Monday, April 8, 2013
Trees clear cut from Ela Township Hall property will not be replaced until 2019.
Submitted by Ela Tax Reform Party The Ela Tax Reform Party has discovered that Ela Township officials now have until 2019 to replace the 114 mature trees clear cut at Knox Park to make way for a parking lot for the $3.7 million Ela Township Hall. The clear-cutting was was done in violation of a Lake Zurich village ordinance. The eventual threat of a $35,100 fine, after several township plans were rejected as inadequate, prompted an inter-governmental agreement by Ela Township designed to compensate Lake Zurich for the loss of the trees by requiring Ela Township to plant replacement trees. The original agreement, signed between the village and the township, as reported in the Daily Herald , required that those trees be replaced by May …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Lake Zurich resident supports Ela Reform.
Recently, an Ela First candidate came to my door to explain their party's views. I welcomed the discussion despite the fact that I display an Ela Tax Reform Party sign in my front yard. During her explanation of why I should consider voting for the Ela First Party, she made the statement that none of the candidates from the Ela Tax Reform Party are employed. I didn't think that sounded correct, so I decided to check on that statement and found it to be totally false. The strength of the Ela Tax Reform Party is that they are all small business owners, experienced government employees, or retired executives. If you read their biographies on the website (www.elareform.org), it is clear that they have many years of experience with …
Friday, April 5, 2013
See a sample ballot from the Lake County Clerk for your area's races.
Learn which races and candidates will be on the ballot for your area before heading to the voting booth on Tuesday, April 9. Just enter your name, house number, birth date and zip code to get started. Check out a video from Lake County Clerk Willard Helander on how to use the county's Voter Power webpage.
Mainstreet Organization of Realtors announces its official support of the United Lake Zurich slate of candidates in the April 9 Consolidated Election. The organization says, “The community will be well served with the election of United Lake Zurich.”
Submitted by United Lake Zurich. United Lake Zurich is proud to announce it has the official support of the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors. "The Mainstreet Organization of Realtors is proud to support United Lake Zurich because of their strong support for home ownership and private property rights and is honored to be part of their election,” said Gary Stittgen, a Mainstreet Organization of Realtors member. “The community will be well served with the election of United Lake Zurich." The full slate of United Lake Zurich candidates includes incumbent Village President Suzanne Branding, incumbent Clerk Kathleen Johnson, and village trustee candidates Helmet Gerlach, Todd Minden, Ildiko Schultz and Debra Vander Weit. “United Lake …
Rich Sustich endorses Tom Poynton, independent candidates.
Tom Poynton and the Independent Trustee candidates offer LZ residents the real horsepower needed to create a lean and effective village government that is fiscally sustainable and resident and business friendly. Poynton has served on the Board for six years and has demonstrated strong leadership and commitment to do what it really takes to serve as an elected official. He worked to develop the Village’s first Strategic and Capital Improvement Plans in more than a decade, to ensure the Village invests wisely in the infrastructure our residents depend on. He took the lead in encouraging the annexation deal, paving the way for LZ to attract Mariano’s after Mayor Branding and village administration twice dropped the ball; a failure that …
Where to cast your ballot for the local elections held Tuesday, April 9.
Friday, April 5
Lake Zurich residents will hit the polls Tuesday, April 9 to vote for many local positions including school board and village roles. Lake Zurich's Contested 2013 Races Don't know where to cast your ballot? Head to the Lake County Clerk's website to learn if you're regsitered and where to vote next week. Tune into Lake Zurich Patch Tuesday for updated election results and information.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Tax Reform Party challenges Ela First.
Wednesday, April 3
Submitted by the Ela Tax Reform Party. The Ela Tax Reform Party has announced a challenge to the Ela Township board to reduce its excessive reserves and return a significant amount of tax dollars to property owners. The challenge is based on moves by the incumbent board to adopt some of the ideas of the Tax Reform Party prior to the election. Tax abatement and increasing services to all residents have been part of the Tax Reform Party platform for months. “Two months ago, the Tax Reform Party announced that, if elected, we would abate up to $2 million in property taxes to residents,“ said Barbara Evans, supervisor candidate with the Tax Reform Party. “People were responding so well to our message of tax abatement that two weeks ago…
There are six candidates running for four seats on the Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 board of education.
Name: Kathy Brown Age: 48 Family: Married, 3 children – 2 in high school, 1 in middle school Education: BBA Accounting, Loyola University; Law Degree, University of Notre Dame; Masters of Elementary Education, National Louis University Occupation: Teacher Previous Elected or Appointed Offices (please include years of service): District 95 Board of Education last 8 years Other community involvement: Position sought: Board Member Campaign E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org 1. Why are you running? I am running because I would like to remain on the Board as we transition to common core, and as we implement our iPad technology initiative. I also feel strongly about seeing our social/emotional standards written …
Monday, April 1, 2013
Conservative budget among goals.
Monday, April 1
Submitted by Ela First. With voting officially opening today for the municipal elections, the Ela First slate of candidates is spending the final two weeks of the campaign promoting their vision for the future of Ela Township and why they are the best candidates to lead the township into the future. “First and foremost, we will continue to spend the public’s tax dollars wisely and conservatively. We understand that we’ve been entrusted with our neighbors’ tax dollars and we will continue to respect that fact by tightening our belt and seeking out additional efficiencies within the township,” stated Bill Kruckenberg, Ela Township Highway Commissioner. Over the past eight years, Ela Township has operated with a balanced budget due to …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
"Read between the lines Ela Township and vote for new, fresh faces and ideas for our local government."
Tuesday, March 26
I find it most interesting to learn the long-term Township Supervisor, Lucy Prouty, led the current board to reduce new 2013 incoming revenues from our property taxes by $500,000 (about 20% less than the usual property taxes levied for Ela Township government operations; not including the Road District). Do you think ELA FIRST would have made this tax levy reduction if the new ELA TAX REFORM PARTY slate were not sharing the facts with us about how much extra money is still in Ela Township’s bank accounts? There is no need to keep overpaying and letting these long term incumbents take on multi-million dollar projects with no formal feedback from us property tax payers who are footing the bill for their lavish offices, plush compensations …