Candidate must be a registered voter, a continuous resident of the First Ward, and at least 18 years of age at the time of election.
On March 31, First Ward Alderman James Regelin formally submitted his resignation from his City Council seat that he held for almost a year. As James told City Council the Monday before, he is moving into a house he recently purchased in the Fourth Ward, which therefore requires him to give up his position. James has been a vigorous advocate for his constituents, and we thank him for his service and wish him well in his future endeavors.
As a result, I have the responsibility with the consent of the City Council, to appoint James’ replacement. With an understanding that this appointment must be made within 60 days, I am asking interested First Ward residents to contact me at City Hall by April 30 to be considered for the appointment. It is intended to bring a name forward for City Council consideration during the May 23 meeting. To be eligible, one has to be at least 18-years old, a registered voter, and a continuous resident of the First Ward for the past 12 months. The appointment would be effective no later than June 1.
This appointment will last only until May, 2017. Along with the regularly scheduled municipal election on April 4, 2017, a special election will be held to fill out the remaining two years on the four-year term attached to this City Council position.
Generally, the First Ward is south of the railroad tracks and west of State Street (Illinois Route 23), with the exception of a few blocks closest to State Street between the railroad tracks West Grant Highway (USH20). A map of the ward boundaries is prominently displayed in the first floor lobby of City Hall. It also can be found on City website.