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New board sworn in

Madhu Mayer | 5/8/2019, 11:52 p.m.
It was changing of the guard on the Plainfield Village Board Monday following last month's surprising election results. Bill Lamb, ...

It was changing of the guard on the Plainfield Village Board Monday following last month's surprising election results.

Bill Lamb, who had been a Plainfield village trustee since 2005, came up short on election night as three seats were available on the Plainfield Village Board. Incumbent Brian Wojowski, who first came on the board in 2015, was the highest vote getter at 1,108. Newcomers Kevin M. Calkins, with 1,100 votes, and Harry Benton, with 1,022 votes, were also elected to the board. Lamb only received 936 votes.

During Monday's Plainfield Village Board meeting, trustees welcomed the newcomers who took their office, as well as congratulated incumbent Wojowski. The village board also said a fond farewell to Ed O'Rourke, who did not seek reelection.

Remembering his time on the board, O'Rourke said he can be proud of the fact that he always put the needs of residents above everything else.

"I feel I contributed positively to the village," said O'Rourke, further thanking staff, the board and his family, especially his wife, for making his tenure smooth. Though he admits he was at times "passionate" about stances on various issues in the village, O'Rourke said he never considered himself to be a politician.

Mayor Michael Collins presented O'Rourke with a plaque thanking him for his years of service, which included serving on the Plainfield Plan Commission from 2005 to 2015 and ultimately the village board from 2015 to April of this year.

Trustee Margie Bonuchi said not many people realize the hours O'Rourke poured into his capacity as a plan commissioner, which is an appointed position. Plan commissioners serve in an advisory role, as their recommendations are forwarded to the elected Plainfield Village Board for final approval or denial.

"The plan commission is a lot of work and you delved into every detail," said Bonuchi. "You put your passion and beliefs in every thought you had."