ELECTION 2013: Your guide to local races
On Tuesday, voters across DuPage, Cook and Will counties will be making some important decisions. Election Day brings about change, including the potential for new faces on local school boards and municipalities, as well as referenda related to property purchases and electric aggregation.
The following is a list of links to our coverage leading up to the election, broken down by town. Check back with mysuburbanlife.com on Tuesday night for race results after the polls close at 7 p.m.
Mayor race: Rich Veenstra, deputy mayor of Addison for the past eight years, is ready to take over for retiring Mayor Larry Hartwig. Veenstra is running unopposed for the top seat.
City Council race: In Berwyn, residents will largely see familiar names on the ballot. Mayor Robert Lovero is running uncontested, as are candidates for the City Council. The Berwyn Township race also is uncontested.
District 98 race: In Berwyn's School District 98 race, six candidates are running for four open seats on the board.
District 100 race: In Berwyn's School District 100 race, three incumbents and two challengers vie for three open seats on the board.
District 201 race: In Berwyn's School District 201 race, 11 candidates are running for four open seats on the board.
District 365U race: While longtime Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar is uncontested for his eighth term – which he said is likely his last – the race for four seats on the Valley View Board of Education will give Bolingbrook voters plenty of options with eight candidates, including three incumbents.
Village Board race: Residents in Brookfield will have a number of decisions to make, including picking among three candidates in the race for village president and six candidates who seek three open trustee seats.
Village president race: Longtime Burr Ridge residents Robert Sodikoff, Michael “Mickey” Straub and John Bittner will compete for the village's top seat on Tuesday. Sodikoff, currently acting village president, wants to fill vacancies in the Village Center while Bittner wants to run the village more like a business. Straub, meanwhile, says increasing transparency and communication with residents is key.
District 99 race: In Cicero's School District 99 Board of Education race, seven candidates are seeking four open seats.
City Council race: In Countryside, races for alderman in the 1st Ward and 2nd Ward are contested.
District 99 race: The race for three seats on the Community Unit School District 99 Board of Education found some late controversy in the weeks leading up to the election. After candidates Martin Gorski and Henry Jakobsze withdrew from the race, it was thought to be uncontested for four seats. However, the two withdrew from the race after ballots had been printed, giving voters the possibility to elect candidates unwilling to serve on the board.
Village Council race: The Downers Grove Village Council will see at least one new face, as incumbents Bob Barnett and Marilyn Schnell square off against challengers Greg Hosé, Don Jankowski, David Olsen and Sue Walaszek for three seats. One of the newcomers will fill the seat vacated by Commissioner Bill Waldack, who didn't seek re-election for a third term.
College of DuPage race: Incumbents David Carlin and Joseph Wozniak seek re-election against challengers Edward Agustin, Frank Flores Jr., Katherine Hamilton and Mike Lanners for two open seats on the College of DuPage Board of Trustees. The challengers have raised issues such as being more transparent and accountable to the public.
District 87 race: Incumbents Robert Friend, Richard Heim and F. Thomas Voltaggio face challengers Jennifer Jendras, Anthony Schullo and Judith Weinstock for four seats on the Glenbard Township High School District 87 Board of Education. The incumbents have touted the district's financial success while the challengers have said the district needs new voices on the board.
District 86 race: Two slates have divided sides in the race for Hinsdale Township High School District 86 school board, but all candidates are looking to push past recent controversy. Eight candidates are vying for four open seats, including Dennis Brennan, Victor Casini, Ed Corcoran, Kay Gallo, DeeDee Gorgol, Roger Kempa, Claudia Manley and Roseanne Rosenthal.
District 181 race: Five candidates will compete for three spots on the District 181 school board on Tuesday. Looking to move the elementary district forward through the new Advanced Learning Plan are Richard Fitzgerald, Sarah Lewensohn, Jill Vorobiev, Gary Clarin and Mridu Garg.
Village Board race: Candidates running for La Grange trustee positions debated the issues during a forum moderated by the Citizen's Council of La Grange. In La Grange, six candidates are running for three open positions on the Village Board, divided into two slates.
Village president race: Former La Grange Trustee Tom Livingston, who is running unopposed for village president, says he's prepared to hit the ground running after election day.
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Village president race: In the race for village president, challenger James J. Miller seeks the seat currently held by James L. Discipio.
Village president race: Three candidates seek the position of village president in Lombard after the death of longtime Village President Bill Mueller. Keith Giagnorio, Moon Khan and John Novak recently answered questions that focused on the current business climate and plans for Lombard’s future during the Lombard Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s monthly luncheon on March 20.
Mayor race: Lyons Mayor Christopher Getty speaks with residents and supporters at the annual State of the Village event to list his administration's accomplishments over the last four years. A response is provided by Trustee Patti Wisneski, who is running against Getty for the seat.
Sports Core referenda: Oak Brook village trustee candidates recently took part in a round table discussion to give opinions and field audience questions in regards to building a new school in Oak Brook on the Sports Core property. Butler District 53 school officials said there were several options the school board looked at before arriving at its decision to ask voters for a new school, but cost and available property were not adding up.
Electric aggregation referendum: Villa Park will get a second chance to approve electric aggregation and the possibility for lower electricity rates. Many surrounding towns, including Elmhurst, Lombard and Addison, have already approved electricity aggregation, but in Villa Park, the referendum failed in the spring 2012 election.
Village president race: The race for village president in Villa Park became heated last month when it was revealed that candidate John Heidelmeier, formerly the town's police chief, had a partially nude photo of himself posted on an Internet sex site. Heidelmeier will face off against Trustee Deborah Bullwinkel on Tuesday.
Village Board race: While Ron Gunter is unopposed for Westmont's next village president, three new trustees will be elected to the Westmont Village Board after Lee Fleming, Pat Klebenow and Ellen Emery chose not to seek re-election. Voters will select from six newcomers – James Addington, Bruce Barker, Harold Barry III, Bob Plowman, Justin Scheid and Michael Uhlir.
District 200 race: Incumbents Joann Coghill, Barbara Intihar and Ken Knickers are facing challengers Bruce Fogerty, James Mathieson, Harold Lonks, Kyle Nenninger, Brad Paulsen and Janet Shaw for four open seats on the Community Unit School District 200 Board of Education. One of the major issues is whether the district should issue more than $17 million in bonds to construct a new Jefferson Early Childhood Center.
Jefferson Early Childhood Center referendum: Officials with Community Unit School District 200 would like to build a new facility to house the Jefferson Early Childhood Center. They have said the current building is no longer sufficient to serve the needs of the center's special-needs students. The referendum will ask if voters should approve a bond issue in the amount ot $17.6 million.
Mayor race: For the first time in more than 30 years, a new mayor will be named in Woodridge. Greg Abbott, Gina Cunningham-Picek, Mike Krucek and Ferenc Vandor are vying to replace Bill Murphy — one of the longest serving mayors in the Chicago area — who plans to retire. He has held the seat since 1981.