Friday, April 12, 2013
Two conflicting referendums on term limits passed in Tuesday's election and it's unclear which will apply. The creator of one said he believes it would prohibit Mayor-elect Andrew Przybylo from serving.
Niles voters heartily approved two referendums on term limits in Tuesday's election. However, they are different, and there is no clear guideline in law or precedent as to which should apply. "This has never happened before in Illinois, and I expect it'll be decided in court," said Joe Makula, who gathered about 1,000 signatures--twice-- to create the petition version of the referendum. He said if that version applies, it would bar Mayor-elect Andrew Przybylo from serving. The petition version limits individuals' service as trustee and/or mayor to 16 years, and Makula said it would be retroactive. Since Przybylo has already served 24 years as a trustee, Makula said it would require Przybylo to step down. The other version of the …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Though he earned more than 1,000 votes as a Niles mayoral candidate in Tuesday's election, Chris Hanusiak did not win. He looks to the future.
Chris Hanusiak was philosophical Wednesday after election results showed he lost the Niles mayor contest. The three trustees he was running with on the Responsible Leadership for Niles party slate--incumbent Jim Hynes, newcomer Mary Marusek and incumbent Louella Preston--also lost. Of the four, only Hanusiak will remain on the Niles board of trustees, because he ran for mayor at the mid-point of a four-year trustee term. "We ran a good campaign platform," he said. "We told people the facts about what transpired the past four years. We knocked on a lot of doors. "There was misinformation by the other party. We ran a campaign with true goals that can be measured." Hanusiak said he would work with the newly-elected mayor, Andrew Przybylo, …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
With 22 of 24 precincts reporting Tuesday night, the three were firmly in the lead in vote totals.
With 22 of 24 precincts reporting Tuesday night, trustee candidates George Alpogianis, John Jekot and Danette O'Donovan Matyas appeared to have won a clear victory to take three seats on the Village of Niles Board of Trustees. The three ran as a slate called the Niles New Party, with Andrew Przybylo, who also won, as the mayoral candidate. "I'm very excited," said O'Donovan Matyas at a campaign party at White Eagle Banquets at about 10:30 p.m. "I'm ecstatic the whole slate won. We just want to move Niles forward and fulfill our promises." She said the slate was out ringing doorbells, phone banking and doing mailers. Jekot said the ticket never expected a mandate. "We worked extra hard thinking the vote would be closer," he said. "And …
Niles' mayor-to-be says the hard work on the campaign paid off.
Lots of well-wishers came to the Niles New Party's election night gathering Tuesday at White Eagle Banquets to congratulate Andrew Przybylo on winning the village's mayor's race. With 22 of 24 precincts reporting, Przybylo had almost 64 percent of the vote. He ran on a party ticket with three trustee candidates who also won. "I think the message that resonated with voters--and this is a theme that popped up in February--is about Niles pride," Przybylo said Tuesday. "Prior to that it was progressive government. Then the next thing that popped up was the business community and its activity within the village--a partnership there." Elsewhere: Click here for more Niles and Morton Grove election results, including schools, libraries, park …
Start here to get updated election results for all the races affecting Niles residents.
Starting at about 7:30 p.m. April 9, this page will be updated at regular intervals as vote totals come in. Like Niles-Morton Grove Patch on Facebook No. of Precincts Reporting Number of Precincts Reporting Number of precincts reporting (No more than three terms as trustee and two as mayor) Number of Precincts Reporting (No more than four terms, or 16 years, total) Precincts Reporting Dominic Burdi was also elected in an uncontested race for a 2-year term. Precincts reporting Issue $13.2 million in bonds to buy Youth Campus? Precincts reporting Number of precincts reporting Number of Precincts Reporting Number of precincts reporting Eric Leys also was elected to a 2-year term in an uncontested race. Number …
Today's election is important because the winners will determine the taxes you pay, the services you receive and whether your town, schools, parks and libraries thrive or slip into a black hole. Watch Patch.com's election results tonight!
Drum roll, please. Election Day, Tuesday April 9, has arrived. You'll be voting for mayor, trustees, park board commissioners, school board members, library trustees, township trustees, Oakton Community College trustees, and on three referendum questions. Doesn't sound as sexy as a presidential election? Maybe not, but it affects you more directly. School boards account for 70 percent of your property tax bill, so know that the people you elect today have great power to raise your taxes or hold the line on increases. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Click here to find your polling place. The races you will be voting for, and Patch articles about them, include: Brief videos of candidates Chris Hanusiak and Andrew Przybylo at debate…
Sunday, April 7, 2013
We've met great people as we've rung doorbells. And we'll be there at important financial meetings, unlike Mr. Przybylo, who was absent from last week's meeting with no notice. A Letter to the Editor from Hanusiak, Hynes, Marusek, Preston.
The following Letter to the Editor states the opinions of the authors. Patch is serving as a platform for writers to express their opinions. We are only hours away from voting. Niles residents will select candidates who will lead for the next four years. The Responsible Leadership for Niles Team has spent the last five months preparing for this day, working to achieve a new path for village government. We are grateful that residents, many whom we had never met face to face, called us on our phones, stopped at our headquarters, and greeted us on the street to ask for our literature and lawn signs. We now really know the impact of the adage “A stranger is just a friend I’ve never met.” We feel blessed that so many “strangers” became our …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Where to cast your ballot for the local elections held Tuesday, April 9.
Friday, April 5
Niles and Morton Grove residents will hit the polls Tuesday, April 9 to vote for many local positions including school board and city roles. Niles Candidate and Race Information Morton Grove Candidate and Race Information Don't know where to cast your ballot? Tune into Niles-Morton Grove Patch Tuesday for updated election results and information.
Candidates for the Niles village board of trustees introduce themselves at a March 27.
If you live in Niles, you may have received several pounds of paper by now from political candidates. But here they are live, introducing themselves in these videos. They were made at the March 27 debate, held at the Niles Park District's Oasis Fun Center, and sponsored by the Journal & Topics. The trustee candidates are: George Alpogianis, Jim Hynes, John Jekot, Mary Marusek, Danette O'Donovan Matyas, Louella Preston. Note: For technical reasons, Patch did not capture Danette O'Donovan Matyas speaking at the podium; she repeated her remarks for videotaping just after the debate ended, while audience members were having coffee. Like Niles-Morton Grove Patch on Facebook for news, conversation Get Niles and Morton Grove news in a daily …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Andrew Przybylo and Chris Hanusiak address Niles residents. Watch their opening statements.
Watch these clips are from the March 27 debate for village of Niles candidates, held at the Niles Park District's Oasis Fun Center and sponsored by the Journal & Topics. The clips show mayoral candidates Andrew Przybylo and Chris Hanusiak making their opening statements. The election is being held Tuesday, April 9. A video of the entire debate can be seen here. Get Niles and Morton Grove news in a daily email from Patch.com. It's like getting a free newspaper. Learn more. Like Niles-Morton Grove Patch on Facebook