Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Now that the polls have closed, follow our site for live results to learn who won and by how much in all your St. Charles races. We'll be updating this post throughout the night as votes are tallied.
The results are finally rolling in. The above list gives you the results for all your local races and will be updated regularly as vote totals become available.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Tri-Cities residents, Patch wants to hear from you on the issues that affect you and your neighbors.
Welcome to Tri-Cities Talk—a regular feature in which we ask our Facebook fans to share their views on current issues facing Geneva, Batavia and St. Charles. Every week, we get the conversation started by taking a look back at a question we asked the Tri-Cities community the week before on local Patch Facebook pages. With just days until the April 9 election and hot races underway throughout the Tri-Cities, many residents have been weighing the issues that will inform their decision and drive them to the polls on Tuesday. That brings us to this week's question: Take a look at what people had to say and join the conversation in the comments section. Kelli Trejo: Boundary adjustments. — Geneva Patch Facebook Michelle Hohimer Poelsterl: That…
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
If you witness electioneering, illegally placed campaign signs or denial of voting rights at any of Kane County’s 228 voting precincts, call the hotline at 630-208-5328.
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Wednesday, April 3
Kane County voters who observe or experience voting problems or irregularities during next week’s consolidated election should call the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office to report the problems. The Election Complaint Line will be available from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 9, 2013. Anyone who experiences or witnesses any possible illegal election activity, such as electioneering, illegally placed campaign signs or denial of voting rights at any of Kane County’s 228 voting precincts should call the hotline at (630) 208-5328. The hotline will be staffed by representatives of the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office. Assistant State’s Attorneys will take the complaints about potential violations of Illinois election laws and are prepared to …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Registered voters can begin casting their ballots in St. Charles City Hall.
For those who already have decided, can’t wait, just want to get it over with or simply don’t want to risk having to stand in line during the April 9 Consolidated Election, early voting begins March 25. Kane County residents of St. Charles who are registered to vote can stop in at the St. Charles Municipal Building, 2 E. Main St., to cast their ballots beginning March 25, according to a release issued by the city. Early voting will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, March 25, through Thursday, March 28, and Monday, April 1, through Thursday, April 4. St. Charles residents in DuPage County can vote early at the DuPage County Election Commission, 421 N. County Farm Road, Room 1-500B, Wheaton. Hours, times and additional voting …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Check here for details on the forum and to watch our Cover It Live coverage from the Arcada Theatre beginning at 6 p.m.
St. Charles Patch editor Ted Schnell will be live-blogging from tonight’s mayoral candidates forum, hosted by the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St. The event is public and there is no admission. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the forum is set to start at 6. Candidates Jake Wyatt, Jotham S. Stein, Alderman Raymond Rogina, and John Rabchuk will be present to answer questions from Susan Parker, chairwoman of the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee. Questions will be asked that are relevant to the economic climate of St. Charles, the chamber’s member businesses, and to the general public. Let Patch save you time. Have local stories delivered directly to your inbox with our free newsletter. …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Four incumbents and four newcomers vie for positions on the Board of Education.
Education is arguably one of the most important responsibilities of local government, yet often the role of the local school board is taken for granted among the day-to-day headlines about police news, politics, and state and national issues. But sometimes state or national news can serve as a reminder that there are children in need of education, educators who are hard at work and local volunteers chipping in to help guide those efforts. Certainly the mid-December massacre of 20 children and six adult staffers by a deranged gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was a jarring reminder of school safety issues in St. Charles Community Unit School District 303. The tragedy sparked a re-evaluation of school security issues …
Friday, March 8, 2013
A guide to the April 2013 mayoral race pitting a political freshman and three newcomers.
This race started early, as far as St. Charles’ municipal elections go, when Mayor Donald DeWitte announced in late August 2012 that he would not seek a third term as mayor. The announcement marked the beginning of a campaign that has become centered largely on whether the mayor and council are responsive to residents. Much of that contention was brought on by two key council votes related to the controversial Lexington Club development. A City Council committee voted to reject a tax-increment financing plan for the project in December, but then in early January, approved not only a revised TIF agreement, but the entire project on a tie 5-5 vote broken by DeWitte, a longtime supporter of the plan. If the Lexington project had been …
A guide to the April 2013 aldermanic races in St. Charles.
There are 10 candidates queued up for St. Charles’ five aldermanic races, although one of those is not a race — 4th Ward Alderwoman Jo Krieger is unopposed in her re-election bid. But there are contests for the other four seats, and the issues that have been shaping up in the race are diverse. Several are spinoffs from the City Council’s narrow 6-5 vote in January to approve the controversial Lexington Club, as well as anger related to efforts to push through the addition of apartments at the Corporate Reserve, a business park, and simmering tension over over the city’s use of tax-increment financing districts for the First Street Development and other projects, like Lexington. The bitterness over the Lexington decision has been well-…
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Five candidates have filed for the four seats up for election in the St. Charles Park District; three of the candidates are incumbent members of the board.
There are five candidates seeking four positions on the seven-member St. Charles Park District Board, which oversees an administration and staff that provides services and maintains 1,400 of land, as well as schedules and organizes numerous activities for the district’s residents. Click on the candidates’ names to learn more about each one — their backgrounds, their reasons for running and their stances on issues.
Monday, March 4, 2013
Nine candidates are seeking eight positions in St. Charles Township government.
Eight candidates are seeking eight seats in St. Charles Township government — supervisor, assessor, highway commissioner, clerk and and four seats on the township board. Only the race for township assessor had been contested, with Gary Fritz hoping to unseat incumbent Assessor Colleen Lang. Fritz since has been removed from the ballot. The race for four township commissioners will see one new face: Mary Lynn Swanson. She will take over for Trustee Larry Swanson (no relation), who did not eek re-election. Township Supervisor Township Assessor Highway Commissioner Township Clerk Township Commissioners