Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The Will County clerk's office counted the remaining provisional ballots Tuesday morning, but they did not alter the outcome of the April 9 Joliet City Council election.
Hundreds of provisional ballots were added to the vote count Tuesday, but the outcome remained the same as election night: Mike Turk and Jan Quillman will be returning to their at-large Joliet City Council seats, Don Fisher will not. The final tally added 366 votes to Fisher's numbers from April 9, giving him a total of 5,078 votes, according to Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots, who oversaw the counting of the ballots that could not be verified on election day or came in by mail after the vote. However, Turk received an additional 383 votes, Quillman an additional 403 and council newcomer Jim McFarland an additional 598. Those numbers, when combined with the ballots counted on election night in Will and Kendall counties, put the …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The retired Will County Sheriff's Office deputy chief said his well-rounded law enforcement background makes him a strong candidate in the March 2014 primary.
Nick Ficarello is the first candidate to formally announce plans to run in the 2014 election to succeed Paul Kaupas as Will County sheriff. Ficarello, who retired as a deputy chief in 2009 after working for the sheriff's office for 32 years, released a statement announcing he will be a Republican candidate for the county's top law enforcement job. Candidates cannot start circulating election petitions until November to run in the March 18 primary. According to the release, Ficarello discussed his plans at the April 18 Will County Republican Central Committee meeting. Will County Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas, the current sheriff's second cousin, told the Joliet Herald News that he, too, was at last week's committee meeting and is interested in …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Here is a look back at some of the stories that generated talk on Channahon-Minooka Patch during the last week.
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
District residents said no to a proposal to increase taxes and build a new $21 million library.
On the big screen, the numbers told the story of a wide margin. Shorewood-Troy Library district residents voted nearly 4-to-1 Tuesday against a referendum that would have boosted the tax bill for the average district homeowner by about $215 a year. Officials wanted the money to build a new $21 million library. The referendum failed by a count of 2,301 to 605. "We're at Cemeno's looking at the big screen," said Bob Stahl, president of the Shorewood-Troy Library trustees. "It's disappointing. We knew it would be an uphill fight in this economy to get a referendum passed. "But we thought the argument and the need was there, that this new library would benefit the schools, the community and ultimately the property owners. A lot of work was put…
Incumbent Patrick Brennan ran a lap around challenger Jacqueline McKinney in the race to retain his seat as Minooka's Village President.
Patrick Brennan started his day with a workout and ended it with a victory lap. Brennan, 71, the incumbent, outpolled 43-year-old challenger Jacqueline McKinney by about a 4-to-1 margin Tuesday in voting for Minooka Village President. Brennan finished with an 813 to 192 edge over McKinney, who four years earlier served on his election campaign committee. He celebrated with friends at Fat Boyz in Minooka while she turned her thoughts toward a career as an addiction therapist and citizen advocate. "I got smoked," McKinney said. "I really worked and I went to every door. I don't regret it. I met so many nice people. I wish Pat (Brennan) the best of luck. I will run again." In the meantime, she vowed to lend her support to Brennan. "Anything I…
A second incumbent, Andrew Mihelich, won election, as did newcomers Tina Markley and Barbara Adams.
Here are the final vote counts for Joliet Junior College District 525 board. Incumbent Andrew "Andy" Mihelich won his re-election bid but fellow incumbent Dan O'Connell did not. Barbara DeLaney did not seek another term. The district includes all or portions of Will, Kendall, Grundy, Cook, Kankakee, LaSalle and Livingston counties.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Polling places are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and you can find results right here on your local Patch site.
Tuesday is election day, and this time around we are electing the people who will serve on our municipal, school board and park district boards. So, here's what you need to know... 1) Not sure when you can vote? Polling places are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. 2) Not sure where you're supposed to vote? Just click here, type in your address and your polling place will appear. 3) Want to know who's on the ballot? Click here, scroll down to "contests and referenda" and click on "Will County candidates" and "Will County referenda." 4) Have a problem when you get to the voting place? Call the Will County State's Attorney's election fraud hot line at 815-727-8872. 5) Want to follow the results as they come in or get the final numbers? Check your …
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Minooka Village President Pat Brennan is seeking a second term, while former Grundy County board member Jacqueline McKinney looks to unseat him in Tuesday's election.
The race for Minooka village president comes down to one between an incumbent pushing for the creation of more new jobs and a challenger with a background in service on the Grundy County board, according to a Sun-Times News Group report. Voters will be asked to decide on Tuesday between Pat Brennan, Minooka's incumbent village president, and Jacqueline McKinney, a former Grundy County board member. Brennan said out-of-work residents remain No. 1 in his book in the Sun-Times News Group report. "We are trying to change that by bringing jobs to Minooka," he stated in the report. "We strive to do more for the people suffering without jobs." McKinney chared the criminal justice and public relations committees while a member of the Grundy County…
Thursday, April 4, 2013
The Joliet City Council candidates spoke at an election forum held this week by the African American and Hispanic Coalition.
Joliet City Council candidate Jim McFarland came out in opposition to any immigrant detention center being built in Joliet, speaking Tuesday at a forum sponsored by the African American & Hispanic Coaltion. “I’m 110 percent against it,” McFarland said, according to a story published by the Joliet Herald News. The three incumbents seeking re-election in the April 9 race -- Jan Quillman, Mike Turk and Don Fisher -- were more circumspect, saying that no proposal had been presented and questioning if one would be given the federal government's ongoing budget problems, the story said. A group opposed to any detention center in Joliet has been vocal in its protests, attending city council meetings to speak against it and organizing public events…
Monday, March 25, 2013
Early voting is underway in Will, Grundy and Kendall
Early voting for the Tuesday, April 9, municipal election is under way across Will, Grundy and Kendall counties. According to the County Clerks websites, here are the times and location to vote early in Channahon and Minooka: Village of Channahon Village Hall: March 25 to April 6 (closed Good Friday, March 29) Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am and 1:30 pm to 4 pm; Friday, April 5, 8:30 am - 11:30 am and 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm; no Saturday hours Village of Minooka Village Hall: March 25 to April 6, 8:30 - 4:30 pm; no Saturday hours. Grundy County Clerk's office: March 25 - April 6; Monday – Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm; Friday, March 29, Office Closed; Saturday, April 16, 9 am to Noon Kendall County Office Building, 111 W. Fox St., Yorkville: …