The Fall elections proved to be game-changing for Naperville politics. City voters approved several referenda, including those which would impose term limits and result in city ward representation. Starting with the next mayoral election, 3 councilmen and the mayor will be selected at large while the other councilmen will represent five newly-drawn districts. Additionally, members can hold each position for a maximum of 3 consecutive 4-year terms.
”It didn’t get the kind of attention it deserves,” said Councilman Judy Brodhead about the ward representation referendum. “Now it has passed and the city will deal with it and all potential candidates will deal with it.”
The new ward system presents a challenge to the city. According to state laws, the referendum must go into affect for the next consolidated election in April so the district lines must be drawn by November 22nd. This means that all seats will be up for election in 2011, and incumbents must determine what district they would represent, pull packets again, and gather their necessary signatures all before their December 1st deadline. So city staff have sent a petition to the DuPage County courts to postpone the ward system until the 2015 election.
If a decision is made for 2011, the court will need to provide us with additional guidance on petition signatures [and] time of elections,” said City Manager Doug Krieger. “We will need to get busy then.”
Construction crews at the College of DuPage will be busy as well over the next several years. Voters approved a $168,000,000 bond referendum for capital improvements at the college. This means that taxpayers would continue paying a small portion of their property taxes to fund various projects around COD’s campus, such as renovating the library and the Mac Art Center, and building additional parking structures.
The last question voters approved of is a request for the Illinois General Assembly to reform pensions for police officers and firemen. The question was advisory only, which means the yes vote has no affect on any laws or policies. It was put on the ballot simply to gain support in hopes of pushing legislation in Springfield.
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