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Incumbents challenged in North Chicago 2nd, 4th wards

Posted by Vance D. Wyatt | Lake County Board Member - District 14 on February 18, 2011 at 1:00 AM

"In the 4th Ward, incumbent Bobby Allen — who took office in 2007 after winning the Democratic primary by a single vote out of 247 cast — is opposed by Vance Wyatt, a business management student at Concordia University.

The 4th Ward is bordered by Route 41 on the east, Green Bay Road and Kemble on the west, 10th and 14th streets on the north, and Buckley Road and Argonne Drive on the south.

Allen said he feels there are “several key issues that the city of North Chicago faces, (and) the one that I feel merits the most intermediate attention is our budget deficit. Because of the deficit, our taxes are higher and water rates and city fees have all risen.”

“In an effort to bring revenue into the city, the City Council has hired Weston Solutions, a development company, who will take our vision for Sheridan Crossing, develop the land and bring in retail business along with much-needed jobs into our community,” Allen added. “As alderman, I will continue to ask critical questions of our leadership and vote for the best solutions for the city.”

Wyatt is running on a platform that includes putting a grocery store in Sheridan Crossings, limiting the number of payday-loan lenders, attracting small businesses, and crafting budgets from zero rather than the amount from the previous year.

“When we would start the budget at zero, it will allow the financial committee (to) make them explain for every single dollar,” Wyatt said in a statement.

“Therefore, your taxes will not go up and we could foreseeably lower the property tax over time.”

With no Republican or independent contenders, the winner of the primary races will run unopposed on April 5."


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