Above / North, East, West and South, find news about upcoming Naperville Candidate Forums on this page.


Candidate forums featured here have been planned by active local community groups, including the Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation, Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Naperville League of Women Voters, the Naperville AAUW as well as home and school organizations. Forums remaining will showcase candidates running in the nonpartisan elections on Tues., April 2.

Get to know all Candidates before April 2, 2019

Naperville Mayor – Elect One

Candidates for Naperville Mayor are Steve Chirico and Rocky Caylor.

Naperville City Council – Elect Four

Eleven candidates hoping to fill one of four four-year seats for Naperville City Council member are Patty Gustin, Paul Hinterlong, Michele Clemen, Nancy TurnerTheresa SullivanJoe McElroyWhitney Robbins and Patrick Kelly, Barbara O’Meara, Bradford Miller and Bruce Hanson.

School District 203 Board of Education – Elect Three

Six candidates hoping to serve one of three available four-year terms on the School District 203 Board of Education are Cecilia Fox, Janet Yang Rohr, Kristine M. Gericke, Becky Rudolph, Joseph F. Kozminski and Char Lynnette Dalton.

School District 204 Board of Education – Elect Three

Five candidates hoping to serve one of three available four-year terms on the School District 204 Board of Education are Mark Rising, Justin J. Karubas, Carole M. Jones and Gautam “GB” Bhatia and Natasha Grover.

Heads Up! Post, Feb. 14, 2019 / All candidates running in the Consolidated Election as well as voters in School District 204 need to be mindful of proposed developments in Aurora that greatly could impact the schools. On Feb. 13, 2019, District 204 School Board President Mike Raczak addressed the Aurora Planning Commission during the public comment portion of the meeting. Read Raczak’s remarks HERE.

Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners – Elect Three

Three candidates vying for three four-year terms on the Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners are incumbents Rich Janor and Marie Todd, and newcomer Josh McBroom. (No contest)

College of DuPage Board of Trustees – Elect Two

Four candidates are seeking to fill two 6-year terms on the College of DuPage Board of Trustees. Newcomers Annette Corrigan of Wheaton, Marc Incrocci of Darien, Dan Bailey of Wheaton and  Maureen Dunne of Naperville will compete for the seats since the two incumbents are not seeking re-election.

Be prepared… Vote April 2!

Early Voting begins March 18 and runs until April 1. PN editors are traditional and always recommend voting on Election Day. Polls are open 6AM to 7PM on Tues., April 2.

Campaigning is a huge commitment and duplicating efforts is not always efficient for the candidates or the audience of potential voters when time is so precious. We certainly understand when conflicts and previous commitments prevent perfect attendance throughout the two-month schedule of nonpartisan public forums.

Yes. We are aware we have not distinguished the incumbents. Our aim always has been for educated constituents to do their homework and become acquainted with elected officials who set public policy and approve budgets. If an asterisk denotes incumbency, it’s often an unfair advantage in a candidate listing. Thanks for visiting campaign websites where the candidates tell their status of service—and likely much more.

Click Here & Link to Meet & Greet Candidate Events / Fundraisers – RePost 2 (Feb. 19 & Beyond)

Candidate Forums / Current Schedule

The following public forums featuring candidates in various races are listed below. With meet and greet events as well as neighborhood coffees, many opportunities are presented to get to know the folks interested in serving our community. Be an informed voter. Thanks.

Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation Candidate Forums (Pending candidate availability.)

  • WHERE: Council Chambers, Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street
  • Completed! WHEN: 7PM Mon., Feb. 4 – Naperville Mayor (Videotaped)
  • Completed! WHEN: 7PM Wed., Feb. 13 – School District 203 Board of Education

Stay tuned for more details or changes. NAHC forums also will be live on public access TV and streaming online as well as rebroadcast.

Completed! Naperville League of Women Voters & District 203 Home and School Board co-host District 203 School Board Candidate Forum. All League candidate forums are run by trained moderators, who come from outside of Naperville. 

  • WHERE: Naperville North High School Auditorium
  • WHEN:  7PM to 9PM Tues., Feb. 12

This week…

Wednesday, February 20! Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce Mayor/City Council Candidate Mixer / Note New Format for 2019: One table for each candidate where they will answer questions for 5-6 minutes per table answering questions for 8-10 potential voters.  More details coming as they are received. Save the date. 

  • WHERE: Embassy Suites, 1823 Abriter Court, just north of Diehl Road
  • WHEN:  4-6:30PM Wed., Feb. 20, 2019 / Registration begins at 4PM. Program will kick off at 4:30PM. Formal Speed Networking ends 6PM. Open Networking begins 6PM.

This event is free of charge, but registration is suggested via www.naperville.net. Light refreshments will be served. Cash bar. Please also note that the NACC does not endorse political candidates and is distinct from NACPAC.

Wednesday, February 20! Naperville City Council Candidate Forum jointly hosted by Indivisible Naperville, ACE, Naper Gals, Moms Demand Action, Voice of Indian Americans, DuPage Township and Wheatland Township Democratic Organizations, and Stand on Every Corner

  • WHERE: Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street, Meeting Room B
  • WHEN: 7PM to 9PM Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Thursday, February 21! Meet & Greet Candidates Forum hosted by South Homeowners of Wheatland (SHOW) 

  • WHERE: 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Road
  • WHEN:  6PM to 8:30PM Thurs., Feb. 21
  • RSVP:  Everyone’s welcome!
  • FREE 
  • 20-Year advocates for 30,000 residents in dozens of subdivisions seek all candidates for Mayor/City Council to participate. Candidates RSVP to Kenn Miller at (630) 544-1211.

Next Week!

Monday, February 25! Indian Prairie Education Association, Indian Prairie Classified Associations & Region 52 of IEA-NEA / Impartial Open Candidates School District 204 Forum / The forum will be live streamed and later hosted on the IPSD.org website.

  • WHERE: Neuqua Valley High School, 95th Street
  • WHEN: 7PM to 9PM Mon., Feb. 25, 2019

Tuesday, February 26! Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation Candidate Forum / School District 204 Board of Education (Will be videotaped) 

  • WHERE: Council Chambers, Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street
  • WHEN 7PM Tues., Feb. 26 

Thursday, February 28! Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation Candidate Forum / Naperville City Council (Will be videotaped)

  • WHERE: Council Chambers, Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street
  • WHEN: 7PM Thurs., Feb. 28 

Monday, March 4! Naperville League of Women Voters & Naperville AAUW co-host Mayoral Candidate Forum / All League candidate forums are run by trained moderators, who come from outside of Naperville. (Will be videotaped)

  • WHERE: Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street
  • WHEN: 7PM to 9PM Mon., March 4, 2019

Saturday, March 9! Naperville City Council Candidates Forum hosted by Indian Community Outreach / (Will be videotaped)

  • WHERE: Naperville Municipal Center – Council Chambers
  • WHEN:   Noon to 3PM Sat., March 9
  • FREE & Open to Public.
  • RSVP:  Everyone’s welcome!

Monday, March 11! Naperville League of Women Voters & District 204 Indian Prairie Parents Council Co-host District 204 School Board Candidate Forum / All League candidate forums are run by trained moderators, who come from outside of Naperville. 

  • WHERE: Indian Prairie Administration Bldg, 780 Shoreline Dr, Aurora, IL 
  • WHEN: 7PM to 9PM Mon., March 11

Tuesday, March 12! Naperville League of Women Voters & Naperville AAUW co-host City Council Candidate Forum / All League candidate forums are run by trained moderators, who come from outside of Naperville. 

  • WHERE: Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street
  • WHEN: 7PM to 9PM Tues., March 12

Completed! 7PM Wed., Jan. 23, 2019 / Naperville Mayoral Candidate Forum

Naperville Mayoral Candidate Forum jointly hosted by Indivisible Naperville, ACE, Naper Gals, Moms Demand Action, Voice of Indian Americans, DuPage Township and Wheatland Township Democratic Organizations, and Stand on Every Corner. Forum held Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street, Meeting Room B, at 7PM Wed., Jan. 23, 2019.

Completed! 7PM Mon., Feb. 4 / City of Naperville Mayoral Forum hosted by NAHC

With one City of Naperville Mayoral Forum completed in January, the first February forum also features candidates for Naperville Mayor, Steve Chirico and Rocky Caylor. Hosted by the Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation and moderated by NAHC President Steve Grosskoph, the Mayoral Forum is slated to begin at 7PM Mon., Feb. 4, in City Council Chambers at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street. The NAHC Mayoral Forum will be broadcast live on government access cable TV and rebroadcast (Click here to connect to taped streaming of the forum on the City’s website.) on a schedule to be determined and later announced.

Next up! 7PM Mon. March 4 / City of Naperville Mayoral Forum hosted by Naperville League of Women Voters

The Naperville League of Women Voters Forum featuring candidates for Naperville Mayor is set for 7-9PM Mon., March 4, in City Council Chambers, Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street. (The League of Women Voters will host a total of four candidate forums listed among other forums in the above schedule.)

What is a Naperville Mayor expected to do?

Since 1969, Naperville has operated under a Council-Manager form of government, a change that was made mid-way when Milton Stauffer served as Mayor from 1967 to 1971. (Other mayors that followed have been G. Kenneth Small, Chet Rybicki, Margaret “Peg” Price, Sam Macrane, George Pradel and Steve Chirico.)

For 50 years, the individuals in the Naperville City Manager’s seat have served as the professional chief administrator for all city operations and public services. Appointed by the nine-member City Council that includes the Mayor, the City Manager is responsible for executing the policies established under Council Rules. 

The Mayor, in addition to being a member of the City Council, serves as the Liquor Commissioner, as required by state law. The Mayor also may choose to represent the City of Naperville in a variety of official roles and ceremonial affairs. 

Further, the Mayor is responsible for running the City Council meetings, usually held at 7PM on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. The Mayor also chairs many workshops that lead to the approval of the annual budget

What’s more, the City of Naperville has in place nearly 20 boards, commissions and tasks forces served by more than 250 local volunteers on which members of non-voting City staff also serve. One of the Naperville Mayor’s responsibilities is to fill those boards with dedicated participants who bring other sets of skills and community interests to the table.

Otherwise, the Mayor’s job description is pretty much undefined, open to the Mayor’s priorities with available time to represent the City well.

Since the 2018 special census estimated a population of 147,841, Naperville has been ranked the fourth-largest city in Illinois, behind Chicago, Aurora and Joliet. Naperville is approximately 40 square miles, located in DuPage and Will counties.

Naperville Municipal Election is nonpartisan with term limits

The Naperville Municipal Election is nonpartisan. Since 2015, the Naperville City Council has had limits on its four-year terms. The Mayor is limited to serving three 4-year terms. Every City Councilman is limited to serving three 4-year terms. To stagger turnover, four councilmen are elected to four-year terms every two years. When deciding public policy or budgets, the Mayor and every City Councilman have one equal vote.

The City of Naperville is a separate taxing body in addition to the Naperville Park District and two local school districts. Growth and development approved by the City Council likely has an impact on its community partners, including the Naperville Park District and both school districts as well as local businesses.

Click Here: Link to Meet & Greet the Candidate Events

Last Updated, Feb. 19, 2019.