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Newsmakers: Ray Rogina

Elected to replace DeWitte as St. Charles mayor

St. Charles mayor-elect Ray Rogina and his wife, Diane Cullen, thank supporters after declaring victory on election night at The Office in St. Charles.
St. Charles mayor-elect Ray Rogina and his wife, Diane Cullen, thank supporters after declaring victory on election night at The Office in St. Charles.

ST. CHARLES – Ray Rogina was elected in April to replace longtime St. Charles mayor Don DeWitte, who retired in May after 20 years on the City Council. DeWitte served as mayor for eight years.

Rogina, who had served as 3rd Ward alderman since 2011 before taking the reins as mayor, ran against three other candidates – John Rabchuck, Jake Wyatt and Jotham Stein – in the April election.

Todd Bancroft filled Rogina’s vacated 3rd Ward seat. More than a dozen people were considered for the post.

So far in his term as mayor, Rogina helped form the city’s first liquor commission, which met for the first time in August.

Before the liquor commission was in place, the city had a single liquor commissioner.

As mayor, Rogina continues to act as the city’s sole liquor commissioner, and the liquor commission acts as an advisory board.

Also during Rogina’s tenure, the city has seen movement on the sale of the Charlestowne Mall, and the council granted another extension for the First Street project.

The St. Charles administration and the City Council have been working closely with the St. Charles Police Department to establish a new liquor license permit structure.

The proposed ordinance would require all bars to close at midnight, but those wishing to stay open until 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. could do so by paying extra.

– Nicole Weskerna

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