Pulse: Kids chiefly concerned about syrup
September 1, 2013 10:42PM
Updated: October 3, 2013 6:08AM
Brian Benton found out he was named Joliet’s new police chief Tuesday night, but decided to make the big announcement to his family over breakfast Wednesday morning.
“My wife was over the moon. The kids were like, ‘That’s great, Dad. Do we have more maple syrup?’ ” he said.
Lottery for last place
There is a new wrinkle in the process that will be used to determine the order of names on the March 18 primary ballot. In addition to a lottery to see which names will be listed first, a new state law requires a second lottery to determine which names will appear last, Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots said.
Voots said she’s not sure ballot order really matters that much, especially when there only a few candidates.
“If there are two or three candidates, it doesn’t matter,” she said. “Voters are going to find the candidates they want.”
Tuesday is the first day candidates or their representatives can pick up nominating petitions for the primary.
The Joliet City Council on Tuesday will decide whether to wait 60 days instead of 30 to vote on a proposed remap of city council districts.
Citizens who showed up at a Legislative Committee meeting last week, when the map was first presented, asked for another month to review the map. One concern is whether the map makes room for enough minority representation on the council. Another is whether the council should get rid of three at-large council positions and create eight council districts.
Mayor Thomas Giarrante said that creating another map with five council districts having roughly equal population in each will not be easy.
Doing one with eight districts?
“If they’re talking about going from five districts to eight, that’s really going to take some work,” Giarrante said.
What’s more, changing the structure of the council requires a voter referendum.
Herald-News reporters Cindy Wojdyla Cain, Bob Okon and Brian Stanley contributed to Pulse.