Courier News Latest news from Courier News Online en-us (Editor) Courier News 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ A look at 21 who applied to fill the Elgin City Council vacancy ]]> Lead story image

ELGIN — The post only pays $12,000 a year and involves attending at least two meetings a month, which have run five hours or more on several occasions in the last two years. The biggest perquisite may be the ability to purchase health insurance on the city’s policy, as five of eight members currently do. Yet, 21 people applied to replace Anna Moeller on the Elgin City Council. Perhaps Kevin Sherman offers the reason most of them put their names in the hat. “I love the city and want to help make it better,” Sherman said. “I’ve wanted to get … ]]> Sat, 24 May 2014 06:33:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hartwell elected GOP chair for Kane County ]]> Lead story image

South Elgin attorney Tom Hartwell has been elected as the new party chairman for the Kane County Republicans. “It’s an honor being selected,” Hartwell said. “I see being the chairman of the Kane County Republicans as an opportunity to serve people. When I ran for circuit clerk, that was my primary focus — to provide excellent service and at same time being responsible and cost-efficient with taxpayer dollars.” Hartwell, the Kane County Circuit Court clerk, was chosen by Kane’s Township GOP organization Wednesday during a closed meeting in Sugar Grove. He takes the place of outgoing chairman Barb Wojnicki. East … ]]> Mon, 19 May 2014 14:17:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Huntley Park District referendum for indoor turf field ]]>

HUNTLEY — The Huntley Park District is looking to expand its offerings to residents if an $18.75 million bond issue is approved Tuesday by voters. If the bond issue passes, a proposed turf facility will offer one acre of artificial grass under a roof within a 250-by-250-square-foot building. Proposed offerings will include a recreation area featuring six bocce ball courts for league and resident use, two indoor fields large enough to accommodate soccer, football, lacrosse and marching band practices, and a three-lane rubberized walking track that will be open to residents on the main level. The second floor of the … ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:57:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ 8th District candidate Goel asks super PAC supporting her to take down Internet sites ]]> Lead story image

In a release sent to the media Tuesday evening GOP, 8th District primary congressional candidate Manju Goel stated that her campaign had sent a letter to the Indian Americans for Freedom group asking that it pull down the website and social media accounts as they too closely resemble opponent Larry Kaifesh’s official campaign. According to the release, the letter requested that the super PAC pull down the website and the Facebook ( and Twitter (@KaifeshLarry) accounts that it manages and are associated with the March 18 primary. However, a check of the Internet Wednesday afternoon revealed the sites still … ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:54:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ GOP sheriff’s race features two familiar faces ]]> Lead story image

There are a lot of similarities between Donald Kramer and Kevin Williams, who will square off later this month in the primary election to be the Republican candidate for Kane County sheriff, but each man thinks he is best suited for the job. The winner of the election will face off in the fall against Willie M. Mayes Sr., who is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. Williams, 54, is a lieutenant with the Kane County Sheriff’s Department, where he has worked for 22 years. Kramer retired from the department as a lieutenant in 2009 following 30 years of service. … ]]> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:12:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ GOP clerk candidates  discuss experience, ideas ]]> Lead story image

Past experience versus new perspective. Those are what Kane County Clerk Republican candidates Jack Cunningham and Mark Davoust say separate one another. The two will be running against each other during the primary election on March 18. For Cunningham, who has held the position as clerk of Kane County for 12 years, it is his education and experience that sets him apart from his rival candidate, he said. Davoust, a Kane County Board member since 2002, said while Cunningham can tout his experience, it is he who will breathe new life into the office. “I will bring new energy and … ]]> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:30:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kaifesh calls out Goel, PAC for online ‘gutter’ politics in 8th race ]]> Lead story image

The GOP primary race for the 8th Congressional District has taken a turn to cyber mudslinging, with Larry Kaifesh claiming opponent Manju Goel’s campaign and her supporters have put up fake Web and social media sites to disparage him. A letter Kaifesh and his campaign put out last week states, “In a strange act of desperation, the Indian Americans for Freedom super PAC and their candidate for Illinois’ 8th Congressional District, Manju Goel, have taken her campaign into the gutter. They have established a fake website, as well as fake Facebook and Twitter accounts, in an attempt to manipulate and … ]]> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:21:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Early voting starts Monday ]]>

Early voting begins Monday for the March 18 primary election in Illinois. “The voters in Kane County will have 26 early-voting sites that will be offering a variety of weekday hours including evening and weekends,” County Clerk Jack Cunningham said in a release. For the complete early voting schedule, visit, or call the clerk’s office at 630-232-5990. Residents may use the grace period registration to register or update their voter registration. Grace period registration for the primary election is available until Saturday, March 15, in the Kane County Clerk’s Office only, at 719 S. Batavia Ave., Building B, Geneva. … ]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 08:48:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Goel, Kaifesh vie in GOP primary for Eighth Congressional District ]]> Lead story image

A self-employed businesswoman from Aurora and a decorated Marine reservist from Carpentersville are squaring off in the Republican primary March 18 for Illinois’ 8th Congressional District and the right to face incumbent Democrat Tammy Duckworth in the Nov. 8 general election. According to her campaign website, Manju Goel, 47, grew up in a middle-class family in northern India and came to the United States at the age of 21. A married mother of two college-age children, she worked for more than five years as a process improvement specialist for Advocate Healthcare and now is a self-employed consultant in that field. … ]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 06:08:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kane County set up election complaint hotline set ]]>

Kane County voters who see or experience voting problems during the March 18 primary election should call the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office. The Election Complaint Line will be available from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day. Possible illegal election activity such as electioneering, illegally placed campaign signs or denial of voting rights at any of Kane County’s 228 voting precincts should be called in to the hotline, at 630-208-5328. The hotline will be staffed by representatives of the state’s attorney’s office. “Voters have a right to expect an honest, fair and orderly election, and we are committed to … ]]> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 20:30:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cook County holds ballot lottery for candidates ]]>

It’s the serendipitous shake of a fishbowl some Illinois politicians — especially those you’ve never heard of — believe is key to their success at the polls. It’s the ballot-position lottery, and Tuesday Cook County Clerk David Orr did the honors to decide who among 19 individual candidates and three political slates will see their names at the top of the Cook County ballot for individual races when the primary election rolls around March 18. “Good luck to you,” Orr said as the lottery began. “Don’t blame me if I pick the wrong thing.” General political wisdom suggests voters unfamiliar … ]]> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 17:38:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Marine reservist to run for Duckworth’s seat ]]>

CARPENTERSVILLE — A U.S. Marine Corps reservist says he is running as a Republican to represent Illinois’ 8th Congressional District. Larry Kaifesh said in a statement that he wants to run for the seat now held by Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates to bring new leadership to Washington. The Carpentersville resident said he was born in Elgin before moving to the Kane County community he now calls home. He earned an undergraduate degree from Indiana University and a master’s in national security and strategic studies from the United States Naval War College. The colonel in the Marine Corps … ]]> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 06:17:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Madigan accuses BGA’s Andy Shaw of ‘agenda to impugn the Democratic Party’ ]]> Lead story image

SPRINGFIELD — Stung by a weekend report on foot soldiers in his political army, House Speaker Michael Madigan delivered a harsh counter punch against a government watchdog group and its head, former broadcaster Andy Shaw, for engaging in a campaign to “impugn the Democratic Party.”Madigan sent a letter on Democratic Party of Illinois letterhead to the 71-member House Democratic caucus and to members of the Democratic State Central Committee bashing Shaw and the Better Government Association for trying to “become a kingmaker in Illinois politics” and “tarnish Democratic candidates.” Obtained Tuesday by the Chicago Sun-Times, the letter is in response … ]]> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 10:56:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ James Hallock announces for 3rd Sub-Circuit judgeship ]]> Lead story image

ELGIN — Kane County Circuit Court Judge James C. Hallock has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for a circuit judge vacancy in the 3rd Sub-Circuit. The position will be designated as “New Judgeship A” on the ballot for the March 18, 2014 primary. Hallock was appointed a circuit judge in 2012 to fill the vacancy of Judge Timothy Sheldon upon his retirement that year. Prior to that, he served the 16th Judicial Circuit as an associate judge for more than 20 years. “In my 21½ years as a judge, I have served in nearly every division in the … ]]> Sun, 01 Dec 2013 07:16:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kane Dems host fall fundraiser Thursday ]]>

ELGIN — The Kane County Democrats will host a fundraiser and meet-and-greet Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the ballroom of The Centre, 100 Symphony Way in Elgin. Guests will include 2014 14th District congressional candidate Dennis Anderson, who will speak on the federal government shutdown and its resolution, and guitarist Michael Cole who will be performing. Tickets are $50, with tables for 10 available for $500 and a VIP table for 10 at $1,000. For more information, see the group’s Facebook page or call 630-513-1588. … ]]> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 07:40:41 -0500