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…
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Find out who will sit on the Mokena Board of Trustees, Mokena District 159 and Summit Hill District 161 boards of education, and Frankfort Township departments. The vote totals become official on April 30
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Thursday, April 11, 2013
Mokena's newly-elected mayor talks about the village's future and thanks voters.
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Four out of six seats on the Summit Hill School D161 Board of Education are newcomers.
With four out of seven seats filled now by newcomers to Summit Hill School Dist. 161, a fresh crop of board members will take their seats next to board members Stacey Borgens, George Perros and Sean Doyle. The newly elected members are: The biggest vote-getter was Pamela Kohlbacher, a retired principal from D161. She received 2,140 votes. David Faber was second in line with 1,794 votes, and Richard Marron got 1,716 votes. Richard Ward came in with 1,523. Candidate Mark Zilinskas lost his bid with 1,271 votes. A contentious year led up to the 2013 Election for Summit Hill School Dist. 161. After the closing of Mary Drew Elementary School, which had parents and residents of Summit Hill School District 161 up in arms, came a controversy over …
It was clear early in the evening that it was a Republican sweep for Frankfort Township officials.
Those who cast a ballot Tuesday gave incumbents for Frankfort Township a clear vote of confidence. Every office and the trustees were re-elected for another four-year term. The after-the-polls-close party at Jameson's Pub, 9545 W. St. Francis Road, where Republican incumbents gathered to watch the returns, got enthusiastic early. As each of the precincts came in, it was a clear victory for those who have been running the township for the past four years. The winners are: Kral, assessor, was the top vote-getter for Frankfort Township. He raked in a total of 5,546 compared to challenger George Perros, with 2,395. Carlson re-gained his position as highway commissioner with 5,022 votes compared to challenger Mike Benoit, who received 2,742 …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The results are in. Find out who will sit on the Mokena Board of Trustees, Mokena District 159 and Summit Hill District 161 boards of education, and Frankfort Township departments.
The elections are over. Now it's time to see who won and find out what they're planning. Here is the the list of links to stories covering some of the races that affect New Lenox. See below for the unofficial polling numbers from the Will County Clerk's website. Numbers include votes cast today, as well as absentee and early ballots. Results will not be made official until April 30. Readers might like: It's easy to keep up with Patch!
Stacy Cesta, Danielle Didrickson, Anna Briscoe and Jim Andresen were all elected to the Mokena School District 159 Board of Education on Tuesday, April 9.
Four new members will take seats on the Mokena School District 159 Board of Education in the coming months, after voters elected Stacy Cesta, Danielle Didrickson, Anna Briscoe and Jim Andresen to seats on the board. “It's exciting to hear the numbers,” Didrickson said. “It's very excited to see the numbers that we're seeing and hope that officially those numbers are truly the numbers that come in at the end of the day” The quartet ran as a ticket, watching the results trickle in during election night together. “It's great, it's exciting, my wife encouraged me to get out there and do something to support the community,” Andresen said. “It's all kind of just sinking in, and between the absentee and early ballots, it's just so exciting. As …
Newly elected Mokena Mayor Frank Fleischer addresses economic development, thanks the community for its support and talks about what's next for Mokena.
Mokena's newly elected mayor, Frank Fleischer, is ready to work with newly elected trustees, village administration and others to bring the village economic development. Although he was elected in an unopposed race, Fleischer said that the voter turnout indicated that the village was ready for change. “People voted for me for a reason,” he said. “Even though I was unopposed, people voted for me. … That tells me people are looking forward to what I said during the campaign. They want economic development in the village of Mokena and I will start doing that as soon as I take office.” With economic development at the forefront of his mind, Fleischer said he plans to find a way to bring an economic development director position to the village…
Monday, April 8, 2013
The Will County Clerk's website reveals the details of early votes cast for the 2013 April Consolidated Elections.
Between March 25th and the end of day on April 4, the Will County Clerk's website shows a total of 4,047 voters cast a ballot for the April 9 Consolidated Election. In the Village of Mokena, a total of 297 votes were cast at Village Hall. In the municipal complex at Frankfort Township, 243 ballots were completed, and 24 were completed at the New Lenox Township Office. The numbers exclude votes cast on Friday and Saturday. In addition, 507 ballots from residents throughout the county were cast in-person at the Will County Clerk's Office, and 3,371 were cast with local clerks throughout the county. To review the early voting totals county-wide, visit the Will County County Clerk's page here. Get news alerts and Facebook updates from these …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Two Candidates in two Will County townships make trustee candidacy a family affair.
A Will County daughter and her father are running for township trustee seats in two Will County townships. Colleen Hassel is running for trustee in Frankfort Township and her father, Kevin Clancy, of Plainfield, is running for trustee in Plainfield Township at the same time. The two are running as Democrats. Hassell, 34, of Frankfort Square, said she learned how to give back to the community through her father's example. Growing up on Chicago's Ashburn neighborhood, her dad volunteered to coach softball for the three girls and one boy in the family. He was very supportive of the girls' activities, she said. Years later, his entry into politics served as an example too. Clancy said he moved the family to Plainfield about 20 years ago. …