Sunday, April 14, 2013
Also this week: a drunk driver falls asleep in an Oak Forest Burger King drive-through and a Chicago Heights woman talks about the challenges of running a pit bull rescue shelter.
Here are some of the top stories from the past week in Patch's South Suburban region: Oak Lawn—Oak Lawn Elects First Woman Mayor—Oak Lawn voters made history on Tuesday by electing the first woman to serve as mayor, beating two-term Mayor Dave Heilmann in stunning upset. Beverly-Mt. Greenwood—Police: Man With Plastic Bag on Head Burglarizes Restaurant—In hindsight, it might not have been the best idea for a disguise. Orland Park—Lightning Blamed in Two Orland Fires—Luckily, nobody was injured after a pair of lightning strikes sparked two fires in two different homes Wednesday morning. Evergreen Park—K-9 Called on Palos Park Man During Traffic Stop—The dog was called after officers noticed the smell of marijuana emitting from the vehicle…
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Worth Township Community First Party picks up all township board seats except one.
The core of the Worth Township Board’s leadership was ousted after 16 years, with only one of the incumbents retaining his seat. A slate of challengers billing themselves as the Worth Township Community First Party overpowered the incumbents' slate—United Party of Worth Township—under an avalanche of campaign mailers hammering the incumbents on term limits, public pension double-dipping and salary freezes. The Worth Township Community First Party also promised township homeowners' a one-time, 15-percent tax rebate of the township’s $2-million-plus tax surplus. United Party members accused their opponents of faking endorsements and of ties to the state’s top democrat, Illinois State House Speaker Mike Madigan. The incumbents also complained…
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Keep track of the vote tallies for the races that affect the Palos area. Find out results for local school and community college boards and township trustee races.
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With 39 of 39 precincts reporting, Richard Riley, Sharon Brannigan, Michael Lebarre and Brent Woods have been elected to the Palos Township board, according to unofficial results.
The Republican Party slate swept Tuesday night for four trustee seats with Palos Township. With 39 of 39 precincts reporting, Richard Riley, Sharon Brannigan, Michael Lebarre and Brent Woods have been elected to the Palos Township board, according to unofficial results. Candidates from the Palos Township Republican Party trounced the Palos Unified Party, which included three incumbents. Four seats were up on Tuesday. Read more: Palos Township Trustees: Republican Party vs. Palos Unified Party Woods, Lebarre, Riley and Brannigan make up the Republican ticket. They credit a get-out-the-vote campaign spearheaded by Palos Township Republican Committeeman Sean Morrison. These new trustees are looking to establish new services, funded through …
Katie Thomason, John Faustino, Meredith Marran and Catherine Maier were elected to the District 118 school board Tuesday night, according to uncertified results.
A newcomer turned out to be the highest vote-getter Tuesday night in the race for four seats on the District 118 school board. With 21 out of 21 precincts reporting, Katie Thomason, John Faustino, Meredith Marran and Catherine Maier have been elected to the District 118 school board, according to unofficial results. Maier and Faustino are incumbents. Four seats were up for the Palos Park-based school district. Incumbent Larry Mish, despite strong campaigning Tuesday, pulled in the least number of votes. Read more: District 118: Incumbents in the Palos District Race Face New Entrants Newcomer Thomason credited strong community support and smart picking of polling locations for targeted campaigning for her success Tuesday. "I’m new at this…
Your guide to the local elections.
Tuesday, April 9
Election Day is Tuesday, April 9. Election Central Palos is your guide to the ballot contests that affect the Palos area. Starting 7 p.m. Tuesday night, return to this post for live updates as polling results are tallied in our live blog. We will then publish a chart of the tentative vote totals from Tuesday's election as soon as enough votes are in. Join us and weigh in on the races. Patch will be out at the polls throughout the day. Check back for our updates: Updated 4:55 p.m. April 9 Slow voter turnout continued through Tuesday afternoon in the Palos area. Precinct 37 reported 97 ballots cast out of 975 registered voters, with 12 early votes already in, as of 4:01 p.m. Updated 11:48 a.m. April 9 Turnout in the first four hours of …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
A guide to the April 2013 District 118 school board race, pitting five candidates for four seats.
Sunday, April 7
CANDIDATE BIOS Early voting begins March 25. Election Day is April 9. When we get closer to the days when you can cast a ballot, we'll post links to biographical and issue-based information about the trustee candidates. Four open seats: THE 'MUST-READ' STORIES Interesting stories relevant to District 118: Join Patch! Create a free user account and join the discussion about the future of the area. You'll be subscribed to the free daily newsletter and breaking news alerts. Got a news tip? Email Patch editor Ben Feldheim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, March 29, 2013
One of this April's hottest races is taking place in Worth Township. A set of longtime incumbents is battling with political newcomers who are mounting an aggressive campaign.
Most township races get little notice, but in recent weeks Worth Township residents have been blanketed with mailers touting what appears to be a fresh approach by a new party of reformers in the upcoming April 9 election. The Worth Township Community First Party’s campaign literature presses all the hot buttons of everything that’s wrong with Illinois government today, including pension reform, term limits and out-of-control salaries footed by the hardworking taxpayer. Connect with Patch: Oak Lawn / Evergreen Park / Palos “We believe in term limits and we’re not going to give ourselves a raise because we know taxpayers don’t want it,” Kevin Hughes, whose challenging four-term incumbent John “Jack” Murphy for town supervisor, said. “…
Monday, March 25, 2013
A guide to the April 2013 District 230 school board race, pitting eight candidates for four seats.
Monday, March 25
Two incumbents on the Consolidated High School District 230 school board and six newcomers will duke it out in the upcoming April election. Carol Baker and currently serve. Ben Twietmeyer, Kathleen Murphy-Peterson, Melissa Gracias, Tony Serratore, Susan Dalton and Anthony Catalano are challenging for four open seats on the board. Early voting begins March 25. Election Day is April 9. When we get closer to the days when you can cast a ballot, we'll post links to biographical and issue-based information about the trustee candidates. THE 'MUST-READ' STORIES Interesting stories relevant to District 230: Join Patch! Create a free user account and join the discussion about the future of the area. You'll be subscribed to the free daily newsletter…
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Twietmeyer's responses to a questionnaire sent to candidates in the District 230 board race.
Name Ben Twietmeyer Position Sought Consolidated High School District 230 Board Member Campaign Contact Information email@example.com Hometown Tinley Park Family Members Wife: Kerri Gruca-Twietmeyer, 33 Daughter: Emiyah Twietmeyer, 10 Son: Luke Twietmeyer, 8 Education Bethel University St. Paul, MN B.A. Life Science Education; Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL M.A.E.D. Curriculum and Instruction Current Occupation and Employer Alan B. Shepard High School, Science Teacher Political Party Affiliation Nonpartisan Why are you seeking office? I believe that our district needs professional educators as a part of their leadership team. I am one of only two candidates that have such experience. As a future parent of two Andrew High…