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Pat Hill edges Peck in Kaneville village president race

Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 12:22 a.m. CDT

KANEVILLE – Pat Hill narrowly won Tuesday's election, which means she will take over as Kaneville village president, according to unofficial election results.

Unofficial results show that Hill received 85 votes, and her opponent, Rick Peck, received 82 votes.

"I'm just ecstatic," Hill said. "I appreciate the people of Kaneville coming out to support me. I will do the best job I possibly can for them."

Hill said one of the first orders of business will include stopping the closure of Kaneville's post office and returning the office to regular postal hours. Her goals include finishing road projects that have begun on several streets and finding funds to replace sidewalks on Main Street without imposing any taxes.

Peck, who is the village's interim president, has said new sidewalks were among his priorities. He has said that he wants to make sure the center of town is easily accessible by sidewalk, which he said in turn would create a better sense of community. Peck's other priority included operating the village in a financially responsible manner.

Peck could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

Hill said she plans to continue to save money for sidewalk improvements and said she's looking for matching grant opportunities to help pay for them. She said the village has to "do the best we can with what we've got."

Hill has lived in Kaneville for nearly 18 years and said her family settled in the area because it "felt like Mayberry to me," she said, adding that it felt like home because everyone was so friendly and kind.

"Thank you, Kaneville," she said.

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