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Oglesby newcomers exlpain their reasons for mayoral runs

Posted by wlpo on January 21, 2015

The April election presents options for voters in Oglesby. Voters can chose from incumbent Mayor Don Finley and challengers David Blair and Tod Misener.

Blair says lowering Oglesby’s high property taxes is his top priority. Being so close to Starved Rock State Park, he thinks the city can do a better job of attracting tourists and increasing sales tax revenue.  Blair has never held a political office and considers himself to be the underdog.

Tod Misener is running out of his concern of taxes. He was upset with the city council for increasing property taxes after voters approved a sales tax increase.  Misener says the mayor and council are failing in most areas.

Misener is on the Oglesby Ambulance Board.

Learn more about the candidates by listening to interviews available at the Classic Hits 103.9 WLPO news page.

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Finley will face competition in race for Oglesby mayor

Posted by wlpo on December 22, 2014

Three people want to be the mayor of Oglesby. Monday is the final day to file petitions for the April 7 election.

Mayor Don Finley is running for re-election and he’ll be facing competition from newcomers David Blair and Tod Misener.

Quite a few people are interested in becoming commissioners. Dom Rivara, Tom Porter, and Dennis Yborra are running for re-election. They face challengers from Randy Popurella Jr., Austin Cullinan, Todd Misener, Shelley Cooke, Carrie Lijewski and James Girton.

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April 2015 candidates begin filing Monday

Posted by wlpo on December 15, 2014

It might feel like election season just ended but a new one is brewing. Monday is the first day to file petitions for the April 7, 2015 election.

Many towns will be voting for city council members and mayors. You’ll also be voting for school boards and the Illinois Valley Community College Board of Trustees.

The final day to file a petition is Monday, December 22.

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Field of eight circulates petitions to run for Peru City Council

Posted by wlpo on December 10, 2014

A few people you might know are showing an interest in Peru government. Petitions have been circulating for the upcoming spring election.

First Ward Alderwoman Becky Mueller has taken out a petition to run for a full, four-year term. She is the one from the First Ward that has.

In ward two, Alderman Rodney Perez has taken out a petition along with former alderwoman Sherry Mayszak and William “Tom” Payton.

Third Ward Alderman Dave Waldorf took out a petition for another term. He will likely face competition from Don Kowloski.

In the fourth ward, Alderman Dave Potthoff has taken out a petition along with former Illinois gubernatorial write-in candidate Chico Perez.

Candidates may begin filing petitions next Monday.

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Voter discrimination question included on the November ballot

Posted by wlpo on November 3, 2014

When you vote Tuesday, you’ll see a ballot amendment about voter rights.  A Voter Discrimination constitution amendment would forbid any new election law in Illinois from stopping a person’s right to vote based on their race, ethnicity, sex or religion. Some states have passed photo-ID laws that tends to hinder the poor and minorities from voting.

The amendment wouldn’t change the fact that voters need to be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old. To pass, the constitutional amendment needs at least 60% approval or at least a majority of those who vote in the election.

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