Referendum to be on April Ballot

Naperville voters will once again decide how they want to elect city councilmen.

At their most recent meeting, the Naperville Electoral Board dismissed Paul Sjordal’s objection, allowing a referendum question on the April ballot that could reverse the 2015 implementation of districts.

“It should go forth, be on the ballot and let the citizens of Naperville make the final determination,” said City Councilman Doug Krause.

In November, a group of residents known as Yes at Large submitted a petition for a binding question, “Shall the city of Naperville elect city council at large instead of part of the councilmen at large and part of the councilmen from districts?”.

But in December Sjordal objected originally stating there weren’t enough signatures and it was confusing. His attorney Doug Ibendahl later withdrew the objections relating to signatures stating it has become a legal issue.

After a series of hearings the board, consisting of Mayor A. George Pradel, City Clerk Pam LaFeber, and City Councilman Doug Krause, ruled in favor of the petitioner.

“I’m certainly going to get involved in trying to have people vote no,” said Sjordal. “They need to understand what’s happened, and how a group of incumbents who have big advantages as incumbents continue to want to run this city the way they want to run it and not listen to the people and give new people a chance to come in and give a new voice and new ideas.”

“It’s a good finding by the board,” said Kevini McQuillan, Attorney for Yes at Large. “I believe it’s the finding they could have based on the law and the facts.”

Ibendahl plans to appeal the decision to the DuPage County Circuit Court.

The Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation is hosting a forum on the issues behind the referendum question on February 12.

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