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Get to know candidates now…Be educated by Consolidated Election Day, April 4, 2023

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Naperville Pre-Election Day Calendar / Now updated!

Now thru April 4, 2023 / 2023 Nonpartisan Consolidated Election Reminder / From Naperville City Council to the Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners and School District 203 to School District 204 Boards of Education and to College of DuPage Board of Trustees, time has arrived to become familiar with important dates during this nonpartisan election campaign as well as the names and qualifications of all candidates running to serve local governing bodies…

Now / Mixed among those important voter dates are “meet and greet” events for candidates as well as public forums. Those dates in bold red below have been submitted by the candidates’ campaign committees and will be hosted in February and/or March. Take advantage of opportunities to meet face-to-face with folks who want to serve the City you chose to call home.

Now / Below the calendar listing of events that follows, all 27 candidates’ names are listed with the governing body they aim to serve and as they will appear on the ballot.

Now / This online publication welcomes all candidates to list meet and greet events and fundraisers as well as forums that are open to the public. Events will be added as received from sponsoring organization or candidate. All interest is appreciated. Check back often!

Naperville Nonpartisan Consolidated Election Events

January 2023

Jan. 4, 2023 / First Day to Request Vote-By-Mail Ballot. Click HERE for details to Vote-By Mail in DuPage County in the event of travel plans take you away on Election Day, April 4, 2023. / Click HERE for Vote-By-Mail in Will County.

Jan. 21, 2023 / Campaign events posted prior to January 21 have been saved on the original calendar, previously posted on Jan. 6, 2023. Many of the events that follow are new and others have been updated. Thanks for reading.

Now / Registration is open for entries in the West Suburban Irish St. Patrick’s Parade on Sat., March 11, 2023. For more than 25 years, the popular parade has been a fun way to introduce many spectators to candidates running in the nonpartisan Consolidated Election in April. Naperville loves its parades! Click here for parade info. To go directly to register, click here.

City Councilman Paul Hinterlong supported the West Suburban Irish St. Patrick’s Parade with an entry every time he ran for public office. Councilman Hinterlong finishes his final term of dedicated service on May 7, 2023, when the next Mayor and City Council take their oath of office. Sláinte to Naperville City Councilman Hinterlong! Thanks for the memories! (PN File Photo)

February 2023

Feb. 1, 2023 / Nag Jaiswal for Naperville City Council Fundraiser / Campaign Kick-Off for Nag Jaiswal will be held from 5-7PM Wed., Feb. 1 at VAI’S-Naperville, located at 916 S. Route 59. Donation: $50. Sponsorships available. For more info: visit Nag Jaiswal.

Now through Feb. 28, 2023 / Meet Ron Amato, Candidate for 203 Board of Education, for Coffee! Ronald Amato, candidate for School District 203 Board of Education, wants to meet, listen and learn from citizens who live in School District 203. To arrange a time for a coffee date, voters are encouraged to contact him at amatofor203@gmail.com. For more info: visit Ronald Amato.

Feb. 3, 2023 / Patrick Kelly for Naperville City Council Fundraiser / Join friends of Patrick Kelly for his fundraiser from 6 to 8PM Fri., Feb. 3, at Solemn Oath Brewery, located at 1661 Quincy Avenue Suite 179. Suggested Minimum Donation: $40. For more info: visit Patrick Kelly.

Feb. 3, 2023 / NCTV-17 launches its Naperville Election 2023 Candidates / Watch the series of Liz Spencer interviews as she meets all the candidates running in the nonpartisan Consolidated Election on April 4, 2023. For more info: visit www.nctv17.org.

Feb. 4, 2023 / Josh McBroom, Candidate for Naperville City Council, Ice Cream Social at Colonial Cafe / Join friends and meet Josh McBroom for ice cream from 2-5PM Sat., Feb. 4, at Colonial Cafe, 8 W. Gartner Road. Reserve a spot: $25 per family. Sponsorships available. For more info: visit Josh McBroom.

Feb. 4, 2023 / Meghna Bansal, Candidate for Naperville City Council, Campaign Kick-Off / Meet and greet Meghna Bansal at Embassy Suites, 1823 Abriter Court (just north off Diehl Road) from 2PM to 4PM Sat., Feb 4. No admission charge. Refreshments will be served, compliments of Meghna Bansal and friends. For more info: visit Meghna Bansal.

Feb. 6, 2023, until Election Day / Meet Gilbert Wagner, candidate for School District 203 Board of Education. This opportunity is an open invite. Now till the election time! Gilbert Wagner, candidate for School District 203 Board of Education would like to meet with you to discuss thoughts on District 203. To arrange a meet and greet, contact Gilbert Wagner at wagnerfordistrict203@gmail.com. For more info: visit Gilbert Wagner.

Feb. 11, 2023 / Meet & Greet Scott Wehrli for coffee at Quigley’s Irish Pub / Candidate for Naperville Mayor Scott Wehrli will welcome folks for complimentary coffee and conversation from 10AM to 11:15AM Sat., Feb. 11, in the Cottage Room at Quigley’s Irish Pub, 43 E. Jefferson Ave., in downtown Naperville. Hosted by Jim Penick. For more info: visit Scott Wehrli.

Feb. 20, 2023 / Naperville City Council Virtual Forum hosted by League of Women Voters of Naperville / LWV Naperville will host first of its series of forums virtually via Zoom beginning at 7PM Mon., Feb. 20. Advanced registration is required. The registration links will be found on lwvnaperville.org closer to the actual event date. The events are also planned to be run in real time via Facebook Live and planned to be posted on the League of Women Voters of Naperville YouTube channel after the event for prospective voter viewing. (Also see Feb. 23, March 6 and March 7.)

Feb. 22, 2023 / Josh McBroom, Candidate for Naperville City Council, aims to “Protect What Makes Naperville Special.” / Join friends and meet Josh McBroom for pizza and conversation from 6:30 to 8:30PM Wed., Feb. 22, at Aurelio’s Pizza, 1975 Springbrook Square Drive. Reserve a spot: $25 per person. Sponsorships available. For more info: visit Josh McBroom.

Feb. 22, 2023 / Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce Naperville City Council Forum / NACC will host event, 5-7PM Wed., Feb 22, at 95th Street Library, for NACC members to meet Naperville candidates running for city council and mayor. A ‘speed-meeting’ style one-on-one with Naperville City Council candidates is scheduled from 5PM to 6PM, followed from 6PM to 7PM with a more formal Q&A with Naperville Mayoral candidates. Attendees are encouraged to submit questions in advance for consideration to be asked by our moderator. NACC members only. (We appreciate the NACC’s keeping us informed of its member events to avoid conflict with other public meet & greets.)
 

***Feb. 23, 2023 / The first day Vote-By-Mail Ballots can be mailed out.

Feb. 23, 2023 / Naperville Mayoral Virtual Forum hosted by League of Women Voters of Naperville / LWV Naperville will host second in its series of forums virtually via Zoom beginning at 7PM Mon., Feb. 23. Advanced registration is required. The registration links will be found on lwvnaperville.org closer to the actual event date. 

Feb. 24, 2023 / City Council Candidates Public Forum / A Community Dinner and City of Naperville Candidates Forum will be hosted by Islamic Center of Naperville at their Ogden Mosque, located at 2844 W. Ogden Ave., Naperville, IL 60540. The public is welcome to attend beginning at 6PM until 9PM on Fri., Feb. 24.

Feb. 27, 2023 / Fundraiser for Chris Jacks, Candidate for Naperville Park District Commissioner / Join Chris Jack for a fundraiser from 5:30PM to 8:30PM on Mon., Feb. 27, at Quigley’s Irish Pub, 43 E. Jefferson Ave. in Naperville.  Cost is $50 per person, $25 for Precinct Committeemen. To register in advance, go to my web site at Reserve for my Fundraiser.  Cash/checks/credit cards the evening of the fundraiser. For more info: visit Chris Jacks.

Watch live this evening! Meet the candidates…

Thanks to 11 City Council hopefuls and an audience of 175 attentive individuals for braving the frigid cold to attend the first of three 90-minute public forums featuring candidates to serve 4-year seats on the Naperville City Council.  From left, Rebecca Malotke-Meslin, Ashley South, Meghna Bansal, Patrick Kelly, Allison Longenbaugh, Nate Wilson, Ashfaq Syed, Madhu Uppal, Josh McBroom, Jodi Trendler, Nag Jaiswal and moderator Mark Wright. (PN Photo, Jan. 31, 2023)

Feb. 28, 2023 / City Council Candidates Public Forum hosted by Senior Task Force and Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation / 7PM Tues., Feb. 28, City Council Chambers. Ten of 11 candidates running in the nonpartisan Consolidated Election for Naperville City Council have replied that they will attend this public forum to be held at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street. Twenty-six-year Naperville resident, entrepreneur and current president of the Naperville Development Partnership Mark Wright will serve as moderator. (PN is assisting sponsoring organizations to present/promote this event, the second of three co-sponsored forums to feature hopefuls running to serve as City Council members and Naperville Mayor. Also save the date for the Mayoral Candidate Forum on March 14, 2023.) Council Chambers also will be open for individual seating in advance of the forum set to begin at 7PM. KidsMatter volunteers will serve as ushers to pass out programs. Public welcome!

Now / Watch City Council meetings and workshops available around the clock. Watch City Council meetings, workshops and other special events held in Council Chambers on WCNC Government Access Television (Ch. 6-Astound, Ch. 10 – Comcast, Ch. 99 – AT&T) “live” and/or saved in the City’s archive. Watch streaming and online at naperville.legistar.com. Find an archive of past meetings saved here.

March 2023

March 4, 2023 / Know the Candidates for Naperville City Council Elections hosted by Indian-American Caucus / Indian-American Caucus for nonpartisan civic engagement will present candidates for Naperville Mayor and City Council from 11AM to 1PM Sat., March 4, at the Mall of India. The Mall of India is located at 776 Route 59. Public is invited.
 
March 6, 2023 / Naperville Park District Virtual Forum hosted by League of Women Voters of Naperville / LWV Naperville will host third in its series of forums virtually via Zoom beginning at 7PM., Mon., March 6. Advanced registration is required. The registration links will be found on lwvnaperville.org closer to the actual event date. 
 
March 7, 2023 / Indian Prairie School District 204 Virtual Q&A Event hosted by League of Women Voters Naperville held in partnership with the Indian Prairie Parents’ Council / LWV Naperville will host fourth in its series of events virtually via Zoom beginning at 6:30PM Tues., March 7. Advanced registration is required. The registration links will be found on lwvnaperville.org closer to the actual event date. 
 
March 7, 2023 / Naperville Community School District 203 Virtual Forum hosted by League of Women Voters Naperville held in partnership with Naperville General Home & School / LWV Naperville will host fifth in its series of events virtually via Zoom beginning at at 8PM Tues., March 7. Advanced registration is required. The registration links will be found on lwvnaperville.org closer to the actual event date.  
 

March 8, 2023 / Naperville City Council Candidate Forum to Focus on the Environment / A City Council Candidate Forum is set for 7PM Wed., March 8, at First Congregational Church, 25 E. Benton. Candidates will be asked a set of questions about their views on how Naperville city government can address environmental issues. Voters will learn candidates’ plans to address the environmental impact of Naperville’s energy supply, transportation, and infrastructure. Audience members may submit questions. The candidate forums are cosponsored by Naperville Environmental Sustainability Task Force (NEST); First Congregational Church, Naperville; and the Greater Naperville Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL). For more info, visit sustainnaperville.org/april-4-election.

During the 2015 West Suburban Irish St. Patrick’s Parade, friends and supporters joined Steve Chirico as he was off and running for his first of two terms as Mayor of Naperville. Sláinte, Mayor Chirico! (PN File Photo)

March 11, 2023 / West Suburban Irish St. Patrick’s Parade / The WSI St. Patrick’s Parade steps off at 10AM Sat., March 11, meandering through downtown Naperville. Candidates appear to enjoy this festive family-friendly event when everybody’s Irish, marching with supporters and campaign signs to remind voters that the nonpartisan Consolidated Election follows soon. For 2023, the election for Naperville Mayor and City Council, Naperville Park Board of Commissioners, School Districts 203 and 204 Boards of Education as well as College of DuPage Board of Trustees is April 4. For parade registration info, visit www.wsirish.org. Naperville loves its parades!

March 13, 2023 / Naperville Mayoral Candidate Forum to Focus on the Environment / A Mayoral Candidate Forum is set for 7PM Mon., March 13, at First Congregational Church, 25 E. Benton. Candidates will be asked a set of questions about their views on how Naperville city government can address environmental issues. Voters will learn candidates’ plans to address the environmental impact of Naperville’s energy supply, transportation, and infrastructure. Audience members may submit questions. The candidate forums are cosponsored by Naperville Environmental Sustainability Task Force (NEST); First Congregational Church, Naperville; and the Greater Naperville Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL). For more info, visit sustainnaperville.org/april-4-election.

March 14, 2023 / Mayoral Candidates Public Forum hosted by Senior Task Force and Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation / 7PM Tues., March 14, City Council Chambers. Save the date. Details coming soon. (PN is assisting sponsoring organizations to present/promote this event.) The three candidates for Naperville Mayor to serve City Council have replied that they will attend this public forum to be held at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street. Public welcome to attend.

March 16, 2023 / Naperville City Council Candidate Forum hosted by Indian Community Outreach / A City Council Candidate Forum is set for 6PM Thurs., March 16,  in the Council Chambers at the Naperville Municipal Center. Candidates will be asked a set of questions about their views on various issues and topics that face the Naperville city government. Voters will learn candidates’ plans for the future of Naperville City as our demographics keep changing. Audience members may submit questions. This candidate forum is supported by Indian Community Outreach.

***March 20, 2023 / Early In-person Voting begins 15 days prior to Nonpartisan Consolidated Election Day.

  • Mail-in or early in-person voting is important for 2023 since spring breaks happen at the end of March through the beginning of April.

    Naperville residents in DuPage County and Will County can vote early at the Naperville Municipal Center. Hours will be posted as in-person dates approach.

  • DuPage County residents can vote early in the Media Room of the Jack T. Knuepfer Administration Building at 421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton; visit dupageco.org/election for details. 
  • Will County residents can vote early at the Will County Clerk’s Office, 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet; visit thewillcountyclerk.com/elections/early-voting for details.

April 2023

***Election Day / Polls open 6AM to 7PM Tues., April 4***

Voter Information for DuPage County / Register to Vote & More

Voter Information for Will County / Register to Vote & Voter-Services

Naperville nonpartisan Consolidated Election features 27 hopefuls running for 4-year seats

Official candidate websites (not social media) are linked to this website by personal candidate request or receipt of press release. Thanks to all candidates for throwing their hats into the ring. Former candidates, winners as well as losers, have told us more than once that campaigning—getting to know the community and meeting potential voters—is a most rewarding experience.

We are grateful to live in a community where every empty seat on the Naperville City Council, Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners and both school boards has a candidate running to fill it.

The following highlighted governing bodies are linked to online posts on official websites where the public can observe past meetings saved in archives:

Naperville City Council

Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners 

Naperville Unit School District 203 Board of Education

Indian Prairie Unit School District 204 Board of Education

Watch upcoming meetings as they stream live, too. Note also in photos below that the sun really does shine in Naperville. —PN

Naperville City Council

City Council meetings are held at the Naperville Municipal Center located at 400 S. Eagle Street. Meetings are regularly scheduled at 7PM on the first and third Tuesdays of every month. Meetings also are saved for review in the City archive at naperville.il.us.

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.

Naperville Mayor / Three candidates, Benjamin (Benny) White, Scott Wehrli and Tiffany Stephens, are vying for the four-year seat of Naperville Mayor on the Naperville City Council. 

Naperville City Council Members / Eleven candidates currently are vying for four four-year seats on the Naperville City Council. Listed here in ballot order are Nag Jaiswal, Rebecca Malotke-Meslin, Josh McBroom, Jodi Trendler, Patrick Kelly, Nathan “Nate” Wilson, Ashfaq Syed, Meghna Bansal, Ashley South, Allison Longenbaugh, and Madhu Uppal.

Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners

Naperville Park District Board Meetings are held at Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Drive. The Board meets at 7PM on the second Thursday of each month and at 6:30PM the fourth Thursday of each month. Note: A second meeting in December is not held and sometimes meetings are canceled with advance notice.

Naperville Park District Mission: We provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community.

Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners / By Dec. 12, 2022, four candidates had turned in petition packets to serve three four-year seats on the NPD Board of Commissioners. Candidates are Christopher Jacks, John Risvold, Rich Janor and Mahboube “Michelle” Haghighi.

Naperville School District 203 Board of Education

Naperville School District 203 hosts board meetings at 203 W. Hillside Road at Webster. Find meeting dates listed at https://www.naperville203.org/Page/1214.

Mission Statement: Our mission is to educate students to be self-directed learners, collaborative workers, complex thinkers, quality producers, and community contributors.

School District 203 / By Dec. 12, 2022, six candidates had turned in petition packets to run for three four-year seats on the 203 BOE. Candidates are Joe Kozminski, Kristine Gericke, Barbara Higg, Gilbert Wagner, Ronald Amato and Melissa Kelly Black.

Indian Prairie School District 204 Board of Education

School District 204 hosts board meetings at 780 Shoreline Drive in Aurora. Find meeting dates listed at https://board.ipsd.org/Meetings.aspx.

Mission Statement: The mission of Indian Prairie Community Unit School District 204 is to inspire all students to achieve their greatest potential.

School District 204 / By Dec. 12, 2022, three candidates had turned in petition packets to run for three four-year seats on the 204 BOE. Candidates are Justin Karubas, Mark Rising and Catey Genc. Though no contest will be needed here, it’s important to watch school board meetings and get to know the issues and the candidates.

College of DuPage Board of Trustees

Mission Statement: The mission of the College of DuPage Foundation is to obtain and steward contributions to expand educational and cultural opportunities for the College of DuPage Community.

The main campus of College of DuPage is located in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. COD Centers also are located in Addison, Carol Stream, Naperville and Westmont.

College of DuPage Board of Trustees / Three candidates are running to fill two six-year seats. Candidates are Haroon Atcha, Christine M. Fenne and Andrew R. Manno. Candidate information and official documents are available on the Illinois State Board of Elections website: www.elections.il.gov.

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, public policies and budgets up close. Attend public meetings or watch saved meetings in the archives of the City, school districts or Naperville Park District. Thank you.

Many residents claim to have voter fatigue. If you’re in that condition, 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, their qualifications and their commitment to community service in Naperville. Be informed by Consolidated Election Day, April 4, 2023.

Thanks for reading and paying attention. PN will begin focusing on the issues in this election beginning in March and through the election at www.election.positivelynaperville.com.

The February 2023 issue of PN, now being edited and in production, is expected to hit the newsstands and door-to-door distribution on the first of February. Thanks for reading!

FYI: Click here to view previously posted calendar of January events. That calendar will remain online, but will NOT be updated.

Originally Posted, Jan. 21, 2023; Last Updated Feb. 3, 2023 

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