LOCKPORT – Voters in the city of Lockport have two options for mayor when voting in the April 4 election.
They are incumbent Steven Streit and challenger Joey Jeraminas.
Streit was first elected in 2013. He’s asking for four more years to finish what he and the City Council have started, while Jeraminas stated in a Herald-News candidate questionnaire that he wants to “bring transparency back to government and to keep open dialogue with the citizens of Lockport.”
Streit said the No. 1 reason he’s running for re-election is because many of the things he, the council and the administration have been working on are still ongoing.
“I want to see things through,” Streit said.
A complete revitalization of downtown Lockport still is in the works. Streit said it took three years of back-and-forth with the Illinois Department of Transportation, but construction bids for the State Street reconstruction project will go out this summer.
In addition to the progress downtown, lots at Lockport Square, located near the intersection of Interstate 355 and 159th Street, are filling up, starting with Panera Bread and Holiday Inn Express, Streit said.
Perhaps Streit’s biggest undertaking, though, is a $48 million capital improvements project initiated early in his term. Streit said the city is $30 million into the effort, having replaced wells and waterways, with more work to do.
“It hadn’t been done to this extent in Lockport in the past,” said Streit, who owns a graphic design business.
Jeraminas, a code enforcement officer for the city of Wood Dale, touts his 30-plus years in public service. He’s been involved in code enforcement, public education, law enforcement and fire protection, according to his questionnaire. He did not respond Monday to calls seeking comment.
His top three priorities as mayor would be to create sustained growth, bring the city better and safer water, and ensure public safety, he stated in his questionnaire.
Jeraminas stated the greatest challenge to Lockport in the coming years is regaining trust from citizens, but did not go into detail in his questionnaire.
If he could improve on anything over the last four years as mayor, Streit said he wished he could be in more places at once. He said he wants to get the City Council more involved in public events and improve on community outreach with more town hall meetings.