Friday, April 19, 2013
The House just voted in favor of a bill presented by Rep. Carol Sente of Vernon Hills to allow 17-year-olds the right to vote in primary elections. The Senate had its first reading of the bill Thursday.
A bill proposed by State Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) to allow 17-year-olds the right to vote in primary elections if they will be 18 by the next general election cleared the House Wednesday, reported the Daily Herald. The House voted 95-22 in favor of House Bill 226. The Senate had its first reading Thursday. On her website, Sente states that a group of students from a political science program at Stevenson High School has advocated for this initiative for several years, beginning with her predecessor Kathy Ryg. "Over the next few weeks, myself and Rep. Ed Sullivan (R-Mundelein) are planning to speak to students to get them involved in all aspects of passing this bill," stated Sente. "I am hopeful that through our bi-partisan …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
North Shore representatives show active efforts while Dold raised no money.
Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) raised $390,206 for his campaign committee for the quarter ending March 31 while Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) took in $173,617, according to reports filed Monday with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Former Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth), who lost to Schneider in November and is reported by some Washington sources as considering a rematch, did not raise any money, according to the FEC reports. Earlier: Schakowsky, Schneider Urge Sequester Action Schneider brought in a total of $390,206 with $278,611 coming from individuals and $111,591 from committees. An individual is limited to a maximum donation during a two-year election cycle of $2,500 per candidate and a committee can give as much $5,000. …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
With 23 out of 24 precincts reporting at the time of publication, a group of four candidates who ran together have taken the lead.
Update 11:14 p.m. At the time of publication, 23 out of 24 precincts were reporting. Hauser has the lowest percent of the votes as of 11:14 p.m. The four leading candidates — lcantara, Flanagin, Steen and Levine — all ran together. Four out of the five candidates will be elected to the Board. These results do not include early voting, voting by mail or provisional ballots. Any votes for write-in candidates will be counted within a week after the election. Five candidates are running for four positions in the District 39 Wilmette School Board. Keep checking Patch on Tuesday evening as results come in. Information about the candidates provided by the League of Women Voters of Wilmette.
At the time of publication 22 out of 23 precincts were reporting, showing Bob Bielinski in a 19% lead over opponent Mike Basil.
Updated 11:07 p.m. Twenty-two out of twenty three precincts are reporting. Bielinski is maintaining his lead by 19% over Basil. There's still one precinct that's yet to report. Keep checking Patch for more information as it becomes available. Updated 8:01 p.m. With twenty out of twenty-three precincts reporting, Bielinski appears to be holding strong to his lead, with 19% more votes than Basil. Updated 7:54 p.m. Sixteen out of Wilmette's 23 precincts are now reporting, and Bielinski has a 20% lead over Basil. Updated 7:43 p.m. Eleven out of 23 precincts are now reporting. Updated 7:38 p.m. One out of 23 precincts have reported so far, and Bielinski has a small lead over Basil, with 109 to 75 votes. Two candidates — Bob …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Do you know who you'll be voting for on Tuesday? Learn more about the candidates here!
Monday, April 8
Local elections will be held on Tuesday — do you know who you'll be voting for to be the next Wilmette Village President? Both candidates are currently members of the Board of Trustees. To learn more about candidate Bob Bielinski, read his candidate Q&A here. To learn more about candidate Mike Basil, read his candidate Q&A here.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Can't wait until Election Day April 9? Early voting has commenced for Wilmette's village president election and other local contests.
Early voting begins this week for local Cook County contests, including Wilmette and Kenilworth's village president elections. Residents can vote early at Centennial Park, 2300 Old Glenview Rd., from Monday to Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The Cook County Clerk's website has a complete listing of early voting polling places. "While turnout is usually low for the April election, the stakes are extremely high," stated Cook County Clerk David Orr in a press release. "The outcome of these races determines everything from education policy to local tax and infrastructure decisions. Voters should have their say at the polls." Early Voting continues through April 6. There are 43 Early Voting sites in suburban Cook County plus the Clerk's …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The candidates for the Wilmette Village President position discussed their views for local businesses at a Chamber-sponsored forum on Monday.
Wilmette Village President candidates Mike Basil and Bob Bielinski discussed their plans to revamp downtown Wilmette, help businesses succeed and their other qualifications for the position at the Wilmette Chamber of Commerce's forum Monday night at the Wilmette Public Library. Each candidate was given 10 minutes to speak and an additional 10 minutes to answer questions from the audience. The opposing candidate waited int he hallway while the other spoke, ensuring that they did not hear each other's viewpoints. "Nobody in the last six years has been a stronger advocate for Wilmette business than me," Basil, who has been a Village Trustee for six years, said. Basil discussed his involvement in the purchasing of the former Ford dealership …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Four of Wilmette's elections set for spring 2013 will be contested races.
Wilmette residents, brace yourself - it's looking like the April 9 local elections may be hotly contested, with four of the races being contested ones. The deadline for filing for local elections was December 26 at 5 p.m. We have 5 open Board Member seats. We have 4 four-year terms and 1 two year term (replacing a Board member that moved out of District, mid-term). All 5 incumbents are running again and all 5 open seats are uncontested. The Chicago Tribune reported that the following people have filed to run. Incumbant candidates are noted with an "(i)". •Village — President: Mike Basil and Bob Bielinski; Trustee (three seats): Carol Ducommun, Cameron Krueger (i) and Ted McKenna (i). • School District 39 (four seats) — Jasmine Hauser, …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Inadequate public education? Fear of higher taxes? Or outright opposition?
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Inadequate public education? Fear of higher taxes? Or outright opposition?
Six weeks ago, Kenilworth residents made their way to the polling place, stepped into the booth and voted down the village’s home rule referendum. But what caused 61.8 percent of the 1,382 voters to issue a decisive no to a proposed change billed as a potential solution to Kenilworth’s mounting infrastructure woes? Kenilworth Village President Fred G. Steingraber said he thinks poor timing, insufficient village communication and residents’ fears of higher property taxes are mostly to blame. Had the measure passed, the village would have assumed various taxing, zoning and licensing powers that had previously fallen to the state. More importantly, according to Steingraber, the newfound capabilities would have been used to help finance an …