Wednesday, March 27, 2013
A Facebook question about Batavia School Board issues for the April 9 election results in a healthy discussion about school lunches and organic foods.
With a League of Women Voters School Board candidates forum coming up April 2, we asked a simple question about the election on the Batavia Patch Facebook page and got some strong opinions about organic food and the state of the lunch programs at Batavia schools. The question: "HEY BATAVIA — What is your top concern in the school board race?" Your answers:
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The League of Women Voters hosts a District 101 School Board candidates forum at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Batavia Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia.
The League of Women Voters of Central Kane County will present a Candidates Forum at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Batavia Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia. All of the candidates for the Batavia School Board have been invited to participate. At press time, several candidates had yet to respond to the League’s invitation. A primary goal of the League of Women Voters is to encourage educated and active participation of citizens in government. The League is a non-partisan organization that never endorses candidates for any office. Forums offer an opportunity for citizens to hear candidate opinions in an unbiased and civil setting. "It is our hope that our audience will gain knowledge and understanding of candidate capabilities and …
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Here are the hours you can vote early in Batavia and near Batavia.
Early voting for the April 9 election begins Monday, March 25. Kane County residents may vote at Batavia City Hall, 100 N. Island Ave., on these days and times: All voting offices will be closed on Friday, March 29, but here are some other early-voting options near Batavia: Kane County Clerk's Office 719 S. Batavia Ave., Bldg. B, Geneva, 60134 Kane County Branch Court 530 S. Randall Road, St. Charles, 60174 Messenger Library 113 Oak St., North Aurora, 60542 City of St. Charlres 2 E. Main St., St. Charles, 60174
Monday, March 11, 2013
The Daily Herald's editorial board endorses three incumbents and one write-in candidate in the April 9 aldermanic election.
The Daily Herald came out with its April 9 endorsements for Batavia alderman on Monday, March 11. The top issues are the downtown streetscape and development efforts and the wastewater treatment plant and wastewater infrastructure. The editorial board apparently likes the direction the city is taking, because it's endorsing three incumbents in each of the three contested races where candidates' names will appear on the ballot. The board also picks a business-owner as a write-in candidate in Ward 7. Jim Volk gets the nod over Jamie Saam for 4th Ward. The Herald likes Volk's "advocacy for a crime-free housing policy." Incumbent Eldon Frydendall is endorsed over architect Historic Preservation Commission member Steve Vasilion. Robert Liva's …
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Seven candidates are vying for four seats for the School District 101 Board of Education. Who will you vote for?
Monday, March 4, 2013
For the political blogs prior to the April 9 election, we will screen comments and ask commenters to sign their full, real names.
Batavia Patch is inviting all candidates in the upcoming April 9 election to blog on Patch. And to encourage your participation in blogging prior to April 9, we'll offer to screen comments and allow only those from Patch users willing to sign with a full name. To blog on Batavia Patch, look for the column of "Local Voices" on the home page, and click "Want to Blog on Patch?" You can also simply click on this link: http://batavia.patch.com/blog/apply. Blogging is a great opportunity for candidates to reach our large and continually-growing Batavia audience, without cost, and to talk about issues that are important to the community. You retain ownership of all your posts, so you can write original articles or just copy and paste existing …
Saturday, January 5, 2013
At issue: With state and federal revenue sources shrinking, Show You Care Kane is seeking a referendum that would increase property taxes by about $83 for the owner of a $250,000 home.
Lynn O'Shea of the Association for Individual Development said in December that the AID board had made the decision to pursue a referendum on the April ballot seeking a property tax increase to help fund mental health services. "We need everyone’s help to solve this problem," she said. AID and a group called Show You Care Kane started a petition drive to raise signatures in time to put the question on the April 9 ballot. Supporters went to Kane County with a request to put a referendum on the ballot that would raise about $13 million for the care of the developmentally disabled. Kane County's Public Health Committee on Thursday recommended the full County Board approve the referendum, according to an article in the Kane County Chronicle. …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
This would be Schielke's ninth term in the city's top seat.
Batavia's longtime mayor isn't going away any time soon. Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke said on Monday that he's going to run for reelection next year, the Daily Herald reports. Schielke has been mayor of the City of Batavia for over 30 years. He was first elected to the seat in 1981. Schielke wants to see Batavia Project Streetscape to its completion, the Herald's story said. The project involves a major revamp of River, Wilson and Houston streets to make them more pedestrian friendly. No other candidates have publicly announced a run for the mayor's office. During the last mayoral election in 2009, Schielke defeated two challengers—Britta McKenna, former executive director of Batavia MainStreet and Alan Wolff, who has been Ward 2 alderman …
Monday, December 3, 2012
The Illinois Senate amends its election code so that candidates in local elections—from City Council to School Board—can submit nominating petitions until 5 p.m. on the day after Christmas.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Merry Christmas, candidates in local elections: You have an extra day to get your name on the April 2013 ballot! A new state law, passed Nov. 29 by both houses of the General Assembly, is also good news to municipal clerks, school board secretaries, township clerks, park district and library secretaries and other local election officials who were previously required to accept candidate petitions until 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve, regardless of whether their respective governmental offices were open. The law is effective immediately. Senate Bill 3338 amends Section 1-4 of the Election Code to specify that, for the 2013 consolidated election period, local election officials have until 5 p.m. Dec. 26 to accept candidates' petitions or …
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Take the Patch Poll: Does Pat Quinn deserve re-election or would you put another Democrat on the ballot in 2014?
Pat Quinn is so unpopular, according to a recent Public Policy Polling survey, that Lisa Madigan and Bill Daley would easily beat him in a Democratic primary while Kirk Dillard and Dan Rutherford would topple him in the general election. Quinn says he's going to run for re-election in 2014, but as 2012 comes to an end only 25 percent of Illinois voters approve of the job he's doing as governor. Public Policy Polling says 64 percent of voters disapprove of Quinn's performance — "making him the most unpopular governor PPP has polled on anywhere in the country this year." And there seems to be good reason for that. Last week, 24/7 Wall St. published a ranking of all 50 states, and Illinois emerges as the third-worst-run state in America, …