Election 2013: Unofficial Final Results for Oswego Races

See where Oswego candidates stand as the ballots come in.

Update: 9:12 a.m. Wednesday: Kane County has offiicially confirmed that there will be no votes from them for the Oswego 308 election. All numbers are in. Due to the very close difference we are not "unofficially" calling it until we hear back confirmation.

Update 11:23 p.m.: All results are in except for Oswego 308 from Kane County. Kane County has been having website issues.

Updated 10:31 All election results are in except for Kane County for Oswego Library Board and Oswego 308.

Updated at 8:53 p.m.

8:15 p.m. with updated results from Kendall, library results from Kane

Updated: 7:43 p.m. with results from Kendall County early ballots.

Who's winning in Oswego?

Patch will update results periodically as the ballots trickle in for all four races - Village, School, Park District and Library - from the Kendall County Clerk's Office, Kane County Clerk, Will County Clerk and Aurora Election Commisison. 


Village of Oswego (FINAL)

Read: One New Face Joins Oswego Village Board of Trustees

 Three trustee seats are open for a four-year term

Candidates Vote Total Jeff Lawson (I)


Ryan Kauffman 708 Scott Volpe 930 Scott Finkenbinder 172 Pam Parr 908 Judy Sollinger


Ken Duda 522

Oswego 308 (FINAL)

Four board seats are open for a four-year term

Candidates Vote Total Danielle Paul 2034 Eva Renee Powers 1387 Matthew Bauman 2341 Bradley Schulz 1701 Michael G. McDowell 1698 Gregory O'Neil 1871

Referendum: Shall members of the Board of Education of the Oswego Community Unit School District No. 308 be elected at large and without restriction by area of residence within the District rather than in accordance with the provisions of subsection (a) of Section 10-10.5 of the Illinois School Code for mandatory board representation?

Yes No 1,889 1,616

Oswegoland Park District (FINAL)

One open seat for a six-year term

Candidates Vote Total Alvin P. "Phil" Smith 892 Roy White (I) 1,478

Oswego Public Library (FINAL)

Four seats are available for a four-year term

Candidates Vote Total Kandi Ream (I) 1,868 Vernita Hettrich (I) 1,891 Terry Tamblyn (I)
2,049 Craig Weber 1,985 Evelyn Givens 1,593
David Edelman April 10, 2013 at 03:17 AM
Agreed. Very sad.
KevP April 10, 2013 at 04:24 AM
Budd, I think the turnout would have been greater had you decided to run for office again. I think more people would have turned out to not vote for you :). Seriously, I didn't vote today (and I have only missed one prior election in over 25 years due to a family death) because I just don't think it matters anymore who is elected in local elections. They all say they'll try to lower taxes, but it doesn't happen. They say we want to improve education, but they only seem to hire more high-priced administrators (to replace other high-priced administrators who bolt after 1-2 years) and test scores don't improve. And the seemingly endless stories of board in-fighting got old for me. So, I choose to sit this one out. I won't complain about decisions made by the newly elected board members because when you don't vote, you shouldn't. I do hope they prove me wrong and get me back to the polls again in the next local election.
Budd Bieber April 10, 2013 at 04:55 AM
KevP, your first sentence is so true, I try my best to get to the vote out, even if helps the other guy. Everyone is better off that way anyway. Sorry to read about your thinking it doesn't matter anymore. You got that pretty much right. I don't agree with you but I'm one of the 11.5%. While in office I and my board did lower the village tax rate though our assessments continued to climb due to growth not paying it's way, but we fixed it, a bit to late though.
Michele Brown April 10, 2013 at 05:15 AM
What are the results of the Waubonsee Community College trustee election and the Regional (Grundy/Kendall) Board of School Trustees election?
Budd Bieber April 10, 2013 at 05:27 AM
Go to the Kendall County web site and look it up, it's online.
Oswego Gladys April 10, 2013 at 09:41 AM
I am sad because of the apathy in our community. So much complaining and so little action...by so many
Oswegosmarts April 10, 2013 at 12:26 PM
First off Budd thanks for the invite to come down to the Inn to celebrate your boys (Duda) Victory. But I think he fell a little short. At least beating the guy who ran for office and is moving out of state can give some accomplishment. At least you two have something in common when it comes to elections. And yes the turnout was very sad.
Pam D April 10, 2013 at 02:05 PM
KevP please remember that most state and federal politicians start at the local level, and apathy such as that displayed yesterday and from years prior manifests itself in the lousy crop of politicians we have now.
joe smith April 10, 2013 at 02:46 PM
I'm glad to see a more "pro-oswego" mindset in the Oswego board. I believe the no-incentive/anti-business reputation of the previous board, plus the bone headed decision to abolish the OEDC were mistakes that finally caught up with Oswego. Big businesses looking to locate here expect incentives, and all the board has to do, is be able to perform or understand a proper cost benefit analysis. If there is a net benefit to Oswego, it should be a no brainer to provide the incentive. Now we have to continue the trend, and get rid of the rest of the no incentive/anti-business board members in the next election.
ayar April 10, 2013 at 04:31 PM
@ joe smith - Incentives ? okay, we'll buy a dozen blueberry muffins for them twice a year and drop them off. Magic money ? sorry, joe, we're broke - they can spend their own buckage and *invest* in the community first. We don't need to spend more hard-earned tax dollars to fatten some developer's pocket. The last "incentive" left us with a low-income housing area being built near Orchard road. some incentive.
Budd Bieber April 10, 2013 at 05:09 PM
To Oswegosmarts: Don't forget about The Tap House, Oswego Family Resturant, American Legion, Danelli's and La Cabana. We Good Ol' Boys go there also.
Linda Porter April 10, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Here Here I too can't wait to see what the sweetheart deal with the low-income housing actually costs the community! Not to mention the high costs to the school system. I agree that the businessses should be paying us to come here, not the other way around. Hang on to your wallets and checkbooks Oswegoland!
Eva Renee Powers April 10, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Congratulations to all the newly elected Board of Education members. Thank you to the voters who voted for me. I do ask District 308 to consider diversifying its staff.
Oswegosmarts April 10, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Didn't get the memo............... your not one......... you wannabe, but not one.
Budd Bieber April 10, 2013 at 11:52 PM
To Oswegosmarts: Come out from your screen name, put your name on a ballot, or are you not smart enough to be an Oswegoan!
Budd Bieber April 11, 2013 at 12:05 AM
Great comment Pam!
Eva Renee Powers April 11, 2013 at 12:34 AM
When is Oswego getting low-income housing? This is the first I have heard about this.
Eva Renee Powers April 11, 2013 at 12:40 AM
Any builder that wants to build housing (homes and apartments) in Oswego should have to also pay some of the cost for building additional schools.
Oswegosmarts April 11, 2013 at 01:10 AM
Born and raised, how about yourself..........................Wannabe
Walt Hines April 11, 2013 at 04:18 AM
Eva, Oswego has low-income housing already, it's on rt31. What I gather is town homes, duplexes of some sort that are going to be built around the Gates Creek area. It would serve people who make under $50,000. a year. That would include many, myself included. There are teachers who make less than this so I guess we could include them. I've also heard of apartments that are going up along Orchard that would have 900 units in them. I don't believe this is what we're speaking about but I could be wrong as so much is changing. Whether they build low income or not those homes will still have to pay property taxes to our district. As far as the apartments, I think that's where we get the short end of the stick and I'm sure some one will weigh in if different info is available. The out rage that people are feeling with the low cost housing being built on vacant land is the same way I felt when the farm fields were being dug up and mass subdivisions were replacing them. I knew what was going to happen as the infrastructure wasn't here and sure enough look at the mess we're in. Taxes that exceed mortgage payments and no end in sight. Thank You for putting your hat into the ring for BOE. You were willing to give of your time for free and help with new direction in this district. Many blessings to you and your family!
mike ellison April 11, 2013 at 06:25 AM
I'm suprised that Joe doesn't invest his own money in these economic development schemes where you pay businesses to come here. He could spend his own money and make a deal with any business who takes his money so that they pay him a part of the profit once everthing works out so well.
Oswegosmarts April 11, 2013 at 01:30 PM
Eva, that is normally the case. When developers want to build in a town, or city most responsible officials have them pay for something. Help offset the cost of buildings, fire trucks, police cars, or public works equiptment, etc. But I am sure that this was not the case this time. And I keep hearing this new term Pro Oswego. What exactly does that mean? I don't think that any elected officials were Anti Oswego. Whats happening is that there is old Oswego that likes status quo, and new Oswego that wants change. Anyone, even a monkey can sit on the board and hit a button yes or no and be right 50% of the time. It takes the person who looks at how and why we do things that were set up by previous boards. It's O.K. to eliminate positions and restructure. This board runs and is structured the same way it was years ago, when Oswego was smaller. Start looking into departments and ask why do we do things this way, and I guarantee the answer will be because that's the way we always have done it. Simple example, dual income families become single income familes due to loss of job which means loss of income. What do you do, cut back and take a look at what you don't really need. Our taxing bodies instead, just raise taxes instead of making changes. A good elected official should not just slide into the chair and be a monkey hitting the yes or no button. He or She should look at how and why we operate today, or yesterday. Why did we do that? Because someone in the past said so.
Eva Renee Powers April 11, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Thank you, to everyone that responded. I had no clue that Oswego had this many pro blems.
ayar April 11, 2013 at 03:37 PM
@Walt, as I understood it, it's basically "apartments", near enough to the Metra pickup for access. The problem being, they really don't "pay in" as much. Having lived near such buildings before in the past, I can tell you (1) you need to beef up Police and the fire department (2) education will have a bigger deficit with the hot lunches programs, the learning curve will be deeper, etc. (3) drug education. The town hall was packed wall to wall with people objecting to it, which was interesting that no teachers that were there were feeling very "pro" about it, Walt. I'll bet in two years the building owners be trying to qualify as section 8 housing [as you said yourself, jobs are down and taxes are up], and then the fun really begins. Eva, I applaud you for putting your hat in the ring as well - it's a thankless unpaid job with a lot of headaches.
joe smith April 11, 2013 at 05:43 PM
I'm confused regarding the anti-incentive mindset to attract businesses to Oswego. If the board members have a cost-benefit analysis that nets a positive amount of revenue to Oswego, why would there be any objections? Not to mention the ancilliary benefits of tax revenue from that new business going to the other taxing bodies, the increased jobs, and the increased visits to Oswego amongst a few of the other benefits. Bottom line is revenue flowing into Oswego instead of more business friendly surrounding towns. What part of that is bad? Oswego should instead continue it's "no-incentive" program and watch the next Sam's Club go to a neighboring town? I wouldn't be surprised if Montgomery sent a Thank You basket to Oswego....
mike ellison April 11, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Joe-- it's because various incentives haven't worked in many areas over the years because there's usually no obligation on the part of the new business to have to remain in business for a certain period of time. If you drive throughout the suburban area and look at the thousands of vacant storefronts, many of those businesses had received incentives. So it isn't a guarantee at all that these various incentives will result in an overall positive financial picture for a municipality.
Budd Bieber April 11, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Some many comments, so much misinformation! Go to the library and start reading the Ledger from about 1993 forward and see what the Village has done to pay for growth. To Walt, the units on Rt. 31 are in Oswego Township, not the village. To Oswegosmarts, look at the income from transition/impact fees that the village has collected to distribute to the different taxing bodies. I don't give a rat's tail if you were born and raised here, lots has changed over the years. Pay attention before commenting.
Oswegosmarts April 12, 2013 at 01:19 AM
Coffeeboy for the "Good Ole Boys", Collecting impact fees and distributing them, Is that the best you can do. Pay attention to what. You are right lots has changed over the years, but since roughly 08 when the bottom dropped out did anyone make any changes to help the taxpayers. Have tax levys lowered. When you have the mentality that we can just keep raising taxes to make ends meet. Well wannabee that's the wrong approach. And while you metioned the Ledger tell me how many forclosures are in the Ledger nowadays. 6-8 pages.
Walt Hines April 12, 2013 at 02:57 AM
Ayar, I'll bet they give it 1 year before 8 hits. So as it stands we're only getting apartments? I thought I heard some where that they were actually building lost cost housing, as in privately owned houses? I think the apartment idea surpassed any endeavor that the current board has approved so far. ( gag and vomit) We need business and it can't come too soon. Somethings got to help with the taxes as most homeowners are strapped to the max now. Budd, glad to see you're having such a wonderful day! It's your bright shining attitude and way with people that got you elected for a second term as Village President of Oswego. That would be Oswego not Oswego Township, correct?
Harry Kari April 13, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Gosh, I missed the party. Wish I could have been here, then. Alas, no one will read my thoughts. Poor, poor, pitiful me.


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