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  • Dozens of school board candidates file in DuPage Dec 15, 2014 10:43 AM
    Jennifer Planson admits she was expecting to find “a ton of people and chaos” on Monday morning when she filed her nomination papers seeking re-election to the Hinsdale Township High School District 86 school board. The incumbent from Willowbrook discovered neither scenario was the case when school board candidates filed for the first time at the DuPage County Election Commission office in Wheaton. “It was well organized,” Planson said.

  • Slow start in DuPage mayoral races Dec 15, 2014 5:59 PM
    The race for several mayoral seats got off to a slow start Monday in DuPage County, with no candidates emerging to challenge incumbents in Carol Stream and Wood Dale and only one so far in Oak Brook. The filing period for mayor as well as city councils, school boards, park boards, library boards and other elected posts continues through Dec. 22 to set the ballot for the April election. Here’s a quick look at what’s happening in races for mayor:

  • Four candidates file for three seats in Island Lake Dec 15, 2014 12:07 PM
    Four candidates filed for three seats on Island Lake’s village board on Monday. Incumbent Thea Morris will seek a second, 4-year term on the board. Incumbent John Burke will run as a team with newcomer Sandy Hartogh and fire and police commission member Debra Jenkins.

  • All sorts of trouble with our local elections Dec 14, 2014 5:01 AM
    Name a problem, our local elections have it: Low turnout. Too many offices. Too few candidates. Bad timing. And now, says DuPage/Fox Valley News Director Jim Davis, hordes of school board candidates have to file in far fewer places.

  • Sleepy Hollow again considers seeking tax increase Dec 12, 2014 10:19 AM
    Sleepy Hollow is likely to againask residents to approve a property tax hike in April. In November, voters overwhelmingly rejected the village’s request for an 82 percent property tax increase that would have nearly doubled what they now pay.

  • Two veteran Mundelein trustees say they won’t run for re-election Dec 12, 2014 4:09 PM
    Two of Mundelein's longest-serving village trustees won't seek re-election in April. Neither Ed Sullivan nor Terri Voss will run again, leaving their posts open for newcomers.

  • Illinois governors have filled 16 vacancies since 1848 Dec 11, 2014 4:52 PM
    Illinois governors have filled 16 vacancies in statewide offices since 1848. None is as unusual as the one left this week by the death of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.

  • Memorial service for Topinka set for Wednesday Dec 11, 2014 5:26 PM
    A public memorial service for late Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is scheduled for next week. The comptroller’s office says the memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Operating Engineers’ Local 150 headquarters in Countryside.

  • Approved state checks limited after Topinka’s death Dec 11, 2014 5:27 PM
    As state officials contemplate replacing late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, the clock is running down for those dependent on the checks the office issues. There are a limited number of checks she approved before her death, raising the specter of a possible funding gap for schools and social service agencies should a successor not be chosen quickly.

  • Images: Judy Baar Topinka through the years Dec 10, 2014 8:53 AM
    Images of Judy Baar Topkina through the years. The Illinois comptroller died early Wednesday. She was 70.

  • Battle lines drawn in Campton Hills election challenge Dec 10, 2014 5:30 AM
    A Campton Hills electoral board set rules and procedures Tueday night for a challenge to the nominating petitions of Harry Blecker, who is running for village president, and three people running for trustee. Village President Patsy Smith challenged the petitions. The board will met Friday to set a date to hear testimony and consider evidence and legal arguments. The earliest that can happen is after Dec. 19, when attorneys are done submitting legal papers.

  • Judy Baar Topinka remembered as good-humored truth-teller Dec 11, 2014 5:03 AM
    Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka died early Wednesday, less than 24 hours after having a stroke, according to her office. Tributes have been pouring in since. “Never without her signature sense of humor, Judy was a force of nature,” Gov. Pat Quinn said in a statement.

  • Review court fees to increase Dec 9, 2014 8:50 PM
    For the first time in nearly 60 years, filing fees for reviewing courts in Illinois will increase effective Jan. 1. Petitioners and appellants filing cases in the Supreme and Appellate courts will pay $50 to file instead of $25.

  • Objection filed against Hoffman Estates candidate Dec 9, 2014 5:50 PM
    An objection has been filed to the candidacy of first-time Hoffman Estates village trustee hopeful Prajesh “Pat” Patel, claiming his nominating papers contain invalid signatures and that he is not a registered voter at his listed address. Patel said he expects to prevail when the challenge goes before the village's electoral board next week.

  • Unincorporated resident won’t appear on Naperville mayoral ballot Dec 8, 2014 6:14 PM
    A Naperville mayoral candidate who withdrew from the race late last week will not appear on the April ballot, an election panel ruled Monday. Matthew J. Dubiel is not eligible to appear on the ballot for Naperville mayor because he does not live within the city liits, according to the ruling from the Municipal Officers Electoral Board.

  • Scifert to remain on Elgin ballot, board rules Dec 8, 2014 2:51 PM
    Elgin City Council hopeful Kyle Scifert can remain on the April 7 election ballot, an electoral board ruled Monday. Scifert admitted he wrote “April 7” where he should have written “Feb. 24." “Attempting to strike a candidate off the ballot in which over 100 voters signed a petition to put him on is the very definition of tearing at the fabric of the most basic form of democracy,” he said.

  • Bogusz shouldn’t try to build dynasty Dec 8, 2014 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: Matt Bogusz should stay out of trying to influence the aldermanic elections, advises William McNutt of Des Plaines.

  • Matthew Dubiel drops out of Naperville mayor race Dec 5, 2014 6:21 PM
    One of Naperville’s five mayoral candidates, Matthew Dubiel, announced late Friday that he is dropping out of the race. In a statement sent by email, Dubiel said he was advised by his attorney “that a legal loophole prevents me from ultimately remaining on the ballot.”

  • More trustee candidates announce campaigns in Wauconda, bringing total to 8 Dec 4, 2014 4:29 PM
    Eight candidates — including four incumbents — now have announced plans to run for seats on the Wauconda village board next year. They’re also splitting into two distinct camps.

  • Should Naperville bookshop pay for Bush visit security? Dec 4, 2014 9:14 AM
    Naperville played host to former president George W. Bush on Monday at a bookstore downtown, and now there are questions about who should foot the bill for police presence required to keep the event safe. With seven uniformed Naperville police officers at the event, a street and a parking lot closed, City council member Doug Krause said “maybe the bookstore should be responsible for the additional cost."

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