Big winners in election include Kurlinkus, Gustafson
Tuesday's Consolidated Election resulted in victories for longtime members of the Hononegah School Board. Challengers had claimed the board ignored parental concerns, but didn't find enough voters who agreed with them.
In what seems to have been a respectful campaign on all sides, four current members of the South Beloit City Council had the highest unofficial totals on Election Night.
But challenger Rob McLain was only six votes behind incumbent Ken Morse, so after all mail-in votes are counted, McLain could wind up in office instead of Morse. Residents were allowed to vote by mail as late as Apr. 4 and the results will be certified two weeks later, on Apr. 17.
On the Village of Rockton Board of Trustees, a former trustee will rejoin two incumbents.
The current Prairie Hill School Board president will be joined on the board by a Golden Apple Award winner. But again, the totals for the third position are very close, with Justin Keller "Keller the Science Feller" at 282 votes, Jared Eischeid at 272, and Joshua Ballard at 271.
In the Village of Roscoe, probably the Stateline's most bitter contest, the incumbent Village President lost his post to another trustee. The three members of his opponent's slate also received more votes than the three current officials on the incumbent's slate, changing the leadership of the Village of Roscoe.
Voters approved a small tax increase to fund pensions for the Harlem-Roscoe Fire Protection District. Taxes on a single family residence worth $100,000 would increase by 48 cents a year.
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Hononegah School Board
Vote for 3 - (10,808 total votes):
- David J. Kurlinkus - 20.01% - 2,163 votes
- Evan Schoepski - 17.00% - 1,837 votes
- Mary P. Lewis - 21.29% - 2,301 votes
- Nadine M. Kelley - 11.13% - 1,203 votes
- Jenniffer Maragia - 10.69% - 1,155 votes
- Joan Zimmerman - 12.16% - 1,314 votes
- Brian Huff - 7.73% - 835 votes
Village of Roscoe President
(1,460 total votes):
- Carol A. Gustafson - 72.95% - 1,065 votes
- Mark W. Szula - 27.05% - 395 votes
Village of Roscoe Trustees
Vote for 3 - (4,016 total votes):
- William Babcock - 23.48% - 943 votes
- Michael Wright - 22.78% - 915 votes
- Michael Sima - 22.61% - 908 votes
- Michael Dunn - 10.31% - 414 votes
- Jay Durstock - 7.87% - 316 votes
- Anthony F. Keene - 7.05% - 283 votes
- Brian Black - 5.90% - 237 votes
Village of Rockton Trustees
Vote for 3 - (2,605 total votes):
- Daniel Baumgartner - 22.84% - 595 votes
- Dave Winters - 19.46% - 507 votes
- Jodi May - 18.31% - 477 votes
- Jamin Unger - 13.17% - 343 votes
- Angela Ketelsen - 9.83% - 256 votes
- Nicole Roggenbuck - 8.91% - 232 votes
- Tyler Seever - 7.49% - 195 votes
South Beloit City Council
- Mayor Thomas P. Fitzgerald - 100% - 501 votes
Trustees: Vote for 4 - (1,893 total votes):
- Ryan Adleman - 22.40% - 424 votes
- Courtney Prentice - 16.59% - 314 votes
- Brian Hedrington - 16.32% - 309 votes
- Kenneth C. Morse - 16.06% - 304 votes
- Robert William McLain - 15.74% - 298 votes
- Joyce Blade - 12.89% - 244 votes
Prairie Hill School Board
Vote for 3 - (1,611 total votes):
- Laurie Dixon - 25.39% - 409 votes
- Kimberly Aulenbacher - 23.40% - 377 votes
- Justin Andrew Keller - 17.50% - 282 votes
- Jared Eischeid - 16.88% - 272 votes
- Joshua Ballard - 16.82% - 271 votes
Hopefully, Mr. Szula and company can take the hint. Voters have a good memory how poorly his leadership of the board treated the owners and customers of Jessica's Restaurant as they attempted to endear themselves to the county public health director. This is Szula's second major political loss. He really needs to do some introspective thinking what the people want and not be concerned about a personal agenda. Szula's minions also need to be concerned about their positions. Start listening to your constituents or find another side endeavor.