This week’s updates… Watch public meetings and learn…
Update, Jan. 20, 2021 / City Council met at 7PM Tues. Jan. 19, 2021, via streaming and cable TV. Typically, the City Council meets at 7PM on the first and third Tuesday of every month. Past meetings are saved in an archive for future viewing and reference. That way residents can watch and listen to comments by elected officials first hand without relying on hearsay.
Note also, the Planning and Zoning Commission meets at 7PM Wed., Jan. 20. Watch it live via streaming and cable TV. Click here for PDF agenda of Jan. 20, 2021, meeting.
Update, Jan. 20 / At 11PM, Jan. 20, 2021, the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting ended as it prepared to hear commentary regarding the 13.36-acre site at 3540 248th Avenue for the Islamic Center of Naperville. Public feedback will be continued at the next PZC meeting slated to begin at 7PM Wed., Feb. 3, 2021.
Naperville City Council
City of Naperville Mission: To provide services that ensure a high quality of life, sound fiscal management, and a dynamic business environment, while creating an inclusive community that values diversity.
Eleven (11) candidates are running to serve one of the four 4-year seats up for election on the 9-member Naperville City Council that includes the mayor. Candidates in ballot order are Paul Leong, John Krummen, Vasavi Chakka, James Haselhorst, Ian Holzhauer, Jennifer Bruzan Taylor, Allison Longenbaugh, Vincent Ory, Lucy Chang Evans, Mark Urda and Benny White. The next mayoral election is 2023.
Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners
Naperville Park District Mission: We provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community.
The following eight (8) hopefuls filed petitions to run for one of the four 4-year seats on the 7-member Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners: Lee Kaseska, Nag Jaiswal, Mary Gibson, Leslie Ruffing, Rhonda Ansier, Alison Thompson, Nathan Wilson and Mike King.
Naperville School District 203 Board of Education
Mission Statement: Our mission is to educate students to be self-directed learners, collaborative workers, complex thinkers, quality producers, and community contributors.
Nine (9) hopefuls are running to serve one of four 4-year seats on the School District 203 Board of Education. They are Donna E. Wandke, Kristin W. Fitzgerald, Amanda McMillen, Charles Cush, Christi Helm, Thomas Andrew Binkowski, Robert M. Reed, Adam Russo and William Bernard Eagan, III.
As of early January, it does not appear anyone filed to run for a 2-year term left vacant.
Indian Prairie School District 204 Board of Education
Mission Statement: The mission of Indian Prairie Community Unit School District 204 is to inspire all students to achieve their greatest potential.
Eleven (11) candidates have filed for one of the four 4-year seats on the School District 204 Board of Education: Marina Kosak, Saba Haider, Allison Fosdick, Rajesh Narayan, Kader Sakkaria, Laurie Donahue, Supna C. Jain, Shannon Adcock, Yanmei May Liang, Susan Taylor-Demming and Robert O. Harris.
Local elections matter most…
Be prepared to vote where it matters most—locally. Vote where you can meet, greet and get to know candidates who make decisions with the biggest impact on Naperville. Become familiar with elected officials up close, practicing protocols. Thank you.
Remember! Follow local protocols to remain safe. Wear a mask. Keep your distance. Wash your hands often, but never, ever wash away your commonsense.
A few campaign notes: If more than 16 candidates had filed for any of the the four available seats by Dec. 21, 2020, a Primary would be held in February 2021. Also, taking out a petition packet does not necessarily mean it will be returned by that packet-picker-upper. Registered voters may sign more than one petition if they live in the City of Naperville. Also, residents who live in unincorporated Naperville may not vote for City Council members.
Good news! A Primary Election will not be needed in Naperville, Illinois! And though many residents claim to have voter fatigue, rest up! Be energized with knowledge that locally elected officials are the ones that impact your life the most. All eligible voters are urged to get to know the candidates. Be informed by Consolidated Election Day, April 6, 2021.
Thanks for reading and paying attention. PN will begin focusing on this election beginning in January, and through the election at www.election.positivelynaperville.com.