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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Local Election Information

UPDATE: Election results, as of 12:35 PM, Wednesday, April 8, 2009.

Mayor: Martin J. Moylan
City Clerk: Gloria J Ludwig
1st Ward Patricia Haugeberg
3rd Ward Matt Bogusz
5th James Brookman

If you are a resident of Des Plaines, I imagine it is no surprise to you that local elections are taking place on Tuesday, April 7, 2009. To avoid any "surprises" on Election Day, it's not too late to spend some time researching the candidates, so that you feel confident and comfortable with your choices in the election booth. Listed below are some Web sites that can help you find out more about those running for local office. Wherever possible, I have listed the candidates' direct Web site; however, not all candidates have their own Web sites, so I have also included general sites with information on many candidates.

First, a reminder: early voting has already begun.
"Des Plaines City Clerk Donna McAllister has announced that 'Early Voting' will be conducted 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday though Friday and Saturday, 9:00 am to Noon, beginning Monday, March 16, 2009, and ending Thursday, April 2, 2009, in Room 103 of Des Plaines City Hall, 1420 Miner Street. "Early Voting" permits voters to cast a ballot without providing a specific reason. For additional information call the City Clerks Office at 847-391-5310. Please consult Cook County's website at to look up precincts, view sample ballots, verify registration, etc."

Get more information on the election/candidates from the City of Des Plaines Web site.

Cook County Clerk's Office "VoterInfoNet" Candidate statements:
Follow this link: Cook County Clerk's Candidate Statements online and you'll arrive at an alphabetical list of local general elections. Scroll down to the City of Des Plaines and you'll find statements from all 4 mayoral candidates and 2 of the 3 candidates for City Clerk.

Mayoral candidate Web sites:
Mike Lake - no specific site, here is his statement on the Cook County Clerk's site
Martin J. ("Marty") Moylan
Mark Thompson
Dick Sayad

City Clerk candidate Web sites:
Jennifer Tsalapatanis
Gloria J. Ludwig
Patrice McDonough

City Council/Alderman candidates:
Few of the city council candidates have specific Web sites. Many of them do have a statement posted on the Cook County Clerk's Web site - follow this link, then scroll down to find "Des Plaines" and each ward. Since most candidates do not have their own Web sites, I encourage you to use a search engine like Google and type in the candidates' name, plus the words "city council" to find more information from local newspapers and other sources. (To save typing trouble, copy and paste the candidates' name from this list.)

Alderman - First Ward

Michael Bausone
367 Oak St., #105, 60016

Eugene Fregetto
800 Laurel Avenue, 60016

Patricia Haugeberg
1702 Mill Street, 60016

Peter R. Tatera
675 Pearson St., 60016

Alderman - Third Ward

Matthew Bogusz
927 Prairie Ave., 60016

Wayne C. Elstner
583 Forest Ave., 60018

Michael Kochevar
1115 Stark Place

Alderman - Fifth Ward

James R. Brookman
702 Howard Avenue, 60018

Daniel P. Winiecki
1933 Plainfield Drive, 60018

Alderman - Seventh Ward

Joseph R. Kozenczak
137 Stratford Road, 60016

Dan Wilson
185 Stratford Road, 60016

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