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Local Election

Lily Lake president race shows contrast between incumbent, challenger

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LILY LAKE – Incumbent Jesse Heffernan, who is seeking another term for Lily Lake village president, is facing challenger Michael Carlson in the April 7 consolidated election.

Heffernan, 44, is a stay-at-home mom. Carlson, 55, is a construction worker.

Heffernan first served as a village trustee in 2006, then became acting village president in 2007. She was elected as village president in 2011. 

“I’m running because I’m always learning new things with the village,” Heffernan said. “And there are things I want to complete, such as the infrastructure on the roads. I’d like to get on a path on getting repairs done in an efficient and responsible manner.”

Carlson was elected as a Republican committeeman in 2011.

The village, which incorporated in 1991, has no property tax levy. It gets money from the state’s shared revenue, a utility tax and other fees.

“There’s a bigger picture of how to address the issue of maybe a property tax,” Heffernan said. “It’s the whole scenario of unifying the village as a whole. It’s been in play for a long time.”

Heffernan said voters could create a tax levy by referendum.

Carlson said one issue that prompted him to run for village president is its lack of transparency about its finances.

“I have no idea what money is coming in or what money is going out,” Carlson said. “She [Heffernan] had a paper with the bills on it for the month and passed it around to all the board members. What about the people in the room?”

Carlson criticized the village’s website for not having any financial information on it.

Heffernan said officials were trying to improve the website to include monthly balances and minutes.

“He has voiced his opinion on the clarity of our finances,” Heffernan said of Carlson.

Another issue that prompted Carlson to become involved was the removal of a 20 mph sign on Route 47 near Lily Lake Elementary School. 

Carlson blames the village for not providing input to the Illinois Department of Transportation. Heffernan said the sign was removed because it had one speed going one way, and 40 mph going the other. 

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