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 …
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Motion carried five to two in favor of the benefit.
The District 181 school board voted Monday night to continue the benefit of tuition reimbursement for three principals in the district. The measure had been discussed at several board meetings, and school board members debated whether to continue the benefit in the current economy. Those in favor of the measure said they wanted to prevent the high turnover that the district had experienced in the past. "We have an outstanding group [of principals] here, and to me, the tuition reimbursement is an inexpensive way to try to keep them here, because we really want them to stay," said Sarah Lewensohn, board member for Community Consolidated School District 181. Those not in favor of the measure said they were concerned about the cost to the …
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 …
Monday, November 1, 2010
A quick refresher for Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills residents on the issues, candidates and where to get more info before stepping into the booth on Tuesday.
Who's Running: (Contested races close to home): DuPage County Board District 3: Brian J. Krajewski (R), Karol A. Sole (D) 13th Congressional District: Judy Biggert (R), Scott Harper (D) 47th Representative District: Patricia Bellock (R), James Speta (D), Bob Mueller (G) What are the issues? (The articles below will bring you up to speed): On the proposed sales tax increase in Hinsdale: Hinsdale President: 'No Hope' of Reaching Goal Without Sales Tax Increase Chamber Endorses 1% Hinsdale Sales Tax Increase On the Clarendon Hills Park District referendum: Clarendon Hills Park District Master Plan on the Line On the proposed College of DuPage referendum: Burr Ridge Patch: "COD Referendum Will Increase Funding For Capital Projects" On the …
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Boundaries for the proposed Special Service Area are being modified.
The mood at Monday night's Village Board meeting was subdued. This was a big contrast to the previous meeting on Sept. 20, in which the room was filled to near capacity with residents who wanted to voice their opposition to the creation of a new Special Service Area to cover sidewalk snow removal costs for the Clarendon Hills Central Business District. On Monday, the board approved an ordinance to remove the Burling Court Condo properties at 235-245 Burlington Ave. and a property at 251 Burlington Ave. Some of the residents who were the most vocal about their opposition to the proposed SSA lived at the Burling Court Condos, including Tom Wich, who was leading a petition drive against it. "I have petitions here signed by many members of our…