Election results—Voters say no to home rule

Coal City voters said no to home rule, defeating the proposition by a vote of 770 to 179.

Grundy County voters defeated the county's request for a public safety sales tax. The final vote was 3,380 to 1,237.

Diamond Mayor Terry Kernc was successful in her bid for re-election defeating challenger Steven Kissel. Kernc collected 213 votes (Grundy and Will counties) to Kissel's 42 votes. In the uncontested commissioner race, Jeff Kasher 180 votes, Carolyn Wilson 146 votes and David Warner 166 votes.

In the race for seats on the Coal City Village Board, a final determination on the third spot will likely not be know for a couple of weeks. Newcomer Sarah Beach leads incumbent Dave Togliatti by just two votes. With all seven precincts in the votes stand at 424 for Beach and 422 for Togliatti. Incumbents Justin Wren and Tim Bradley were re-elected having received 522 and 490 votes respectively. Georgette Vota received 390 votes.

In Carbon Hill, Rich Jurzak was elected mayor with 62 votes. There were 52 write-in votes for the post. As for trustee Gary Smith was the only declared candidate and he received 89 votes.

The final votes in the uncontested race for the Unit 1 Board of Education were Mary Gill 1,173, Shawn Hamilton 1,000 and Jeff Emerson 984.

For seats on the Coal City Public Library District Board of Trustees Renee McLuckie 1,297 votes and Karla Kuriger 736 votes.

In the contested race for Felix Township Highway Commissioner, incumbent  Democrat Dave Allen fell 20 votes short to retain his post. Republican challenger Charles Bumgardner finished the night with 389 votes to Allen's 369 votes.

Incumbent Felix Township clerk Patricia Christensen pulled out a win against her challenger Democrat Constance Terrell. Christensen finished the night with 380 votes to Terrel's 356 votes.

Felix Township supervisor Richard Onsen was uncontested in his bid  and collected 593 votes. The trustee race was also uncontested with Republican Gary Lissy, Sr. leading the pack with 513 votes followed by Democrats John D'Arcy, 72 votes; Phillip Kodat, 366 votes, and Karin Kodat, 363 votes.

All positions in Braceville Township were uncontested. The final votes were Supervisor Doug Boresi with 641 votes, township clerk Penny Wills with 606 votes and highway commissioner Greg Hodgen with 648 votes. As for township trustees Democrat Mike Lareau collected 432 votes and Republicans Scott Benson, Mark Wills and Michael Campbell received 513, 512 and 427 votes respectively.

The positions in Goose Lake Township were also uncontested. The finals votes were Supervisor Pete Kodat 82 votes, township clerk David Henderson 85 votes and highway commissioner Bruce Trotter 88 votes. As for the trustees the votes were 72 for Sally Bentson, 71 for Michael Skubic, 63 for Kevin J. Wills and Dena Fasano 58 votes.

In Maine Township all positions were uncontested. The final votes were Supervisor John W. Davis 33 votes, township clerk Jennifer Campbell 31 votes and highway commissioner James A. White 21 votes. As for trustees David Hauschild collected 31 votes, Denny Christensen 27 votes, Mark Lehnus 35 votes and James Jackman 34 votes.

Vote totals from all local races can also be obtained from the Grundy County Clerk’s website at www.grundyco.org and Will County Clerk’s website at www.willcountyclerk.com. Due to an 8 p.m. press deadline, results will not appear in the April 5 print edition of The Coal City Courant. Look for full election coverage including reaction from candidates in the April 12 edition.