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Electric Aggregation Voting Results, some say Yes, others No

There were several communities in the WGFA-listening area that approved electric aggregation programs. But others, including Watseka voters, defeated the referendum question.

Watseka voters said No….500 voting against it while 392 voted in favor. It was a 56 to 44% margin against.

Clifton and Gilman voted in favor. The Clifton voters gave it a thumbs up, 51 – 49%. Gilman voters approved the measure 316 to 156, a 66% to 33% margin.

Approving the question in Tuesday’s election were Fairbury, Gridley, Pontiac, Clinton and Bloomington, and unincorporated Woodford County. The question failed in Streator and unincorporated areas of DeWitt, McLean, Woodford and LaSalle counties.

It passed in the city of Bloomington by a vote of 4,517 to 3,888. In McLean County, the measure failed, 1,515 to 1,222.

The program allows municipalities to bundle Ameren customers’ electricity needs to attract the lowest-bidding supplier. Where approved, customers may opt-out if they wish, but otherwise they are automatically enrolled.

Proponents said aggregation would save customers money on their electric bills. Opponents considered the measure an unnecessary government intrusion.

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Bourbonnais Mayor Paul Shore earns election win

Bourbonnais Mayor Paul Schore gathered nearly 60 percent (896) of the votes Tuesday to win another 4-year term.

Schore, who ran on the Citizens Party ticket, defeated 38-year-old Jeff Keast.

Schore was appointed mayor in 2008 and won re-election in the only uncontested metro area mayoral race the following year. Prior to that he served 11 years as village trustee.

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Incumbent Adams re-elected Bradley mayor

Bradley Mayor Bruce Adams claimed victory at about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday when he had 45 percent of the vote in the three-way contest.

With 11 of 13 precincts reporting, the Democrat was more than 100 votes ahead of Progressive-Citizens candidate Mike Watson and was well ahead of independent candidate and former village police chief Don Kufner.

Adams said "We stayed positive and got the word out.”

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Mayor Epstein claims win in Kankakee mayoral race

Voters in Kankakee gave Mayor Nina Epstein the nod of approval Tuesday in her bid for another 4-year term. Epstein won a second four-year term in a lopsided victory over Democratic Party candidate Jarman Porter.

Epstein won 60 percent, or 1,783, votes. Porter, who was a first-time candidate in Kankakee, pulled in 1,176 votes.

Her keys to victory, the mayor said, were two-fold. She said she believes the people are pleased with the direction the city has taken in these difficult times. And number two, her opponent had no vested interest in this city until only a couple years ago.

Epstein said "You have to pay your dues," adding she served two terms as 6th Ward alderwoman before her first mayoral election.

Porter said low voter turnout helped seal his fate. Across Kankakee County, 24 percent of registered voters participated in the municipal election.

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Mayoral Races Hi-Light Iroquois County Election Results >

Watseka Mayor Bob Harwood and Gilman Mayor Rick Theesfeld were winners in Tuesday’s consolidated election in Iroquois County. The two, respective leaders in their communities were among the mayoral candidates in seven other villages that made up the contested ballots.

Harwood pulled 57% of the vote to out-distance challenger John Burch by a vote margin of 544 – 413.

Theesfeld meanwhile, received 378 votes to Andy Johnson’s 130 in a 74 to 26% margin of victory in Gilman’s race.

Theesfeld will welcome two new members to his city council. Steve Fancher won Ward 2 over incumbent Sharon Strohschien while John Elliott defeated Robert Hartke in Ward 3. Incumbent Mike McGehee was re-elected in Ward 1, defeating Larry Pankey and Tom Hamilton.

In Watseka’s Ward 1 aldermanic race, Marvin Purvis fought off a challenge from Mark Garfield.

Buckley has a news mayor. Evan Shockley defeated James Hull.

Donovan mayor Ken Ward was re-elected, defeating Dennis Karr Sr.

Ronald Dudley won a 3-person race for Loda mayor. David Maro won re-election for mayor of Milford. And incumbent mayor Russell Williams lost his re-election bid in Woodland to Eric Morales.

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