverage here. The following candidates are seeking election: Monday night’s event was hosted by District 202’s committee for the Coordination of Administration and Parents Groups for Educational Efficiency (CAPE) at the district administration center. Related: Get informed before April 9 - Election Central Plainfield: 2013 Spring Elections Sign up for the Plainfield Patch newsletter Like…
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Thursday, April 4
In response to Karen Sorensen’s article JJC May Shut Fitness Center to Help Close $1 Million Budget Deficit: What I have been saying for two years is now front and center. Building so many buildings so quickly, the annual budget of JJC cannot absorb the operating and maintenance costs without serious growing pains. Since 80 percent of the annual budget is staffing costs, when in trouble, that’s the easiest and among the only thing to cut. JJC has cut staff over the last year by attrition and by eliminating positions. That reduces services and programs. At the same time, a tuition increase is planned to pay for a new Multipurpose building, which primarily is to hold graduations-$21.55/credit hour increase if they did it all at once. …