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Above / Now is the time for faithful voters, age 18 and up, to visit candidate websites and become familiar with the issues presented at public forums in advance of the Primary Election set for Tues., March 17, 2020. No doubt there’s still time to arrange a coffee for a candidate who just might become the top voter-getter and end up on the General Presidential Election ballot in November.

Primary Election Day is Tues., March 17, 2020.

Consider attending a Meet & Greet fundraising event or public forum. Mix and mingle. Learn the issues. Better yet, join the spirit of the campaign for a hopeful you support by walking neighborhoods to distribute campaign info door to door.

(PN File Photo / Pictured are voters at the Paul Hinterlong for City Council Election Night Watch Party, April 2, 2019, at the VFW, a popular place to rent for campaign fundraising events, too.)

Originally Posted Feb. 8, 2020… Note! Looking ahead to next year, Consolidated Elections featuring candidates for city council, park district board of commissioners and school districts’ board members are held every two years in the spring of odd years on the first Tuesday in April.  Filing petitions occurs in Dec. 2020. If needed, a Consolidated Primary Election will be held February 23, 2021.  The Consolidated Election is set for April 6, 2021. 


PN Primary Election Voters Guide / Click Here for Candidate List, Etc.

Polls open from 6AM to 7PM on Election Day, Tues., March 17, 2020.

Unless voters know absolutely, positively that they will be unavailable to vote on Election Day, March 17, 2020, PN editors urge voters to take the time during the weeks of Early Voting to get to know the candidates well before heading to the polls a few days early or on Election Day.

Furthermore, local representatives are the most important ones to get to know because exchanging ideas on public policy could help them do their best to represent their community if they are elected to serve.

Think about it all. Local matters most from here to Springfield and Washington, D.C. 

Editor’s Note: Listings on this page are not endorsements. Events below are not linked to candidate websites. Click Here for candidate list, etc., with links to hopefuls featured on the Primary Ballot running for a spot on the General Election Ballot to serve Naperville.


Meet & Greet Candidates / Get Familiar with Issues

***Denotes public forums available to watch online or an event still to happen, scheduled before Primary Election Day…

Throughout this campaign season, a number of places of worship have hosted forums for their members to meet candidates and address issues that are not featured in the following list.

6:30PM Wednesday, February 12, 2020 

Town Hall Meeting / Impact of legalized recreational marijuana / Hosted by OPT OUT Naperville
Naperville Public Library 3015 Cedar Glade Drive, off 95th Street

Invited Speakers :
Commander Anthony Mannino, Naperville Police Department
Detective Richard Wistocki, BeSure Consulting
Susan Olenek, Executive Director, Will County Health Department
Kamala Martinez, Executive Director of KidsMatter

Meet with local law enforcement and health professionals, as well as understand latest research and statistics
in preparation for Naperville’s referendum on March 17, 2020, when the City of Naperville will include a non-binding referendum question regarding retail sales of recreational cannabis.

Question on the Primary Election Ballot: “Shall the City of Naperville, in light of state legislation legalizing the possession, consumption and sale of recreational adult use cannabis, allow the sale of recreational adult use cannabis in its jurisdiction?”

(Note: When voting early or going to the polls on March 17, 2020, voters must choose between a Democratic ballot or Republican ballot to vote for candidates. To vote only for the ballot question, ask for a Nonpartisan Ballot.) 


Sunday, February 16, 2020

Koffee with Krishna Bansal / Meet and greet Krishna Bansal, candidate for U.S. Congress (District 11-R), from 11:30AM to 1:30PM, Sunday, February 16, at Dunkin’ Donuts, 1580 W. Ogden Ave. Public welcome.


“Democracy is not a spectator sport.” —Lotte E. Scharfman, Refugee from Hitler’s Germany, Member of the Massachusetts League of Women Voters in the 1970s

***Candidate Debate Nights / League of Women Voters of Naperville has scheduled two debate nights in advance of the Primary Election slated for Tues., March 17. Four forums will be held at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street, and televised on cable TV.  (Note: For the Primary Election, only contested elections will be featured, LWV organizers said.) The first two forums were held Feb. 17 and their videos are hyberlinked. See Feb. 25 for the schedule of the second session of forums.

***6:30PM Monday, February 17, 2020 (View video saved on City’s website)

Meet U.S. 11th Congressional District Democratic candidates Bill Foster and Rachel Ventura. Candidates have confirmed that they will attend.

***8PM Monday, February 17, 2020 (View video saved on City’s website)

Meet U.S. 11th Congressional District Republican candidates Rick Laib and Krishna Bansal.  Candidates have confirmed that they will attend.

(Note: When voting early or going to the polls on March 17, 2020, voters must choose between a Democratic ballot or Republican ballot to vote for candidates.) 


6PM Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Campaign Fundraiser for Carl Schultz for Forest Preserve Commissioner. Meet and greet Carl Schultz at Braconi’s, 796 Royal St, George Dr., Naperville, IL 60563. Learn about his campaign in District 5 on the Forest Preserve Commission! Tickets $75  (Please make checks payable to: Citizens for Carl Schultz)


6-8PM Thursday, February 20, 2020

Campaign Fundraiser in support of John Pcolinski for Circuit Judge / Admission $100
The Drake Oakbrook – Main Ballroom – 2301 York Road, Oakbrook, IL. 


6:30PM-8PM Thursday, February 20, 2020

Hosted by the Naperville Newcomers & Neighbors Club (NNNC), “Let’s Talk Marijuana” is an “Educational Talk” featuring a panel of experts and elected officials on the pros and cons of recreational dispensaries, a special event to be held at the Tamarack Golf Club for NNNC members. Deadline to RSVP is Feb. 7, 2020.


10AM Saturday, February 22, 2020

Meet & Greet Naperville City Councilman Kevin Coyne and DuPage County Sheriff Jim Mendrick. Join elected officials for ice cream and conversation at Colonial Cafe, located in Naperville Plaza, 1101 S. Washington Street at Gartner Road. Sundaes will be available for all attendees. Learn about Coyne’s campaign for DuPage County Board (District 5) and meet DuPage County Sheriff Mendrick. Donations welcome in whatever amount attendees feel comfortable. Ice Cream and soda included.


Every Vote Counts…

Above / Here’s hoping every registered voter becomes educated about every candidate vying to advance to the General Election on Nov. 3, 2020. PN appreciates all efforts to send a knowledgeable electorate to the polls, mindful that for the last 100 years men and women have participated in the right to vote for qualified citizens to serve our republic and the U.S. Constitution. Pictured is a commemorative button in our button collection that ranks right up there with one from the 1939 New York World’s Fair, both representing progress, initiative and inspiration for the world of tomorrow.

***LWV Candidate Debate Night / League of Women Voters of Naperville hosts second debate night in advance of the Primary Election slated for Tues., March 17. Forums will be held at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street, and televised on cable TV.  (Note: For the Primary Election, only contested elections will be featured, LWV organizers said.)

***7PM Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Meet U.S. 6th Congressional District Republican candidates Jeanne Ives and Gordon “Jay” Kinzler. Candidates have confirmed that they will attend. (View Video Saved on City’s Website.)

***8:30PM Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Meet Illinois House of Representatives 41st District, Democratic candidates Denika McMillan and Janet Yang-Rohr. Candidates have confirmed that they will attend. (View Video Saved on City’s Website. Fast forward to 1:30 into the video for second forum of evening.)

League of Women Voters is nonpartisan. LWV only uses trained moderators, and moderators are from outside of the district they moderate in order to further ensure impartiality.

***7PM-8PM Wednesday, February 26, 2020 

Dispensary Referendum Q&A at City Hall / Hosted by OPT IN Naperville
This meeting will be held in Meeting Room B of City Hall and will be an open forum / Q&A session to discuss the implications of allowing adult cannabis consumption dispensaries in Naperville. The Naperville Municipal Center (aka City Hall) is located at 400 S. Eagle Street.
 

Question on the Primary Election Ballot: “Shall the City of Naperville, in light of state legislation legalizing the possession, consumption and sale of recreational adult use cannabis, allow the sale of recreational adult use cannabis in its jurisdiction?”

(Note: When voting early or going to the polls on March 17, 2020, voters must choose between a Democratic ballot or Republican ballot to vote for candidates. To vote only for the ballot question, ask for a Nonpartisan Ballot.) 


10AM Saturday, February 29, 2020

Safe DuPage will host a community discussion on crime and public safety within the Village of Lisle. Discussion is set to begin at 10AM Sat., Feb. 29, 2020, at Benedictine University, Room 321, Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business, located at 5700 College Road, Lisle, IL 50523. Topics will include discussion on crime trends and causes, preventative measures for the public, current crime rates, and pending legislation that pertains to crime and drug abuse. Time will be allotted for Q&A. Public is welcome.

Moderated by Safe DuPage Founder and Naperville City Councilman Kevin Coyne, the panel discussion will include DuPage County States Attorney Robert Berlin, DuPage County Judge Jim McCluskey, Lisle Mayor Chris Pecak, State Representative Grant Wehrli, and Lisle Chief of Police Ron Wilke.

Editor’s Note / Help keep all communities safe. Turn on porch lights from dusk to dawn. Lock it or lose it.


March 2020

***Early Voting Monday, March 2, 2020 through March 16, 2020 / City Hall

Super Tuesday, March 3, 2020 / Throughout the U.S.

During the Presidential Election year, also every Leap Year, Super Tuesday is the Primary Election when the most states in the United States hold nominating contests, the most voters have an opportunity to go to the polls, and the most delegates are allotted to candidates. In 2020, 14 states will host Primary Elections on Super Tuesday, March 3.


***7PM-8PM Wednesday, March 4, 2020 

Dispensary Referendum Q&A at South Side Naperville Park District Bldg. / Hosted by OPT IN Naperville
This meeting will be held in Room 10 of 95th Street Naperville Park District facility and will be an open forum / Q&A session to discuss the implications of allowing adult cannabis consumption dispensaries in Naperville. The 95th Street Naperville Park District building is located at 2244 West 95th Street.

Question on the Primary Election Ballot: “Shall the City of Naperville, in light of state legislation legalizing the possession, consumption and sale of recreational adult use cannabis, allow the sale of recreational adult use cannabis in its jurisdiction?”

(Note: When voting early or going to the polls on March 17, 2020, voters must choose between a Democratic ballot or Republican ballot to vote for candidates. To vote only for the ballot question, ask for a Nonpartisan Ballot.) 


***7PM-8PM Wednesday, March 4, 2020 / Alert! Held in Lincolnshire, Illinois

Community Forum Addresses Special Referendum Question on General Election Ballot Nov. 3, 2020 / Public is invited to watch debate between former Illinois State Senator Dan Bill (pro graduated income tax) and Economist Ted Dabrowki of Wirepoints.org (con graduated income tax) as they aim to present “lively and informative” views regarding a special referendum question that will ask Illinois voters whether to amend the State Constitution to adopt a graduated income tax in place of the current flat tax. Forum will be held at Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, Room 2104, hosted by Stevenson Political Action Club. No admission charge. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. Note that the question will be on the General Election Ballot on Nov. 3, 2020. Thanks for being informed and prepared to vote “yes” or “no.”


***5:30PM Thursday, March 5, 2020

Meet & Greet Krishna Bansal for U.S. Congress 11th District from 5:30PM to 7:30PM at White Eagle Homeowners Clubhouse, 4265 White Eagle Drive. $100 per person. Fundraising sponsorships also available. RSVP: Raquel Mitchell at (331) 226-1336 or rsvp@krishnaforcongress.com.


***10AM Saturday, March 14, 2020

West Suburban Irish St. Patrick’s Parade in downtown Naperville / Candidates welcome to experience a good time putting on some green for red, white and blue votes just prior to Primary Election Day 2020. (Note: A portion of the parking deck at Municipal Center Parking Facility, 400 S. Eagle St., will be reserved for election early voting and election volunteers.) Parade registration will close Fri., March 6, 2020.  Click here for St. Patrick’s Parade Registration, etc.


***Thanks to all voters who take this Primary Election to heart! Your informed vote by 7PM Tues., March 17, will be appreciated.

Any misspelled words, omissions or incorrect info are not intended. We appreciate that the candidates and their handlers value this page for promoting their events because they want to get to know their constituents.

Thanks for reading.

To have an open-to-the-public campaign event or meet and greet posted on this page, send info including who, what, when (time, day and date), where and why to Stephanie@positivelynaperville.com. Thanks again.

To plan and host a campaign event or watch party at one of Naperville’s restaurants, check www.dinenaperville.com.

PN Voters Guide / Click Here for Candidates, Etc.

Original Post, Feb. 8, 2020. Updated, March 3, 2020.

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