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updated: 4/11/2014 4:26 PM

Elgin accepting applications for council seat

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The Elgin City Council is accepting applications to fill a vacant seat that expires in April 2015.

Qualifications include being a registered voter, a resident of Elgin for at least one year, not owing taxes or other bills to the city, and not having been convicted of any "infamous crime," bribery, perjury or other felony.

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Applications are available at the city clerk's office at city hall, 150 Dexter Court, or at cityofelgin.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1198. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. April 21.

The city council will review the applications in closed session at its next meeting April 23, and decide how to proceed, Elgin Mayor David Kaptain said.

"We have no idea if we will get five or 50 or 500 (applications)," he said.

The council voted in closed session Wednesday to solicit applications to fill the seat, although it was not a unanimous vote.

Kaptain voted in favor. "I had people come up to me and say, 'You need to fill it.' Whether we find somebody or not, it will be up to the council."

Former councilwoman Anna Moeller resigned her seat March 30 when she was sworn in as state representative for the 43rd House District. She replaced former state representative Keith Farnham, who resigned amid a federal investigation.

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