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Woodridge Staff To School Candidates on Village Policies, Practices

Candidates are encouraged to ask questions during series of informational forums set for Jan. 24, Feb. 28 and March 28 at Village Hall.

Candidates in Woodridge’s municipal election April 9 will have the opportunity to go back to school Jan. 24, when staff members from the village’s finance and public works departments present information on finances and budget.

The forum, which will take place at 6 p.m. in the Werch Board Room at Woodridge Village Hall at 5 Plaza Drive, is the second in a series of four sessions designed to help educate candidates on board policies and practices.

The third forum on Feb. 28 will cover police operations – and at the final session on March 28, village staff will present information on streets, traffic control, forestry and the village’s storm sewer system.

On Jan. 10, candidates heard information on economic development, land use, code enforcement and building and zoning.

According to Deputy Clerk Jack Knight, time is set aside at each forum for the candidates to ask questions of staff members. The forums are being held to ensure that village candidates are well informed about the Village of Woodridge, Knight said.

Along with the office of mayor, the office of village clerk and three Woodridge trustees ( Joseph Kagann, Gina Cunnigham-Picek and Pamela Beavers) all have terms that expire in 2013.

Four candidates have filed for mayor in the upcoming election:  Gregory Abbott, Gina Cunningham-Picek, Mike Krucek and Ferenc Vandor.

Six candidates have filed for three trustee’s seats: Pamela Beavers, Sue Burtnette, Tim Goodwin, Joseph Kagann, Joe Schager and Louis Wardin.

Eileene Nystrom has filed for the office of village clerk in Woodridge.

The League of Women Voters will host a public candidates forum March 20 at Village Hall, at which voters will have the opportunity to hear candidates’ views on issues that affect Woodridge.

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