Gockel endorses Pope for village president

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Trustee Galen Gockel issued a statement Monday endorsing sitting Trustee David Pope's bid for the seat of village president.

"Not a day goes by that someone doesn't ask me for whom we should vote," Gockel said Monday. "In some way, I feel an obligation to affect the future of the community over the next few years so that we do what's best for all of Oak Park."

In his statement, Gockel praised Pope's advocacy for "joint planning for Oak Park's future," his "commitment to progressive principles" and his "no-nonsense approach to budget setting."

Gockel declined to comment on why he supported Pope over rival candidates Trustees Diana Carpenter and Robert Milstein.

"I didn't want to get into comparisons. I thought I'd state the positives and let it go at that," he said. "It's a matter of good, better and best."

Forum will feature candidates for RF boards

The League of Women Voters of Oak Park & River Forest and the River Forest Service Club will jointly sponsor a candidate forum for the contested races of the River Forest village president, trustees and the River Forest library board.

The forum will take place from 7 to 8:45 p.m. on March 16, at the River Forest Community Center, 8020 Madison St.

Frank Paris and Dale Rider are vying for the office of Village President. Four candidates are running for three trustee vacancies:  Nancy Dillon,  Russell Nummer, Patrick J. O'Brien, and Jim Winitakes. 

Mark Coe, Joan Cusack, Margaret Horstman and Leonard Soffer are running to fill three vacancies on the Library Board.

A neutral moderator will pose questions from the co-sponsors, and written questions will be accepted from the audience to the extent time permits. All are invited.

For further information, please contact the League at 708-802-0697 or lwvoprf@sbcglobal.net

SouthEast OP group hosts 3 forums

SEOPCO (the SouthEast Oak Park Community Organization) will host a forum for candidates for the park district board from 7-9 p.m. on March 15, at Irving Elementary School, 1125 S. Cuyler Ave.

Representatives of the park district will provide an update on Barrie Park and explain their support for the referendum.

Other forums include one featuring candidates for the District 200 Board of Education co-sponsored with the League of Women Voters from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on March 22, at the OPRF High School Little Theatre; and one featuring candidates for Oak Park village president, trustee and clerk from 7 - 9 p.m. on March 29, at Maze Library, 845 S. Gunderson.

For further information, contact Jim Kelly by email at jamesbkelly@comcast.net, by phone at home at 524-2542, or at work at 848-9650.

Voting deadlines approach

? The final deadline for casting absentee ballots in person for April 5 election is 5 p.m. on April 4. Registered voters can begin casting absentee ballots on March 15 at Village Hall, 123 Madison St.

Regular clerk's office hours are 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on Mondays, and from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays.

The office will also be open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on the Saturdays of March 19 and 26, and April 2, until 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays of March 17, 24 and 31.

? The last day to submit a declaration of an intent to vote for a candidate must be submitted by 5 p.m. at the Cook County Clerk's Office, 69 W. Washington, 5th floor, Chicago.

? The last day for persons with disabilities to request assistance in voting on Election Day is April 4. To make arrangements, call 312-603-0929.

For more information, call the clerk's office at 358-5670, or e-mail clerk@oak-park.us. More information is also available at www.voterinfornet.com.
?#34;Drew Carter and Katharine Grayson

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