Above / Consolidated Election Day Voting is 6AM to 7PM on Tues., April 4, 2017.

UPDATED April 5, 2017 / All victors are identified below in boldface ***. For better analysis of every race of a governing body that serves Naperville, complete with vote comparisons, see “Election Results” for

City Council

School District 203 

School District 204

Thanks for reading and for participating in the 2017 election. And thanks for scrolling to the bottom of this post for “Final Notes” regarding taking down campaign signs.

Earlier Post / Consolidated Election Day is Tues., April 4, for local governing and taxing bodies. Since the first petitions were turned in on Nov. 21, 2016, this website has made efforts to keep potential voters informed about this important local election. The clock is ticking to identify candidates with skill sets to understand and approve budgets as well as to set public policy without unintended consequences, characteristics for elected public officials that remain top of PN’s mind.

The forecast is for a dismal low turnout. How very disappointing! Nonetheless, we’ll continue to encourage informed voters to go the polls by 7PM on Tues., April 4, 2017.


ICYMI: In case you missed earlier posts, candidates are listed below with the question voters in Naperville Township and Lisle Township will find on the ballot. While some choices are single votes, note that some elected offices offer opportunities to vote for “up to four candidates” or “no more than four.” It’s OK to leave a vote blank. The candidates you choose still will receive your vote.

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. We appreciate that the candidates are giving their time and service to run for elected office, providing choices for this city going forward.

We hope all the candidates are as enthusiastic about taking down their signs as they were about putting them up! Thanks to all who help to begin taking down campaign signs when the polls close at 7PM today.

Get to know the candidates before heading to the polls! ***Victors

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 Eagan 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***—are running for one of the four 4-year seats. Two candidates, Kristine Gericke*** and Robert W. Fieseler, Jr., vie to fill 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 —are running for four 4-year terms.


Naperville Township Supervisor: (Vote for 1) Rachel Ossyra (R) Eddie Bedford*** (D)

Township Clerk: (Vote for 1) Barry Greenberg (R) Nathanael Sippel*** (D)

For (Vote for not more than 4) Township Trustee: Kerry Malm (R), Paul Santucci (R)***, Jim Ruhl (R), Heather Bejda (R)  Loretta Burke (D)*** Julie Federico (D)*** John Waller (D)*** Glenn Jones (D)

Township Highway Commissioner: Stan Wojtasiak (R) Richard Novinger (D)***

Township Assessor: Warren Dixon III (R).

Lisle Township / Supervisor: (Vote for 1) Richard J. Tarulis ( R) Mary Jo Mullen (D)***

Township Clerk: (Vote for 1) Robert J. Klaeren II ( R)***Gerald T. Galloway (D)

Township Assessor: (Vote for 1) John D. Trowbridge II ( R)***

Township Highway Commissioner: (Vote for 1) Ed Young ( R)***

Township Trustee (Vote for not more than 4) Michael A. Tams (R)*** Michael E. Riedy (R)*** Jerome “Jerry” Buch (R) Kathleen Chatman (R) ***Dave Melsbakas (D) Mohammed Waheed (D) Sean Allen (D)*** Drew Bolda (D)

DuPage Township / Supervisor: (Vote for 1)  William M. Mayer ( R)  (D)

Township Clerk: (Vote for 1)  Patricia Mayoral Stach ( R)  (D)

Township Assessor: (Vote for 1) Jean Kelly

Township Collector: (Vote for 1)  Gary Hoffman ( R)  (D)

Township Trustee (Vote for not more than 4) Dennis Raga, Ken Burgess, Maripat Oliver, Alyssia Benford

Wheatland Township / Supervisor: (Vote for 1) Debra Hoelscher ( R)  (D)

Township Clerk: (Vote for 1) Jacob Snitko ( R)  (D)

Township Assessor: (Vote for 1) Chuck Kern (R)

Township Highway Commissioner: (Vote for 1) Bill Alstrom ( R)  (D)

Township Tax Collector / Cemetery Manager: (Vote for 1) Ben Peterson (R) (D)

Township Trustee (Vote for not more than 4) Jeffrey DeRango (R) Raquel Mitchell (R)  Colleen Rotkis(R)  Susan Schaller (R)  (D)  (D)  (D)  (D)

Winfield Township / Supervisor: (Vote for 1)  Dona L. Smith (R)  (D)

Township Clerk: (Vote for 1)  Nicole M. Prader (R)  (D)

Township Assessor: (Vote for 1) Mark W. Mallay (R)

Township Highway Commissioner: (Vote for 1)  John S. Dusza ( R)  (D)

Township Trustee (Vote for not more than 4) Barbara C. Bernacki Alekna (R) Donald R. Voelz (R) Zachary E. Halley (R) Michael Guglielmi (R) (D)  (D)  (D)  (D)

Milton Township / Supervisor: (Vote for 1) Chris Heidorn ( R)  (D)

Township Clerk: (Vote for 1)  Gail Peironnet Hinkle ( R)  (D)

Township Assessor: (Vote for 1) Chris E. Levan

Township Highway Commissioner: (Vote for 1)  Gary L. Muehlfelt ( R)  (D)

Township Trustee (Vote for not more than 4) Sal Falbo (R)*** Martin “Marty” Keller (R)*** Y. Nick Nathwani (R) *** David Molitor (R)*** Brandon Smith (D) Thomas Gramm  (D)  Bruce C. Fogerty (D) Roz Iaccino (D)

(Note: 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.)


Binding Question / The ballot in the Consolidated Election on April 4, 2017, will ask voters in Naperville Township and Lisle Township:

“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.)  


Consolidated Election presents chance to consolidate

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.

The 2017 Consolidated Election has attracted residents running to serve Naperville Township, Naperville Park District and School District 204 from both Naperville and Aurora. No residents from Naperville filed to run for COD.

The 2017 Consolidated Election also provides an opportunity to begin consolidating governing responsibilities for more efficiency and taxpayer savings.  It’s way past time to begin someplace. If Illinois local elections can be consolidated, doesn’t it seem Illinois communities can be, too? In fact, perhaps it’s past time to consolidate all elections so they occur in November.

Back on January 27, 2010, consolidation was on this PN editor’s mind as illustrated in a Daily Herald story with a brief history of Illinois townships, “Keys to February Primary: Pay attention and vote smart.”


Previous ‘Election Info’ PN Posts

March 19, 2017 Post of Candidates with Updates (With hyperlinks to videos of the candidate forums, informative presentations streaming online to give voters a chance to see hopefuls in action. PN’s disappointment in the forums was timing. In our opinion, more time was needed to address local budgets, a little more time was needed for substantive answers and some time was needed for candidates respectfully to correct the occasional misstatements of other candidates. Nonetheless, time spent to host forums was appreciated; though consolidation of hosting organizations working together might attract more audience attendance.)

March 5, 2017 Post of Candidates with Updates (With Photos)

February 28, 2017 Post of Primary Election Results 

January 25, 2017 Post of Candidates with Updates (With Photos and History of Campaign Season)

Local Endorsements

The Editors of Positively Naperville have never endorsed candidates. We simply urge residents to be informed voters as we aim to send them to the polls every Election Day, high on our list of important local events.

The endorsements featured here are from long-established organizations with a history of interviewing and selecting preferred candidates.

Daily Herald Editorial Board Endorsements for City Council / Feb. 28, 2017 (Brodhead, Coyne, Issac and Krummen)

Daily Herald Editorial Board Endorsements for College of DuPage / March 12, 2017 (Fenne and Markwell)

Daily Herald Editorial Board Endorsements for School District 204 Board / March 19, 2017 (Donahue, Piehl, Raczak, Taylor-Demming)

Daily Herald Editorial Board Endorsements for School District 203 Board / March 21, 2017 (Cush, Fitzgerald, Leong, Wandke and Gericke)

Daily Herald Endorsement: YES to merge Lisle, Naperville Road Districts

Naperville Area Chamber Political Action Committee (NACPAC) Endorsements / Candidates endorsed by NACPAC for City Council and Boards of Education in District 203 and District 204 were notified on March 2, 2017. NACPAC endorsed: Kevin Coyne, Mike Isaac and Benny White for 4-year terms on City Council; Robert Fieseler for 2-year and Kristin W. Fitzgerald, Donna E. Wandke, Shirley DeCorte and Charles Cush for 4-year terms in School District 203; Cathy Piehl, Vasavi Chakka, Susan Taylor-Demming and Laurie Donahue for 4-year terms in School District 204. The Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners is not competitive for this campaign.

(Note that NACPAC is independent of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce. The NACC is a nonpartisan organization that does not endorse candidates.)

Originally Posted April 1, 2017, Updated April 2, 2017 and Updated on Election Day  / (Remember! Websites are linked upon request by candidates and will continue to be linked through April 3, 2017. Also, candidate advertising was accepted upon candidates’ request through March 13, 2017. PN does not have advertising reps. PN was happy to post “Candidate Meet & Greet” opportunities in other posts. Thanks for thinking of PN.)

Final Notes…

Again! We hope all the candidates are as enthusiastic about taking down their campaigns signs as they were about putting them up! Thanks to all supporters who help take down campaign signs when the polls close at 7PM today.

Above / On April 4, we posted this PN file photo from 2005 on Facebook with a reminder to collect signs at the end of Election Day.  We enjoyed Steve Pete’s comment:  “Well if those signs are still up there really is a problem!”

Thanks also to all informed voters who participated in the Illinois Consolidated Election where candidates are elected to positions that approve local budgets for schools, park districts, cities and townships as well as set local tax levies.

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