WBEZ | Wheaton http://www.wbez.org/tags/wheaton Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Woman sentenced for group home thefts http://www.wbez.org/news/woman-sentenced-group-home-thefts-104877 <p><p>WHEATON, Ill. &mdash; A 40-month prison sentence has been handed a suburban Chicago woman who pleaded guilty to a charge of financial exploitation of an elderly person.</p><p>The Daily Herald in Arlington Heights reports Linda Cottrell of Justice admitted to stealing over a three-year span about $9,000 from four disabled men residing at Cupertino Home in Warrenville.</p><p>DuPage County Assistant State&#39;s Attorney Diane Michalak said Friday that Cottrell&#39;s job was to help the victims manage their finances. However, she used their ATM cards to drain their accounts and pay her own living expenses.</p><p>In sentencing Cottrell, Judge Kathryn Creswell called the woman&#39; conduct unconscionable.</p><p>Cupertino Home caters to men with developmental disabilities.</p></p> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 10:05:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/woman-sentenced-group-home-thefts-104877 Incumbents rule the day in suburban mayoral elections http://www.wbez.org/story/incumbents-rule-day-suburban-mayoral-elections-dnp-84794 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-06/Naperville Riverwalk.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated on 4/7/11 at 11:06am</em></p><p>Voters throughout Chicago's suburbs cast ballots in more than two dozen races for mayor or village president.&nbsp; But amidst budget pressures and uncertain economic times, the response from voters in most communities was: stay the course.</p><p>That wasn't true in every community, of course. Several of the state's largest cities will see new leadership this year - the result of both ballot box rebukes and voluntary retirements.</p><p>In the latter case, Joliet's incumbent mayor Arthur Schultz is retiring after 20 years in office.&nbsp; He'll be succeeded by Tom Giarrante, a retired firefighter and incumbent city councilman.&nbsp; Giarrante defeated eight other candidates on Tuesday to become mayor of Illinois' fourth largest city.</p><p>But in northwest suburban Elgin, longtime mayor Ed Schock lost his bid for a fourth-term in office, as tallies showed challenger Dave Kaptain winning 54 percent of the vote.&nbsp;</p><p>Residents of west suburban Wood Dale also will have a new mayor soon.&nbsp; Voters denied incumbent Ken Johnson's bid for a fourth term, giving the nod instead to Annunziato Pulice.&nbsp; Pulice won a close two-way contest, capturing 51 percent of the vote, following revelations that Johnson owed the village thousands of dollars in unpaid health premiums.</p><p>CPA David Gonzalez won election to an open seat in Chicago Heights over Alderman Joe Faso.&nbsp; The south suburban community has had an interim mayor since the death of then-mayor Alex Lopez in August 2010.</p><p>Challenger Gopal Lalmalani defeated incumbent John W. Craig in the race for Oak Brook Village President, and in the open mayoral seat in Rolling Meadows, former city councilman Tom Rooney sailed to victory against Jonathan Trapani.</p><p>In a battle of ballot nicknames in Prospect Heights, Nichaolas "Nick" Helmes handily defeated incumbent Dolores "Dolly" Vole with better than 70 percent of the vote.</p><p>But elsewhere, it was business as usual for many other communities as incumbents cruised to re-election in races for mayor and village president, many of whom ran unopposed.</p><p><strong>Schaumburg</strong></p><p>In Schaumburg, long-time incumbent village president Al Larson faced his first challenge in more than 15 years but emerged victorious over 31-year-old challenger Brian Costin.&nbsp;</p><p>Much of the campaign focused on the village's recently instituted property tax, as well as the village's ownerhip of the Schaumburg Flyer's baseball stadium and the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center.&nbsp; Costin criticized the village property tax, and he argued that the stadium and convention complex should be privatized.</p><p>Larson, 72, has led Schaumburg for 24 years and his victory on Tuesday returns him to office for another four-year term.</p><p><strong>West Suburbs</strong></p><p>Tuesday night also proved to be a big one for Naperville's four-term incumbent mayor George Pradel.&nbsp; He defeated two other challengers to win a fifth term in office, which Pradel says will be his last.&nbsp;</p><p>In nearby Wheaton, Mayor Michael Gresk defeated Councilman John Prendiville in his bid for re-election.&nbsp; Gresk garnered 53 percent of the vote to Prendiville's 47 percent.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>South Suburbs</strong></p><p>While voters in Joliet selected a new mayor, incumbents won the day in several other south suburban communities, including Country Club Hills, where voters elected Mayor Dwight Welch to a seventh term in office.</p><p>In Harvey, Eric Kellogg also won re-election, though he failed to win a majority of the vote in a five-person contest.&nbsp; A recent controversy over a vote that made Kellogg superintendent of Harvey's public schools and allegations of corruption swirled during his most recent term in office.</p><p>Meanwhile, John Ostenberg cruised to a record fourth-term as mayor of Park Forest by a two-to-one margin, but the race for mayor of University Park was much closer.&nbsp; With absentee ballots not yet counted, Vivian Covington holds onto a razor-thin lead over Joseph Roudez.</p><p><em>Correction:&nbsp; An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Gopal Lalmalani as the incumbent in the race for Oak Brook Village President.&nbsp; He was the challenger.</em></p></p> Wed, 06 Apr 2011 14:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/incumbents-rule-day-suburban-mayoral-elections-dnp-84794 Suburban voters largely reject tax increase referenda http://www.wbez.org/story/suburban-voters-say-no-tax-increases-schools-84792 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-05/enseignement_01.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A majority of residents in many of Chicago's suburban communities on Tuesday said 'no' to ballot proposals that sought to increase their tax rates. In communities from far northern Lake County to far southwestern Kendall County, most voters weren't in a spending mood.</p><p>Among the referenda that went down to defeat on Tuesday were proposals to raise more funds for school districts, including Winthrop Harbor School District 1, Prospect Heights School District 23, West Northfield Elementary School District 31, Highland Park/Deerfield Community Township High School District 113, Arbor Park Elementary School District 145, Mokena School District 159, and Lockport High School District 205.&nbsp; In each case, voters rejected plans to increase tax levies or to issue new bonds.</p><p>Voters in Oak Park and Wilmette, however, bucked the prevailing trend.&nbsp; They gave a thumbs up to proposals that asked to boost the amount of tax revenues available to their local elementary school districts.&nbsp;</p><p>Oak Park District 97 won approval for a plan to increase property taxes 3.8 percent.&nbsp; Supporters say the hike will help avoid cuts to staff, as well as cuts to arts and sports programs.</p><p>Wilmette School District 39, meanwhile, prevailed in its push to raise its tax rate. The victory now paves the way for an expected $6.4 million in additional revenues to cover projected budget deficits.</p><p>But elsewhere, other units of government which had hoped to boost their revenue streams came up empty handed.</p><p>Voters in Prospect Heights rejected two separate measures. One would've increased the city's sales tax rate by five-tenths of a percent; the other would've enabled the municipality to issue more than $5 million in bonds for police pensions.</p><p>Proposals to increase tax levies for the Palos Fire District and the Olympia Fields Park District also went down to defeat on Tuesday, as did a plan to create a local sales tax in Yorkville.</p><p>In west suburban Wheaton, residents pulled the curtain down on a proposal to use $150 thousand in city funds to restore the Grand Theater.&nbsp; And in Cicero, voters simply stopped the music altogether:&nbsp; they voted to ban neighborhood block parties, although the referendum is non-binding.</p></p> Wed, 06 Apr 2011 01:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/suburban-voters-say-no-tax-increases-schools-84792