Implementation of Five Districts Coincides with the Next Mayoral Election
On Wednesday, April 13, DuPage Circuit Judge Bonnie Wheaton entered a court ruling that implements districts in the City of Naperville with the 2015 consolidated election. Judge Wheaton's ruling is based on state of Illinois election law directing district system implementation to coincide with the next mayoral election, scheduled for 2015.
On Nov. 2, 2010, voters approved a binding public referendum question that established a new form of government for the city whereby five council members will be elected by districts and three will be elected at-large. Since candidates for the April 2011 election were required to submit their nomination papers before the referendum results were certified, it was impossible to implement the referendum with the 2011 election.
On Nov. 17, 2010, Judge Wheaton agreed that the referendum could not be implemented by April 2011 and gave interested parties an opportunity to participate in the case on the question of implementation for 2013 or 2015.
The Naperville Voter Education League filed a brief earlier this year requesting the referendum be implemented by the 2013 election. On Wednesday, Judge Wheaton agreed with the city and the DuPage Election Commission and ruled that the law requires implementation in 2015.
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