Above / In our view, the best local elected officials are ones aware of all the gaps from one governmental body to the other in order to create the most efficient government possible without duplication of services. Consider how many governments are connected by this covered bridge along the Riverwalk. (PN File Photo)
Last UPDATED Feb. 28, 2017 / The following local residents have thrown their hats into the ring for the Consolidated Election on April 4, 2017, each one with the desire to serve the community on a local taxing body.
Know the candidates who will set public policy and approve plans with budgets, likely some of your friends & neighbors. Then vote April 4.
In ballot order to fill four 4-year seats on Naperville City Council are Judith Brodhead, Michael Leland Isaac, John “Johnny” Krummen, Kevin Michael Coyne, Julie Berkowicz, Kevin M. Gallaher, Benny White and Michael Strick.
No contest for Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners will happen for four 4-year seats up for election as only four individuals—Mike Reilly, Mike King, Bill Eagen and Bobby Carlsen —turned in petitions.
In School District 203, five hopefuls, Kristin W. Fitzgerald, Donna E. Wandke, Charles Cush, Shirley DeCorte and Paul Leong, filed for one of the four 4-year seats. Two candidates, Kristine Gericke and Robert W. Fieseler, Jr., filed for the unexpired 2-year term.
In School District 204, eight local residents —Mike Raczak, Laurie Donahue, Vasavi Chakka, Renata Sliva, Cathy Piehl, Susan Taylor Demming, Marlan Brazier and J. Randy Sidio —filed petitions for four 4-year terms.
Naperville Township / For Supervisor: Rachel Ossyra (R) For Clerk: Barry Greenberg (R) For (Four Seats) Township Trustee: Kerry Malm (R), Paul Santucci (R), Jim Ruhl (R), Heather Bejda (R). For Highway Commissioner: Stan Wojtasiak (R). For Township Assessor: Warren Dixon III (R).
(Note: Democratic and Republican candidates in other townships are determined by caucus. When new ballots are official for Townships, candidates will be posted. The City of Naperville is served, in portions, by six townships: Naperville, DuPage, Lisle, Milton, Wheatland and Winfield. Illinois is home to 1,432 townships.)
“Shall the Naperville Township Road District and the Lisle Township Road District of DuPage County, Illinois, be consolidated into one consolidated Township Road District?” YES or NO
The College of DuPage Board of Trustees has openings to fill two 6-year seats in the county-wide race by petitioners Christine Fenne, of Wheaton; Dan Markwell, of Lombard; Taso Triantafillos, of Addison. One two-year term (unexpired) will be sought by Alan Bennett, of Lombard (No incumbents filed petitions by the deadline on Dec. 19, 2016. After candidates received petition objections, they were omitted from ballot.)
DuPage Township, Lisle Township, Milton Township, Naperville Township, Wheatland Township and Winfield Township as well as both school districts and the College of DuPage serve beyond the city limits of Naperville and will be on the ballot. At this time, the Consolidated Election has attracted residents running to serve Naperville Township and School District 204 from Naperville and Aurora. No residents from Naperville filed to run for COD.
Click here to link to the “to be continued” post about the Naperville merger question that appears to have missed the Jan. 26, 2017, deadline to be the April ballot. The subsequent court ruling by Judge Paul M. Fullerton on Feb. 8, 2017, was to grant a motion to dismiss the ballot questions. Daily Herald story on Feb. 21, 2017, addresses beginning of the conversation regarding merger in Lisle.
If we have omitted or included any candidates by mistake, it is not intentional. Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, was the last day to certify ballots with the questions they will ask and the candidates up for election on April 4, 2017. Pay attention. Sometimes it’s tough locating current information via the six townships as those elections are partisan.
Please send candidate listings or omissions to stephanie@positivelynaperville. Include “Candidate-April 4” in the subject line as well as your name, phone and contact info. Thank you.
“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” —Plato
Attend Meet & Greets to learn the issues in 2017
PN welcomes candidates to provide opportunities to meet them at local free events and/or upcoming fundraisers. It’s our pleasure to post “Meet & Greet the Candidate” events when submitted to email@example.com.
Please note: Official candidate websites also will be linked here at no charge. We do not assume all candidates wish to be linked, so we ask that candidates request the connection as well as submit meet and greet events.
Also note that due to their nature of membership requirements and lack of accessibility to all, social media sites are not considered to be “official” websites by PN. We encourage serious candidates to invest a little thought and time into a website in order to showcase their biographies, platforms and links to social media; easily available for all voters to access around the clock via the internet.
RED DATES below indicate Public Forums likely to be broadcast on cable TV or streaming live as well as public events hosted by organizations featuring all candidates running for the same office.
7PM Mon., March 6 / Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation has planned forum date for College of DuPage Board of Trustees in City Council Chambers, 400 S. Eagle St. (Up to 2 hours) NAHC forum will be broadcast on Naperville Public access station WCNC and will also be available for on-line streaming via the city website.
7PM Tues., March 7 / School District 204 Candidate Forum at Crouse Education Center, 780 Shoreline Drive, Aurora. The forum will be hosted by Indian Prairie Parents’ Council and League of Women Voters and streamed live at www.ipsd.org. The forum also will be available the following day on 204tv.org.
10AM Sat., March 11 / West Suburban Irish St. Patrick’s Parade in downtown Naperville is always a showcase of hopefuls running in the Consolidated Election. For info about putting on the green with an entry, visit register for St. Patrick’s Parade.
11:30AM-1PM Mon., March 13 / NACC Legislative Committee – City Council Candidate Forum / Embassy Suites Chicago-Naperville , 1823 Abriter Ct. , Naperville, IL 60563. / Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Please note that walk ins will be accepted as room allows, however, the walk-in rate for Chamber Members is $25 and $35 for future Chamber Members. For more information, contact Beth Ann DiFranco at (630) 544-3365.
7-8:30PM Mon., March 13 / School District 203 Candidate Forum will be hosted by the League of Women Voters of Naperville, along with a committee consisting of District 203 parents and taxpayers. The forum will be held at Naperville North High School Performing Arts Center, 899 North Mill Street. Seven candidates running for five open seats for the Naperville Community School District 203 school board have been invited to participate. FREE and open to the public, the event schedule will be as follows:
- Candidates will introduce themselves.
- A professional and experienced moderator from the League of Women Voters of Wheaton will ask candidates several questions prepared by the committee prior to the evening.
- Community members will be given an opportunity to submit written questions, which the moderator will deliver to the candidates.
- Candidates will provide closing statements.
Candidates also will receive a questionnaire to complete prior to the evening. Responses to the questionnaire will be compiled into a Voter’s Guide, which will be available at the forum.
XXX March 16 / Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation changed this previously scheduled date for School District 203 to Feb. 20. See listing on Feb. 20. Thank you. Due to a prior commitment, PN was unable to attend. Fortunately, the forum led by NAHC moderator Kathy Benson is available (Click Here) online.
10AM-11:30AM Sat., March 18 / Kevin Coyne hosts FREE Community Forum at 1504 N. Naper Blvd., Suite 120, to review a variety of senior living topics with Q&A. Speakers include: Mike Cooper, Owner of the Naperville Senior Center. Cooper will discuss the senior care services his company provides.
Michele Hilger, Monarch Landing. Hilger will review senior housing options offered by her company.
Jim Hill and Karen Courney, Naperville Senior Task Force. Hill and Courney will offer information about what this newly-formed task force is doing for seniors and detail a new ride program (RAN) for seniors.
Alan Hoffman, Oasis Senior Advisors. Hoffman will discuss housing options for seniors in the Naperville area and discuss how his company assists families.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ICYMI: Previous Meet & Greets / HyperLinks to Candidate Forums
1:30-3PM Sat., Jan. 14 / Bring your family and meet Kevin Coyne and his family during an Ice Cream Social at Colonial Cafe, located in Naperville Plaza, Gartner at Washington streets. Special Guest: Patty Gustin. $10 per person, ice cream included. Hosted by Citizens to Elect Kevin Coyne. (Mailing address: 1708 Chalmette Court, Naperville, IL 60565.) Find more info at www.coyneforcouncil.org. RSVP to email@example.com.
5:30-7PM Thurs., Jan. 19 / Naperville Township Team for Lower Taxes hosts a fundraiser at HopVine Brewery, 4030 Fox Valley Center, Aurora, Il. The Naperville Township Team for Lower Taxes includes candidates Rachel Ossyra, Kerry Malm, Catherine Hanselin, Daniel Porter and Kurt Dorr. (Paid for by Naperville Township Team for Lower Taxes. Contributions can be mailed to 935 Elderberry Circle, #113 Naperville, IL 60563)
5:30-7:30 Wed., Jan. 25 / Fundraiser for Mike Isaac, candidate for Naperville City Council. Hosted by Committee to Elect Mike Isaac (Michael Leland Isaac) at Quigley’s Irish Pub in downtown Naperville. $50 Contribution is suggested. More details to follow. (Paid for by Committee to Elect Mike Isaac.)
5:30-7PM Thurs., Jan. 26 / Campaign fundraiser rally to re-elect Judy Brodhead for Naperville City Council. Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House, 127 W. Van Buren Ave. Recommended Donation $75. RSVP: Facebook.com/BrodheadForNaperville. (Hosted by Brodhead for Naperville)
7-10PM Thurs., Feb. 2 / Naperville Professional Firefighters will host a 2017 Naperville City Council Candidate Meet and Greet at Empire, 48 W. Chicago Ave. In years past, we have hosted Q&A forums as well as a candidate reception to help our organization, and other organizations throughout the city, with an introduction to those running for a seat on council. This year, we are continuing the tradition but in a more casual and informal format. (City Council candidates are Judith Brodhead, Michael Leland Isaac, John “Johnny” Krummen, Kevin Michael Coyne, Julie Berkowicz, Kevin M. Gallaher, Benny White and Michael Strick.) Attire is business casual. Please RSVP to Dan Donahoe by Jan. 19 at (630) 885-2690 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and be safe.
11AM-1PM Sat., Feb. 4 / Benny White announces his Campaign for Naperville City Council. Meet Benny White. Enjoy appetizers while learning about Benny’s vision for the community. Suggested donation is $50 which goes a long way toward helping Benny get the word out about his campaign. Benny’s campaign event will be held at Houlihan’s Naperville, located at 2860 Show Place Dr.
7PM Wed., Feb. 8 / Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation forum for Naperville City Council in City Council Chambers, 400 S. Eagle St., attracted an audience of some 60 individuals, including candidates and moderator Bob Fischer. Many attendees in the audience asked PN if we were “covering” the event. These types of forums are tough to cover without appearing to favor one candidate over another. All NAHC forums are broadcast live on Naperville Public access station WCNC and will also be available for on-line streaming via the city website. PN urges voters to be informed by watching the rebroadcast forums when available. Pictured here, from left, are Julie Berkowicz, Mike Strick, Kevin Coyne, Judith Brodhead, Mike Isaac, Kevin Gallaher, Benny White and John Krummen. To see the rerun of the candidates’ forum, click here.
6-8PM Mon., Feb. 13 / Meet Kevin Coyne and friends at a Fundraiser at Aurellio’s Naperville – Springbrook Square, 1975 Springbrook Square Dr. Naperville resident and State Rep. Grant Wehrli is expected to attend to share his insights about the candidate for City Council. Hosted by Citizens to Elect Kevin Coyne. (Mailing address: 1708 Chalmette Court, Naperville, IL 60565.) RSVP to email@example.com.
7PM Thurs., Feb. 16 / Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation has planned forum date for Indian Prairie School District 204 Board of Education in City Council Chambers, 400 S. Eagle St. (Up to 2 hours) NAHC forum will be broadcast on Naperville Public access station WCNC and will also be available for on-line streaming via the city website. Find the forum led by NAHC moderator Mike Reilly (Click Here) online.
XXX Feb. 20 / Scratch! Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation previously had planned this forum date for Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners. Subsequently the forum was canceled due to no contest with four candidates vying for the four 4-year seats.
7PM Mon., Feb. 20 / Alert! Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation has planned forum date for School District 203 Board of Education (Click Here) in City Council Chambers, 400 S. Eagle St. (Up to 2 hours) NAHC forum will be broadcast on Naperville Public access station WCNC and will also be available for on-line streaming via the city website. Update Feb. 21, 2017 / A prior commitment prevented PN’s presence in person. Find the forum led by NAHC moderator Kathy Benson (Click Here) online. Five candidates—Donna E. Wandke, Shirley De Corte, Paul Leong, Kristen W. Fitzgerald and Charles Cush—are vying to fill four 4-year seats. Two candidates—Kristine Gericke and Robert W. Fiesler, Sr.— are running to fill one 2-year seat.
7PM Wed. Feb. 22 / School District 204 Candidate Forum at Metea Valley High School, 1801 N. Eola Rd., Aurora. Hosted by Indian Prairie Education Association and Indian Prairie Classified Association. The forum will be streamed live at www.ipsd.org. The forum also will be available the following day on 204tv.org.
8-9AM Thurs., Feb. 23 / Real Estate Forum / City Councilman Kevin Coyne will host and moderate informative panel discussion on real estate taxes. Public event will be held at Naperville Bank and Trust, located at 555 Fort Hill Drive. Panelists will include Warren Dixon, Naperville Township Tax Assessor (Dixon will briefly cover the assessment process and how residents can file tax appeals.); and Kristin Fitzgerald, District 203 School Board (Fitzgerald will discuss the troublesome number of unfunded mandates placed on school districts which directly affect resident tax bills.); Paul DeKruiff, Multi Family Broker (Naperville resident and real estate broker that concentrates on multi-family housing transactions on a regional level. DeKruiff will discuss the impact real estate taxes have on property value.). Coyne will provide updates on the City of Naperville tax levy with time for Q&A. FREE event is open to the public. Hosted by Citizens to Elect Kevin Coyne. (Mailing address: 1708 Chalmette Court, Naperville, IL 60565.) RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
5:30-7PM, Tues., Feb. 28 / Fundraiser for Vasavi Chakka, candidate for 204 School Board. Meet the candidate and learn about her platform at Aurellio’s, 1975 Springbrook Drive, just off Route 59. Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico will be guest speaker. Suggested donation $50 or $25. For more info or to RSVP, contact Victoria Deppe at email@example.com.
Early Voting for Consolidated Election begins Feb. 23
February 23, 2017 / First day for mailing or delivery of absentee ballot.
March 7, 2017 / Last day for voter registration or transfer of registration. To register to vote, provide two forms of identification, one of which should show your current name and address. Present to City Clerk’s Office, City of Naperville, 400 S. Eagle Street.
March 8, 2017 / First day for grace period registration and grace period voting.
March 20, 2017 / First day for early voting at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St.
April 3, 2017 / Last day for early voting at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St.
Consolidated Election Day / April 4
April 4, 2017 / Polls open 6AM to 7PM.
Check back with this page from now through April 4
We always are grateful to qualified candidates who throw their hats in the ring to run honest races based on the facts and solutions.
You visited this page because you’re likely interested in participating in this election as an educated voter. Governing bodies from here to Washington deserve informed votes in every election. Help send the best-qualified candidates to serve.
Here’s hoping voters will plan to engage more of your family, friends and neighbors to participate in opportunities to meet and personally greet the candidates vying to serve.
All qualified and dedicated candidates deserve our attention and consideration with an informed vote for the best future we can put forward.
If you’re hosting a coffee or a fundraiser for one of the candidates that welcomes the public, let us know. We’re happy to post it in our listing.
Win or lose, we are hopeful qualified candidates who may came up short will continue to find ways to serve until they can run next time. Have a great race with civility to seek sensible solutions for all while being fiscally responsible.
ICYMI: A little history of the recent filing process…
Off & running for Naperville Township Republican Primary / February 28, 2017
Nov. 29, 2016: While a Primary is not required for City Council, a Republican Primary will be held on Feburary 28, 2017, to choose among 18 candidates (Note: 16 as of Dec. 13, 2016, after two candidates withdrew) running to serve eight seats up for election in Naperville Township. At their monthly meeting on Sept. 24, 2016, the Naperville Township Republican Organization (NTRO) voted overwhelmingly to hold a Naperville Township Primary Election on Feb. 28, 2017, for the nomination of Republican candidates for Naperville Township seats to be elected at the Consolidated Election on April 4, 2017, a departure from the tradition of hosting Caucuses, in December. Caucuses have been held by NTRO for the last six township election cycles to choose the Republican candidate slate.
For Supervisor: Rachel Ossyra and Walter Reilly. For Clerk: Barry Greenberg and Tom Laz. For (Four Seats) Township Trustee: Kerry Malm, Paul Santucci, Kurt Dorr, Cathy Hanzelin, Chris Jacks, William Lueck, Dan Porter, Jim Ruhl, Ernest Kovacs and Heather Bejda. For Highway Commissioner: Stan Wojtasiak and Carl Schultz (Withdrawn). For Township Assessor: Warren Dixon III and Gary Vician (Withdrawn). Republican Primary victors will appear on the ballot with Democratic candidates on April 4, 2017.
Note! Naperville Township is one of six Illinois townships that serves Naperville residents. The other townships are DuPage, Lisle, Milton, Wheatland, and Winfield. Illinois is home to 1,432 townships.
Also of note, on the ballot for the Consolidated Election on April 4, 2017, proponents have petitioned the court to ask voters, “Shall the Naperville Township Road District and the Lisle Township Road District of DuPage County, Illinois, be consolidated into one consolidated Township Road District?”
Off & running for Naperville City Council / April 4, 2017
Nov. 21, 2016: When the window opened to the City Clerk’s Office in the Naperville Municipal Center at 8AM Mon., Nov. 21, every potential candidate with petitions to serve the Naperville City Council had the opportunity to file.
PN’s tradition has been to take the first group photo of candidates and the last. This year filing to run for City Council ends at 5PM Mon., Nov. 28.
Five hopeful petitioners took advantage of the opportunity to be first.
To date, 18 petition packets have been pulled by various individuals seeking info about serving City Council.
City Council Petitioners Filed to Date
Nov. 21, 2016: Julie Berkowicz, Judith Brodhead, John “Johnny” Krummen, Michael Leland Isaac and Kevin Michael Coyne (17 petition packets pulled by this date)
Nov. 22, 2016: No other petitioners filed today, but one more packet was pulled for a total of 18. FYI: If more than 16 candidates file petitions for candidacy, a Primary Election will be held.
Nov. 23, 2016: No other petitioners filed today, and no new packet was pulled. (18 petition packets pulled by this date)
Nov. 24, 2016: Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov. 28, 2016: Three additional petitioners filed by 5PM today, the final day to file packets for the 2017 City Council race: Kevin M. Gallaher, Mike Strick and Benny White, bringing the total to eight hopefuls.
In abc order, the hopefuls are Julie Berkowicz, Judy Brodhead, Kevin Coyne, Kevin Gallaher, Mike Isaac, John Krummen, Mike Strick and Benny White. Get to know them when the opportunity presents itself! Four will be elected to set policy and approve budgets.
After petitions are validated to be sure all candidates live within the City of Naperville, etc., a lottery will be held in December to determine ballot order. No Primary Election is necessary for City Council.
Dec. 5, 2016: Ballot Order Drawing Results / Judith Brodhead, Michael Leland Isaac, John “Johnny” Krummen, Kevin Michael Coyne, Julie Berkowicz, Kevin M. Gallaher, Benny White, Michael Strick.
Four park district candidates likely will fill four seats without a contest
Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners’ petition packets for candidacy became available for pick up on September 16. Four 4-year terms are up for election. Two current commissioners, Gerry Heide and Kirsten Young are not running again. The filing period for packets runs Dec. 12-19, 2016, for the April 4, 2017, election.
Dec. 13, 2016: According to NPD Executive Admin. Ass’t. / Local Election Official Jacki Stern, by the end of the first day of filing on Dec. 12, Mike Reilly and Mike King had turned in petition packets for one of four seats up for election on the Naperville Park Board. Hopefuls must submit petition packets with a minimum of 288 signatures —two percent of the 14,372 ballots cast in the last Park District election—to complete the Nonpartisan Petition for Nomination.
Dec. 20, 2016: By the end of the filing date on Dec. 19, only two additional candidates, Bill Eagan and Bobby Carlsen had filed petitions to run to serve the four 4-year seats on the Naperville Park District Board of Commission. NPD Executive Admin. Ass’t. / Local Election Official Jacki Stern confirmed that with four candidates and four 4-year seats, no competition will be examining the issues in advance of the election on April 4, 2017, and all four applicants will be elected if all are certified.
Off & running for local school board membership / April 4, 2017
School board election petitions for candidacy became available online via the DuPage County Board of Elections on September 23. The filing period for packets runs Dec. 12-19, 2016, for the April 4, 2017, election. Ballot certification will be Dec. 22, 2016. (Note updated info.)
Naperville Community Unit School District 203
Five seats will be filled in School District 203, four of which are 4-year terms. One hopeful will fill the remaining two years of a recent resignation. Hopefuls must submit petition packets with a minimum of 50 signatures of residents in the school district boundaries.
Dec. 12, 2016: The five hopefuls who filed for one of the four 4-year seats are Kristin W. Fitzgerald, Donna E. Wandke, Charles Cush, Shirley DeCorte and Paul Leong.
Dec. 16, 2016: Two hopefuls, Kristine Gericke and Robert W. Fieseler, Jr., have turned in petitions for the unexpired 2-year term.
Indian Prairie Community Unit School District 204
Four 4-year terms are up for election in District 204. Hopefuls must submit petition packets with a minimum of 50 signatures of residents in the school district boundaries.
Dec. 12, 2016: Three hopefuls, Mike Raczak, Laurie Donahue and Vasavi Chakka submitted petition packets to run for four open seats on the 204 Board of Education at the DuPage County Board of Elections.
Dec. 14, 2016: Renata Sliva filed petitions.
Dec. 15, 2016: Cathy Piehl and Susan Taylor Demming filed petitions.
Dec. 16, 2016: Marlan Brazier and J. Randy Sidio filed petitions.
Original Post, Nov. 21, 2016 / In early January, this website will launch a new PN Election and Voters Guide featuring names of all candidates running to fill four seats on City Council, four seats on the Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners, five seats open in School District 203 and four seats in School District 204. Candidates for College of DuPage Trustees and Township offices and trustees will be featured, too.
Stay tuned and discover many opportunities to meet candidates who want your vote by Consolidated Election Day, April 4, 2017. We always appreciate constructive and positive feedback. Thank you.
This page will be updated regularly as the next campaign season takes shape.
Thanks to all who are “Off and Running.”
Originally Posted Nov. 21, 2016 / Last Updated Jan. 15, 2017, Jan. 18, 2017, Jan. 19, 2017, Jan. 23, 2017, Jan. 25, 2017, Jan. 27, 2017, Feb. 7, 2017, Feb. 9, 2017, Feb. 24, 2017, Feb. 26, 2017, Feb. 28, 2017 (Remember! Websites are linked upon request by candidates. PN is happy to post “Candidate Meet & Greet” opportunities. Thanks for thinking of PN.)