Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Greg Hosé and Don Jankowski filed petitions for the April 2013 consolidated election Monday—the last day to file for the three open commissioner seats.
Two more people filed petitions Monday to run for Downers Grove Village Council, widening the field to six candidates. Greg Hosé and Donald Jankowski both filed nomination papers for the April 9, 2013 consolidated election before the filing deadline expired Monday evening, according to Downers Grove Communications Director Doug Kozlowski. Hosé and Jankowski will appear on the ballot with the four candidates who filed petitions Nov. 19—incumbents Bob Barnett and Marilyn Schnell, and newcomers David S. Olsen and Susan Walaszek. Downers Grove Village Clerk April Holden said last week that a lottery will be held Tuesday to determine ballot position. The four-year terms for commissioners William Waldack, Barnett and Schnell all expire in May …
Sunday, November 25, 2012
A look back at the Downers Grove headlines, Nov. 19-25.
Girls Swimming: Downers Grove North's Gabby Sims Wins State Title Sims, a junior, broke a pool record in the 100-yard freestyle, leading the Trojans to a sixth-place finish at the IHSA swimming and diving finals. Downers Grove North Video Wins ABC's 'Show Us Your Spirit!' Contest The DGN Fine Arts Department's lip-dub video to "It's Always a Good Time" by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen beat out eight other schools in an online poll, according to school officials. 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. Police: Downers Grove Duo …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Waldack announced during Tuesday's village council meeting that he will not seek a third term in the April 9, 2013 consolidated election.
Downers Grove Village Commissioner William Waldack announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in the April 2013 consolidated election. Waldack, whose second term expires in May 2013, presented the news as his commissioner's report during Tuesday's council meeting. "I think it's time to take a step back," Waldack said. "I first thought about (running for village council) eight years ago over Thanksgiving dinner. Thanksgiving is coming up, and I will have different conversations at the table this year." Waldack, 62, has served on the Downers Grove Village Council since May 2005. He filed paperwork in November 2010 to run for former Mayor Ron Sandack's position in the 2011 consolidated election, but backed out two weeks later to …
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Despite Waldack's repeated efforts, there's little Council interest in funding senior programs. How did a relatively modest expenditure become so controversial?
Another budget season and another impassioned attempt by Commissioner William Waldack to convince his Village Council colleagues to reinstate funds to two programs that serve local senior citizens. Waldack, at the Nov. 1 council meeting, made yet another pitch for his colleagues to earmark $60,000 in the 2012 budget for two programs benefitting senior citizens. The council discontinued its contribution to the federally subsidized Meals on Wheels program two years ago, at which time it also trimmed its taxi subsidy program. Since then, Waldack has repeatedly asked the council to reconsider, trotting out visual aids—an apple to represent the council majority’s focus on core services in 2010, a sliced penny to represent the relative cost of …
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Commissioner responds to colleagues, residents comments on storm cleanup and ComEd.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
This meeting was all about the storms, including another storm cloud brewing over Village Hall. Commissioner (Bob) Barnett was clearly in campaign re-election mode as he may have been pandering to Downers Grove voters at their most vulnerable time. He suggested taxpayer funding of private property cleanup, which is a major flip-flop on his part from everything he has supported up to now, which would cost taxpayers about another $132,000. For a commissioner who was unwilling to collect $1 for the most vulnerable of our residents, he now seems to be supporting a policy change that may increase taxes by 25 times as much. After supporting over $1 million in tax increases, he may now be supporting $132,000 on top of the over $600,000 already …