Friday, February 22, 2013
Only one Will County Board member voted against Shawn Walsh, who had been nominated by his father, Will County Executive Larry Walsh.
With only one dissenting vote, Shawn Walsh was selected to be Will County's new regional superintendent of schools. Walsh, who had been the assistant regional superintendent, was the only applicant for the job. He was nominated by his father, Will County Executive Larry Walsh, to succeed Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, who was elected a state senator in November. The Will County Board concurred with Walsh's recommendation, with only board member Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) voting in opposition, according to a story in the Joliet Herald News. (Naperville board member Chuck Maher passed on voting.) “Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should do something,” McDermed told the newspaper. Shawn Walsh, of Elwood, said he will complete …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
A special prosecutor brought in to try Will County Board member Steve Wilhelmi's son for battery dropped the case but is still going after two pals of the young man. The fathers of these two men are not on the county board.
When Will County Board member Steve Wilhelmi's son was first arrested for allegedly whipping a man with his belt, he only faced charges of misdemeanor battery and mob action. Then the mob action charge went away, and now he's charged with nothing. A special prosecutor called in to try Wilhelmi's 21-year-old son, Alex Wilhelmi of 1108 Taylor St., Joliet, dropped the case Thursday morning. But David Neal of the Special Prosecution Unit of the State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor's office is still going after the two men arrested along with Alex Wilhelmi on July 1. Daniel Duffy, 23, of 503 Wilcox St. faces a charge of battery and Manuel Borrego, 24, of 319 Hunter Ave. is up for both battery and drunken driving. Duffy and Borrego do not have…
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
How Will County voted for county board seats, county positions and state and national races.
Circuit Clerk: Incumbent and Democrat Pam McGuire was re-elected, taking in 139,036 votes. Her opponent, Republican Marlene Carlson received 101,947 votes. Recorder of Deeds: It was a close race all night for this county position. Republican challenger Laurie McPhillips held the position before current Recorder Karen A. Stukel. Stukel, a Democrat, was re-elected with 125,140 votes. McPhillips earned 114,912 votes. Auditor: This one was also close. Incumbent and Democrat Duffy Blackburn was narrowly re-elected over Republican challenger Mark Batinick. Blackburn had 120,684 votes; Batinick received 113,414 votes. Coroner: In one of the most commanding leads of a county seat, incumbent and Democrat Patrick K. O'Neil led Republican …
Friday, September 21, 2012
Two Republicans and one Democrat are hoping to snag two open seats on the new, 26-member Will County Board.
Three Will County Board candidates found themselves campaigning on their home turf during the Grand Haven active adult community’s Sept. 20 election event. Republicans Liz Collins and Tim Kraulidis and Democrat Mark Ferry are running for the county’s new District 13 seats. Last summer, the current board voted on what was called a “compromise” reapportionment plan, which split Will County into 13 districts, instead of the previous nine, and reduce the number of board members by one. The new District 13 includes the Grand Haven community, along with portions of the Lakewood Falls subdivision in unincorporated Will County, Carillon and parts of Joliet, Crest Hill and Plainfield. Democrat Ferry, a Plainfield Township resident for 36 years, was…
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Will County resident has created a site where county meetings and others can viewed by computer.
Dear Editor; I have created a YouTube site on which viewers can watch videos from Will County meetings at their leisure: http://www.youtube.com/user/wcvideos1 Among the meetings being taped are the Will County Board and committee meetings, Planning and Zoning Comission, Land Use Committee, Northern Will County Water Agency and the Lockport Township Fire District Board of Trustees. Grant Spooner Lockport
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
If elected, Will County board contender Reed Bible said he will return 10 percent of his pay back to the county.
It’s no secret that, despite some signs of an economic rebound, times are still tough in Will County. One candidate said he’s planning to do his part to give back to the community if voters choose him in the November election. Plainfield resident Reed Bible wants to represent the newly redrawn District 5 on the Will County board. He’s facing Republican incumbents Lee Ann Goodson and John Argoudelis on the Nov. 6 ballot — and only two will win seats on the board. Bible, who has lived in Plainfield for the past decade, said this is his first run for polticial office. “I’ve always been politically oriented,” he said. “I always was interested in social justice issues and had an eye on local politics.” But as a federal employee — Bible served …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Eight candidates were removed from the ballot in July; decision was upheld last month by the Will County Circuit Court.
Will County Democratic Party Chairman Scott Pyles said he still hopes to get six candidates back on the November ballot, despite a circuit court ruling upholding their removal. Will County Republicans filed a complaint alleging that party leaders filled ballot vacancies at a meeting without giving precinct committeemen adequate notice of the meeting. Eight candidates were designated to fill spots on the November ballot in districts where no Democrats had run in the March primary. Will County Democratic Party Chairman Scott Pyles claimed the meeting was part of the Will County Democratic Convention, which was held April 18 and reconvened May 9. In July, the Will County Electoral Board voted 2-1 to remove the candidates from the ballot, …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Eight candidates, including Reed Bible and Irene Garcia-Wittke of Plainfield, were booted after electoral board decision Tuesday.
Eight Democratic Will County Board candidates were removed from the November election ballot Tuesday, thanks to a 2-1 decision from the Will County Electoral Board. Will County Democrats Chairman Scott Pyles said several objections were filed against Democratic candidates, alleging that precinct committeemen weren’t given adequate notice of meetings at which ballot vacancies were filled. “[The electoral board’s] decision is contrary to the evidence presented at the hearing,” Pyles said of Tuesday’s events. “There’s not going to be any choices for voters on election day if the decision stands,” Pyles added, saying he plans to file appeals. “I’m hoping to have them on file by the end of the day,” Pyles said Wednesday. Candidates who were …
Friday, July 20, 2012
Ordinance change means residents in some unincorporated areas can apply for a special permit for backyard chicken coops.
Monday, October 3, 2011
Mike Costello says he wants to be more involved in local government and believes his civil engineering skills would enhance his ability to serve the district.
Political newcomer Mike Costello is collecting signatures to run for a Will County Board District 5 seat in the March 20, 2012, election. Costello, 29, is an Oak Forest native who has lived in Plainfield since 2005. He said his reasons for running are two-fold: A desire to get more involved in local government and the belief that his civil engineering skills can be beneficial to the board. "There is not a single issue that I am running on," he said. "I've long had an interest in learning how government works, and I'm ready to get more involved in that. "I'm not so much critical of the board, this isn't a vote-one-guy-in-and-the-other-guy-out situation. ... I do think I have a good skill set that will help the board priortize where the …