Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Election 2013 Results - Extremely Low Voter Turnout Allows Status-Quo to Mostly Continue




*** AURORA ELECTION COMMISSION ***
- Kane, Kendall, Will County Voters of Aurora (corrected link)

*** DUPAGE ELECTION COMMISSION ***
- Aurora DuPage, Naperville DuPage


*** KANE COUNTY ELECTIONS *** - Non-Aurora

*** KENDALL COUNTY ELECTIONS *** - Non-Aurora

*** WILL COUNTY ELECTIONS *** - Non-Aurora

PRELIMINARY RESULTS (not official, not final):

Voter Turnout (Citywide Aurora):
- Kane, Kendall, Will 12.3%
- DuPage 8.7%

City of Aurora
- At-Large:  Bob O'Connor
- Ward 2 - Juany Garza
- Ward 3 - Theodore Mesiacos
- Ward 4 - Bill Donnell
- Ward 7 - Scheketa Hart-Burns
- Ward 9 - Edward Bugg
- Ward 10 - Lynne Johnson

NOTE: over 1600 people who voted rejected unopposed corrupt mayor

West Aurora School Board 129
- Ormond, Brown, Patterson

East Aurora School Board 131
- Peryea, Gonzalez, Leonard, Strand, Johnson

Indian Prairie School District 204
- Piehl, Raczak, White, Curry

Oswego School District
- Bauman, Paul, O'Neil, McDowell

Yorkville City Council - 3rd Ward
- Joel Frieders

Aurora Township
- Offutt (Assessor), Catching (Supervisor), Christy (Clerk), Shoemaker (Highway)
- Trustees: Hicks, Moore, Wells, Reyna

Naperville Township
- Dixon (Assessor), Ossyra (Supervisor), Greenberg (Clerk), Wojtasiak (Highway)
- Trustees: Anderson, Wegner, Santucci, Malm

Naperville City Council
- Broadhead, Hinterlong, Krause (final spot between Wentz and Coyne)

59 comments:

Anonymous said...

Let me be the first to say, no matter who gets in,nothing will get better-just more of the same or worse.

Anonymous said...

Wow 9:00 PM, what an optimist.

Anonymous said...

We have about 90% of the eligible voters not voting. We have even far less of the actual population voting.

Aurora is the next Detroit.

Anonymous said...

Let's just hope that O'Connor dies OF NATURAL causes tomorrow - same with Weisner, Donnell, and Garza, and Mesiacos.

Anonymous said...

10:50, what is the matter with you? That's just plain evil.

Anonymous said...

11:02 - no they are all thieves and crooks and deserve to die - of natural causes of course. The bonus is we will then not be stuck paying their health care and pensions :)

I keep hoping to hear Weisner is going down again - I just hope it is fast so we don''t have to pay a lot with him lingering on.

I just hope I live long enough to piss on all their graves, as I am younger it is likely.

Anonymous said...

democratic sweep against possibly the worst field of republican township candidates ever assembled.

Anonymous said...

12:06 is obviously disgruntled, and may or may not have good reason. The vintictive nature of our bearded leader has certainly earned him his share of enemies, but we should not wish him ill.
Behind bars yes, but not ill. Peronally i wish him good health and a long stay in federal prision

Anonymous said...

Nobody ran against him. You can't bitch if you didn't step up to run.

Anonymous said...

I hear allot of complaining but these results are due to the perceived lack of importance of these local elections. Stephanie "Halfowit" was elected last year and is now a rubber stamp for Madigan. If she would've been defeated in one of these local elections she's back teaching instead of doing damage to the state. I will have to say kudos to Lynne Johnson in the 10th! She worked her tail off and won. She will do a great job.

Anonymous said...

It is a sad day in Aurora,

I am going to miss Rick, of course I did not vote for him, but it is the entertainment value alone that I will miss.

Does this mean that Open Line will close down now? so sad.

Anonymous said...

So using Openline's report of the election results, I compared that to Openline's recommendations in another post. Looks like the Openline Effect is still working. HALF of Openline's recommendations lost. 16 recommendations, 8 wins, 8 losses. In the Aurora city races, Openline had 2 wins and 3 losses.

Anonymous said...

Now that Lawrence lost, he'll have more time to manage this blog. I look forward to more of his posts.

Anonymous said...

Hey Township, make sure to
keep a close eye on all of the cash. Catching has a history of misplacing a million here and a million there. He doesn't even steal it--it just goes AWOL. It's the damnedest thing.

Anonymous said...

So will Bill Catching lower his salary like he said in the Daily Herald article from 8/24/11? He was quoted as saying the supervisors salary should be lower...lets see if he is a man of his word. Oh wait. He doesn't have another job. Plus $87,000 per year will buy a lot of booze.

Anonymous said...

it is always interesting that the anti Rick posts are scrubbed and the bat shit crazy posts, like 10:50pm that hopes for the death of Aurora political leaders are allowed to stay is a little frightening.

Sorry not a little, a lot.

glad that the tea party crazies lost.

Anonymous said...

11:02

We all deserve to die, someday.

It is the classy posts about hoping to piss on someone's grave that makes the deference between the good and the evil.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Bob O'Connor! Kudos on a well run clean campaign.

Anonymous said...

The next Mayor of Aurora will be Annette Johnson. Never before has somebody been attacked by the newspaper and cleaned up so many problems. To get elected after the $20,000 spent by Strand and Montroy and the daily attacks of the Beacon shows people love a honest transparent person. Maybe politics in Aurora did change.

Anonymous said...

I have to say I disagree with the headline. If people wanted change, they would come out and vote for it.

As it is, it appears that 30% of Aurora wants change and the rest accept the status quo and apparently find it desirable. Or perhaps in previous generations tried to change thing sand found out the could not so they disengaged.

It seems we have reached the point where dissenters might wish to consider relocating to communities where their views are more mainstream.

It appears in Aurora the citizens are content with high taxes, no representation n the city council, crony capitalism, and a media controlled by the power elite in the community.

If you look at the past few cycles a few decent, sincere, credible candidates put a lot of time, effort, and money into running for office only to gain limited traction. That is simply ow it is in Aurora.

Anonymous said...

Only after someone else pointed out the problems did she do anything. Have any of those people she claims to have took bribes been found quily by a court of law or in her mind. How about the person who did not pay insurance and employees had gone and said it wasn't taken out of thier checks. Nothing was done till election time and the employees are paying thier share back but not Penny. Then there is the credit cards and the mis use of them has any on those employees been made accountable and the only reason even though it had been brought up before did anything get done till The Beacon ran a story on it. What has she done for all the students in the district.

Please prove that was spent on their campain It did get two of the elected.

Anonymous said...

Exactly the kind of voter turn out that will finish off the USA and turn it over to the COMMUNIST and EVIL UNIONS completely. Next election it will all be over for freedom in Amerika. Lazy ass non voting people. Warn your children and grandchildren if they can comprehend your "traitorist" inaction.

Anonymous said...

While there are accusations and mudslinging on the East School Board, there is a real investigation regarding wrongdoing in the West Aurora District. The State's Attorney is investigating wrongdoing by West administrators in their failure to report incidents of alleged misconduct by a teacher with a student. That failure allowed the teacher to continue his activity for another year.

District voters responded by electing two new West Aurora School Board members. Maybe now they will stop paying the legal fees for representation of these administrators during the state's attorney's investigation. School tax dollars should be used to educate children, not defend administrators in criminal investigations.

Anonymous said...

I voted, but not for Rick Lawrence. A lot of people who post on this blog, voted the same way.

I have spoken to him once, when he needed me to sign so he could get on the ballot.

He was nice, respectful, and explained the issues well. He was very polite. It seems obvious to me now that there is another side to him.

He needed to denounce the venomous attacks that his supporters had made towards Ricks opponents.

Not doing that was stupid, and it showed a major lack of character on his part.sityvil He deserved to lose.

Al Kohollick said...

You have to have a party When you're in a state like this You can really move it all You have to vote and change
You have to get right out of it Like out of all this mess You'll say yeah to anything If you believe all this but
Don't cry, don't do anything No lies, back in the government No tears, party time is here again President gas is up for president
Line up, put your kisses down Say yeah, say yes again


Anonymous said...

S.O.S. stands for the Same Old ****............this landslide, this mandate will embolden more brillant schemes like spending 25 million of a tiny piece of land and then give it some fancy schmatzy name.....watch it sit there virtually unused in another few years.......location,location, location.....it's amazing what you can't do with a tiny parcel of land in a part no one goes to anymore. No checks, no balances, more bullshit.

Anonymous said...

District voters responded by electing two new West Aurora School Board members.

But they re-elected the source of the problems: Neal Ormond.

Anonymous said...

So who took the 4th ward in the at large race? Who won in those former 4th ward precincts west of Randall?

Anonymous said...

Crybaby Bitches just move to mudflap Tennessee or something who needs you in aurora anyway, always wanting something for nothing, gimme gimme gimme,

Anonymous said...


"It seems we have reached the point where dissenters might wish to consider relocating to communities where their views are more mainstream."

Exactly right, 12:10 pm. We have given up and will be leaving soon. And I speak to many older people who have disengaged. Many of them were part of the 1,200 who did not vote for Weisner.

Anonymous said...

9:03 - are you leaving IL also? We are looking at TN right now. We did the math and with property taxes and income tax, it looks like we will save 15,548 a year by doing the move. we will have to reallocate our portfolios a bit to as TN does tax interest and dividends.

But he property taxes are 1/4 of IL in many areas and no state income tax! Mild 4 season climate and it is a conservative state.

And after living in this hell hole we are looking for an area that has less diversity :)

Anonymous said...

There was option to eliminate Weisner as Mayor. Put up a candidate to run against him you fools.

If all you can do is wine and moan,
PLEASE MOVE

Anonymous said...

3:01 - we are in the process of doing just that and I think that was 12:10PM's point. With status quo thinkers such as you this community will forever have hightaxes that are used to fatten the coffers of the mayor' friends at the taxpayer's expense. So it is time to explore other places and options.

Anonymous said...

The mayor is not a king.
He should have had an opponent. That is not the mayors issue. That is your issue.

But the republican party in this town may now wake up. Rick is not the man.

We need a challenger who has some dignity. You cant be an asshole when you are running against any Mayor.

Rick's attitude made that impossible

Anonymous said...

Really, the mayor manipulated every race in this town and got in everyone he wanted except Lofchie.

And the Republicans are a non-vent. They were handed their hat in every race but Offut, and his margin was much narrower than it should have been.

If the mayor should have had an opponent why did you not run then? All you have to do is file your paperwork.

Anonymous said...

That republican ticket was the worst I ever saw. Every stereotype of the gop was represented.

Anonymous said...

8:00pm Im a democrat for the most part, though this time I would have voted for a Republican Mayor in Aurora.

The city has to down size govt. spending, and regulations for upgrading existing buildings is ridiculous. Also, there is not enough help for small business's to start up.

Anonymous said...

What assistance would you like in terms of small business?

I agree with this:

The city has to down size govt. spending, and regulations for upgrading existing buildings is ridiculous.

Although no one else seems to agree, that is what that Irlanda woman ran on - no one seemed to listen or care. To bad also, I looked at her website- seemed like the only candidate of substance since the smart guy in the 4th ward dropped out.

Anonymous said...

The Republican Party in Aurora is dead. Lost all township races but assessor. Aurora is represented by a Democratic congressman, Democratic state senator, 2 Democratic state representatives and all of the county board members in Aurora Township are Democrats.

The Republican Party in Aurora is no longer relevant.

Anonymous said...


No, 10:45, we are staying in Illinois. But we are moving nearer to Chicago. We are not conservative, and don't mind real diversity. But if we hear the word "revitalization" we will run, screaming, in the opposite direction.

Anonymous said...

Who won the 4th Ward in the at large race? How about south of Galena from Randall to Edgelawn?

Anonymous said...

10:16 you need the election commission results precinct by precinct to tell.

Anonymous said...

Won't be known publicly until vote is certified on the 22nd but who knows the results?

Anonymous said...

But if we hear the word "revitalization" we will run, screaming, in the opposite direction.

So you must be one of the suckers who bought in to the Aurora is "up and coming" bull. How did that happen? Was it the real estate people who worked that angle, and why did the story appeal to you? Was it to buy when cheap angle? I am just wondering how this con was pulled off. I get why it was done, but I don't get why otherwise intelligent people fell for it.

And diversity come in many flavors, the type Aurora has isn't Dunkin Donut owners from Pakistan, and Indian Doctors, and Russian technology workers that you can meet at cocktail parties.

Anonymous said...

LOL. "The mayor manipulated everything. It's all because of him." Yeah, right. It can't be because Openline recommends losers -- or that everyone voted against who Openline recommended because Openline is the loser. Rick Lawrence losing was fore-ordained. That's why he ran away from the 4th ward seat (just like he ran away from the mayoral race), and didn't run a real campaign for at-large. Yes taxpayers want someone who stands up for them -- but someone who actually accomplishes something for them. Not just someone who pisses people off all the time, doesn't work well with others, then says "vote for me because I say no all the time". And to head off all the "Weisner stooge" comments, I did NOT vote for Weisner. I want him gone, too. But I think most of us are tired of BOTH Lawrence and Weisner. The city would be better off with both of them gone.

Anonymous said...

The comments being made about Rick Lawrence are interesting. Allow me to give a perspective.

I included the following results from the 2009 election for Alderman of the 4th Ward:

** Rick Lawrence 60.01 %
** Hal Beebee 24.09 %
** Chuck Norris 15.90 %

Four years ago Rick Lawrence ran for re-election. The Mayor’s candidate in that race ran as the anti-Rick, stating he would disagree without being disagreeable, he would seek to reach out and forge coalitions to move the city forward, etc, etc. That was his campaign message. There also was another candidate with a different message that is irrelevant for the purpose of this conversation.

No matter how you do the math, Rick Lawrence carried 60.01% of the then 4th Ward. In other words the anti-Rick vote was not even close to being in the majority. I was there election night, Rick and his friends had no idea if he would win re-election, they had no pulse on the general public. Given the election results I believe Lawrence rightfully assumed he received a mandate to proceed with his style of conduct by the people he represented. That was a 60-40 % race, in politics that is a huge margin, especially when your style was openly being questioned and made the focal of your opponent’s campaign and you defeated him by 60-24 %! Interestingly that is the same margin that got him elected to office in the first place.

Rick’s style is not my style, I prefer a different approach when attempting to get my points across and persuade people However my style did not get me elected to public office and it certainly did not give me the 60-40 % or 60-24 % victory margin Rick enjoyed.

My point is simple; Rick Lawrence won re-election running as Rick, not as something he was not. His main opponent, propped up to offer an alternative to Rick, was handily defeated by a wide, wide margin. So it occurs to me some folks are not being fair in criticizing Rick’s actions on the City Council. Some people may not have liked his approach but he clearly had a voter mandate as a result of the margins for his re-election bid to continue with his approach. So I think it is a bit disingenuous to imply otherwise.

Submitted for your review.

Respectively,

Kevin Mathews

Anonymous said...

Interesting and well reasoned points, Kevin, but I think the key is Rick was being Rick. He would have been the same if he'd won by one vote or by thousands. Or are you saying that now Bob O'Connor has received a mandate from the entire city to continue doing exactly what he's doing, since he won by an even greater margin than Rick did in 2009?

Anonymous said...

Actually, 11:30, I was referring to the failed revitalization of downtown. To answer your first question, yes the general buzz years ago was that Aurora was coming up in the world. We soon realized that that wasn't true. But at that time I did not know just how awful a place could be. I won't make that mistake again.

Anonymous said...

Who won the at large race in the old 4th Ward? That would tell us lots about candidate performance and voter preference. Certainly much more than these gas bag posts that are so eloquently breaking wind.

Anonymous said...

Like yours.

Anonymous said...

No, the results of Tuesday's election specifically reported out for the at large race in the old 4th Ward would give you facts on exactly who the voters preferred factoring in all the BS that is stinking up the air as posted above. Think of this factual residual as lime, an odor eater, glade or a chemical transformation. Facts you will set you free and I am not limiting that freedom to things your olfactory glands can register despite your pull to the contrary.

Cut through the odor, gonzo. Meet the enlightened on the other side.

Anonymous said...

Do I have any predictions? Who won that old 4th Ward? Whose style and record propelled them to the throne of public servitude? Let the predictions begin!

Anonymous said...

In regard to the query of:

Or are you saying that now Bob O'Connor has received a mandate from the entire city to continue doing exactly what he's doing, since he won by an even greater margin than Rick did in 2009?

I believe Bob did receive a very clear mandate to continue what he has been doing. You can read it one of two ways, either the voters approve of what has been going on at city hall or they do not care. Either way, Bob has his mandate.

The facts are there. People may not like the truth, but it is there. The more you put voting in a historic context the more you are compelled to accept the two prong reality above.

I wish it were different. I wish the taxpayer’s in this community demanded a frugal Government that confined its spending to a scope of defined public services, but they do not. Wishing and wanting something does not make it so.

Regards,

Kevin Mathews

Anonymous said...

You forgot another prong. Maybe people thought Lawrence, based upon his record and antics, was an unacceptable aldermanic representative for this City.

Anonymous said...

You forgot another prong. Maybe people thought Lawrence, based upon his record and antics, was an unacceptable aldermanic representative for this City.

Help me out here. If you did not like Rick and you were opposed to Bob would you not simply not vote in that race?

The later would be a powerful message. Think about it. Losing is one thing, having voters go to the polls and not vote for a candidate or office is far more embarrassing. You cannot blame or point to voter apathy, you can only take it is a rejection of the candidate or candidates.

Food for thought.

Kevin Mathews

Anonymous said...

Maybe someone running in that race was a bigger and overshadowing embarrassment

Anonymous said...

Matthews is a clone of Lawrence, he forgot the other option, rather than be embarrassed and lose, just drop out of the race. Rick received 60% of the vote in 2009 before he had police calls to his residence, got sued by the country club and had the legal court case sealed so the public would never find out what a jag he really is, and then finally breaking into a home!!

Anonymous said...

Kevin

I voted for Bob O'Connor, not because he had the issues behind him. Rick had the issues behind him. He ran an spiteful, awful campaign. The city rejected Rick, not his political ideals. Its not always the message that is important, more often it is the messenger that matters.

Anonymous said...

Now that Rick is no longer an alderman, I heard that he is moving into that City owned house in the 400 bock of West Downer that has those excellent bones with that missing siding, untainted trim, farmer driveway and foreclosured look.