Pulse: Kaupas cousin plans to enter race for sheriff
April 21, 2013 10:46PM
Updated: May 23, 2013 6:16AM
Ken Kaupas would like to replace his second cousin, Will County Sheriff Paul Kaupas, in office. Ken Kaupas and Nick Ficarello were invited to speak before the Will County Republican Central Committee on Thursday. While Ficarello, a former deputy chief, has already announced for the race, Ken Kaupas, the sheriff’s current deputy chief and second cousin, said he plans to announce publicly next week.
“I basically laid out to them my thoughts and vision as far as running for sheriff,” Ken Kaupas said of Thursday’s meeting. “... There weren’t a lot of specifics. It’s not time to give specifics.”
The two men will face each other in the March Republican primary.
RTA tax money debated
It looks like Will County Board Republicans may be in favor of tapping into RTA sales tax money to solve the county’s building woes. Republican Caucus Chairman Jim Moustis, of Frankfort Township, said the board voted to use the money, about $20 million a year, for capital projects — not roads exclusively.
But when 11 Republicans voted against extending the county’s five-year highway plan at Thursday’s meeting, a plan that could soak up all the RTA money, 13 Democrats blocked the move. Roads are important, said Democratic Caucus Chairwoman Diane Zigrossi, of Lockport.
“We committed to those large (road) dollars. Why was that? Because everything was in a state of disrepair — and it still is,” she said.
The number of Joliet ballots to be counted Tuesday in the final election tally has grown to 897.
That’s 27 more than The Herald-News reported previously. The number has grown because of absentee ballots arriving late but still mailed before the April 9 election.
The final count could affect the outcome of close contests for city council and the Joliet Park District Board.
Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots said the ballots are not coming from any one section of the city.
“They’re all over,” she said.
Waiting on the beach
Joliet Councilwoman Jan Quillman is one of three incumbents whose future on the council will be determined in the final count of ballots Tuesday.
Quillman will sweat it out on a Florida beach instead of in Joliet.
She had booked a post-campaign vacation before the April 9 election, not dreaming the outcome would be undecided two weeks later.
Quote of the week
“I’ve been coming to Will County Board meetings for 25 years and this is the first time I’ve had to wear scuba gear to get here.” — Waste Management consultant Lee Addleman, commenting on Thursday morning’s flooding.
Cindy Wojdyla Cain and Bob Okon contributed to Pulse.