By Anna Lothson
In about 150 hours, Oak Park and River Forest residents will know the name of their next village president.
And though municipal elections produce historically low turnouts, this year's campaign season debates may boost the numbers as the candidates in both towns have stood firm by their different leadership styles and approaches in tackling village issues.
Outside of the village president races, Oak Park will be welcoming a new trustee to the board in that uncontested race and River Forest will have three new trustees. One trustee candidate in River Forest, Kevin Hanley, will be on the ballot but recently vowed to drop out if elected due to a conflict with presidential candidate Cathy Adduci.
The Oak Park Public Library has the potential to gain one or two new people and the park districts will also add some new faces to its board. The District 97 school board is uncontested but District 200 (Oak Park and River Forest High School) has more than a baker's dozen candidates in the running. River Forest School District 90 has four people vying for three spots.
Indeed, campaign season is in full swing and will come to end in just six days. Read more of Wednesday Journal's coverage of the candidates at OakPark.com/elections.