Four Enter Race for Downers Grove Village Council

Commissioners Bob Barnett and Marilyn Schnell both filed petitions seeking re-election in the April 9, 2013 consolidated election. Petitions were also filed by residents David S. Olsen and Susan Walaszek.

Two incumbents and two newcomers were the first to file petitions Monday in the race for Downers Grove Village Council.

Commissioners Bob Barnett and Marilyn Schnell, and newcomers David S. Olsen and Susan Walaszek, all filed nomination papers for the the April 9 consolidated election at 8 a.m. Monday morning, according to Downers Grove Village Clerk April Holden.

A lottery will be held Nov. 27 to determine ballot position, Holden said.

Candidates have until Monday, Nov. 26, to file petitions, though Village Hall will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving. Papers are accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The four-year terms for commissioners William Waldack, Barnett and Schnell all expire in May 2013. Barnett is currently serving his first term on the village council, Schnell her fifth and Waldack his second.

Waldack announced during Tuesday's village council meeting that he does not intend to seek re-election.

READ: Downers Grove Commissioner William Waldack Will Not Seek Re-Election

Olsen is currently serving as the Republican committeeman for Downers Grove Township's 54th precinct. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2011, according to his website

Walaszek is an attorney and human resource professional, and has served on the Downers Grove Human Service Commission, according to her Lawline faculty bio.

Due to Downers Grove's form of government (council-manager), the village council's filing dates do not coincide with other local races, such as school board or park district.

If more than 12 people file for the council's three open positions, a consolidated primary election will be held Feb. 26, 2013, Holden said.

The consolidated election will be held April 9, 2013.

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John G. November 21, 2012 at 04:53 AM
Lets hope that Waldack gets elected again, the only intelligent member of the Council. Barnett is a joke
Dan F. November 21, 2012 at 03:02 PM
I am sure if you have a Beer With Bob, he will win you over, with his humbleness.
Tony Cesare November 21, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I give the man credit for his willingness to meet residents (many of whom he knows have differing opinions) and discuss any issue face to face. That takes character, versus, say, anonymously hurling insults on the internet from behind a puppet pseudonym, which does not.
PAUL C. November 21, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Puppet Tony they should call you!
PAUL C. November 21, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Tom Turkie November 22, 2012 at 02:52 PM
David lives at home with his parents. He pays no property taxes. David is another Krajewski puppet just like Thoman and Lavoe were inthe last elections Why did Bill quit?
Ralph emerson November 22, 2012 at 03:07 PM
"Puppet Tony" - I like it. We can also call him Hypocrite Tony, as he has ranted several times how much he despises pseudonyms and the people that use them on the Patch yet he has posted comments on the Downers Grove Reporter under a different name RigaTony
PAUL C. November 22, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Hey Tom Turkie....maybe the young David Olsen could bring a little fiscal responsibility to the block council government we have! Townships in Lake County, Il are cutting their payrolls and we are giving officials here in DG raises. Like Crook County, our elected officials keep looking for new revenue streams that will stifle any kind of economic revivial!
Greg Hose November 22, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Not even a break from the political sniping for Thanksgiving?
PAUL C. November 22, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Greg, I can multi task! I was at the Bonfield with family when I received these comment notices. I''ll let the Tom Turke guy make his senseless comments. I at least know our village government gave our manager a $20k raise this year. A fact many of us will remember at election time! Hopefully, we''ll elect some new blood in this town that is if we can get more than 21& off their butts to vote. Enjoy your thanksgiving!
Jimmy Anna November 22, 2012 at 10:42 PM
The Block has cut taxes and gotten rid of all the fat. The Block is who I am most thankful for this Thanksgiving!
PAUL C. November 22, 2012 at 11:08 PM
PAUL C. November 22, 2012 at 11:17 PM
http://shieldstownship.com/supmessage_02-2012.html Read this and learn residents! They actually have documentaction on what they do.
Tony Cesare November 23, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Seriously? My comment on the reporter site (which no one reads) was intended as a jab at the fact they essentially re wrote my story. My intention, which would have been obvious to any slug with a brain, was to take a good hearted swipe, that's why I went with a pseudonym anyone who knows me knows is me. It was obvious, and part of the humor. Nonetheless I'm willing to meet you in person anytime and discus my integrity or whatever comes up, anytime.
Terrence Quandt November 23, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Shields township is half the size of downers grove township, apples and and oranges. The tax base in shields is much larger than DG, the average cost of the home there is twice of DG, i know this because my wifes family is from there. If you don't like it Paul C. Go back to where you and I are from.
PAUL C. November 23, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Oh Terrance.....just give in and don't challenge our elected officials to do their best! I have lived here almost 16 years and don't need you telling me where to go sir. At least I care and want better for Downers Grove so don't give me attitudes because I just don't accept what is dealt out.
Terrence Quandt November 23, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Really? I have lived here since '99. We do not live in a strong mayor format. Like krajewski wanted to implement. I was on the plan commission until we where ceremoniously "fired" by Krajewski. I want the best for DG. You cannot compare one of the wealthiest townships in the state to DG. Shields township not only has half the population we do, they also do not have low income and section eight housing in their township. Things that require much more money to service. The top five families in Lake Forest can buy and sell neighborhoods DG.
PAUL C. November 23, 2012 at 05:06 AM
So everything is wonderful here in DG according to you? Get off the Shields Twp thing for a minute and tell me Mr. Former Planner if we are perfect for our lowly non-northshore demographic? Let's get your take on "our" current state as a town since you seem to only ne able to point out what we are not!
Terrence Quandt November 23, 2012 at 05:11 AM
You're just trolling, keep on keeping on!
PAUL C. November 23, 2012 at 05:16 AM
Good night...You have nothing to offer then?
PAUL C. November 23, 2012 at 01:36 PM
I like your comedy Tommy O! I apologize for my intensity. Maybe I'll just not vote like th 78% that didn't in our district last April. What a joke local politics are when not many people have a clue on who is even representing them. Ex: It amazes me how many residents still think Ron Sandack is the mayor but most of them knew the malls opened at midnight last night. I know don't worry so much and take a chill pill! But do we all forget the state we live in as today's Wall Street Journal states: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324556304578123052059258768.html?mod=ITP_opinion_2 I may have disgreed with Ron in the past but I am sure we agree on the pension deal. Fiscal soundness starts with local government and moves to the township, county and state and ulitimately the federal. Our state is a mess and Ron knows it! Many do know it but so many people have no clue until the day it all will come crashing down. We can't just keep going deeper into a hole and yes starting at your local government and holding them responsible is a start! So Tommy O keep joking as you pay more and more taxes in the coming years. Quinn and Obama are going to stick it to the middle class also. That federal hole is so deep that the $250k propaganda tax increase only is the biggest joke this president will play on all of America.
Sam Arillio November 23, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Paul C - based on what i read from you it is a good thing that Waldack is not running. All he wanted to do was increase taxes or cut services so the Village could increase funding for meals on wheels, taxi subsidy coupons and other non related CORE services.
PAUL C. November 23, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Sam,He voted no along with Comm Barnett for the village manager's $20K raise earlier this year. He has voted both ways and if I am not mistaken he voted no on the new water run off tax for homeowners in the village. This coming election isn't about Walldack. I think the debt and tax mentality is contagious especially since this state is mess and the biggest mess is just east of our county, we can fall into that way of thinking here in DG. I am not advocating we just let our representation at the local just walt in because they are affliated and endorsed by some other politician. I would hope the residents start researching these candidates more and really vote for the individual that is most capable. The problem still is that no enough people care to vote locally. 22-25% turnouts are a joke. One last thing, Bill Walldack served with passion and one thing is for sure is that he was never a "yes" man!
J. Geoff Rove November 24, 2012 at 12:34 AM
So far not much to see in the candidates in terms of fiscal prudence or focused priorities. I bet the taxes in Dixon IL are lower, even with the embezzling comptroller.
G Bolts November 26, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Commissioner Barnett seems like a good person that has strong ethics and ideas while being open to other ideas. He is an example of a good public servant.
Bella Delpercio December 05, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Thanks for this scoop Paul. Making note of this for spreading the news before election time. You need to write to the dg reporter and put this in the editors column. A lot of people read this.
Bella Delpercio December 05, 2012 at 03:28 PM
You got that right about bill Waldack Paul. Nice caring person who wants the best for this town, along with meals on wheels, which people make sound bad but something we may all need someday. This village has screwed over people and business owners time after time and if you confront them at town meetings they roll their eyes at you and don't really give a sh?t about the people here. Check out the contracts given to people and see who is friends with who. Bill will be missed. At least I knew there was one person there fighting for us.
PAUL C. December 05, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Bella, Many people want to be little followers her in DG. They look to certain factions to tell them who to vote for. This is why we have the block council government we have. Everyone wants to be part of the in-crowd. We have seen it clearly in our current council government and it looks quite clear that Barnett and Jankowski (heavily endorsed by RS and the block-sitting members) will move in. Rumor has it Susan Walaszek is a part of that in-crowd also and has a good chance of solidifying the BLOCK. I only call it like I see it and unless Olsen, Schnell or Hose can get their supporters to single-vote, they'll have a hard time breaking into the block. This is my early prediction on this April affair. I am well aware of the in-crowd here in DG and will watch this one from the sidelines only adding commentary. Ask yourself residents, are you part of the in-crowd or do you actually research whom you will vote for in this council race? Furthermore ask yourself, will you get off your butt in April and actually have a say in who will pass laws in our village? When we get 20-25% turnouts, I say what a joke! But that's just what the in-crowd wants because the in-crowd is 75% of that 20-25%. Wake up residents and vote in April!


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