Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The Cook County voter turnout was 18.8 percent in the Tuesday election. Oak Park and River Forest voters were above that figure, but Forest Park was below it.
On Tuesday, 18.8 percent of voters made it out to the polls in suburban Cook County to vote in this year's local election, according to the Cook County Clerk's website. Voter turnout in the area varied, but River Forest had the highest at 31.15 percent of the 7,770 registered voters. Oak Park was also above the county average, with 22.87 percent of the 35,578 registered voters casting a ballot. Forest Park was below the rest of the county, at 15.89 percent of the 8,981 registered voters. While the turnout was higher than other area counties, it was an average turnout for a local election in Cook County. Since 2005, turnout in Cook County has ranged from as low as 16.7 percent of voters casting their ballot in 2011 to as high as 27 …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
By a two-to-one margin, Forest Park voters advised against ditching the village's ban on video gambling in local establishments. Bar and restaurant owners spread across Forest Park to urge the opposite outcome Tuesday.
Voters advised Forest Park officials to continue the village's ban on video gambling in local establishments by a two-to-one margin in the election Tuesday night. An advisory referendum on the April 9 ballot asked voters, "Should video gaming continue to be prohibited in the Village of Forest Park?" Among 1,428 ballots cast (which is just 15.9 percent voter turnout) nearly 68 percent of voters chose Yes, they would like to see the ban continue. The vote count was 951 to 452. See more Forest Park election results. Many Forest Park businesses displayed signs urging voters to choose "No" on Tuesday, and there were at least 15 people, many from local bars and restaurants, out in purple shirts saying "vote no" and urging voters to oppose the…
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The Forest Park Review makes endorsements for the District 91 and District 209 school boards, as well as the Park District.
The Forest Park Review made endorsements this week for the local elections that are contested, including the District 91 and District 209 school boards, as well as the Park District of Forest Park. The election is Tuesday, April 9. By policy Patch does not make endorsements during elections. But read below for the Review's picks and links to its full endorsements. Agree? Disagree? Tell us who you'll vote for in a letter to the editor. Endorsed: Mary Win Connor, Rafael Rosa, Michael O'Connor and Eric Connor Also running: Brad Keefner and Brian Moritz What the Review says: "Mary Win Connor has served as an integral member of a school board we admire for its strong focus on an ever-improving and innovative educational program." Rafael …
Monday, April 8, 2013
The local elections will be on Tuesday, April 9. Voters will decide a referendum on video gambling and several local school boards.
Monday, April 8
Forest Park voters will decide whether to continue a ban on video gambling in local restaurants and bars when they cast ballots in the Tuesday, April 9 election. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. To find your polling location, the Cook County Election website has information on local polling places. Video Gambling, Candidate Forums: Watch the YouTube Videos Uncontested Races Means Property Tax Policy Change Unlikely Video Gambling? Mayor, Chamber Seek Input Most Races in Forest Park to Be Contested this Spring Forest Park Video Gambling Referendum "Should video gaming continue to be prohibited in the Village of Forest Park?" Provisio District 209 Board Park District of Forest Park Forest Park District 91 Board Triton College District …
Saturday, April 6, 2013
The April 9 election is nearing, and we've embedded some YouTube videos from Citizens United in Forest Park.
Forest Park Election Endorsements: The Review Makes its Picks Early Voting Underway in Cook County Video Gambling? Mayor, Chamber Seek Input Most Races in Forest Park to Be Contested this Spring
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The Daily Herald reports that 63.6 percent of Cook County's local races in Tuesday's election are uncontested. But in Forest Park, most races are contested.
Wednesday, April 3
While lowering property taxes may ranks high on many local residents wish list, a low number of contested races in the upcoming local election could mean that such policy changes are unlikely, according to the Daily Herald. The Daily Herald reports 60 percent of the 2,100-plus local races in Cook, McHenry, Kane, DuPage and Lake counties are uncontested going into Tuesday's election. In Cook County, 63.6 percent of the races are uncontested, according to a Daily Herald graphic. Forest Park won't have that problem, though, as most local races are contested. Voters will have a choice of candidates for the Elementary District 91 and Proviso High School District 209 school boards and the park board. Only one slate of candidates filed to run …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Several local seats are up for grabs during the spring election.
Early voting opened Monday in Cook County. Those hoping to cast their ballot early for several local races can do so through April 6. Election day is April 9. There are several local seats up for election in Cook County, but 64 percent of those races are uncontested, according to a Cook County Clerk press release. In Forest Park, voters will be asked to cast their ballot for local candidates and to also vote on a referendum question that asks voters whether video gambling should be prohibited in the village. “While turnout is usually low for the April election, the stakes are extremely high,” said Cook County Clerk David Orr in a recent press release. “The outcome of these races determines everything from education policy to local tax …
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Forest Park voters will decide whether to continue prohibiting video gaming in the April election. Mayor Calderone took a straw poll in which nearly four-fifths of residents said they opposed it.
Voters will decide in the April election whether to continue prohibiting video gambling, but in a straw poll conducted by the mayor nearly four of five people said they wouldn't want it allowed. Mayor Anthony Calderone sent a mass mailing in February water bills asking residents, "Would you like to see the Village of Forest Park allow Video Gambling in its liquor establishments?" As of Thursday, 500 responses were collected. Of those, 390 said they would not want it allowed, 88 said they would and 22 said they were undecided. "I’ll wait until (the election) results come in before I make any official statement, but if this ‘straw poll’ is any indication of the tone of the residents, which I believe it is, then the council technically …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The Forest Park Chamber of Commerce and Forest Park Review are co-sponsoring the forum at 6:30 p.m.
From the Forest Park Chamber of Commerce: The Forest Park Chamber of Commerce and Development and the Forest Park Review are co-sponsoring a forum for Park District of Forest Park Board and District 91 School Board candidates that are seeking election on April 9, 2013. The forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19 in the Forest Park Middle School Cafetorium, 925 Beloit Avenue. Doors open to the public at 6 p.m. Three candidates are vying for two seats on the park board: Matt Walsh, Sam Alonzo and John Doss. Four seats are open for the school board. The six candidates for those four seats are Mary Win Connor, Eric Connor, Michael O'Connor, Brian Moritz, Thomas 'Brad' Keefner and Rafael Rosa. Candidates will address the …