Wednesday, March 23, 2011
With elections approaching, we received a few emails about this recently, so we thought we would share the "how to" in a story.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Sabrina Wu
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
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Friday, March 18, 2011
Figures contrast with statements made by a school board member and two board candidates.
Is there a problem with fighting and illegal drug use at Hinsdale South High School? District 86 Board Member Dianne Barrett asserted at last week’s Committee of the Whole meeting that there was. Two school board candidates repeated those allegations at a public forum later in the week. “There’s a problem there,” candidate Bruce Davidson said. “It needs to be addressed.” “Part of the problem is there’s a lack of recognition there’s a problem,” said candidate Claudia Manley. “There has got to be a recognition that this is a problem, and it has to be addressed.” Manley said some students were avoiding walking down certain hallways to avoid issues. “I guess I did not realize there was such a large issue facing Hinsdale South,” candidate …
Friday, March 11, 2011
Six candidates for four school board seats offered ideas on cutting costs
Cutting costs to reduce or eliminate projected budget deficits while maintaining educational quality emerged as the primary concern of District 181 School Board candidates participating in a forum Thursday at Clarendon Hills Middle School. Six candidates running for four open seats on the board took part in the event, sponsored by the League of Women Voters and The Doings. In his opening statement, candidate Scott Musil said the district was facing a $1.5 million deficit over the next five years, which would cut the district’s fund balance from $19 million to $9.9 million. He said one of his top priorities in trying to address that budget imbalance would be through negotiation with the teachers’ union. “The teachers here are doing a great …
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Action clears way for Jennifer Planson to remain on District 86 ballot.
The Education Officers Electoral Board of Hinsdale Township High School District 86 rejected objections Thursday night raised to the nomination papers for school board candidate Jennifer Planson. The board, composed of current school board members not up for re-election in this April’s election, voted 2-0 against objections raised by Terrence O’Malley and Donald O’Neil, both of Oak Brook. Dennis Brennan and DeeDee Gorgol were the only board members in attendance. Board member George Kumis was delayed at a train station, according to board attorney Alan Mullins, who guided participants through the hearing process. O’Malley and O’Neil’s objections to Planson’s nomination papers were based on the fact that “Hinsdale District 86” was written …
Village & Library races already decided, District 181 race still up for grabs
Six local candidates have declared their intent to run for the four upcoming open seats on the board of Community Consolidated School District 181. The terms of School Board President Linda Rio Reichmann, Vice President Roseanne Rosenthal, Marc Monvek and Andrew Schmidt expire in May. According to Jean Duggan, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, the candidates who filed to run for the four District 181 seats are (in the order they will appear on the ballot) Glenn Yaeger, Susan Nezda Lastres, Marty Turek, Michael Nelson, Brendan Heneghan, and Scott Musil. Until recently, Yaeger served as Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of a Baseball Club. He earned a bachelor degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois …
Monday, December 20, 2010
Hinsdale caucus candidates currently are running unopposed.
Barring any last-minute candidate petition filings, six candidates will run unopposed in local elections this spring. During the consolidated elections scheduled for April 5, Hinsdale voters will choose three village board members and three library board members. Current Hinsdale trustee J. Kimberly Angelo is one of the candidates who has filed a petition. Although he's already on the board, this will be his first time running for election. Angelo was appointed to his current position in 2009 to fill the seat vacated by Tom Cauley, when Cauley was elected village president. The other two candidates for the village board include Chris Elder and William Haarlow. Elder is a certified public accountant and currently serves as a member of …
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Money will be used to improve Hinsdale's streets and sewers.
The voters have spoken. After three failed attempts, the referendum to increase the sales tax in Hinsdale from 7.25 percent to 8.25 percent has passed. The money will be used to fund repairs and improvements to Hinsdale's streets and sewers. It was an uphill battle to get this measure passed, and Village Manager Dave Cook says it couldn't have happened without the efforts of concerned members of the community. "A lot of people put a lot of work into getting this passed. It was truly a grassroots effort. I am very happy that it passed," said Cook. John Karstrand, a former president of the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce and current member of the village Economic Development Commission, was one of the champions of the referendum. He led a …
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Increase will raise an estimated $1.5 million a year to help implement the village's infrastructure master plan.
Hinsdale residents have voted in favor of increasing the sales tax in Hinsdale from 7.25 percent to 8.25 percent. The increase in sales tax will go towards funding infrastructure improvements in the community. All of Hinsdale's 20 precincts in DuPage County and its two precincts in Suburban Cook County have reported their numbers.
Clarendon Hills taxes will stay where they are, and the money will pay for park district capital projects.
It was a close race Tuesday night for the Clarendon Hills Park District referendum. At the start of the night, votes were split 50-50 on whether to extend the current debt ceiling to pay for park district capital projects, or allow it to expire and reduce taxes in Clarendon Hills. But as results continued to come in, the measure gained the support of 55 percent of voters. In 1990, $1.4 million in debt, in the form of 20-year bonds, was issued by the Park District, after voters approved a referendum allowing the district to increase its tax rate for annual debt service—primarily to improve Lions Park Pool. Those bonds were scheduled to be retired this year. If the referendum had not passed to keep taxes at their current level, the Park …
90 of 90 precincts reporting.
With all precincts reporting, incumbent Republican Patricia Bellock is the winner of the race for the Illinois House in the 47th Representative District. Bellock has represented the district since 1999, defeating Democrat James Speta and Green Party candidate Bob Mueller.