Election not yet over in Chicago Ridge

Trustee candidates Saunoris, Cardin separated by three votes

By Jessie Molloy


Voters in Chicago Ridge took action Tuesday, electing two independent candidates to the Village Board and unseating at least one incumbent trustee.

Incumbent Trustee Bruce Quintos and trustee candidate Sally Durkin appear to have secured seats on the Village Board, however, the race for the final available trustee seat is not yet over, according to Cook County Clerk David Orr. Unofficial results show Amanda Cardin ahead of incumbent Jim Saunoris 649 votes to 646 votes, but the clerk has not yet received 93 mail-in ballots that were required to have been postmarked by April 8, according to Cook County clerk's office spokeswoman Courtney Greve. The clerk's office is not awaiting any provisional ballots from Chicago Ridge voters, Greve said.

Mail-in ballots may take up tot two more weeks to arrive at the clerk's office, and Orr must certify all election results by April 30, Greve added.

Although the Village Action Party’s mayoral candidate, village Clerk Chuck Tokar, ran unopposed to fill the seat of outgoing Mayor Eugene Siegel, the rest of the party was less successful. In the race to fill the clerk’s seat, which will be restructured from a full-time position to part-time, independent candidate George Schleyer defeated Action Party candidate Lynn Barker, accordin to unofficial results on the Cook County clerk’s website. Schleyer received 803 votes (55 percent), compared to Barker’s 657 votes (45 percent), with all eight precincts reporting

In the three-seat race for village trustees, independents Sally Durkin and Amanda Cardin ousted incumbent Action Party candidates Jim Saunoris and Brad Grove. Receiving the second-most votes Tuesday night among trustee candidates was incumbent Bruce Quintos, who became the only Action Party candidate to retain his seat.

“I’m thrilled. It appears the third time’s the charm,” said Shleyer, who was defeated in races for trustee and mayor in 1999 and 2001, respectively.

Schleyer is looking forward to meeting with Tokar and the current staff to begin putting a plan together for the village, he said. He stressed his desire for transparency in village government.

“I spent the last eight weeks knocking on doors and talking to voters and the consensus was it was time for a change and we intend to provide it,” Schleyer said. “I’m very happy about the other independents being elected as well. It will be easier to address issues of change if we have more people trying.”

Baker, though disappointed in the night’s results, remained optimistic about the campaign experience.

“I thought it was an admirable race,” the first-time candidate said. “I would have liked to win, but that’s just not how the numbers turned out. It was a great learning experience, and I am very grateful for all the support and help I got from the community.”

Baker said she would not rule out running for office again in the future if the “right opportunity” came up.

Durkin took the highest number of votes among trustee candidates with 1,060 (28 percent).

“It’s very exciting,” Durkin said over a crowd at her victory party. “I’m overwhelmed and humbled. Going in I was hoping to take third. I couldn’t believe how much support we got.”

Durkin called her victory a “group effort” and emphasized, like Shleyer, her desire for change in the village government.

“People wanted a change, so I said I would run,” she said. “I hope I can represent them well, and I will definitely do it honestly.”

Coming in second for trustee votes was Quintos with 749 votes (20.08) who will serve his fourth term. He could not be reached for comment on election night.

Cardin took the third open trustee’s seat with 649 votes (17), edging out the incumbent Saunoris by only three votes.

“I’m still waiting for it to sink in,” Cardin said shortly after the final results were posted. “It took a lot of work, but I’m glad the people have given me their trust and I will do my best to uphold that trust over the next four years.”

Saunoris and Grove could not be reached Tuesday for comment Tuesday night.

Stachnik, Waight and Fonte win in Hickory

By Jessie Molloy



The Hickory Hills City Council will not be changing much after Tuesday’s election Tuesday night, with all incumbent or sitting aldermen winning re-election.

In the city’s 1st Ward, sitting Alderman Brain Waight defeated independent candidate Stephen Novak 321 votes (77 percent) to 95 votes (23 percent).

“It feels great to be re-elected,” said Waight. “I put the effort in and the people responded. I campaigned as much as possible and I didn’t take anything for granted.”

Waight, who was appointed to the council in February 2012 to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of John Moirano, says he plans to keep the city on the course it has been following.

Novak, despite his loss, Waight’s opponent was “feeling good” about the campaign.

“It was a good learning chance for me,” he said. “I would absolutely consider running again in two years, and now I know what not to do.

“I never want to let people run unopposed in the city government. This way they can’t just sit back stop working for the people. I hope Brian [Waight] does everything he said he’d do in the campaign.”

In the 3rd Ward, it was a race between two newcomers to fill the seat being vacated by former Alderman Lou DeRose. Sitting Alderman Brian Fonte, 27, who was appointed to replace DeRose, garnered 360 votes (58 percent) to beat Francine Schafer’s 258 votes (42 percent).

“I know my opponent and we get along well, so it’s a little bittersweet,” said Fonte. “I knew it was going to be close, and I didn’t want anyone to have to lose.”

That said, Fonte later expressed his excitement to get started on the council.

“I am happy I won, and I think it will be good to get a younger voice on the city council.”

Running for election was “quite an experience,” said Schafer, who was also running for the first time.

“It was a good election and a good learning experience, she said.

Though her future plans are not as solid as some of the other defeated candidates, when asked if she would consider running again she laughed and replied, “never say, never again.”

The 4th Ward race between incumbent Alderman Joseph Stachnik and independent John Corasis also ended in a victory for the incumbent. Stachnik received 372 votes (83 percent) to Corasis’ 76 votes (17).

“I felt confident going into the election today, and I’m deeply honored the residents have entrusted me as their representative,” Stachnik said. “I’m very proud that the city is on such a solid financial path and I want to ensure we continue on that path.”

Stachnik said he wants to stay the course the city is on by continuing to manage the budget without increasing taxes and fees on the citizens.

Corasis, meanwhile, remained largely positive about the experience.

“Overall it was a great experience and I enjoyed it,” he said. “I learned a lot from it and I look forward to running again. I realized campaigning that a lot of residents share my concerns, which was good. Next time I’ll be more prepared.”

Hickory Hills 2nd Ward seat will still be held by Alderman Deborah Ferrero, who ran unopposed on Tuesday.  

Man dies after car crashes into home

By Laura Bollin

  A 24-year-old Oak Lawn man died last week after the car he was driving reportedly struck a home in the 10400 block of Georgia Lane.
  Carlos Lomeli was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident last Friday from head injuries sustained in the automobile accident, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
  Lomeli was speeding in a 2001 black Audi coupe when the car left the road and crashed into the home at 10:39 p.m., police said. Two 22-year-old men, one from Worth and the other from Oak Lawn, were riding in the car and sustained non-life threatening injuries, police said. They were reportedly taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center.
  The home’s garage reportedly sustained significant damage. Two adults in the home at the time of the accident were not injured, police said.
  Police do not know if Lomeli was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and are awaiting toxicology reports from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. The results of those tests may not be available for several weeks, police said.


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Focus on Seniors

Senior Lunch Bunch
  The Worth park District’s Senior Lunch Bunch will visit Flat Top restaurant in Lombard on Wednesday, May 8. Trip leaves from Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave., at 10:30 a.m. Registration deadline is Wednesday, May 1. Call the park district at 448-7080 for more information.

Double Nickel
  The Double Nickel Plus Chorus meets at the Community Center, 3450 W. 97th St. in Evergreen Park, every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in Room 111. Newcomers are always welcome. For more information call 422-8776.

Tax Filing Help
  The Evergreen Park Office of Citizens’ Services offers a volunteer tax filing program in Room 110 at the Community Center, 3450 W. 97th St. E-filing and direct deposits are available. Call 422-8776 for an appointment. Counselors are volunteers and are available Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  Assistance with circuit breaker, property tax exemption forms, and notary service is also available. Bring last year’s federal and state returns, bank statements, and all forms showing income including social security, pension, dividends, interest and property tax bill. Business returns and complicated returns will not be accepted.

Rules of the Road
  The Worth Township Seniors will hold a free Rules of the Road class from 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. June 5, Aug. 7 and Oct. 2. Appointment must be made to attend; call the Worth Township Senior Room at 371-2900, Ext. 28. Worth Township Center is at 11601 Pulaski Road in Alsip.

Meals on Wheels
  The Evergreen Park Office of Citizens’ Services offers a Meals on Wheels program for village residents 60 years and older who are unable to prepare their own meals. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday. For more information call 422-8776.

55 and Up
  Palos Hills residents 55 years and older meet from noon to 2 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the Palos Hills Community Center, 8455 W. 103rd St. Tickets for events must be purchased one week in advance. Entertainment includes musicians, singers, luncheons, movies, plays and bingo.

  The Worth Senior Pinochle club is seeking new members. Membership is free. Visit the group at the Worth Park District Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave., every Monday and Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Games begin at noon. Call 448-1181 for information.