Michels, Geary to face off for Sugar Grove village president

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

SUGAR GROVE – Differences over how to make the village more business friendly and over the future of the Interstate 88 interchange could produce a contentious race to be Sugar Grove’s next village president.

Kevin Geary and Sean Michels were among a number of candidates filing to seek election in the Kaneland area so far this week.

In Elburn, incumbent Village President David Anderson is, as of Tuesday, running unopposed for re-election.

As of Tuesday, three candidates had stepped forward to seek election to the Elburn Village Board, including incumbent Trustee Ken Anderson and challengers Richard Garcia and Patricia (Pat) Schuberg. There are three seats open for election in April. Incumbent Trustee Jerry Schmidt has said he will not seek re-election.

In Kaneland School District 302, only Cheryl Krauspe, the incumbent president of the Kaneland Board of Education, had filed a nominating petition to seek election to the school board. There are three seats available, including those currently held by incumbent board members Elmer Gramley and Kenneth Carter. Neither Gramley nor Carter could be reached for comment.

In Sugar Grove, voters will select three people to serve on the village board. Those filing thus far include incumbents Robert Bohler and Rick Montalto and challengers Gayle Deja-Schultz and Stephanie Landorf.

But the race for Sugar Grove village president could present the sharpest contrast of any race in the Kaneland region next year.

Michels, who has served as village president since 1999, said under his watch, Sugar Grove has grown into a more well-rounded community, reflecting his commitment to attracting new businesses of all kinds to the village.

He noted the addition of the Jewel-Osco supermarket and new restaurants, as well as new industrial and commercial employers, as proof of the village’s success at making itself friendly to business.

Geary, who has served on the board since 1999, said he believes the village needs to do a better job at communicating with its residents and local businesses, while dialing back taxes and regulations.

The future of the interchange at Interstate 88 and Route 47 also could be a flashpoint in the campaign. Michels has made improving it from a partial to a full interchange one of his top priorities.

He said he is seeking part of the federal money now allocated to the defunct Prairie Parkway to provide the village’s share of funding for the potential project, which would also be paid for by the Illinois Tollway, the state of Illinois and Kane County.

Michels said he believes upgrading the interchange will pave the way for an explosion of development on Sugar Grove’s north end.

Geary, however, said the village should support using Prairie Parkway money to widen Route 47 from Route 56 to the Kendall County line and to improve the interchange at Route 56 and Route 47. He said that project would be more beneficial to the village and better fit the existing traffic patterns.SUGAR GROVE – Differences over how to make the village more business friendly and over the future of the Interstate 88 interchange could produce a contentious race to be Sugar Grove’s next village president.

Kevin Geary and Sean Michels were among a number of candidates filing to seek election in the Kaneland area so far this week.

In Elburn, incumbent Village President David Anderson is, as of Tuesday, running unopposed for re-election.

As of Tuesday, three candidates had stepped forward to seek election to the Elburn Village Board, including incumbent Trustee Ken Anderson and challengers Richard Garcia and Patricia “Pat” Schuberg. There are three seats open for election in April. Incumbent Trustee Jerry Schmidt has said he will not seek re-election.

In Kaneland School District 302, only Cheryl Krauspe, the incumbent president of the Kaneland Board of Education, had filed a nominating petition to seek election to the school board. There are three seats available, including those currently held by incumbent board members Elmer Gramley and Kenneth Carter. Neither Gramley nor Carter could be reached for comment.

In Sugar Grove, voters will select three people to serve on the village board. Those filing thus far include incumbents Robert Bohler and Rick Montalto and challengers Gayle Deja-Schultz and Stephanie Landorf.

But the race for Sugar Grove village president could present the sharpest contrast of any race in the Kaneland region next year.

Michels, who has served as village president since 1999, said under his watch, Sugar Grove has grown into a more well-rounded community, reflecting his commitment to attracting new businesses of all kinds to the village.

He noted the addition of the Jewel-Osco supermarket and new restaurants, as well as new industrial and commercial employers, as proof of the village’s success at making itself friendly to business.

Geary, who has served on the board since 1999, said he believes the village needs to do a better job at communicating with its residents and local businesses, while dialing back taxes and regulations.

The future of the interchange at Interstate 88 and Route 47 also could be a flashpoint in the campaign. Michels has made improving it from a partial to a full interchange one of his top priorities.

He said he is seeking part of the federal money now allocated to the defunct Prairie Parkway to provide the village’s share of funding for the potential project, which would also be paid for by the Illinois Tollway, the state of Illinois and Kane County.

Michels said he believes upgrading the interchange will pave the way for an explosion of development on Sugar Grove’s north end.

Geary, however, said the village should support using Prairie Parkway money to widen Route 47 from Route 56 to the Kendall County line and to improve the interchange at Route 56 and Route 47. He said that project would be more beneficial to the village and better fit the existing traffic patterns.

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