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  • Kozel has mixed feelings on election outcome Apr 25, 2013 2:15 PM
    When the dust finally settled and all the results were in, Barrington village president write-in candidate Mike Kozel ended up with 627 votes — 32.9 percent of the ballots cast — in his challenge of incumbent Karen Darch on Election Day. Kozel said he's disappointed by how far he fell short, but believes he proved there were other voices in town. "Write-in candidates have won elections," Kozel said. "Is it difficult? Yes, it is difficult."

     
  • It’s official: Des Plaines write-in candidates fall short Apr 25, 2013 3:57 PM
    Two Des Plaines write-in candidates vying to represent the city's 5th and 7th wards didn't garner enough votes on April 9 to steal the election.

     
  • Hayes doesn’t have a mandate to govern Apr 22, 2013 5:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: A reality check is in order," writes Keith Moens of Arlington Hts. "Mr. (Tom) Hayes won the election with about 10 percent of all registered voters. Therefore, 90 percent of registered voters either did not vote or voted against Mr. Hayes."

     
  • Elections should be won by majorities Apr 22, 2013 5:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: Raymond Koltys thinks elections, like the just-finished one for Arlington Hts. village president, should be decided by a majority, not a plurality.

     
  • Police probe threats sent to Gurnee mayor Apr 22, 2013 5:18 AM
    Local law enforcement and U.S. Postal Service officials are investigating mailed and hand-delivered anonymous threats to Gurnee Mayor Kristina Kovarik during her re-election campaign. The threats stated Kovarik needed to quit the April 9 race or risk a public release of what she and police have said is false information about sexual affairs.

     
  • Wally Frasier outspent rivals in Mundelein’s mayoral race, financial reports show Apr 18, 2013 3:47 PM
    Mundelein mayoral candidate Wall Frasier vastly outraised his opponents in last week's race, state financial records show, but he still finished second.

     
  • Bloomingdale mayor still stinging over defeat Apr 13, 2013 5:40 PM
    For the first time in 34 years, Bloomingdale Mayor Bob Iden's Monday nights will be free. And he's perfectly fine with that. He just wishes it was on his terms. Iden's 20-year mayoral run and previous 14-year tenure as a village board member came to an end Tuesday, during only the second challenge of his political career.

     
  • Des Plaines mayor-elect young, not inexperienced Apr 12, 2013 5:30 AM
    At 26, Des Plaines Mayor-elect Matt Bogusz already has earned many distinctions — among them youngest mayor in the Northwest suburbs, and perhaps the youngest city leader in recent Illinois history. “What he lacks in institutional knowledge, he makes up for in enthusiasm and really a go-getter attitude,” Northwest Municipal Conference Executive Director Mark Fowler said.

     
  • Amrich’s team raised nearly $17,000 before big wins in Island Lake, records show Apr 12, 2013 3:32 PM
    Charles Amrich's successful campaign for mayor in Island Lake was well funded by supporters, newly released state disclosure records show. Amrich's slate collected nearly $17,000 in cash donations during the first quarter of 2013, nearly four times what incumbent Debbie Herrman's team reportedly raised.

     
  • Voter turnout varied greatly in Northwest suburbs Apr 11, 2013 4:13 PM
    While voter turnout in suburban Cook County on Tuesday averaged 18.9 percent, it ranged from a high of 56.7 percent in McCook to a low of 3.8 percent in Elk Grove Village, Cook County Clerk David Orr said Thursday. In Elk Grove Village, where village, township, library, park and fire protection district races all were uncontested, Mayor Craig Johnson said the election was so low profile, he talked to people at village hall who didn’t realize it was election day.

     
  • Rodd elected in Des Plaines 3rd Ward Apr 10, 2013 10:51 AM
    With votes counted from the last outstanding Des Plaines precinct, what had been a close contest turned into a clear victory Wednesday for newcomer candidate Denise Rodd, who was elected to represent Des Plaines’ 3rd Ward over former 1st Ward Alderwoman Patricia Beauvais.

     
  • Hayes won’t appoint losing candidate to village board Apr 11, 2013 5:25 PM
    Arlington Heights Mayor-elect Tom Hayes said Wednesday he will not appoint any losing candidate from Tuesday's election to his own unfinished term on the village board -- which rules out Ron Drake, Mark Hellner and either Bert Rosenberg or Norm Breyer, whoever loses the squeaker of a race for the last seat. "I think that’s a bad precedent to set because at that point the voters have spoken,” Hayes said.

     
  • St. Charles 2nd Ward race not over Apr 10, 2013 6:46 PM
    Neither Art Lemke nor Cliff Carrignan is ready to believe the race for St. Charles' 2nd Ward alderman is over.

     
  • Downtown, finances on to-do list for new mayor, trustees in Lake Zurich Apr 10, 2013 5:40 PM
    Finances and downtown redevelopment are expected to top the agenda for Lake Zurich village president-elect Tom Poynton and trustees when they officially take over next month. Fresh off his election night victory, Poynton said he plans to urge village officials to redefine strategies for the long-stalled downtown redevelopment. “People want more action,” he said. “They’re tired of inaction.”

     
  • Ousted E. Dundee mayor blames ‘smear campaign’ for loss Apr 10, 2013 5:18 PM
    East Dundee Village President Jerald Bartels, unseated in Tuesday’s election, blames his defeat on a “smear campaign” he says took place the week before the election and involved his opponent, Lael Miller. “I’m proud of what I did, I can sleep at night,” Bartels said. “The question remains, how is it for him?” Miller denied being behind the campaign and said it hurt him by association.

     
  • McLaughlin looks ahead to Barrington Hills presidency Apr 10, 2013 5:15 PM
    A day after his upset victory over two-term Barrington Hills Village President Robert Abboud, president-elect Martin McLaughlin said his intentions remain the same as during his campaign — to return the village to the normal business of providing services cost-effectively. “There were a lot of exhausted, weary residents who were just looking for someone to represent them,” McLaughlin said.

     
  • Lombard board with 3 new faces to tackle tough issues Apr 10, 2013 4:56 PM
    Several important issues have been left to the “new village board” in Lombard, which will include three fresh faces, two elected and one appointed. Two newcomers earned seats representing District 1 and District 3 in Tuesday’s election, while the third new person will be appointed to fill District 2 Trustee Keith Giagnorio’s unexpired term once he becomes village president.

     
  • Amrich wants to dump law firm, police chief in Island Lake Apr 10, 2013 3:15 PM
    Replacing Island Lake’s law firm and police chief are high on mayor-elect Charles Amrich’s to-do list. So is increasing communication avenues between village hall and the community, Amrich told the Daily Herald a day after his landslide win over incumbent Mayor Debbie Herrmann.

     
  • New leadership in several Lake County communities set to tackle issues Apr 10, 2013 5:05 PM
    Lake County's newest crop of mayors and village presidents gathered Wednesday, one day after voters in several communities decided their leadership for the next four-year term. Openness in government was a common thread among members of the new class. Some veterans, such as Gurnee Mayor Kristina Kovarik, offered some words of wisdom for new mayors. Respect and trust your staff. Be accessible to the public. Don’t cover up. “They know you make mistakes. But when you hide from them, it only gets worse,” Kovarik said.

     
  • Ruminski, Anastasio, Tigges come out on top in Wayne Apr 10, 2013 1:06 PM
    The five-way race for three 4-year trustee positions on the Wayne village board was exceedingly tight, but in the end a newcomer and two incumbents prevailed, according to unofficial results Wednesday.

     
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