Meet & Greets

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Click the name of any candidate for Mayor or City Council listed at right to review her/his Q&A. Take a few minutes to become informed about the candidates prior to attending Meet & Greet events. Keep in mind also that every member of the City Council, including the Mayor, has one vote on policy issues, ordinances and the budget.

After much consideration, due to so few candidates running to serve other governing bodies and the demands on the candidates’ time, Q&A for other local governing boards (school boards and park board) will be left to other media and forums. PN may feature some straw polls to check trending.

Scroll to the bottom of this page for information about voter registration and contacting local election boards.

2015 Early Voting March 23-April 4

And for starters, get to know the candidates via the Q&A featured on this website before you go to meet & greet them…  

early-voting-snow-webEarly Voting runs Mon. March 23, through Sat. April 4, 2015, at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street.  DuPage County residents and Naperville residents in Will County will find Early Voting there. Weekdays are 8:30AM-7:30PM. Saturdays are 9AM-5PM. Sunday, March 29, is 10AM-4PM. (Note! Early voters are required to show a photo ID on a valid driver’s license or state-issued or government-issued identification card.)

For information about other Early Voting locations, residents can call DuPage County Election Commission at (630) 407-5600 and the Will County Election Commission at (815) 740-4615.

If you’re undecided, we urge voters to wait until after all public forums before voting. Two important NAHC forums, each featuring a panel of half of the 19 candidates for City Council, are slated for March 24 and March 26 in Council Chambers. The public is welcome and to bring questions.

Polls are open on Election Day from 6AM-7PM.

Thanks for being prepared to vote on April 7, 2015.

(PN editors are traditionalists. We always vote on Election Day. We continually will remind voters. It’s kind of a big deal.)

2015 City Council Public Forums this Week!

March 24 / The Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation presents 10 Candidates of 20 for City Council, 7-9PM Tues., March 24, in City Council Chambers. (10 names remained after drawing during the December NAHC meeting: Bill Eagan, Becky Anderson, Patty Gustin, Wayne Floegel, Dick Furstenau, Dave Wentz, Tom O’Hale, Steve Peterson, Stephen Purduski and Kevin Gallaher.) Find the video replay available for streaming online at www.naperville.il.us.

March 26 / The Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation presents 9 Candidates of 20 for City Council, 7-9PM Thurs., March 26, in City Council Chambers. (10 names were drawn during the December NAHC meeting: Joe McElroy, Kevin Coyne, (Note: Jimmy Bergeron, previously listed as a suspended candidate, will be on the ballot. Yet, as of the March 17 City Council meeting, he is no longer a candidate.), Rebecca Boyd-Obarski, Judith Brodhead, John Krummen, Bob Hajek, Paul Hinterlong, John Colletti and Nancy Mariello.) Find the video replay available for streaming online at  www.naperville.il.us

Replays of candidate forums now stream online

School District 204 Candidate Forums / The March 5 and March 19 forums will be streamed live at http://ipsd.us/V5CYU. These two forums will be available the following day on 204tv.org. Four candidates Justin Karubas, Lori Price, Mark Rising and Renata Sliva are running for three four-year seats.

NAHC Candidate Forums / Five candidate forums will be broadcast live on Naperville’s Government Access Station WCNC (Channel 6 WOW, Channel 10 Comcast, and Channel 99 AT&T) and streamed on the City’s website, http://www.naperville.il.us/.   Forums will be replayed in the weeks prior to the election streaming on the city’s website.  Simply find the forum of choice posted under “City Events and Educational Videos.” Tune in before the election on Tues., April 7.

2015 Meet & Greets with all Candidates / A History

Events are posted online as received at no charge to the candidates for Mayor, City Council, Naperville Park District Commissioner, School Board Members or College of DuPage Board of Trustees. 

Jan. 22 / Naperville Professional Firefighters is hosting a Candidate Reception, 6-9PM on Thurs., Jan. 22, 2015, in the ballroom at the Hotel Arista in CityGate Centre. This reception aims to give candidates the ability to talk with members of their professional organization, their state organization, other local politicians and the media. While there will be no formal question and answer session, candidates will be provided a table in an area to educate attendees through their campaign material and conversation. (Thanks to all candidates who took time to participate in this event and fill out questionaires.) Update March 5, 2015: Endorsements are now posted on the Naperville Professional Firefighters website noting choices for Mayor: Steve Chirico and Marty Walker / City Council: Paul Hinterlong, Judy Brodhead, Patty Gustin, John Krummen, Kevin Coyne, Rebecca Obarski, Bob Hayek and Steve Purduski.

March 14 / West Suburban Irish St. Patrick’s Parade is slated to begin at 10AM Sat., March 14. Put on the green! Candidates running in the Consolidated Election and other elected officials are welcome to show their community spirit at this popular event where crowds cheer! Registration ($125 per entry that can include marching supporters) helps underwrite the parade and benefit St. Baldrick’s Foundation.  (Note: The Rotary Sunrise St. Paddy’s Day 5K runs right before the parade in downtown Naperville. What a great day to showcase community spirit!)

Public Candidate Forums / February / Linked to videos

The Rotary Club of Naperville hosted a series of City Council Candidate Forums at the Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873

Feb. 15 / City Council forum will feature 6-7 candidates to be determined /  Arrive at 6:30PM for candidate Q&A 7PM-8:30PM Sun., Feb. 15, at the Judd Kendall VFW, 908 W. Jackson Ave. The public is invited to each forum or may watch a live broadcast streaming on the Internet (Video link archive). Candidates scheduled for Feb. 15 are Judy Brodhead, John Colletti, Kevin Coyne,  Bill Eagan, Dick Furstenau, Paul Hinterlong and Stephen Purduski.

Feb. 16 / City Council forum will feature 6-7 candidates to be determined / Arrive at 6:30PM for candidate Q&A  7PM-8:30PM Mon., Feb. 16, at the Judd Kendall VFW, 908 W. Jackson Ave. The public is invited to each forum or may watch a live broadcast streaming on the Internet (Video link archive). Candidates scheduled on Feb. 16 are Becky Anderson, Kevin Gallaher, John Krummen, Joe McElroy, Steve Peterson and David Wentz.

Feb. 17 / City Council forum will feature 6-7 candidates to be determined /  Arrive at 6:30PM for candidate Q&A 7PM-8:30PM Tues., Feb. 17, at the Judd Kendall VFW, 908 W. Jackson Ave. The public is invited to each forum or may watch a live broadcast streaming on the Internet (Video link archive). Candidates scheduled on Feb. 17 are Rebecca Boyd-Obarski, Wayne Floegel, Patty Gustin, Robert Hajek and Nancy Marinello.

Feb. 26 / The Rotary Club of Naperville Public Forum for Mayoral Candidates Doug Krause, Marty Walker, James Haselhorst and Steve Chirico / 12:15PM Thurs., Feb. 26, at Meson Sabika, 1025 Aurora Ave., during the Rotary Club of Naperville weekly meeting. Public welcome. Lunch is $20. The public may watch a live broadcast streaming on the Internet (Video link archive).

Editor’s Note: Naperville is home to three Rotary Clubs. For clarity, the Public Candidate Forums are being presented exclusively by the Rotary Club of Naperville. According to the news release the forums will provide “communication and understanding of our city council and mayoral candidates in this very unique upcoming election. We (Rotary) will not be endorsing anyone but the electoral process of our city.”

Feb. 16 / Multi-Candidate Meet & Greet at White Eagle – Public Welcome / 5:30-7PM Mon., Feb. 16, at the White Eagle Owners Club, 4265 White Eagle Drive.

The Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation is set to host five candidate forums at the Naperville Municipal Center, located at 400 S. Eagle Street.

Feb. 11 / Canceled / The Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation presents three Candidates for Naperville Community Unit School District 203 Board of Education, 7-9PM Wed., Feb. 11, in City Council Chambers. (The District 203 forum was canceled since the races are not contested. —Bob Fischer, President, NAHC)

Note! NAHC Candidate Forums are broadcast live on Naperville’s Government Access Station WCNC (Channel 6 WOW, Channel 10 Comcast, and Channel 99 AT&T) and streamed live on the City’s website, http://www.naperville.il.us/. Forums will be replayed in the weeks prior to the election streaming on the city’s website.  Simply find the forum of choice posted under “City Events and Educational Videos.” Tune in before the election on Tues., April 7.

Public Candidate Forums / March / Linked to videos

Community members have the opportunity to learn about the candidates running in the upcoming 2015 Consolidated Election by attending one of the following forums:

March 5The Indian Prairie Education Association and Indian Prairie Classified Association will host a forum for community members to have the opportunity to learn about the candidates running in the upcoming election for Indian Prairie School District 204 Board of Education, 7PM Thurs.,March 5, Waubonsie Valley High School, 2590 Ogden Ave., Aurora. The March 5 and March 19 (see below) forums will be streamed live at http://ipsd.us/V5CYU. These two forums will be available the following day on 204tv.org. Four candidates Justin Karubas, Lori Price, Mark Rising and Renata Sliva are running for three four-year seats.

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Candidates for School District 204 Board of Education

March 9 / The Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation presents four Candidates for Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners, 7-9PM Mon., March 9, in City Council Chambers. (Alert! Bob Fischer, President of the NAHC noted the date change from the original post due to double booking.) Update March 9, 2015: The forum featuring four candidates—James B. Ensign, Marie L. Todd, Richard A. Janson and Melvin Kim— vying for three 4-year seats is now history. Find the replay of the forum posted under “City Events and Educational Videos.

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Candidates for the Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners

March 10 / The Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation presents four Candidates for Indian Prairie Unit School District 204 Board of Education, 7-9PM Tues., March 10, in City Council Chambers. (See photo of four candidates vying for three 4-year seats above in March 5 post.) Find the replay of the forum posted under “City Events and Educational Videos.

March 16 / The Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation presents four Candidates for Naperville Mayoral Election, 7-9PM Mon., March 16, in City Council Chambers. Meet and greet Steve Chirico, James Haselhorst, Doug Krause and Marty Walker. Find the replay of the forum posted under “City Events and Educational Videos.

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Candidates for Naperville Mayor

March 19 /  Indian Prairie Parents’ Council and League of Women Voters will host a forum for community members to have the opportunity to learn about the candidates running in the upcoming election for Indian Prairie School District 204 Board of Education, 7PM March 19 at the Crouse Education Center, 780 Shoreline Drive, Aurora. The March 5 (see above) and March 19 forums will be streamed live at http://ipsd.us/V5CYU. These two forums will be available the following day on 204tv.org. Four candidates Justin Karubas, Lori Price, Mark Rising and Renata Sliva are running for three 4-year seats.(See four candidates vying for three 4-year seats above in March 5 post.)

March 24 / The Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation presents 10 Candidates of 20 for City Council, 7-9PM Tues., March 24, in City Council Chambers. (10 names remained after drawing during the December NAHC meeting: Bill Eagan, Becky Anderson, Patty Gustin, Wayne Floegel, Dick Furstenau, Dave Wentz, Tom O’Hale, Steve Peterson, Stephen Purduski and Kevin Gallaher.) Find the video replay available for streaming online at www.naperville.il.us.

March 26 / The Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation presents 9 Candidates of 20 for City Council, 7-9PM Thurs., March 26, in City Council Chambers. (10 names were drawn during the December NAHC meeting: Joe McElroy, Kevin Coyne, (Note: Jimmy Bergeron, previously listed as a suspended candidate, will be on the ballot. Yet, as of the March 17 City Council meeting, he is no longer a candidate.), Rebecca Boyd-Obarski, Judith Brodhead, John Krummen, Bob Hajek, Paul Hinterlong, John Colletti and Nancy Mariello.)

Individual Candidate Meet & Greets / Fundraisers

*****Input welcome from all candidates & event hosts to post public meet & greets still to come…

Events are posted online as received at no charge to the candidates for Mayor, City Council, Naperville Park District Commissioner, School Board Members or College of DuPage Board of Trustees. 

2015 Individual Candidate Meet & Greets / A History

Wayne Floegel for Naperville 2015 Kickoff Event is planned from 7-9PM Wed., Jan. 7, at Features at 10 W. Chicago Ave. in downtown Naperville.

Coyne for Council Fundraiser/Networking Event is slated 7-9PM Mon., Jan. 26, at Tommy Nevin’s at 3032 English Rows Drive at Route 59, Naperville. Suggested donation is $40 and includes one drink ticket. RSVP at kevin@coyneforcouncil.org.

West Suburban Irish St. Patrick’s Parade is slated to begin at 10AM Sat., March 14. Put on the green! Candidates running in the Consolidated Election and other elected officials are welcome to show their community spirit at this popular event. Registration ($125 per entry that can include marching supporters) is now in progress.  (Note: The Rotary Sunrise St. Paddy’s Day 5K runs right before the parade in downtown Naperville.)

Citizens for Paul Hinterlong Fundraiser is planned from 5-7PM Wed., Jan. 21, at Hugo’s Frog Bar and Fish House in Main Street Promenade along Van Buren. Suggested donation is $100. RSVP paulhinterlong@yahoo.com.

Rebecca Boyd-Obarski for City Council Campaign Kick-Off & Fundraiser, 5-7PM Mon., Jan. 26, at Braconi’s Italian Restaurant, 796 Royal St. George (Cress Creek Shopping Center). Suggested donation is $50. RSVP by Jan. 23 to www.RebeccaForCouncil.com.

Joe McElroy Campaign Kick Off, 2-4PM Sun., Feb. 8, at Braconi’s Italian Restaurant, 796 Royal St. George (Cress Creek Shopping Center). Or donate at joefornaperville.com/donate.

Fundraiser for Councilwoman Judy Brodhead, 5:30-7PM Mon., Feb. 2, at Quigley’s Irish Pub, 43 E. Jefferson. Suggested donation of $75 per person provides hors d’oeuvres and one drink ticket. If paying by check, make it payable to “Committee to Elect Judith Brodhead.”

Steve Chirico for Mayor Official Kick-Off Celebration, 5:30-7PM Thurs., Jan. , at Great Western Flooring (northeast corner of Washington at Ogden). Meet the team! RSVP to Steve at (630) 369-9070 or chiricoformayor@gmail.com

Friends to Elect Patty Gustin for City Council Fundraiser, 7-9PM Thurs., Jan. 29, at the VFW, 908 W. Jackson Ave. Appetizers will be served with a Cash Bar. Tickets at the door are $35 each with wine pull. INFO/RSVP: (630) 988-8575.

Becky Anderson for City Council Fundraiser, 5:30-7:30PM Sun., March 1, at Anderson’s Bookshops:  123 W. Jefferson Ave. Suggested Donation: $50 per person/$75 Couple.  Includes beverages, refreshments, raffle prizes and live entertainment.

Re-Elect Rich Janor for Naperville Park District Commissioner, Networking Reception and Fundraiser is planned 6-8PM on Wed., Feb. 25, at Naper Settlement Pre-Emption House Tavern at 523 S. Webster St., Naperville.  Suggested donation of $20 includes appetizers and drink ticket.  RSVP to rich@janorsports.com.

A Taste of Tapas Fundraiser Kicking Off Doug Krause’s Mayoral Campaign. 5:30-7:30PM Thurs., Feb. 5, at Meson Sabika, 1025 Aurora Ave. / Tapas, Sangria, and Connecting with Doug’s Supporters / INFO: Paula Dulli, Krause for Mayor Campaign Manager, (630) 240-5788 or www.KrauseforMayor.com  or KrauseforMayor@gmail.com  / $40 suggested donation for fundraiser.

Coyne for Council Family Ice Cream Social, 2PM Sat., Feb. 21, at Colonial Ice Cream in Naperville Plaza (Gartner at Washington). Price is $5 per person/3 and under are free. Checks made payable to Citizens to Elect Kevin Coyne. RSVP to event@coyneforcouncil.org.

Kevin Coyne for Council Fundraiser / 5:30-7:30PM Thurs., March 5, at Quigley’s Irish Pub, 43 E. Jefferson Ave. / State Rep. Grant Wehrli and Ray Kinney will speak in support of Coyne / Minimum contribution of $40 per person ($25 per person for Jaycees, YPN, and Precinct Committeemen). One drink ticket included.

Marty Walker for Mayor Meet & Greet5-7PM Thurs., Feb. 12, at Quigley’s Irish Pub, 43 E. Jefferson Ave.  Suggested Donation $50. Cash Bar.

Wayne Floegel for City Council Fundraiser7PM Mon., March 2, at Features Bar & Grill, 10 W. Chicago Ave. Suggested donation $40. Light appetizers. Cash bar.

Kevin Gallaher for City Council Fundraiser / 6PM Thurs., Feb. 12, Features Bar & Grill, 10 W. Chicago Ave. $100 per person. Includes hors d’oeuvres and open bar. Children are free.

Re-Elect Paul Hinterlong Fundraiser / 5:30-7:30PM Mon., March 2, 2015, for a Community Fundraiser at the VFW, 908 W. Jackson Ave. Minimum contribution of $50 per person, $75 for couples, $40 per Precinct Committeemen and ALL Veterans and Military who are currently serving, admitted FREE of charge. Appetizers will be served with a Cash Bar. If you cannot come but would like to make a donation, checks can be made payable to “Citizens for Paul Hinterlong” and mailed to 15 North Laird Street, Naperville, IL 60540.

Steve Chirico loves Naperville! Join him Valentine’s Day at his new campaign office 11AM-3PM Sat.. Feb. 14, at 15 W. Jefferson Ave. in the heart of downtown Naperville. Bring the family! Hot dogs, snacks and cupcakes!

Pizza Party Fundraiser for Rebecca Boyd-Obarski for City Council / 6-8PM Tues., Feb. 24 / Aurelio’s Pizzeria, 1975 Springbrook Square DriveNaperville, IL 60564. Suggested contribution is $50 per person. Pizza & Soft Drinks will be provided.  Cash bar. RSVP by replying to rebeccaforcouncil@gmail.com.

Wearing of the Green’ Fundraiser for Doug Krause for Mayor / 5:30-7:30PM, Thurs., March 12, at Features Bar & Grill. Suggested donation is $30.  Includes appetizers and one drink ticket.  RSVP to Paula Dulli, Krause for Mayor Campaign Manager, (630) 240-5788, KrauseforMayor@gmail.com  or visit www.KrauseforMayor.com.

Meet Rebecca Boyd-Obarski /  7-8:30PM Thurs., March 5,  Dessert, Coffee, Conversation and your chance to meet a new face for the Naperville City Council. Hosted by Dave and Lynn Weeks. RSVP in Advance: Dave@WeeksFinancial.com.

Bill Eagan for City Council One and Only Fundraiser / Hosted by:  Mike Prueter, Jack Partelow, Chuck Kern and John Nania.  7-9 PM Thurs., March 5, at Wise Boxer Pour House, 16 W Jefferson Ave., Naperville, IL (630) 717-0400. $50 Suggested Donation, $30 for Committeemen and Jaycees. Includes 1 drink ticket.

Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee Meet & Greet Reception for NACPAC-endorsed candidates for Mayor & City Council / 5:30-7PM Wed., March 11, at the new Iron Gate Motor Condos location at 2212 Ferry Road, Building 2232, Units 103-105. / RSVP to NACPACevents@Naperville.net by the end of business day on March 9. Cost: $25 per person.

Friends to Elect Patty Gustin for Council / 6-8PM Tues., March 10, at Quigley’s Pub, Naperville.  Come sing along with Irish Song by Tenor Joe Kenny. Appetizers included. Suggested donation $35 with Cash Bar.

Meet & Greet for Naperville City Council Candidates Judy Brodhead, Rebecca Boyd-Obarski, Kevin Coyne, Paul Hinterlong and John Krummen  / 5-7PM Tues., March 24 / Naperville Election 2015 /  Please join Sue and Kevin Gensler, Dawn and Dave Kelsch, Paula and Ray Kinney, Pati and Tom Miers, Carolyn and Brien Nagle, and Lynda and Scott Wehrli, for an evening of complimentary Tapas and Sangria. Come and meet these 5 candidates for City Council: Judy Brodhead, Rebecca Boyd-Obarski, Kevin Coyne, Paul Hinterlong and John Krummen. There is no cost (a.k.a. free) for this event as it is intented to allow you the opportunity to hear from these candidates and learn why we are supporting them, organizers said. Please bring 2 other voters with you! The Pavilion at Meson Sabika is located at 1025 Aurora Ave. RSVP to naperville2015election@gmail.com.

Chirico Countdown to Election Day Rally / 5:30-7PM Wed., March 25. Campaign Co-Chairs Kristin Fitzgerald, Scott Wehrli, John Zediker and the Steve Chirico for Mayor host committee will welcome voters for a rally in support of Steve Chirico’s campaign for Mayor of Naperville. Free cocktails and appetizers at Features Bar and Grill, 10 W. Chicago, in downtown Naperville.

Watch replays of candidate forums 

School District 204 Candidate Forums / The March 5 and March 19 forums will be streamed live at http://ipsd.us/V5CYU. These two forums will be available the following day on 204tv.org. Four candidates Justin Karubas, Lori Price, Mark Rising and Renata Sliva are running for three four-year seats.

NAHC Candidate Forums / Five candidate forums will be broadcast live on Naperville’s Government Access Station WCNC (Channel 6 WOW, Channel 10 Comcast, and Channel 99 AT&T) and streamed on the City’s website, http://www.naperville.il.us/.   Forums will be replayed in the weeks prior to the election streaming on the city’s website.  Simply find the forum of choice posted under “City Events and Educational Videos.” Tune in before the election on Tues., April 7.

To list a public candidate event for Naperville City Council, park or school boards or COD trustee, send info to Stephanie@positivelynaperville.com with “Naperville Candidate Meet & Greet” in the subject line. Thanks. Our aim is to engage educated voters in the Consolidated Election.

Vote!-2015

 

Thanks for being prepared to vote on April 7, 2015.

For information about the election, residents can call DuPage County Election Commission at (630) 407-5600 and the Will County Election Commission at (815) 740-4615.

Voter Registration ended on Tuesday March 10, 2015. Register in the City Clerk’s Office, 400 S. Eagle Street, with two pieces of identification—a photo ID and identification that shows your current address.

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