Lincoln-Way residents will be choosing a congressman, Will County offices, including chief executive and state's attorney, and representation on the county board in contested races on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Frankfort and Frankfort Square residents also will be voting on new state senators in the 19th and 40th districts.
Notable among the contests is the clash over the 1st District Congressional seat, which extends through Lincoln-Way and into rural Will County for the first time thanks to redistricting. Don Peloquin, a New Lenox businessman and mayor of Blue Island, is challenging incumbent Bobby Rush for his U.S. House seat. Peloquin, whose is running a grassroots effort and hopes the Will County turnout and the votes from Republicans in south Cook County will be enough to overcome the Democrats in Rush's South Side base.
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Half of Frankfort Township, all of Green Garden Townships and most of New Lenox Township are covered by District 2. Half of Frankfort Township and a large part of New Lenox Township is covered by District 12. Smaller parts of New Lenox Township are covered by Districts 7 and 9. The county offers maps and precinct information.
County Executive: Larry Walsh (D) vs. Cory Singer (R)
Cory Singer is challenging incumbent Larry Walsh, saying his experience as a small businessman will help the county address Walsh's fundamental weakness: his failure to set a goal-oriented budget policy. Singer said he would stop the requests for property tax increases, which Walsh has pushed for several years. Walsh did not respond to Patch's candidate questionnaire.
- Singer: 'Will County's Best Days Are Ahead of Us'
- Singer Gets Support from State Treasurer
- Will County GOP Says Jackson Should Drop Out
State's Attorney: James Glasgow (D) vs. Dave Carlson (R)
James Glasgow recently won a conviction against the notorious Drew Petersen. and now in private practice, was once an armed probation officer. He was lead gang crimes prosecutor under two different State's Attorneys, one from each party. Carlson says he would take the politics out of the office.
Coroner: Patrick O'Neil (D) vs. Charles Lyons (R)
Patrick O'Neil did not respond to Patch's candidate questionnaire. , says he would look for ways to save the taxpayers' money. One way would be to cut an $80,000-a-year secretary in the office — "the county executive's sister," Lyons alleges.
Auditor: Duffy Blackburn (D) vs. Mark Batinick (R)
Neither candidate returned a Patch questionnaire.
Recorder of Deeds: Karen Stukel (D) vs. Laurie McPhillips (R)
Neither candidate returned a Patch questionnaire.
Clerk: Pam McGuire (D) vs. Marlene Carlson (R)
Neither candidate returned a Patch questionnaire.
: Mario Carlasare (D), Jim Moustis (R), Dave Izzo (R)
Voters must select 2 candidates. Jim Moustis and Dave Izzo are the incumbents. Izzo, of Tinley Park, is a former Lincoln-Way School District 210 board member. He previously served on the Will County Board and is an attorney. He believes Will County needs to create a pro-business environment. Moustis did not respond to Patch's questionnaire. Democrat Mario Carlasare, of Frankfort, was returned to the ballot in September by a judge.
County Board, District 12: Santino Lettierri (D), John Sanchez (D), Margo McDermed (R), Tom Weigel (R)
Voters must select 2 candidates. The two Mokena Democrats, Santino Lettieri and John Sanchez were kicked off the ballot and reinstated by an appeals court judge in September. Incumbents Margo McDermed and Tom Weigel both describe themselves as fiscal watchdogs.
County Board, District 7: Chester J. Strzelczyk, III (D), Mike Fricilone (R), Stephen J. Balich (R)
Voters must select 2 candidates. Precinct 2 in New Lenox Township is in this district. Chester Strzelzcyk was reinstated on the ballot by an appeals court judge. Mike Fricilone lives in Homer Glen, and Stephen Balich lives in Orland Park. The candidates did not provide information.
County Board, District 9: Walter G. Adamic (D), Diane H. Seiler-Zigrossi (D), Catherine Perretta (R), Ignacio G. "Jerry" Ramirez (R)
Voters must select 2 candidates. Precincts 1 and 3 in New Lenox Township are in this district. Walter G. Adamic, of Joliet, Diane H. Seiler-Zigrossi, of Lockport, Catherine Perretta, of Lockport and Ignacio G. "Jerry" Ramirez, of Crest Hill, did not provide information.
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Republicans are pushing hard to make House Speaker Mike Madigan and the Democratic majorities in the General Assembly an issue. In the Lincoln-Way area, the GOP challengers have never held state office before. State Rep. Renee Kosel is running unopposed in the 37th House District.
19th Senate: Michael Hastings (D) vs. Edgar Montalvo (R)
Edgar Montalvo, a Frankfort Square Park District board member from Tinley Park, is running for the first time and stayed on the ballot after a judge threw out a challenge to his candidacy. Michael Hastings, a Democrat, is a school board member in District 230 and son of Orland Hills Mayor Kyle Hastings.
- Zabrocki Breaks Party Lines and Backs Hastings
40th Senate: Toi Hutchinson (D) vs. Joseph "Tuck" Marshall (R)
Republican Tuck Marshall, who lost a bid in the primary for a seat on the Will County Board, was slotted by the GOP to challenge incumbent Toi Hutchinson of Olympia Fields, a former Olympia Fields village clerk who was appointed to the seat in 2009.
New Lenox Township Electricity Aggregation: Following a process the Village of New Lenox went through last year, the New Lenox Township Board of Trustees is seeking voter approval on the Nov. 6 election to shop for cheaper aggregate energy rates. This question is for residents and small commercial customers in unincorporated New Lenox. A yes vote gives the township board the authority to bid for energy aggregation.
State Constitutional Amendment: Also on the ballot is an amendment to the state constitution that would require a three-fifths majority for any government body to change its pension system. Both conservative and liberal lobbying groups have lined up against this amendment, saying it's bad policy and doesn't address the problems with the state's pension burdens.
Two congressional races in northern Illinois are must-watch contests. Democrat Tammy Duckworth's bid to unseat Rep. Joe Walsh, a Tea Party favorite, in the north suburbs has drawn a lot of national attention and out-of-district financial support. And in the west suburbs, Rep. Judy Biggert is trying to stay in the House and fend off Bill Foster, a former one-term congressman trying to return to Washington, D.C., but the latest polling shows them in a dead heat.
Closer to home, GOP challenger Don Peloquin faces more of an uphill battle against entrenched inner-city Democrat Bobby Rush.
1st District: Bobby Rush (D) vs. Don Peloquin (R)
Redistricting added more Republican territory to the 1st District, but Democrats drew the map and Bobby Rush still has a significant stronghold of inner-city voters. Blue Island Mayor Don Peloquin, who owns a New Lenox funeral home, sees an opportunity here and has been waging a grassroots campaign. Rush grabbed headlines earlier this year when he spoke on the U.S. House floor wearing a hoodie in a statement about the death of Trayvon Martin.
- Peloquin: We Can Rebuild Our Economy With What We Have
- Area Mayors Make Calls Supporting Peloquin for Congress
- People for Peloquin also blogs on Patch
2nd District: Jesse Jackson Jr. (D) vs. Brian Woodworth (R) vs. Marcus Lewis (I)
This district doesn't extend into Lincoln Way, but Will County Republicans recently called on Jesse Jackson Jr. to drop out of the race due to his various troubles. This is among the more surreal contests. Jesse Jackson Jr. hasn't campaigned since winning his primary. Instead, he's spent time at the Mayo Clinic being treated for bipolar disorder and time in seclusion at his Washington, D.C., home. Polls suggest he'll win handily, but news about an FBI investigation into his use of campaign funds to decorate his home are prompting complaints among district voters.
- Audio: South Suburban Pastor Tells of Phone Conversation with Jesse Jackson Jr.
- Jesse Jackson Jr. Reaches Out to Constituents by Phone and Seeks Patience
- Jesse Jackson Jr. Files FEC Spending Disclosure
- GOP's Woodworth: 'We Need to Hear from Jackson'
Judge of the Appellate Court, Third Judicial District
Two judges are seeking retention. Voters may vote "yes" or "no." The ratings of the Illinois Bar Association are presented here. Says ISBA: "Evaluation ratings, which are the result of an in-depth review of candidates, are the opinion of the Illinois State Bar Association; the Judicial Advisory Poll ratings do not reflect the opinion of ISBA, but rather the opinion of those attorneys who participated in the poll."
Justice Lytton was elected to the appellate court in 1992 and is completing his second term. Justice Lytton is regarded as an insightful, respectful, and fair judge. He is known for his preparation and well written opinions. Prior to becoming an appellate judge, he was a partner in a law firm for 19 years where he also served as an Assistant Attorney General for 11 years. Before private practice, he spent five years working in the areas of poverty law and legal aid. The Illinois State Bar Association recommends “yes” for Justice Lytton’s retention.
Justice Schmidt was elected to the appellate court in 2002 and is completing his first term. He is currently the presiding justice for the Third District Appellate Court. Justice Schmidt is known as a practical, impartial, and intelligent judge. He is known for his concise written decisions and following the law in reviewing cases before the appellate court. Prior to becoming an appellate judge, he had an accomplished 19-year career as a trial attorney defending civil lawsuits. Before attending law school, he spent nine years as a police officer with the Peoria City Police, as well as the Peoria County Sheriff’s department. The Illinois State Bar Association recommends “yes” for Justice Schmidt’s retention.