Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Also, incumbents hang on in all other Elmhurst races.
Elmhurst has a new mayor. At about 10 p.m. Tuesday, Steve Morley declared victory in the three-way race that pitted him against fellow city aldermen Diane Gutenkauf and Mark Mulliner. Morley received about 43 percent of the vote. "I really can't believe I'm standing here," Morley said in his acceptance speech at Hamburger Jones. "I really didn't think I'd be standing here." He said the campaign has been "a heck of a journey." "When I thought about running for mayor, and I thought about the current City Council, I thought, boy, if I could be mayor and work with the City Council I've been working with for the past four years, wouldn't that be fantastic?," he said He said it was difficult for him to overcome two problems in reaching the …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Now that the polls have closed, follow our site for results to learn who won and by how much in all your Elmhurst races.
Tuesday, April 9
The above list gives you the unofficial results for all local races in Elmhurst.
Turnout varies by location.
It's closing time at the polls. So how was the turnout for this local election? The number of voters varied widely, from 15 percent to potentially nearly 50 percent, depending on the precinct. Toward the south-central part of town, where York Township candidates are on the ballot, Redeemer Lutheran Church had about 500 residents walk in and vote today by 5 p.m. Add to that the 300 who voted early, and that's about 37 percent of the total 2,176 potential voters at that site, according to election judge Steve Ford. "And we have two more hours to go," he said. "If I get another 200 voters, I could get to almost 50 percent." That's a pretty good turnout for a Consolidated Election, according to City Hall election judge Charles Pearson. "We …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Family-first, respect for others, hard work, professionalism—all characteristics that will make MaryNic Foster a great Elmhurst alderman.
I am a second-time voter, having just turned 19. I confess I do not know all that much about Elmhurst city government or local politics—though I certainly know much more now than I did a mere four months ago—but I do know MaryNic. By now, hopefully you already know about MaryNic being an attorney, about MaryNic’s work experience in ethics and government, and all the other outstanding qualifications that make MaryNic the most qualified for the role of alderman. However, I’d like to take this opportunity to not talk of MaryNic, but of my mom. Let me begin by stating that I could not have asked for a better role model. My mother always strives to better herself and never shies from any challenge. Every day I am amazed by her and I am so …
Michael Regan says MaryNic Foster has professional and interpersonal skills for the job, and will be a gatekeeper in the area of open and accountable government.
From 2001-2009, I was privileged to serve on the Elmhurst City Council as an alderman for the 1st Ward. I believe my eight years on the City Council affords me a unique insight into the qualifications needed to best serve the residents of the 1st Ward. Based on my experience, MaryNic Foster is clearly the best candidate to serve as the next alderman from the 1st Ward. I have known MaryNic for over 10 years and highly respect her integrity and intelligence. MaryNic is a 20-year resident of Elmhurst who possesses the professional and interpersonal skills that will serve the 1st Ward and the city well. Much has been made lately regarding issues of open and transparent government operations in Elmhurst. MaryNic is the executive director of …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Mulliner has the knowledge and professionalism to fulfill the duties of mayor.
Thursday, April 4
I would like to encourage the voters of Elmhurst to vote for Mark Mulliner for Mayor of the City of Elmhurst on April 9. I have known Mark for a number of years in the capacity of friend, 7th Ward alderman (the ward I live in) and most importantly, as a fellow council member when I served as City Clerk. I have observed the workings of the City Council from the inside and I know that the office of mayor is one that Mark Mulliner can navigate with the knowledge he has gleaned from his 14-plus years on the council. I have personally seen him work with the residents of the 7th Ward on many issues, including the flooding problems and the electrical outages that we have endured for several years. With his dogged determination, the city of …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
It's Election Day. Read this, get to the polls and cast your vote.
Wednesday, April 3
Election Day is Tuesday, April 9. Election Central Elmhurst is your guide to the ballot contests that affect Elmhurst. Elmhurst Mayor (Click here for coverage of the Mayoral race): Click links below for mayoral candidates' biographies and questionnaires: Elmhurst City Council (Click here for coverage of City Council Races) (Four of seven wards contested) Click links below for City Council candidates' biographies and questionnaires: Elmhurst Unit District 205 (Click here for coverage of the School Board race) (Vote for three) Click links below for School Board candidates' biographies and questionnaires: Elmhurst Park Board (Click here for coverage of the Park Board race) (Vote for two) Click links below for Park Board candidates' …
She will keep all Elmhurst residents informed like she has kept her ward informed during her tenure as alderman.
Wednesday, April 3
Current 1st Ward Alderman and mayoral candidate Diane Gutenkauf should be the next mayor of Elmhurst. Since Diane joined the City Council in 2007, she has proven to be an accessible and responsive alderman. Along with so many other 1st Ward residents, I have been proud to have her serving us. Like most of us, I’m a busy person. It’s hard to keep up with everything going on in city government, however, having Diane as a representative has made it easy. Her commitment to keeping the 1st Ward informed through email blasts, face time with individuals and occasional information events has been great! She has excellent communications skills and always responded quickly and with helpful information whenever I had questions. Diane has put …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Three mayoral candidates will just give us more of the same.
I had hoped that someone besides an alderman would run for mayor. The city needs a mayor who knows how to manage our tax dollars. We have not had that for a long time. We seem to have money for the wrong things, and when we need money for repairs we raise the taxes, same as the state does. We always have to adjust our home budgets to meet these needs, why can't our so-called smart aldermen do the same? I'm sure pot holes will be next, along with street repair, but let's save our money for School District 205. I am sure they need more money. I have an idea. Let's cut the payroll so there is money for everything. Why can't someone else run for mayor? The group we have will just keep things the same. Raising taxes is their answer to …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Diane stands up against the City Council's give-aways and no-bid contracts.
Thursday, March 28
I’m voting for Diane on Tuesday, April 9, because she’s the only candidate in the race with the right vision and commitment to Elmhurst. Diane’s served as 1st Ward Alderman for nearly six years and I know she’s ready to tackle the job as mayor. For years I’ve seen the City Council vote through bloated, no-bid contracts that help developers more than the city. I’ve seen the council vote to give away city and taxpayer-owned land at no cost. I’ve seen a lot of tax increases as well. And, I’ve seen Diane stand up to all of that. She’s voted against no-bid contracts because they promote an unfair process. She’s fought to get fair value for land instead of giving it away. And she’s voted to keep property taxes down for all residents. Diane’s …