Sorry for keeping you in suspense, but you can thank that insipid John Kass and his insistence on imitating Sean Hannity for distracting me from the endorsement process.
But now it’s on to St. Charles and this one’s gonna be really simple folks.
Mayor – Ray Rogina
This was the most difficult election decision I’ve ever made. Even soliciting all sorts of feedback from other sage folks didn’t make it any easier. The good news is, considering Messrs. Rabchuk and Rogina, for once St. Charles doesn’t have to pick the lesser of two evils.
In the end, it was Rogina’s slight edge in city council experience and his prudent approach towards new development that overcame my fears about his teachers union background.
What I can say with certainty is DO NOT VOTE FOR Jotham Stein. He’s a miserable excuse for a human being and isn’t fit to run a McDonald’s, much less a city.
Aldermen – Jon Monken, Cliff Carrignan, Bill Turner, and Maureen Lewis.
Basically, this one boils down to a group of challengers headed by Kim Malay versus the incumbents. And Malay reminds me far too much of Quincy Adams Wagstaff who famously crooned, “Whatever it is, I’m against it.”
Malay’s historic preservation proclivities dominate her every thought as clearly evidenced in her scorch and burn opposition to the 2010 Towne Centre project. So now all St. Charles has to show for that effort is two closed restaurants and a rotting pavement eyesore.
Way to go Kim!
Now she’s envisions “a mini-Oak Brook that encompasses both the north and south parcels,” but that already failed once. If the market could bear that kind of commercial development, it would already fricken’ be there. And while I agree that the density of the formerly proposed residential development was an issue, it’s called a “negotiation” for a reason.
This one is important folks. Malay and her cohorts are dangerous and if they get in, St. Charles will may never recover.
St. Charles School Board – Anyone but Jim Gaffney
From his renowned antics on the school board, where he was forced to step down as president, to his vast capacity to blatantly ignore the law and alienate everyone in sight as president of the Fox River and Countryside Fire Protection District, it’s time for him to go.
Next up: Elgin!