Tuesday, April 9, 2013
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 …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
The century-old Carey house has a date with the wrecking ball.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The Carey family hopes they’ll have better luck selling their property without the home, which has fallen into disrepair.
Now that the Route 59 “Vision for Division” study is finished, Thomas Carey hoped to have his answer on Monday night. He got it when Mayor Mike Collins broke the village board’s tie, voting to allow his family to tear down their aging home at 14927 S. Division St. (Route 59). Carey said his mother, now age 91 and in poor health, has long been trying to sell the property. The family hopes that by demolishing the structurally unsound home, they’ll have better luck attracting a buyer. “This has been a burden for her for a long time,” Carey said, summing up his reaction to Collins’ decision in one word: “Relieved.” Opinion was split on the board of trustees, with Margie Bonuchi, Garrett Peck and Bill Lamb voting against demolition and Jim …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Mayor Mike Collins is seeking a second term as mayor; Michael Lambert is now running as a write-in.
Mike Collins took office in 2009 after previously serving as a village trustee from 1999 to 2007. He also served as a Plainfield Township Fire Protection District trustee from 1989 to 1999. Collins is a lifelong Plainfield resident and a graduate of Plainfield High School and Joliet Junior College. He served in the United States Air Force from 1964 to 1968 and was a Plainfield police officer from 1968 to 1969. He worked for the Illinois State Police from 1969 to 1998. Local architect and historian Michael Lambert was removed from the ballot after an election challenge but has filed to run as a write-in candidate. Early voting begins March 25. Election Day is April 9. Interesting stories relevant to the April 2013 mayoral election. Join …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Plainfield Rotary Club fundraiser will also feature appearances by Roger Claar of Bolingbrook and Rick Chapman of Shorewood.
Plainfield Mayor Mike Collins will hit the links for a good cause during the Mayor's Cup charity golf outing, set for Thursday, May 23, at the Bolingbrook Golf Club, 2001 Rodeo Dr., Bolingbrook. Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar and Rick Chapman of Shorewood are also set to compete at the event, which will raise money for the Plainfield Rotary Club's philanthropic endeavors, including scholarship and community programs. New to this year's Mayor's Cup is a helicopter golf ball drop, where raffle winners will be determined as a helicopter drops numbered golf balls from the sky. Tickets for the helicopter drop raffle are $10 each, $20 for three and $50 for 10. The first-place winner will receive $1,000, second prize is $500 and third-place is $…
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
A Jan. 11 hearing will determine whether three village candidates will stay on the April 9 ballot. A Jan. 15 date was set to hearing objections to the petitions of three library board candidates.
Mayor Mike Collins, challenger Michael Lambert and Plainfield village trustee candidate Mike Guinta will get the chance to defend their right to stay on the April 9 election ballot this Friday. Three separate hearings are scheduled for Jan. 11 to address objections to the candidates’ nominating petitions. Get Plainfield news delivered straight to your inbox – sign up for the Plainfield Patch newsletter. Collins faces a challenge from Plainfield resident John Ledvina, who claims that the mayor’s statement of candidacy omits language that states that Collins was known to the person who certified the nominating forms — which could lead to potential fraud, according to the complaint. Meanwhile, village resident Jeffrey Schmitt is objecting to …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Objections were filed Thursday in attempts to oust Collins, Lambert and Guinta from the ballot.
Both candidates for village president are facing challenges from Plainfield residents who say their nominating petitions for the April 9, 2013 election don’t pass muster. John Ledvina, a resident of the 11000 block of Chesapeake Drive, is challenging Mayor Mike Collins’ statement of candidacy, saying the form filed by the incumbent village present omits language that states that the candidate is “personally known to” the certifying officer. Collins didn’t return a call from Patch over the weekend. Get Plainfield news delivered straight to your inbox – sign up for the Patch newsletter. Ledvina’s objection asserts that the omission “results in a situation whereby a local election official, local election authority, objectors or electoral …
Monday, October 1, 2012
Michael Doornbosch officially joined the Plainfield Police Department on Sept. 24.
Monday, October 1, 2012
Village President Michael Collins (right) swears in Plainfield's newest police officer, Michael Doornbosch, at the village board's special meeting on Sept. 24.
Friday, September 28, 2012
So far, two trustees and current Mayor Mike Collins have picked up nominating petitions at Village Hall.
As of Thursday afternoon, current Village of Plainfield trustees Margie Bonuchi and Jim Racich and Mayor Mike Collins were the only candidates to pick up nominating petitions at Village Hall for the April 9, 2013 consolidated election. Trustee Garrett Peck, whose term also expires next spring, had not picked up a packet as of Thursday, according to Village Clerk Michelle Gibas. While the village board race is nonpartisan, Republican Peck is running against Democrat Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant to represent the new 49th District in the State Senate in the Nov. 6 election. Gibas noted that while only the three incumbents have taken out petitions at Village Hall, that's not the only way a candidate can obtain nominating petition forms. The …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The grant-funded project will include a 10-foot-wide, 192-foot walkway linking the east and west sides of downtown Plainfield.
Village officials, members of the Plainfield Riverfront Foundation, State Rep. Tom Cross, R-Oswego, and Will County Board member Lee Ann Goodson tossed shovels full of dirt to officially kick off the long-awaited Lockport Street pedestrian bridge project. Funded by a $1 million Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity grant, the bridge will feature a 10-foot-wide, ADA-compliant walkway, linking the east and west sides of town from James Street to Countryman Drive. The project will also include decorative street lighting from Village Center Drive near Village Hall to Main Street. "This bridge has been a long time coming," Mayor Mike Collins said. "We're really happy about it." The bridge is scheduled to be completed by Dec…