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  • Video gambling, roadwork taxes on Tri-Cities ballots Apr 9, 2013 12:00 AM
    Should Sugar Grove have video gambling? Will Blackberry Township residents pay more for road repair and maintenance? And who will oversee how your town, schools, parks and libraries are run? Voters have lots of decisions to make Tuesday.

     
  •  Voters in communities throughout DuPage County on Tuesday will consider a variety of ballot questions, including two questions related to Butler Elementary District 53’s proposal to build a K-8 school on land that belongs to the village of Oak Brook.

    Several DuPage taxing bodies asking for more money Apr 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    Knowing they won't get another chance to ask voters for more money until next year, several government bodies in DuPage County are seeking approval for tax increases in Tuesday's election. A variety of ballot questions will be decided, from Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200's $17.6 million proposal to replace an aging preschool to a proposed sales-tax hike in Winfield.

     
  • Christopher Nelson, left, and Andy Yuscka , right, are candidates in the race for West Dundee Village President in the 2013 Election.

    Change at the top for some northern Fox Valley townsApr 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    There are four contested village president races in the northern Fox Valley on Tuesday and in only one case - in East Dundee - is a sitting village president challenged. Meanwhile, the races in West Dundee, Cary and Lake in the Hills pit a current trustee against either a newcomer or a former trustee.

     
  • West Chicago mayoral candidates are Nicholas Dzierzanowski, left, Ruben Pineda, center, and Wayne Woodward, right.

    DuPage mayoral races guarantee there will be some new facesApr 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    There will be at least six new faces in the mayoral fraternity in DuPage County after voters go to the polls to cast ballots in Tuesday's municipal elections. There's four contested races without an incumbent running, as well as two such uncontested races.

     
  • JR Westberg

    Meet the candidates for Huntley’s village board Apr 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    Huntley voters will have a choice between four candidates for three seats in next week's election. Two of the candidates, Jayant "Jay" Kadakia and John Piwko are familiar faces, while Ronda Goldman and JR Westberg are new to board politics, but active in the community.

     
  • Craig Dresang

    Elgin candidates spar on taxes, budget, arts Apr 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    Elgin City Council candidates Toby Shaw and Craig Dresang disagree on everything from local taxes to the budget surplus, to the arts and downtown development. Dresang believes Elgin's level of taxation is fair, and that the city is on sound financial footing, but he is not in favor of new taxes. Shaw, on the other hand, says the city overtaxes its residents.

     
  • Kevin Geary

    Geary calls out Michels on Sugar Grove contracts, campaign funding Both detail who has given to their campaigns Apr 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    Sugar Grove village president candidate Kevin Geary is calling on his opponent. President Sean Michels, to reveal how much money he has raised for the race, and who it came from, even though quarterly campaign reports are not due until April 15.

     
  • A look at Elgin candidates’ campaign contributions Apr 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    Some candidates in the race for seats on the Elgin City Council reported campaign contributions in late 2012 or 2013 as of Thursday, with two of them reporting loans to their own campaigns. In Elgin, incumbents Richard Dunne and Bob Gilliam, and newcomers Mitchell Esterino and Toby Shaw, reported getting contributions. Dunne and Shaw also reported loaning money to their own campaigns.

     
  • A majority on Winfield's village board has approved a plan to rezone parcels along Roosevelt Road to make it possible for businesses to locate in the area.

    Winfield board overrides veto of Roosevelt zoning Apr 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    Winfield Village President Deborah Birutis on Thursday failed to stop portions of Roosevelt Road from being rezoned. And the two candidates looking to replace the outgoing Birutis say they have no plans to reverse the zoning change.

     
  • The economic downtown has been particularly tough for historic downtown Long Grove. Village board candidates say revitalizing the area should be among the community’s top priorities.

    Long Grove candidates hope to revitalize downtownApr 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    It wasn't that long ago that Long Grove was a magnet for tourists eager to partake in the downtown's antique charm.But with crowds dwindling, candidates for Long Grove village board say one of the community's goals should be revitalizing the historic downtown.

     
  • More than 60 percent of the 2,100-plus local races in Tuesday's election are uncontested, according to an analysis of ballots in five collar counties.

    Uncontested races likely mean status quo on local taxesApr 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    A lack of ballot competition in Tuesday's election means many homeowners aren't likely to see much in the way of policy change when it comes to property taxes. While voters will make key choices in some local races, more than 60 percent of the 2,100-plus races that will be decided in suburban Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties are uncontested

     
  • Warrenville council candidate backs former opponent Apr 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    A candidate in Warrenville's Ward 4 aldermanic race has suspended his campaign and now is endorsing one of the two remaining hopefuls. Thomas Sherlock's name still will appear on the April 9 ballot. However, he's asking anyone planning to vote for him to instead support fellow newcomer Tom Linford over incumbent Clare Barry.

     
  • Local elections are April 9.

    Find your sample ballot, polling places for Tuesday's election Apr 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    There's a solution available for voters who see the hundreds of campaign signs planted in yards around the suburbs but might not know who they can vote for in the local election on Tuesday. County offices have resources online where people can find what precincts they live in and where they can vote. And sample ballots are available showing in which races a voter can make picks.

     
  • Sugar Grove president candidate gets a $5,000 contributionApr 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    Quarterly and pre-election campaign finance reports are trickling in to the state election boards. So far, they're showing Sugar Grove president candidate Kevin Geary with a $5,000 donation from Jerry Rich, and an electrical workers union PAC donating to Sugar Grove President Sean Michels and North Aurora trustee candidate Michael Lowery.

     
  • Judy Abruscato, left, Dean Argiris, center, and Pat Horcher, right, are candidates for Wheeling Village President.

    Wheeling candidates oppose gambling cafe proposal Apr 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    In the latest squabble between Fresh Farms shopping center in Wheeling and its neighboring residents, candidates for village offices are siding with the neighbors. At issue are Laredo Hospitality's plans for two cafes serving wine, beer and sandwiches while providing access to video gambling machines.

     
  • Frank Loffredo and Mona Mustafa are running for mayor in Lake Villa.

    Youth league e-mail heats up mayoral race in Lake Villa Apr 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    Lake Villa mayoral candidate Mona Mustafa has filed a complaint with the Illinois State Board of Election charging a local youth baseball league violated the law by endorsing her opponent, Frank Loffredo. League officials say the emailed message was miscommunicated. “It seems really excessive,” he said of Mustafa's actions. “This is just so personal and hurtful to people. I don't understand it.”

     
  • John Strauss

    Failed rehab center proposal still resonates in Campton HillsApr 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    Of the four candidates seeking three Campton Hills village board seats in the April 9 election, only one backed the controversial Kiva Recovery Center proposal. The plan for a susbstance abuse treatment center plan is dead, but candidates say the village can learn from the experience.

     
  • Charles Amrich, left, and Debbie Herrmann

    Island Lake hopefuls at odds over public's conductApr 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    Island Lake Mayor Debbie Herrmann has been critical of outbursts from audience members that have marred some recent village board meetings. But Charles Amrich, her challenger in the April 9 election, said the behavior shows residents are unhappy with the actions of their elected officials. The candidates talked about residents' behavior at meetings and other issues during a joint interview at the Daily Herald's Libertyville office.

     
  • Suzanne Blohm

    Boy Scouts do civic duty with of Fox River Grove debateApr 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    At a Monday night debate arranged by Boy Scout Troop 166 in Fox River Grove, the boys asked 10 questions of the candidates that touched on a range of issues, including economic development, whether they'd fill all of the potholes in the village and the board decision they agreed with the least. Six people are running for three seats on the village board.

     
  • Roselle Trustee Kory Atkinson has held office-seekers to exacting standards for filing their paperwork. He's mounted legal challenges against at least 10 candidates, including eight who weren't running against him.

    Roselle trustee makes ballot challenges an art Mar 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    Kory Atkinson has developed something of a reputation for himself since entering public office: He's the guy who tries to get other candidates kicked off the ballot. "There's a tendency to think it's just a lawyer doing some slick tricks, but the rules that apply to elections are not ones I've created," he said.

     
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