Saturday, January 5, 2013
At issue: With state and federal revenue sources shrinking, Show You Care Kane is seeking a referendum that would increase property taxes by about $83 for the owner of a $250,000 home.
Lynn O'Shea of the Association for Individual Development said in December that the AID board had made the decision to pursue a referendum on the April ballot seeking a property tax increase to help fund mental health services. "We need everyone’s help to solve this problem," she said. AID and a group called Show You Care Kane started a petition drive to raise signatures in time to put the question on the April 9 ballot. Supporters went to Kane County with a request to put a referendum on the ballot that would raise about $13 million for the care of the developmentally disabled. Kane County's Public Health Committee on Thursday recommended the full County Board approve the referendum, according to an article in the Kane County Chronicle. …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Election challengers respond to mayoral candidate’s call to move forward on project.
Mayoral candidate John Rabchuk late Wednesday called on St. Charles’ aldermen to reconsider their 7-2 vote on Dec. 10 to reject tax increment financing for the Lexington Club development. The funding incentive has been considered crucial to financing the $45 million development that brought vocal opposition from neighboring residents and critics of the TIF. Calling the vote by aldermen, meeting as the St. Charles City Council Planning and Development Committee, “both unfortunate and detrimental to the future of St. Charles,” Rabchuk said, “We had an opportunity to decontaminate a known hazardous waste site and to turn a blighted area into a neighborhood that would contribute to the economic vitality of our downtown and surrounding areas, …
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Simultaneous filings sparked lottery for positions on April 9 Consolidated Election ballot.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Simultaneous filings on Dec. 17 of election papers by candidates for St. Charles elected offices sparked a lottery to determine placement on the ballot for the April 9 Consolidated Election. The lottery, to determine which candidates are listed first, second, and third on the ballot for the offices of mayor, Ward 2 alderman, and Ward 5 alderman was held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. Deputy City Clerk Christine Nilles officiated and City Clerk Nancy Garrison drew the number for the name to be listed first, second, and third on the ballot. The ballot order for these positions is: Mayor Ward 2 Ward 5 Candidates filing after Dec. 17 will be listed in the order of the filings, and include: Certification of ballots must be filed with the …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Seven incumbents, a newcomer are running as a slate, while one aims to replace the incumbent assessor.
Nine candidates have filed to run for eight offices in St. Charles Township government, with eight running as a slate and a ninth challenging the incumbent assessor. Township Supervisor John Arthur Anderson said Thursday morning that all township officials will seek re-election as incumbents except for Township Commissioner Jerry Swanson, and that there is only one race that is contested — for township assessor. Gary Fritz has filed to challenge Township Assessor Colleen Lang for that office. Anderson said the seven incumbents — Anderson, Lang, Highway Commissioner Ron Johnson, Township Clerk Jack Brainard, and Township Commissioners Terry Cross, Paul Lencioni and Todd Wallace — are running as a slate, calling themselves the St. Charles …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Four candidate vie for St. Charles mayor, 10 more for five aldermanic seats; eight file for four Board of Education seats; five seek four Park District Board seats.
The candidate filing period closed at 5 p.m. Wednesday, and with four candidates for St. Charles mayor, 10 for five aldermanic seats, eight for four seats on the St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 Board of Education, and five for four seats on the St. Charles Park District Board. The passing of the deadline firms up the ballot for the April 9, 2013 consolidated general election, although the number of candidates could be pared down should there be any successful challenge to the candidates nominating petitions. The deadline for filing those challenges is Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. Each of the four who have filed for St. Charles’ mayoral race already had declared their candidacies prior to the election filing deadline. They are …