Ellman Wins IL Senate Seat:
Democrat Laura Ellman has won the 21st District seat in the Illinois Senate. On election night, her opponent, Republican incumbent Michael Connelly had the edge by just 12 votes, but after vote-by-mail and provisional ballots were tallied, Ellman took the lead by over 1,000 votes, and Connelly conceded. Ellman resides in Naperville and serves on the Naperville Housing Advisory Commission, though this is the first time she has sought state office.
5th Ave. Parking Study Results:
Naperville City Staff reported their findings from the parking study done for the 5th Avenue Redevelopment project. Their recommendation was to add between 250 and 400 commuter parking spots to the design, which originally included no additional spots. However, some council members and one public commenter voiced concerns about more parking spots. They said changing aspects of the current system could open up more spots and that parking garages could be obsolete soon due to future driverless car and people-moving technologies. Council directed staff to communicate with city advocates S.B. Friedman to hear their opinion.
The Naperville Police Department will be stepping up patrols over the long holiday weekend as part of the statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket campaigns. Law enforcement reminds the public to buckle up, and drive sober and responsibly while they’re out celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday. Correct seat belt use is the most effective form of protecting vehicle occupants in a crash, and police will be keeping an eye out for it in additional seat belt enforcement zones.
Carillon Cup Championship:
The inaugural Carillon Cup Championship game was played at All Seasons Ice Arena last night between the Warriors Hockey Club and Naperville Central. The RedHawks took the early lead and held a 2-1 advantage heading to the third period. But the Warriors came alive, scoring three goals in the final five minutes to capture the 4-2 victory and the Carillon Cup trophy. For more on the story of the first year of this four team tournament, check out Naperville Sports Weekly on Sunday night at 6:30.