Naperville’s Election Headquarters 

UPDATE, Jan. 12, 2017 / Results of PN daily analytics show that this page continues to receive many inquiries. Please note that a new voters guide soon will be posted on this site to display hopefuls running in the Consolidated Election. Meanwhile click here to be directed to running commentary and “Meet and Greet” opportunities regarding the Consolidated Election featuring local taxing bodies slated for 6AM-7PM on Tues., April 4, 2017.


***** Elected 2016 General Election (Posted Nov. 9, 2016)

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In Naperville, proponents voted big support for lower taxes and combined road services. One nonbinding question asked to have roads serviced by the City of Naperville instead of the Naperville Township Highway District. The other nonbinding question asked about consolidation of other townships’ services when efficiencies can be met for taxpayers. In September, Naperville/Aurora Residents for Lower Taxes held an informational event to enlighten voters. Mayor Steve Chirico, NARFLT Chairman Mike Isaac and Councilman Kevin Coyne are pictured here.

UPDATE, 11:30AM Nov. 9 / Electoral Vote Count for President (270 needed to win): Clinton, 228 Electoral Votes and 59,599,636 popular  votes; Trump,  279 Electoral Votes and 59,352,999 popular votes. Trump accepts victory. Illinois remains blue in the middle of red states. Clinton concedes. President Obama sets up meeting with President-Elect Trump for Thursday. Update Nov. 28 / Clinton won 232 Electoral Votes with 64,654,483 popular votes; Trump won 306 Electoral Votes with 62,418,820 popular votes. Other candidates combined received 7,192,036 popular votes. Electors meet Dec. 19, 2016, to cast official ballots.

UPDATE, 6:15AM Nov. 9 / This page will be updated throughout the day as necessary. Results are unofficial at this time.

UPDATE, 2:45AM Nov. 9 / Electoral Vote Count for President (270 needed to win): Clinton, 218 Electoral Votes; Trump,  276 Electoral Votes. Trump accepts victory. Illinois remains blue in the middle of red states. 

UPDATE, 10PM Nov. 8 / Electoral Vote Count for President (270 needed to win): Clinton, 131 and Trump, 197.

US Senate, 34 of 100 seats up for election: Tammy Duckworth (D) wins in Illinois.

US House, 435 seats up for election: Peter Roskam wins 6th District, Randy Hultgren wins 14th District and Bill Foster wins 11th District.

UPDATE, 6PM Nov. 8 / Election Judges at May Watts Elementary School report a steady stream of voters all day.

polling-place-nov-8Early voting attracted 440 voters.

The line was out the door from 6AM to 7AM.

By 11:30AM, 437 individuals had cast their ballots.

By 5:30PM, the number of voters had passed 750.

With one hour to go, there’s no line. Just lots of friendly Election Judges!

Polls close at 7PM.

Thanks to voters and everyone who helped make Election Day run smoothly. Many happy returns. Peace.

Are you prepared to vote for candidates in the General Election?

After all the filing deadlines, this page has been updated with candidates and local referendum questions on the ballot. Currently, this page features candidates who ran in the Illinois Primary as well as for third parties, Green and Libertarian.

Thanks for reading and getting to know the candidates before you vote.

RECENT UPDATES / May 29, 2016; July 15, 2016; July 22, 2016; July 25, 2016; July 30, 2016; September 6, 2016; September 14, 2016; October 5, 2016; October 10, 2016, Oct. 14, 2016, Oct. 18, 2016, Oct. 23, 2016, Oct. 24, 2016, Oct. 31.

All links to candidates’ websites on this page have been requested by the candidate or campaign representative.

Naperville Government Guide / List of Elected Officials Now Serving

Election Opinions / Opinions to PN Editor, Op-Eds & Endorsements

U.S. President / VP 

Republican

Donald J. Trump (R) *****

/ Mike Pence (R)  *****

Republican National Convention was held in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18-21, 2016.

2016 Presidential Debates

Sept. 26 (Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY); 

Oct. 9 (8PM, Washington University, St. Louis);

Oct. 19 (8PM, University of Nevada-Las Vegas)

2016 Vice-Presidential Debate

Oct. 4 (Longwood University, Farmville, VA)

Democrat

Hillary Clinton (D)

/ Tim Kaine (D)

Democratic National Convention was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 25-28, 2016.

Green

Jill Stein (G)

/ Scott Summers (G)

Libertarian

Gary Johnson (L)

/ Bill Weld (L)

Libertarian National Convention was held May 27-30, 2016, in Orlando, Florida.

 

Only Republican, Democrat and Libertarian Party candidates for President are on the Nov. 8, 2016, ballot in all 50 states.

U.S. Senate

Illinois is served by two Senators in the 100-member U.S. Senate. (Currently Illinois is served by 1 Democrat and 1 Republican.) Length of term: 6 years.

Republican

Mark Kirk (R)

Democrat

Tammy Duckworth (D)  *****

Libertarian

Kent McMillen (L)

U.S. Congress 

Congressional Districts (6th, 11th and 14th) carved out of Naperville, Illinois, are represented by three members in the 435-member House of Representatives (Currently Naperville is served by 1 Democrat and 2 Republicans). Illinois has 18 Congressional Districts.
Length of term: 2 years.

6th District

Peter Roskam (R)  *****

Amanda Howland (D)

11th District

Bill Foster (D)  *****

Tonia Khouri (R)

14th District

Randy Hultgren (R)  *****

Jim Walz (D)


Early Voting Runs Oct. 24 to Nov. 7, 2016 

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Early Voting (by Mail ) began Sept. 29, 2016

By mail, Early Voting (Absentee Voting) begins at the County Building on Sept. 29, 2016, or 40 days before the election. Link to info in DuPage County about Early Voting by Mail.  Link to Will County.

Early Voting (in person) in General Election runs Oct. 24 through Nov. 7, 2016 at City Hall

(Early Voting will be held at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St., for registered voters in DuPage County and Naperville residents in Will County.)

For the November 8, 2016, General Election, the first day of Early Voting is Mon., October 24, and the last day is Mon., Nov. 7, 2016.

Monday through Friday, DuPage County Voting will be held in Lower Level Meeting Room A from 8:30AM- 7:30PM. Hours are 9AM-5PM on Saturdays and 10AM-4PM on Sundays.

Will County residents will vote in the Naperville City Clerk’s Office during the same voting period with different hours.

Thanks for paying attention to all the hopefuls on the ballot.


Illinois State Comptroller: 2016 Special Election 

Leslie Munger (R)

Susana Mendoza (D)  *****

Claire Ball (L)

Tim Curtin (G)

Illinois Senate 

Illinois has 59 State Senate members (Currently 40 Democrats and 19 Republicans) Length of term: 4 years.

Vote for 1: Jim Oberweis (R) 25th District ***** / Corinne M. Pierog (D) 25th District

Christine Radogno (R) 41st District ***** / No Candidate Democratic

Pat McGuire (D) 43rd District ***** / No Candidate Republican

Vote for 1: Michelle Smith (R) 49th District / Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D) 49th District *****

Note! Though it appears organizers and supporters petitioning to put redrawing the Illinois District Maps question on the General Election Ballot,  Nov. 8, 2016, had the signatures they needed, the Illinois Supreme Court did not agree. Visit Independent Map Amendment to check their progress as they aim to create a nonpartisan 11-member board and “a system where the voters choose their representatives instead of the representatives choosing their voters.”

For a list of other nonpartisan supporters of the Independent Map Amendment, click here.

Illinois State House 

Illinois has 118 State House members (Currently 71 Democrats and 47 Republicans) Length of term: 2 years.

Grant Wehrli (R) 41st District  ***** / No Candidate Democratic

Vote for 1: Jeanne Ives (R) 42nd District ***** / Kathleen V. Carrier (D) 42nd District

Mike Fortner (R) 49th District ***** / No Candidate Democratic

Vote for 1:  David S. Olsen (R) 82nd District  *****/ Greg Hose (D) 82nd District

Vote for 1: Stephanie A. Kifowit (D) 84th District ***** / Mike Strick (R) 84th District

Emily McAsey (D) 85th District *****  / No Candidate Republican

Mark Batinick (R) 97th District ***** / No Candidate Democratic

FYI: When Illinois District maps were redrawn after the 2010 Census, eight districts were carved from the region to touch Naperville, some just barely. The 41st District is the one serving the largest Naperville population, spreading beyond her borders.  Here’s the Respresentative Map for the 41st District with its outreach.

Also, visit Independent Map Amendment to follow progress to create a nonpartisan 11-member board and a district map system “where the voters choose their representatives instead of the representatives choosing their voters.” To help promote fair elections, PN firmly supports the Independent Map Amendment and all initiatives to place term limits on the ballot.  For a list of other nonpartisan supporters, click here.

DuPage County 

(Polling Place Voter Look Up)

County State’s Attorney

Robert “Bob” Berlin (R) ***** / No Candidate Democratic

Circuit Court Clerk

Vote for 1: Chris Kachiroubas (R) ***** / Christopher English (D)

County Auditor

Vote for 1: Bob Grogan (R) ***** / Michelle Gale (D)

Coroner

Richard Jorgensen (R) *****/ No Candidate Democratic

Recorder

Vote for 1: Fred Bucholz (R) ***** / Moon Khan (D)

DuPage County Board

Vote for 1, District 5 Full 2-Year Term: Janice Marie Anderson (R) *****/ Tony Michelassi (D)

Vote for 1, District 5 Full 4-Year Term: James D. Healy (R) ***** / Regina D. Brent (D)

DuPage County Forest Preserve 5th District

Mary Lou Wehrli (R) ***** / No Candidate Democratic

Precinct Committeemen

Democrat (DuPage County)

Republican (DuPage County)

18th Judicial Circuit

18th Judicial (Burke)

Brian F. Telander (R) ***** / No Candidate Democratic

18th Judicial (Equi)

Paul Michael Fullerton (R) ***** / No Candidate Democratic

18Th Judicial (Elsner)

Vote for 1:  Liam Christopher Brennan (R) *****/ Jennifer Shilakis Wiesner (D)

Amendments / Propositions 

STATE OF ILLINOIS

“NOTICE THE FAILURE TO VOTE THIS BALLOT MAY BE THE EQUIVALENT OF A NEGATIVE VOTE, BECAUSE A CONVENTION SHALL BE CALLED OR THE AMENDMENT SHALL BECOME EFFECTIVE IF APPROVED BY EITHER THREE-FIFTHS OF THOSE VOTING ON THE QUESTION OR A MAJORITY OF THOSE VOTING IN THE ELECTION. (THIS IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS A DIRECTION THAT YOUR VOTE IS REQUIRED TO BE CAST EITHER IN FAVOR OF OR IN OPPOSITION TO THE PROPOSITION HEREIN CONTAINED.) WHETHER YOU VOTE THIS BALLOT OR NOT YOU MUST RETURN IT TO THE ELECTION JUDGE WHEN YOU LEAVE THE VOTING BOOTH.”  YES

Explanation of Amendment

The proposed amendment adds a new section to the Revenue Article of the Illinois Constitution. The proposed amendment provides that no moneys derived from taxes, fees, excises, or license taxes, relating to registration, titles, operation, or use of vehicles or public highways, roads, streets, bridges, mass transit, intercity passenger rail, ports, or airports, or motor fuels, including bond proceeds, shall be expended for other than costs of administering laws related to vehicles and transportation, costs for construction, reconstruction, maintenance, repair, and betterment of public highways, roads, streets, bridges, mass transit, intercity passenger rail, ports, airports, or other forms of transportation, and other statutory highway purposes, including the State or local share to match federal aid highway funds. You are asked to decide whether the proposed amendment should become part of the Illinois Constitution. For the proposed addition of Section 11 to Article IX of the Illinois Constitution.


GENERAL ELECTION – PROPOSITIONS – CITY OF NAPERVILLE (Non-binding)

1 Should the City of Naperville and the Naperville Township Road District enter into an agreement for combined roadway services as proposed by the Naperville City Council on June 7, 2016 in order to reduce the real estate tax burden on all Naperville Township taxpayers?  YES

2 Should a township government be abolished in the City of Naperville when efficiencies and savings in delivery of township services can be demonstrated by either the City of Naperville or another governmental body performing the same services? YES


NAPERVILLE TOWNSHIP

1 ADVISORY BALLOT QUESTION

Should the City of Naperville and the Naperville Township Road District enter into an agreement for combined roadway services as proposed by the Naperville City Council on June 7, 2016, in order to reduce the real estate tax burden on all Naperville Township taxpayers? YES


LISLE TOWNSHIP

1 PROPOSITION TO CONSOLIDATE MOSQUITO ABATEMENT SERVICES UNDER TOWNSHIP GOVERNMENT In order to provide greater health benefits and mosquito nuisance control, and to save taxpayers money from the 40 units of governments in DuPage County that have responsibilities in providing mosquito abatement services, shall those government authorities be consolidated into the nine DuPage County Townships to administer Mosquito Abatement Programs? YES


WINFIELD TOWNSHIP

1 PROPOSITION TO CONSOLIDATE MOSQUITO ABATEMENT SERVICES UNDER TOWNSHIP GOVERNMENT In order to provide greater health benefits and mosquito nuisance control, and to save taxpayers money from the 40 units of governments in DuPage County that have responsibilities in providing mosquito abatement services, shall those government authorities be consolidated into the nine DuPage County Townships to administer Mosquito Abatement Programs? YES


BALLOT FOR JUDICIAL CANDIDATES SEEKING RETENTION IN OFFICE

“Vote on the Proposition with respect to all or any of the Judges listed on this ballot. No Judge listed is running against any other Judge. The sole question is whether each Judge shall be retained in his present office.”

SHALL EACH OF THE PERSONS LISTED BE RETAINED IN OFFICE AS JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, EIGHTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT?  All judges retained.

Bonnie M. Wheaton YES NO

Kenneth L. Popejoy YES NO

Daniel P. Guerin  YES NO

Dorothy French Mallen YES NO

Ronald D. Sutter  YES NO

Will County 

(Polling Place Look Up)

Circuit Clerk

Vote for 1: Marlene M. Carlson (R)

Andrea Lynn Chasteen (D) *****

Recorder of Deeds

Vote for 1: Kristin Cross (R) / Karen A. Stukel (D) *****

State’s Attorney

James W. Glasgow (D) *****

County Auditor

Vote for 1: Gary Good (R) / Kevin ‘Duffy’ Blackburn (D) *****

Coroner

Patrick K. O’Neil (D) *****

Chief Executive Officer

Vote for 1: Laurie McPhillips (R) / Lawrence M. ‘Larry’ Walsh (D) *****

County Board Members to be Nominated (2-Year Term)

County Board District – 1, 4, 6 & 7

(Note: Members of the County Board also serve on the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Board of Commissioners.)

County Board Members to be Nominated (4-Year Term)

County Board District – 3, 8, 10, 12 & 13

Precinct Committeeman – Elected (2-Year Term)

Will County Precinct Committeemen 

Link to Will County Election Results / All Candidates & Propositions

Get to know candidates running to serve Naperville 

To assist in the ease to study up, this page includes only candidates who ran in the Primary Elections to serve Naperville. After first winning the Primary, candidates are now on the ballot in the General Presidential Election on Tues., Nov. 8, 2016.

Much more than election of POTUS

Remember the upcoming election is more than Presidential. Candidates running to serve Naperville also include hopefuls for U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives in Districts 6, 11 and 14, DuPage County Forest Preserve Commissioner in District 5 and Will County Circuit Clerk.

A special election is being held for State Comptroller.

Plus, questions will be on the ballot that require full understanding. Talk to friends and neighbors. Know what a “yes” or “no” vote means to the community.

When available, access to the official DuPage County ballot will be linked here.

Also note, to help promote fair elections, PN firmly supports the Independent Map Amendment and all initiatives to place term limits on the ballot. Time will tell.

Term Limits – Redistricting 

Incumbents running for re-election are not identified as such because Positively Naperville is a proponent of term limits and/or elected officials’ rotating to different public offices when available on their own terms.

Unfortunately, in our opinion, today too many elected officials fail to self-regulate their terms the way founding President George Washington limited himself to two 4-year terms when he served from 1789 to 1797.

As voter turnout continues to decline, our view is that regular elections have allowed the growth of career politicians, often running unopposed, holding onto seats in local, state and federal governments without challenge. Labeling incumbents, especially in the Primary, could provide an unfair advantage of more name recognition, considering that some voters fail to pay attention to candidates and their policy statements. In our opinion, 12 years are more than enough time for service of any elected official, especially when considering partisan redistricting and accumulated war chests of campaign funds.

Plus, 12-year limits could serve as time for elected public officials to mentor individuals interested in preparing to run and be voted into the public office. Perhaps knowing every term were limited would attract individuals who truly want give public service for a limited period without feeling obligated for the long run. Perhaps term limits would prevent getting hooked on the perks, prestige and power that seem to prevail over long periods of public service, preventing some politicians from passing the position so other qualified individuals in their party could serve.

U.S. President, 36 Governors & Naperville City Council have term limits

Furthermore, term limits are in place for the President of the United States (Limit of two 4-year terms since the 22nd Amendment, ratified on Feb. 26, 1951), 36 state governors and some legislatures in varying limits, Naperville Mayor (Three 4-year terms since the Referendum of 2010) and Naperville City Council (Three 4-year terms since the Referendum of 2010). Self-limiting a term to no more than eight years is our preference, but since U.S. Senators currently serve 6-year terms, 12 years are OK.

Nonpartisan Illinois District Maps

To date, it appears organizers and supporters petitioning to put redrawing the Illinois District Maps question on the General Election Ballot,  Nov. 8, 2016, have the signatures they need, but the State Supreme Court has denied their petitions.  Visit Independent Map Amendment to check their progress as they aim to create a nonpartisan 11-member board and “a system where the voters choose their representatives instead of the representatives choosing their voters.” For a list of nonpartisan supporters, click here.

Maybe, just maybe, if term limits are in place and fair maps are drawn, additional qualified candidates will run and more informed individuals will vote. It’s worth a few thoughts. Talk to your legislators.

Thanks for Running 

Thanks to all hopefuls for petitioning voters (and to registered voters for signing petitions and participating in the process) in order for candidates to throw their hats into the ring with a desire to serve all constituents.

We aim to monitor fair campaigns based on facts, fresh ideas and open minds. We hope thoughtful, practical and prudent candidates are elected to set goals from across the aisle, exchange ideas and serve this nation’s governing bodies with integrity, accountability and transparency.

Here’s to engaging local voters who will give time and energy to get to know the issues, the Constitution as well as independent-minded candidates.

By the end of the campaign, we hope voters elect problem-solving policy makers who connect with the everyday challenges of constituents to address job creation, government regulation, national security and need for tax reform; elected officials who understand unintended consequences as well as the role and limits of every governing body in a reasonable, respectful manner to protect this nation’s freedoms for “We the people…” and “…justice for all.”

The candidates listed here appear on the websites for the State of Illinois, DuPage County and/or Will County Boards of Elections.   —PN

Election Judges 

Be part of the upcoming election process. DuPage and Will counties are recruiting Election Judges for the Nov. 8, 2016, General Election. Illinois Statutes require bipartisan representation in every polling place. An individual must declare the party he/she will represent. Advance training is necessary as well as availability from 5AM to 9PM on Election Day. Polls are open 6AM to 7PM. For complete info about compensation and training, visit the DuPage County Election Judges or Will County Election Judges.

Editor’s Notes 

Any omission in this list of Election Candidates is not intended. To report corrections, please contact Stephanie@positivelynaperville.com and include “Election” in the subject line.

Also, any campaign manager for a candidate who wishes to be linked to this website (no charge), please send request to Stephanie@positivelynaperville.com and include “Election/Candidate Website” in the subject line.

Rates for online banner ads with print ads also are available upon request. Thanks for inquiries!

During PN’s 15-year history, this publication has not endorsed candidates. That said, we’d like to influence all voters to become informed about all the candidates running well in advance of Election Day. This General Election is about much more than the election of President of the United States. It’s about all the folks “down ballot” that want to serve Naperville in seats up for election in DuPage and Will counties, Springfield and Washington, D.C.

Our hope for our republic is that voters wait to vote until November 8, 2016, whenever possible. The final week of any election can offer insights not available during Early Voting. —PN

Now Serving Naperville 

Are you familiar with the elected officials and leadership that currently serve you on governing bodies (city council, school boards, park district board of commissioners, townships) here in Naperville as well as in DuPage and Will counties, Springfield and all the way to Washington, D.C.?

PN’s Government Guide aims to keep local residents informed. Thanks for getting to know the folks around town who serve to approve budgets and set public policy.

Prepare to Begin Again / April 4, 2017 

And remember… The next Naperville Consolidated Election for City Council, local school boards, the park district board of commissioners, township boards and other local governing bodies (of which there are quite a few) is Tues., April 4, 2017.

Here’s a link (click here) to local filing dates for the Consolidated Election. (Interested in running to serve the City Council, Park District Board of Commissioners, 203 or 204 school boards? There’s still time to pick up a petition packet.)

According to the State of Illinois Local Election Official Handbook for 2017, the following schedule of filing periods is important to note for anyone considering to seek local office:

Nomination papers must include a certificate stating the names and addresses of party officers authorized to fill vacancies in nomination. [10 ILCS 5/10-2, 10-5, 10-11]

No petition sheet may be circulated more than 90 days preceding the last day provided for the filing of such petitions. [10 ILCS 5/7-10 and 5/10-4] Petition circulation for established party candidates and non-partisan municipal office candidates begins on August 30, 2016, and the filing period for those petitions is November 21 – 28, 2016.

November 21-28, 2016 [10 ILCS 5/7-12(3), 10-6(4)] (Filed not more than 99 nor less than 92 days prior to the date of the primary) Filing period for candidates seeking nomination at the FEBRUARY 28, 2017 Consolidated Primary Election, See page “iii.” Petitions may NOT be circulated prior to August 30, 2016. [10 ILCS 5/10-4] (No more than 90 days preceding the last day for the filing of the petition) 

December 12 -19, 2016 [10 ILCS 5/10-6(2)] (Not more than 113 nor less than 106 days prior to the consolidated election) Filing period for candidates seeking election at the APRIL 4, 2017 Consolidated Election. See page “v.” Petitions may NOT be circulated prior to September 20, 2016. [10 ILCS 5/10-4] (No more than 90 days preceding the last day for the filing of the petition)

Primary Voting 

2016 Primary Election / A Little History

Traditionalist voters in Naperville, Illinois, went to the polls on Primary Election Day, Tues., March 15, to cast their ballots along party lines for public officials who will serve Naperville in DuPage and Will Counties, Springfield and Washington, D.C.

Illinois voters participate in what’s called a “mixed primary” system. That means Primary Election voters do not have to register with a party, but when voting in the Primary, they must choose either the Republican or Democrat ballot. Votes do not cross party lines. Only Republican and Democrat parties were on the Primary Ballot. Note that other parties with their candidates are on the 2016 General Election ballot on November 8.

Be mindful also that the Primary featured more than candidates running for POTUS. Get to know all candidates.

Note also that in the Illinois Presidential Primary, the Democrat and Republican delegates are chosen by Congressional District. Illinois in not a “winner-take-all” state.

For information about polling locations, residents can call DuPage County Election Commission at (630) 407-5600 and the Will County Election Commission at (815) 740-4615.


One more time to note one important initiative:  Though unsuccessful so far in the Illinois Supreme Court, organizers and supporters petitioning to put redrawing the Illinois District Maps question on the General Election Ballot,  Nov. 8, 2016, have the signatures they need. Visit Independent Map Amendment to check their progress to create a nonpartisan 11-member board and “a system where the voters choose their representatives instead of the representatives choosing their voters.”