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UPDATED: Who is Running For Village, Fire, School and Library Boards in April 2013?

Hopeful candidates for five Orland Park boards have submitted their petitions to get on the ballot. Find out who is running in the races.

Updated from original Dec. 17 post.

The 2012 Presidential Election is long over, but our local election season is just getting started.

The petitions have been submitted. Candidates for Orland Park Village, Orland School District 135, Consolidated High School District 230, Orland Fire Protection District and Orland Park Public Library boards, as well as Orland Park mayor and Orland Park village clerk, have thrown their hats into the ring.

Before the lists are finalized, a period now begins where people can object to a candidate's petition. Those questioning the legitimacy of petitions have until Jan. 4 to file claims with the respective taxing bodies, except for D230 which will be accepting until Jan. 3

Frank Grabowski, who now serves as the Consolidated High School District 230 Board of Education president, will not be seeking re-election.

John Carmody, the Orland School District 135 Board of Education president, did not file to run for mayor, despite his April announcement that he would run. Carmody has repeatedly declined to answer previous questions about whether he would follow through and run or not.

D135 board members Mary Bragg and Tom Cunningham were late entries in the election Wednesday, with both filing just before the cut off time at 5 p.m. 

Other additions to the races include Larry Moran for the Orland Fire Protection District board. Moran serves as the Willow Springs fire chief. James McCague is running for library board, and four more candidates were added to the D230 race. 

Here are all the candidates:

Orland Park Village Board (three open seats), Mayor and Village Clerk

  • Dan McLaughlin (mayor, incumbent)
  • John Mehalek (clerk)
  • John Fotopoulos (board trustee)*
  • James Dodge (board trustee, incumbent)
  • Kathy Fenton (board trustee, incumbent)
  • Brad O’Halloran (board trustee, incumbent)

*Fotopoulos is running as a Republican, and as part of an already-established party, had the option to submit petitions in November.

Orland School District 135 (four open seats)

  • Michael Carroll
  • Michael Maratea
  • Laura Berry
  • Sandra Kulak
  • Nathan Jaisingh
  • Ann Gentile (incumbent)
  • Mary Bragg (incumbent)
  • Tom Cunningham (incumbent)

Orland Fire Protection District (two open seats)

  • John Brudnak
  • Martin McGill (incumbent)
  • Jayne Schirmacher
  • Glenn Michalek (incumbent)
  • Larry Moran

Consolidated High School District 230 (four open seats)

  • Carol Baker (incumbent)
  • Laura Murphy (incumbent)
  • Ben Twietmeyer
  • Kathleen Murphy-Peterson
  • Melissa Gracias
  • Tony Serratore
  • Susan Dalton
  • Anthony Catalano

Orland Park Public Library (two open seats)

  • Diane Jennings (incumbent)
  • Catherine Morrisey-Lebert (incumbent)
  • Linda Zec-Prajka
  • James McCague

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bsosover February 21, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Please look at your tax bill____look at it____ I will speak to you as your elected leaders do----Fire District??? Its the 21st century time to rid the taxpayer of this joke----School districts??? declining enrollment---"ITS for the kids?? We need a news organization to tell us what these "leaders" are thinking--The esteemed leader Laughlin?? time for change baby====
Thunderstorm February 24, 2013 at 05:37 AM
Just reading this again JP -- how about when Linda Anast May resigned and you wouldn't accept it? What a joke that was! Or when you wouldn't let the teachers at Prairie, Liberty, or Jerling have an extra week to get their classrooms back in order before school started after the construction? Or you violating the Open Meetings act when Cachey and Svabek left the closed session meeting and the Attorney General was called? I am sure you forgot about those times. Or when a school board member received letters in the mail that indicated that she she be quiet or else ....? Yeah those were the fun times, weren't they? Or when you would not let Cachey or Svabek speak in open session? Or when a school board member wanted a copy of the superintendents's contract and you wouldn't give it to the member? She had to request it throught a FOIA? Too bad you didn't run a second time, it would have been nice to see you be a sore loser!
Thunderstorm February 24, 2013 at 05:47 AM
Oh boo hoo Diane. I pay more each year for my insurance too. Cry me a river!
Butch Zignotovich March 19, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Fire candidates I would love to see a town hall meeting giving each candidate time for introductions and a question answer session. I think all of the great news surrounding our firefighters in the recent past shows the need for serious leadership. I would like to see a debate type setup or time for each to give a presentation listing there issues and goals.
Larry Moran March 20, 2013 at 01:59 AM
Butch, I would love to have that opportunity. I'm certainly ready any time. Trib Local has already run one story, the Prairie and of course the Patch are coming out with articles as well. While some ideas sound politically safe, they lack the interaction of someone asking questions. I'll talk to anyone and answer any questions. Email me at VoteForLar@Gmail.com , post a question here, or let's get together with your friends and neighbors. Maybe Ben can even swing an online debate! Larry Moran Candidate for Trustee Orland Fire Prot Dist

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