Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Frank Flores, Jr. was terminated from the College of DuPage for a disorderly conduct incident; he claims the investigation was “cursory” and the charges “malicious and unsubstantiated.”
A candidate in the contested election for College of DuPage Board of Trustees was previously fired from the college’s aquatics department after multiple people alleged incidents of verbal and/or physical sexual harassment, the Daily Herald reports. According to the paper, Frank Flores Jr. was employed as a temporary assistant aquatics manager in fall 2010 until a female lifeguard reported verbal sexual harassment, a claim corroborated by another female student, and a male student who also alleged physical harassment. A patron filed a separate complaint that Flores had made comments to her like, “I want to taste you” and “I peed in the pool,” the paper said. No criminal charges were filed, but after an investigation, Flores was fired on …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The Friends for Education COD Faculty Association PAC is endorsing challengers over two incumbents; the incumbents warn of the danger of a faculty-endorsed Board.
A College of DuPage faculty political-action committee has endorsed challengers Ed Agustin and Frank Flores Jr. for the COD Board over incumbents Dave Carlin and Joe Wozniak (and other candidates Kathy Hamilton and Mike Lanners). The endorsement has become a bone of contention between the candidates, the Daily Herald reports. According to the paper, the endorsements made by Friends for Education COD Faculty Association PAC are notable, contentious and perhaps a double-edged sword in an election coming after 16 months of negotiations that led to a teachers' contract imposed on faculty without union approval last May. Both sides worked out a new deal that was unanimously approved in June. "The board is elected by the community. It's not …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
DuPage County voters elected eight newcomers to the county board, along with the the first Democratic forest preserve commissioner in a decade.
DuPage County voters rejected a proposition Tuesday that asked whether elected officials should be able to hold more than one office at a time. With all 748 precincts reporting, unofficial results show that a resounding 90 percent (332,657) of DuPage County voters rejected the proposal. Only 36,571 voted "yes." The question was placed on the general election ballot after Elmhurst Mayor Peter DiCianni and Burr Ridge Mayor Gary Grasso announced their plans to run for DuPage County Board seats in Districts 2 and 3, respectively. Both DiCianni and Grasso were declared winners Tuesday. DiCianni plans to resign his current position to serve the county board. Grasso has said he wants to hold both offices. Winner: Chris Kachiroubas (R) Republican …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
No major issues were reported as of 4 p.m., according to Bob Saar, executive director of the DuPage County Election Commission.
As DuPage County enters its final hours of voting, election officials said they are expecting turnout to reach levels seen in the last three presidential elections. "We checked in with polling places around 2 p.m., and from what we can tell turnout was around 55 percent," said Bob Saar, executive director of the DuPage County Election Commission. In previous general elections, the voter turnout in DuPage County ranged from 74 to 77 percent, Saar said. "We're still expecting the after-work crowd, so there's no reason to believe we won't reach that level—or maybe even exceed—by the time the polls close," he said. Prior to Tuesday, about 80,000 DuPage County residents had taken part in early voting, Saar said. Counting absentee, military and …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Dog "crate gate" deflects attention away from pressing issues and towards a now infamous Irish Setter.
More than an average sized poodle-bomb hit the fan for both Romney and Obama when the “crate gate” scandal broke. The story hinges on a personal story Romney shared as an example of his ability to manage a crisis. In 1983, Romney strapped his dog Seamus’ crate to the roof of his car and headed off on vacation with his family. Seamus thanked the Romney family for taking him along by dumping the contents of his intestines all over the family vehicle. Romney did not comment on whether or not the windows were open. “Served him right” you say? Not so fast. 1983 was the same year Chrysler introduced the first minivan, but most moms and dads still drove station wagons or large sedans. With five sons, the Romneys probably had a wagon. With Ann …
Friday, February 24, 2012
There was some friction between the three Democratic candidates in the 11th Congressional District at a forum in Aurora on Thursday night.
For the second time this week, the three Democratic candidates running in the new 11th Congressional District shared a stage Thursday night, this time in Aurora. And this time, some sparks flew. The forum was sponsored by the Aurora Township Democrats, and held at the headquarters of Painters District Council #30 on the northwest side of Aurora. The candidates answered questions from the audience, and spent much of their time outlining the differences between them. Bill Foster, the Naperville scientist who represented the 14th Congressional District from 2008 to 2010, described himself as a “thoughtful moderate” with an eye on “the long-term best interests of the country.” Jim Hickey, the president of the Orland Fire District (the largest …
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Five incumbents and one new candidate will fill the empty board seats after this spring's election.
Six seats are open on next year's Lisle Library District board, and six candidates filed nominating papers to fill them. Incumbents Mary Ellen Durbin, Richard Flint, Jay French, Teri Hock and Colleen Sehy are joined by new candidate Cathy Melton. You'll see them all on the April 5 consolidated election ballot.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Three candidates are on the ballot for seat on the Lisle Park District board.
Three residents filed petitions for two open seats on the Lisle Park District board of trustees. Incumbents include president Don Cook, who has served the board since 1998, and commissioner Tony Carballo, who was elected in 2005. New candidate Thomas Hummel also submitted nominating papers. Find them on the April 5 ballot. Editor's note: Patch has sent a short questionairre to each candidate; we'll post the responses in coming weeks.
Monday, December 20, 2010
One of three outgoing incumbents filed last week, in addition to five new candidates.
Six residents filed petitions for three open seats on next year's Lisle Community School District Board. Member Kari Altpeter is seeking another term on the board; new candidates include Anne Blaeske, Tim Corrigan, David Lange, Eunice McConville and Stuart Young. Vice President Janna Sampson and member Joan Costin, whose terms expire at the end of the academic year, did not submit nominating papers. Those elected will serve four-year terms. What do you want to know about this year's candidates? What District 202 issues are important to you? There are several ways to let us know.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Republican incumbent Judy Biggert takes the early lead for the 13th District congressional seat.
Judy Biggert will be returning to Washington D.C. for her seventh term as U.S. Representative for the 13th District. Biggert, 73, won with 72 percent of the vote in Cook County, 67 percent in DuPage and about 58 percent in Will. She beat Democrat challenger Scott Harper, 49, for the predominantly Republican district which includes Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, Naperville, Lisle and other southwestern suburbs. "This election wasn't about one race or one person," Biggert said after late numbers came through in her favor. "People want a new direction and the Republicans can take that path. It will be a challenge, but we're going to have to govern well. I think we can get this country back on track." Drew Pusateri, Scott Harper's spokeman, said …