Early voting in Plainfield and Shorewood

Brock A. Stein | 3/5/2014, 5:31 p.m.

Voters will have a chance to get a head start on voting in both Plainfield and Shorewood this week.

Early voting will run until March 14 in both municipalities from 8:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday.

Plainfield early voters can cast a ballot at Village Hall, 24401 W. Lockport Street . Shorewood voters can cast ballots at the village’s offices, 1 Towne Center Blvd.

In both locations, in order to cast an early vote residents must live within the village’s boundaries.

Voters will be asked to choose a new representative for the 97th Illinois House District which is being vacated by Representative Tom Cross (R-Oswego) who is pursuing the state Treasurer’s office.

Voter’s in the republican primary will have to choose between 3 candidates for Cross’ old seat.

Shorewood Mayor Rick Chapman is facing off against Plainfield commercial realtor Mark Batinick and Oswego High School Teacher Amanda Mancke.

In addition, Cross is facing a primary challenger Bob Grogan, DuPage County Auditor, in the race for the republican nomination for state treasurer.

Plainfield residents will also have a choice for Republican Randy Hultgren’s democratic challenger in the primary. Democrats Dennis Anderson and John Hosta are vying for the nod from voters to move on to the general election.

Plainfield/Joliet residents living on the southern edge of the village just inside Kendall County will be choosing among several republican candidates for the District 11 congressional seat.

Republicans Chris Balkema, Bert Miller, Darlene Senger and Ian Bayne are vying for the nomination to face off against incumbent Democrat Bill Foster.

State Representative John D. Anthony (R-75) will face primary opponent Ron Severson. Anthony was appointed to the office in August last year after Representative Pam Roth resigned to relocate with her family.

Village of Plainfield trustee Dan Rippy is running as a republican against Plainfield resident Cosmo J. Tedone for a 12 Circuit Court vacancy.

Rippy, who is serving his first term on the Plainfield board said that if he wins that election he would have to resign as trustee in December.

Residents of the Plainfield Park District will be asked to vote on three non-binding questions that will be on the ballot:

  1. Should use of the Plainfield Township Park District's dog parks be regulated by permit?
  2. Should the Plainfield Township Park District impose term limits of its park board so that they may serve no more than two six-year terms?
  3. Should the Plainfield Township Park District investigate the purchase or construction of an indoor recreational facility?

Some critics of the park district board majority have criticized the inclusion of the questions as a way of keeping a recall measure off the ballot. Park District election rules only allow three questions on the ballot.

More information about polling locations, district boundaries, and candidates can be found on the Will County Clerk’s website, www.thewillcountyclerk.com.