Three incumbents leading in Algonquin
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The three incumbents lead the race for three seats on the Algonquin village board, with 96 percent of precincts reporting in Kane County and 18 of 20 precincts reporting in McHenry County, according to unofficial vote tallies on Tuesday night.
Trustees Robert Smith, Jerry Glogowski and Brian Dianis have been in office for a combined 36 years.
Political newcomer Richard Flynn, a 29-year-old financial adviser, was hoping to oust one of the three incumbents — three, 4-year terms are up for grabs.
Glogowski led with 365 votes, followed by Smith with 344 votes and Dianis with 332 votes. Flynn had 263 votes.
Glogowski and Dianis were both elected in 2005, while Smith is finishing up his 20th year on the board.
Flynn got into local politics last year when his neighborhood successfully fought the village's plan to remove dozens of trees as part of a plan for infrastructure improvements.
His main issue stressed getting the community more involved in village politics and soliciting opinions on development projects.
As for the winners, Dianis wanted to focus on alleviating traffic congestion in the village, which the Western Bypass that's now under construction is intended to help resolve.
Smith said he wanted to help keep the village a safe place to raise a family and make sure people know they have a say in what goes on in the village.
Glogowski was focused on making sure there's a smooth transition in the village manager's office. Longtime Village Manager Bill Ganek retired this year after 21 years with Algonquin, and the village recently hired Tim Schloneger, formerly Lockport's city administrator, to take his place.
Flynn was also the only one of the four to oppose red-light cameras in the village. Algonquin has them at three intersections: routes 31 and 62; Bunker Hill Drive and Randall Road; and Algonquin and Randall roads.
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