Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Lake County Clerk provides turnout data.
Voter turnout in Lake Zurich was higher than average voter turnout in Lake County, according to the Lake County Clerk website. Village of Lake Zurich precincts averaged about 25 percent voter turnout. The average Lake County voter turnout was 17.62 percent. In Ela Township, voter turnout averaged 18 percent. In April 2009, average turnout in Lake County was 21 percent; in April 2007, it was 17 percent.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Ela First candidates take township board race.
There are two slates running in Ela Township. Ela First Details Vision for the Future The Ela First slate of candidates consists of Lucy Prouty for Supervisor, William L (Bill) Donnan for Clerk, Bill Kruckenberg for Highway Commissioner, John Barrington for Assessor, and Nancy Thompson, Larry Bowman, Jack Reck, and Lynn O’Brien for Trustee. Ela Tax Reform Party Says it Will Put Ela Residents First Members of the Ela Tax Reform Party include: Barbara Evans for Supervisor, Wayne Wnek for Assessor, Paul Jankowski for Clerk, Randy Abbott for Highway Commissioner, and Trustee candidates Mike Jennings, Vaseem Iktekhar, Nancy Shepherdson and Tony Lombardo. Results do not include early voting, vote by mail or provisional ballots.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Foglia explains YMCA, Ela Township partnership.
Wednesday, April 3
To The Editor: I am writing to voice my support for Ela First in the upcoming election and to share my perspective on some misinformation about Ela Township and the Foglia YMCA. Together, they have done great work for the community, and I was upset to hear candidates for Ela Township office attacking this work. In 2000, Ela Township made a $1.5 million contribution to a YMCA Capital Campaign. Through this deal, Ela Township agreed to a 25-year lease for a 2,500 square foot Senior Center and 1,000 square foot Youth Center. This agreement served the people of Ela Township well for the last decade. However, in 2011, both the YMCA and Ela Township had outgrown their space. As a result, Ela Township and the YMCA negotiated a buyout of the …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Ela Highway Department sponsors electronics recycling events.
The Ela Highway Dept. is sponsoring two electronics recycling events this year. The events will be held on Saturday, March 23, and Saturday, July 27. The times for both events will be from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. and will be held at Knox Park, 1155 E. Rt. 22 in Lake Zurich. Accepted items include: televisions, computers/accessories, monitors, keyboards, scanners, printers, cell phones, stereos, MP3s, alkaline and rechargeable batteries, holiday lights, CD players, DVD players, VCRs, video games, cameras, telephones, fax machines, shredders, microwaves and small household applilances. Not accepted: air conditioners, large appliances, refrigerators and freezers (any size), and chemical waste. NO COMMERCIAL OR BUSINESS MATERIALS WILL BE …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Ela Township portion is about 2 percent of taxpayers' total bill.
Friday, March 15
The Ela Township Board approved an ordinance reducing the Tax Levy from $2,358,000 to $1,898,461 at its March 14 regular board meeting Thursday night. After months of reviewing the township operating budget Supervisor Lucy Prouty and the Trustees approved a plan to reduce the Tax Levy by $459,539. According to Prouty, the township has been able to set aside eight months’ worth of expenses should any unforeseen issues occur. “Although The Township Officials of Illinois suggest townships have one to one and a half years’ worth of expenses set aside, we feel comfortable with where we stand right now and feel we are in a position to remain financially stable for years to come.” Ela Township Assessor John Barrington explains “The Tax Levy is …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Opposing party asks Ela Township to delay sending spring newsletter.
Wednesday, March 13
At its regular meeting on Thursday March 14, the Ela Township Board will discuss and vote on whether to mail the township newsletter immediately before the April 9 consolidated election. The four-color, four-page, tabloid-size newsletter is mailed to every home in the township and contains articles written by each township official touting their service to the Township. Barbara Evans, Wayne Wnek and Nancy Shepherdson, members of the Ela Tax Reform Party, opposing the township officials in the April 9 election, have asked the township board to delay publication until the day after the election. They contend that sending the newsletter immediately before the election amounts to an unethical use of taxpayer money to influence the …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Supervisor Lucy Prouty says officials work hard to reduce spending and maintain balanced budgets
Tuesday, March 12
In preparation for the upcoming elections, the Ela First slate of candidates are promoting their record of success on behalf of the residents of Ela Township. This week they are talking to township voters about their record of fiscal responsibility. “In these tough economic times, government at every level ought to be tightening its belt just as those people we serve have had to tighten their belts,” explained Lucy Prouty, Ela Township supervisor. “That is why I’m proud that we’ve worked so hard these past eight years to reduce spending and maintain balanced budgets. This allowed us to take on several necessary projects such as the new Town Hall and the Community Center without increasing taxes or borrowing a dime.” One of the areas …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Lucy Prouty slate stresses experience.
Wednesday, March 6
Seven incumbents and one newcomer will be running as the Ela 1st Party slate in the coming Township election according to Ela Township Supervisor, Lucy Prouty. Bringing many years of service to Ela Township government, the slate offers voters both years of experience and eyes to the future. “Our job is to continue bring the best services to our population with the assurances that our present Board offers. Transparency by way of televised meetings and the monthly financial reports available to all on the Website assure citizens of answers to any questions which might arise.” With over 3000 contacts at the community center a month, the Board feels confident it has the pulse of the Township well in hand. Senior Director has …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Variety of scholarships available through township office.
Wednesday, February 20
Five scholarships are available for Ela Residents who attend Lake Zurich High School according to Ela Township Supervisor, Lucy Prouty, and are being offered at no cost to the taxpayers. The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of community service and reasonable academic achievement. Preference is given to those students who have selected CLC as their goal. Previously the township has awarded 21 grants of $1,500 each, or $31,500. In the past few years the Township has also provided $28,500 in grants to the Young Entrepreneurs These scholarships along with the Township scholarships are awarded from funds the students pay themselves for reserve parking at the Ela Soccer Field. “It’s our way of giving back," says Prouty. …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Tony Lombardo of Lake Zurich replaces Nick Buris on slate.
Thursday, January 31
On Monday, January 28, Tony Lombardo of Lake Zurich was officially added to the Ela Tax Reform Party slate as one of four candidates for Ela Township Trustee. The appointment was made after trustee candidate Nick Buris withdrew for personal reasons. Lombardo, who has lived in Lake Zurich for 23 years, is an attorney in private practice in Mt. Prospect with a focus on criminal law, real estate and divorce. He has also been a licensed sports official for many years, officiating at the high school level and at college Division 1 football games, including college bowl games. A member of St. Francis de Sales Church, he is a married father of three and grandfather of two. He was active in youth sports for many years while his children were …