April 12, 2015
Now that the 2015 consolidated general election is in the rear view mirror, I’ve had time to think about what happened and I’m actually glad that it turned out the way it did.
Right up front I’d like to say I did not vote for any of the winners in the Village of Winfield trustee race…Carl Sorgatz, Dennis A. Hogan and Robert C. Greer…but I would like to publicly congratulate them now.
Now I’m looking forward to the progress as promised on their campaign signs. The village president and board of trustees are all men cut from the same cloth and they’ll be able to do pretty much whatever they want.
The drama is gone, the opposition is gone, the scapegoats are gone…nothing is in their way to solve all of our towns problems and I can sit back and watch it happen. It’s not often that you get to see something like this and that’s why I’m loving it.
About 55 % of the voters in town wanted it this way and I hope they’re right…only time will tell.
What do you think will happen?
April 10, 2013
Sadly I predicted the outcome of this weeks election in a previous post. But being the good sport I am, I’d like to congratulate our new president and trustees. Actually, I can’t wait to see what the big “change” will be. My last words on the subject? …get ready to defend your wallet.
Now let’s take a look back at the trustee race from April of 1971 and see the totals from that year…
April 1, 2013
And that “sponsor” is me. A lot of sites on the web are now making you watch commercials before you can get to the content…but here (in lieu of a commercial) I’m going to offer up my personal opinion on the current election cycle in Winfield. I know I probably won’t be swaying any votes at this point, but I felt compelled to log some observations, predictions and endorsements in a public place, and what better place to do it than in my own little nook on the internet (especially since I don’t have the money to send a “newspaper” featuring my opinion to everyone in town). If you don’t want to read it you can back out now…in fact I’m including a few political ads from 1955 as a buffer to my screed…Back to my normal postings on Wednesday…
Now on to my thoughts about the current election cycle in Winfield. Unfortunately, if past elections are any guide for the present…the vote will probably take a big swing “the other way”…and in this case that means big wins for the Winfield United Political Committee candidates. Believe me I hope I’m wrong, but I have to call it as I’ve seen it.
I keep reading on signs that we “need all 4 for change” or something like that and I was wondering just what that “change” might be. For one, it shifts the power to the Winfield United Political Committee candidates and what I believe you are then going to see (if all four guys win) is another referendum for a tax hike (my prediction). One of the leaders of this political action committee, Steve Romanelli is on record saying that basically our taxes are too low (can you imagine?) Check it out for yourself in the comments section of this Daily Herald Story. I also tried to ask (via email) presidential candidate Spande if he thought our taxes were too low, since this question was asked at a candidates forum that the WUPC candidates wouldn’t attend. He never got back to me on that question but he did answer at length about why they couldn’t attend the candidates forum.
I also hear about how these WUPC candidates “listen to the residents”. In fact some fella by the name of Rock Rockett wrote an article ripping on trustee candidate Jay Olson for, among other things, that “He voted to force rezoning of homes on Beecher Street and the Marathon Station against the owners’ will.” The funny thing is that Mr. Spande also voted to “force rezoning of homes on Beecher Street.” Check it out in the village board minutes…(follow the link and then download the file labelled 2012.02.02 VB). Weird that the Winfield United Political Committee would want a village president that doesn’t “listen to the residents.”
I don’t know about you, but I believe my taxes are not too low and I’m looking for candidates who are seeking alternatives to higher property taxes and other nickel and dime fees (ie vehicle stickers)…and for candidates who are not beholden to a political action committee. That’s why i’m endorsing Rob Hanlon for village president and Tom Blackburn, Jay Olson and Charles Jacques for trustee. Join me in electing these men. I recommend early voting (super easy, no lines)…see details here.
March 11, 2013
Election season is in full swing and tonight (Monday 3/11/13) we get to hear from the current hopefuls at a candidates forum. It is being put on by the Winfield Junior Woman’s Club and the League of Women Voters of Wheaton and will be held in the Central DuPage Hospital auditorium at 6:30pm. Hope to see you there. Anyways, let’s head back to the election of 1959 and see what was going on as they got closer to the big day…
The “Village Interest Party” did not have an ad in the paper like the other two groups. Apparently they didn’t have deep pockets to pay the 20-30 dollar fee.
January 28, 2013
We’re now heading into the campaign season for the April 9th consolidated election and it’s time to look forward and back. Forward, by checking out a candidate meet and greet at John’s on Tuesday January 29th from 7-9 pm (winfield411.com/magazine/2013/01/25/you-are-invited/)…and backward by checking out these election stories from February of 1969…
November 7, 2012
After some late afternoon tallying back in November of 1968, Aivars Baumanis became the student president of the Winfield Public School. See all the winners from the Glimpses special election coverage…
and the election coverage was brought to you by the West Chicago Sears….check out the cool TV you could’ve gotten in ’68…
November 5, 2012
Know where your polling place is? Apparently back in the Fall of 1969 it wasn’t clear where Winfield precinct 18 voters were supposed to go…
Currently St. John The Baptist Church hosts the polls for precinct 18.