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Monday, February 6, 2023

Update / Mayor and City Council Ballot Lottery, followed by Electoral Board Hearings

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Above / Now that the deadline to file for the Naperville municipal election is past, a lottery drawing was set for noon on Dec. 6, 2022, in Council Chambers at the Naperville Municipal Center. Located at 400 S. Eagle Street, the Municipal Center is where flags of our Tree City, City, State and Nation were caught flying high on a sunny day in Dec. 2016. (PN File Photo)

Do you know? Mayoral candidate Scott Wehrli and City Council candidates Ashfaq Syed, Allison Longerbaugh, Jodi Trendler, Madhu Uppal, Ashley South, Rebecca Malotke-Meslin, Derek McDaniel and Patrick Kelly? Unavailable at the time the photo was taken were City Council candidates Josh McBroom, Nathan “Nate” Wilson, Meghna Bansal and Nag Jaiswal as well as Mayoral candidates Benny White and Tiffany Stephens. A schedule of meet & greet events will be posted on this website soon. (PN Photo)

Update, Jan. 7, 2023 / According to PN analytics, this month-old page has received frequent visits today. To follow the upcoming nonpartisan election, kindly click here to visit PN’s page posted on Jan. 6 that includes all Naperville candidates running in the Consolidated Election on April 4, 2023.

Update, Dec. 7, 2022 / The City of Naperville informs residents and interested parties that the Municipal Officers Electoral Board will convene to hear objections to three candidates’ nomination petitions for the upcoming 2023 Consolidated General Election.

The hearing will take place beginning at 9AM on Mon., Dec. 12, in Council Chambers of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. The hearing will be broadcast live on government access TV station WCNC (Ch. 6 – Astound, Ch. 10 – Comcast, Ch. 99 – AT&T) and streamed live via the City’s website at www.naperville.il.us.

The local electoral board, whose members are Mayor Steve Chirico, Naperville City Clerk Pam Gallahue and Naperville City Council member Paul Hinterlong, will hear evidence regarding objections filed on Dec. 2 and 5 by three Naperville residents as to the City Council nomination petitions of Nag Jaiswal and Derek McDaniel and the Mayoral nomination petition of Tiffany Stephens to be voted upon at the Consolidated General Election on April 4, 2023. The electoral board will evaluate the objections and render a determination as to their merits. The public and media are welcome to attend this proceeding. —Submitted by City of Naperville

Update, Dec. 6, 2022 / Approximately 30 individuals were in attendance to observe the lottery for ballot order organized by Naperville City Manager Doug Krieger with assistance by Community Service Director Pam Gallahue.

City Manager Doug Krieger and Community Service Director Pam Gallahue prepare to conduct lottery in Council Chambers. (PN Photo)

The State of Illinois requires the local election authority to conduct a lottery within nine days after the last day of the petition filing period.

First listed in alphabetical order (see screen image above) and included in the hopper with a corresponding numbered ball (see below), the 11 candidates eligible for the lottery were either first to submit petition packets at 8AM Nov. 21 or last to submit between 4 and 5PM Nov. 28. Krieger drew the numbers one by one. 

Did you know? After several campaign seasons of pulling numbered balls out of a Christmas stocking to determine ballot order, City Manager Doug Krieger had a better idea. In 2020, Krieger crafted a wooden ball holder designed to hold candidates’ numbers that are placed in a wire hopper for selection one-by-one to determine ballot order. (PN Photo)

Thanks to all candidates who wish to serve honorably. Also, thanks to all voters for taking an interest in the nonpartisan Consolidated Election and getting to know all local candidates during the upcoming schedule of meet & greet events and public forums. Local elections matter most.

During the ballot placement, City Manager Doug Krieger also noted objections had been filed by three Naperville residents regarding City Council nomination petitions of Nag Jaiswal and Derek McDaniel and the Mayoral nomination petition of Tiffany Stephens. The three-member electoral board of Mayor Steve Chirico, Councilman Paul Hinterlong and Community Service Director Pam Gallahue will evaluate the objections to determine their merits. The hearings to be held in Council Chambers welcome the public to attend. All hearings must be complete by Wed., Dec. 14.

Original Post, Dec. 2, 2022 / The lottery to determine the ballot order of Mayor and City Council candidates who simultaneously filed petitions to run in the 2023 Naperville municipal election will take place at noon, Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the City Council Chambers of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. The lottery is open to the public and candidates are not required to attend.

The order of filing determines the position of a candidate’s name on the ballot. Petitions are considered simultaneously filed when the Community Services Department receives them at 8AM on the first day of the filing period or between 4 and 5PM on the final day. The names of all candidates who filed at 8AM Monday, Nov. 21, will be placed into a lottery to determine who will appear first on the ballot. The names of all candidates who submitted petitions between 4 and 5PM Monday, Nov. 28, will be entered into a separate lottery to determine who will appear last on the ballot.

Any petitions submitted after 8AM Nov. 21 and before 4PM on Nov. 28 will appear in the order in which they were received.

The State of Illinois requires the local election authority to conduct a lottery within nine days after the last day of the petition filing period.

For more information about Mayor and City Council elections, contact the Community Services Department at (630) 305-5300 or NapervilleClerks@naperville.il.us. For more information on the City of Naperville, visit www.naperville.il.us

Editor’s Note / A brief history of the filing period from 8AM Nov. 21 through 5PM Nov. 28 for the nonpartisan municipal election slated for Tues., April 4, 2023, is featured on this website. 

Click here to look back Dec. 1, 2020, when the lottery for City Council ballot position was held outside on a back deck at the Naperville Municipal Center. What a difference two years make.

Thanks for reading and getting to know all the candidates by Election Day 2023.

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About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving City consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The City is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The City’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.

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