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Newsmakers: Longtime St. Charles City Council member ended tenure

Longtime St. Charles Alderman Jim Martin.
Longtime St. Charles Alderman Jim Martin.

ST. CHARLES – Longtime 4th Ward Alderman Jim Martin ended his tenure on the St. Charles City Council in May.

Martin, who did not seek re-election in April, attended his first council meeting on Nov. 1, 1971, as a resident wanting to learn more about a controversial housing project on the city’s east side.

He was elected to the council eight years later, seeing the city through such projects as the Red Gate Bridge, the opening of two malls and several developments, including the Hunt Club and Fox Chase.

Martin was known for voting against liquor licenses, a stance he said was based on problems of bar patrons drinking and driving.

“It just kills me to read in the paper where some kid or family had been wiped out by a drunk driver,” Martin said earlier this year. “In my opinion, the one way to stop that is [to] vote against liquor licenses.”

Mayor Ray Rogina acknowledged Martin’s service during the 93rd annual Charlemagne Awards Dinner held Feb. 6.

“This guy is devoted to his city – he loves his city,” Rogina had said.

To explain why he didn’t seek another term, Martin this year said such phrases as “all good things have to come to an end” and “it’s time.”

He planned to continue serving the community through his membership with the St. Charles Noon Rotary Club.

Steve Gaugel was elected to Martin’s seat in the 2015 consolidated election.

– Ashley Sloboda

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