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Rogina wins St. Charles mayoral seat; Burns re-elected in Geneva

Walter Howler sets up voting machines Monday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Charles. The machines will be used for today's election.
Walter Howler sets up voting machines Monday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Charles. The machines will be used for today's election.

Raymond Rogina handily won the four-way race for mayor of St. Charles, collecting nearly 50 percent of the vote on Tuesday.

Rogina received 2,031 votes with all 28 precincts reporting, or 47 percent of the total. His next closest challenger, Jake Wyatt, received 989 votes, or 23 percent. Rounding out the field was John Rabchuk with 726 votes and Jotham Stein with 600 votes, according to unofficial results.

In Geneva, Mayor Kevin Burns cruised to re-election with 2,114 votes, beating challenger Bob McQuillan, who received 1,401 votes woth all 19 precincts reporting.

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The office of president of the United States is not on the ballot today.

But voters in the Tri-Cities and surrounding communities can influence directly those who vote on property taxes and who oversee street repair, school curriculum and the hiring and firing of teachers, police officers, firefighters and other public workers.

Today, voters who go to the polls will select the region’s next mayors, village presidents and school boards, city councils, village boards and other local decision-making bodies.

Among the region’s higher profile races, voters in Geneva and St. Charles will be asked today to elect a mayor.

In Geneva, three-term incumbent Mayor Kevin Burns is being challenged by hopeful Bob McQuillan. Burns and McQuillan have clashed over city taxes and who should get credit for the city’s economic success.

In St. Charles, voters will select a mayor from a field of four candidates, as hopefuls John Rabchuk, Ray Rogina, Jotham Stein and Jake Wyatt square off in the race to replace retiring Mayor Don DeWitte.

Rabchuk believes the city should focus on using recreational opportunities to recruit businesses and make the community more attractive to younger adults.

Stein also has focused on bringing business to St. Charles. But he also believes the city should forbid future mayors from individually doing business with any vendor doing business with the city.

Rogina believes the city should enhance opportunities for the public to speak on development projects, such as the hotly debated Lexington Club project.

And Wyatt believes the city should re-examine its fiscal health, particularly regarding its tax increment financing districts, and focus on revitalizing Charlestowne Mall.

In Sugar Grove, voters will select a new village president; longtime incumbent Sean Michels is challenged by Village Board member Kevin Geary. 

And in Kaneville, incumbent Village President Rick Peck is challenged by board member Pat Hill. 

But executive positions are not the only races on the ballot.

In St. Charles, voters will select aldermen in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th wards. Incumbent Jon Monken will face challengers Justin Osborne and Ron Silkaitis in the 1st Ward; 2nd Ward incumbent Cliff Carrignan will face Art Lemke; 3rd Ward incumbent Bill Turner will face Mario VanDerHeyden; and, in the 5th Ward, incumbent Maureen Lewis is campaigning against challenger Kim Malay.

In Geneva, voters will select a new alderman in Geneva’s 1st Ward between candidates Zac Ploppert and Mike Bruno.

In Batavia, voters will choose aldermen in three contested races. Incumbent James Volk faces challenger Jamie Saam in the 4th Ward; incumbent Eldon Frydendall and challenger Steve Vasilion face off in the 5th Ward; and incumbent Robert Liva is challenged by Nick Cerone and Ron Rechenmacher in the 6th Ward.

Outside the Tri-Cities, voters will select village board representatives in Elburn, Campton Hills, Maple Park, North Aurora, Sugar Grove and Kaneville.

While cities and villages may generate a lot of interest, no other local taxing body influences a property tax bill as heavily as public school districts.

In St. Charles School District 303, voters will select from among eight candidates for four seats on the school board. Incumbents Steve Spurling, Jim Gaffney, Mike Vyzral and Corinne Pierog are challenged by Jim Conro, Nancy Muzzey, Rick Leidig and Edward McNally.

Voters in Geneva School District 304 also must select four school board members from among eight candidates. Incumbent board President Mark Grosso and incumbent member William Wilson face off with challengers Leslie Juby, David Lamb, Daniel Garrett, Jeff DiOrio, Fred Dresser and Robert Cabeen.

And in Batavia School District 101, only one incumbent board member, Tina Bleakley, is seeking election. She is running against candidates Jonathan Gaspar, Garrick Grizaffi, Jim Karner, Susan Locke, Michael Papka and Jason Stoops, in the race for four seats on the board.

In Kaneland School District 302, only two candidates, incumbent board President Cheryl Krauspe and candidate Pedro Rivas, placed their names on the ballot for three open seats. Voters also may cast a write-in ballot for declared write-in candidate Veronica Bruhl of Elburn.

In addition, voters throughout the area will be asked to select trustees to serve on the boards at Waubonsee Community College and Elgin Community College.

And voters will select those to represent them in township governments, park districts, fire protection districts and library districts.

To read about all these candidates and races, visit the Kane County Chronicle’s Election Central 2013 site at

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