Elmhurst Mayor Throws His Support Behind November Referendum
Dual elected duty discussion effectively over; voters will decide Nov. 6.
Elmhurst City Council quickly approved a report Monday that will clear the way for a November referendum on dual-elected duty.
Mayor Pete DiCianni began the meeting by announcing his support for a November referendum asking residents whether a city official should be allowed to hold more than one elected position simultaneously.
The Finance, Council Affairs and Administrative Service Committee was split at its meeting last week about placing the referendum on the November or April ballot. While aldermen have said repeatedly that the issue is not about one person, it was DiCianni's bid for DuPage County Board that sparked the debate.
Despite last week's differing opinions among Finance Committee members, on Monday, Chairman and 4th Ward Alderman Stephen Hipskind moved to substitute the committee's minority report for the majority report, effectively ending the discussion on the timing of the referendum and setting the city up to place the question on the Nov. 6 ballot.
The rest of the council voted unanimously to approve the referendum. Following council procedure, the issue will reappear once more for a final OK.