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Treasurer Wyatt becomes first Lake County municipal treasurer to receive APT US&C recognition

Posted by Vance D. Wyatt on August 5, 2021 at 11:20 PM

Press Release - North Chicago City Treasurer becomes first Lake County municipal treasurer to receive APT US&C recognition

North Chicago City Treasurer becomes first Lake County municipal treasurer to receive APT US&C recognition

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. (July 27, 2021) — The Treasurer of the City of North Chicago received national recognition at the 2021 Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada Annual Conference.  City Treasurer, Vance D. Wyatt received both the Certified Public Funds Investment Manager (CPFIM) and Advanced Certified Public Funds Investment Manager (ACPFIM) designations from APT US&C.

Treasurer Wyatt is the first elected Treasurer in Lake County, Illinois to receive the ACPFIM credential. 

These two certifications will help aid our City's Treasurer's office to maximize the city's investment returns.  "I look forward to the further diversification of the city's investments," said Treasurer Wyatt.

These designations will aid in helping the city to better invest its financial reserves to maximize return.  Treasurer Wyatt explains that the long-term goal is to help keep taxes as low as possible, “we are looking to create an investment strategy that reduces the tax burden on the residents of North Chicago.”

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Posted by Vance D. Wyatt on March 1, 2021 at 4:10 PM

Waukegan Mayor Sam Cunningham and North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham claim victory in mayoral primaries

Posted by Vance D. Wyatt on February 23, 2021 at 7:55 PM



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In his bid for reelection, Waukegan Mayor Sam Cunningham claimed victory Tuesday night in the Democratic primary over challenger Miguel Rivera.


With all votes counted except provisional and late arriving vote-by-mail ballots, Cunningham had 65.23% of 2,157 votes cast while Rivera collected 34.77%, according to unofficial results posted on the Lake County Clerk’s website. Turnout was 4.8%.


Since he was first elected four years ago, Cunningham said he promised an administration with one team and one vision for Waukegan. He said if he is reelected in the April 6 general election, that is what he will do.


“We did this for a better vision and future for Waukegan,” Cunningham said. “We will continue to invest in Waukegan so the people of Waukegan have a better future. This equals progress and unity.”


Cunningham will face 9th Ward Alderman Ann Taylor and write-in candidate Calvin Mathis on April 6.



Sam Cunningham Waukegan Alderman Ann Taylor, 9th, running as an independent, will face the winner of the Feb. 23 Democratic primary between Mayor Sam Cunningham and challenger Miguel Rivera in the April 6 general election. (Sam Cunningham / HANDOUT)


Meanwhile, four-term North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham Jr. claimed victory over Anthony Coleman with 68.69% of the 610 votes counted to 31.31% for Coleman in that city’s Democratic primary, according to unofficial results.


Rockingham also said the effort was a team victory, thanking all citizens who voted for him. Turnout was 6.5%.


“I want to thank all those who voted for me,” Rockingham said. “For those who didn’t, I am going to work for them too. This is all about a better North Chicago.”


Rockingham will face independent Charles January in April.



Challenger Vance Wyatt claimed victory over four-term North Chicago treasurer Kenneth Robinson with 81.52% of 606 votes cast to Robinson’s 18.48%. Wyatt will be unopposed in April.


In three-way contest for North Chicago’s 5th Ward Alderman, Kenneth Smith held a two-vote lead over Vickie Brown out of 161 votes cast, with provisional and late arriving vote by mail ballots still outstanding.


Smith earned 47.84% of the vote, Brown registered 46.58% and Tanya Jarrett has 5.59%. The winner will be unopposed in April.

Officials say weather, voter fatigue could hurt turnout for Tuesday�??s primaries in Waukegan and North Chicago

Posted by Vance D. Wyatt on February 22, 2021 at 8:00 PM



Democratic voters in Waukegan and North Chicago will choose their candidates for mayor of each city, along with nominees for other offices, in Tuesday’s primary election in Lake County.


Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at 54 locations in Waukegan and North Chicago, with drastically less turnout expected than the 69.37% for the Nov. 3 presidential election, when 80% of the votes were cast before Election Day.



Primary winners will compete against independent and write-in candidates in the April 6 general election when voters choose municipal, township, school board, park district and other officials.


As of Sunday night, Lake County Clerk Robin O’Connor said 333 people had voted early and 159 vote-by-mail ballots were primed for counting. Another 78 mail-in ballots were still outstanding.


Four years ago, in the 2017 Waukegan Democratic mayoral primary, 4,419 people voted with 847 casting early ballots and 700 voting by mail, according to the clerk’s records. Overall turnout was approximately 10%, with 65.1% voting on Election Day. North Chicago did not have a primary.


Though fear of the coronavirus pandemic prompted both voting by mail and early voters to avoid Election Day crowds in the Nov. 3 presidential election, O’Connor said she is uncertain about the turnout Tuesday concentrated in two jurisdictions.



“Voters are getting used to wearing masks, and all the procedures we have in place to keep people safe,” O’Connor said. “Maybe they’re getting more comfortable voting in person. In this election, a lot of people vote Election Day.”


Though early voting started Jan. 14, O’Connor said there was only one location, the Lake County Building in downtown Waukegan. In the past, there were more sites. Other factors could have reduced early and mail voting.


Weather may have kept people away from early voting this year. Sunday was the first time temperatures exceeded 32 degrees since Feb. 4, according to National Weather Service records. Many of those days, temperatures were in single digits or below zero.


Freezing temperatures are not likely to be a problem Tuesday, with a high of 39 forecast by the weather service with a prediction of 37 degrees when polls open.


Though weather is one reason early voting may be down, O’Connor said there are other factors including the intensity of the Nov. 3 election, and optimism about the future with vaccinations now being administered to stop the spread of COVID-19.


“It’s hard to predict,” O’Connor said. “Each election is unique. Weather may be a reason for less early voting. The last election was so exhausting, people may have voter fatigue. People are so close to getting the vaccine, they may want to keep themselves away from danger.


Waukegan Mayor Sam Cunningham, who was first elected in 2017, faces challenger Miguel Rivera, a city code inspection officer and onetime Waukegan Community Unit School District 60 Board of Education member. Cunningham spent 18 years as the city’s First Ward Alderman before becoming its first Black mayor.


The winner of the Cunningham-Rivera contest faces 9th Ward Alderman Ann Taylor and write-in candidate Calvin Mathis April 6.


Both Cunningham and Rivera both said they had to adjust their campaign strategy because of the pandemic.


“A lot of people don’t want to open the door when you knock,” Rivera said. “When you talk though the door, it’s harder to get your message out.”


Cunningham said neither he nor campaign volunteers knocked on doors. They left campaign literature by voters’ doors, made phone calls and sent mailers communicating the message they wanted voters to learn.


“There was less in-person contact,” Cunningham said. “All the snow did not help when it came to placing signs. It all played a role in how we communicate our message during COVID.”


Four-term North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham is running against former Foss Park District Commissioner Anthony Coleman for the Democratic nomination there. The winner will face independent Charles January in April.


A three-way race for 5th Ward Alderman in North Chicago pits Kenneth Smith, Vickie Brown and Tanya Jarrett against each other for the Democratic nomination. With no other general election candidates, the winner earns the office.


North Chicago’s four-term treasurer, Kenneth Robinson, is running against Vance Wyatt, a former Lake County Board member, for the Democratic nomination to serve as the city’s top financial officer. They serve together on the Foss Park District Board of Commissioners.


The winner takes the office with no general election candidates on the ballot.

Hamptons Homeowners Association Endorsement

Posted by Vance D. Wyatt on February 19, 2021 at 3:00 PM

City of North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham is up for re-election and is challenged in the upcoming February 23rd Municipal Primary by a former Foss Park District Commissioner. Both candidates are in the same party and seeking to appear on the ballot for the April 6th, 2021 Consolidated Election.

Vance Wyatt is running for City Treasurer. He is currently serving his second term on the Foss Park District Board of Commissioners. Mr. Wyatt has favored lowering property taxes and has voted against property tax increases. He also voted against salary increases for Lake County elected officials. He and his opponent are in the same party and seeking to appear on the ballot for the April 6th, 2021 Consolidated Election.

Mr. Rockingham and Mr. Wyatt have worked to promote positive city policies meant to attract businesses to the city and generate cost savings for the city. We strongly encourage you to consider supporting them.

This primary election IS the election. The outcome will have a direct impact on Hamptons residents. It is critically important if we expect to cast a vote for these two candidates in the regular election. Only one Mayoral and one City Treasurer candidate for their party can appear on the April ballot.


North Chicago treasurer candidates both offer business, political experience

Posted by Vance D. Wyatt on January 29, 2021 at 12:15 AM

Experience will not be an issue as North Chicago Democratic primary voters pick their candidate for city treasurer.


Four-term incumbent Kenneth Robinson faces a challenge from former Lake County Board member and current Foss Park District Commissioner Vance Wyatt in the Feb. 23 Democratic primary, as both candidates offer a variety of business and political experience.


Since there is no Republican primary and no independent candidates are seeking this office, the winner will be uncontested in the April 6 general election.


Before he was elected treasurer in 2005, Robinson said he was the president of a courier company. He became a business owner in 1996 when he acquired a Baskin Robbins franchise in Waukegan, operating it until 2015.


Until six years ago, Robinson said he both operated his ice cream business and handled the city’s treasurer duties. Raised in Chicago, he moved to North Chicago in 1976, working in the tax department of Abbott. He has a business administration degree from Illinois State University.


Vance Wyatt, candidate for North Chicago treasurer.


Along with serving on the park board, Wyatt said he works as a financial analyst for CVS Health. He has been there for the last five years. He works on the insurance side of the business, and not the pharmacies.


“I’m always looking for additional ways to save money,” Wyatt said. “It’s something I do well.”


Along with his position in the corporate world, Wyatt was a member of the North Chicago Library Board from 2011 to 2017, when he was appointed to complete the County board term of Audrey Nixon who died that year. He lost the seat to current member Angelo Kyle in 2018. He also served on the park board from 2015 to 2017, and again since 2019.


A second generation native of North Chicago, Wyatt has an undergraduate degree from National Louis University and an MBA from Concordia University.


Wyatt and Robinson currently serve together on the Park District Board of Commissioners. Robinson is its president, and Wyatt vice president. Both said they plan to continue in those roles regardless of the outcome of the treasurer’s race. Both are content with the relationship.


The treasurer maintains the city’s financial and accounting records, reports and statements, according to the city website. Much of the work is dictated by state and city laws.


Some of the treasurer’s duties are preparation of the city’s payroll, management of employee benefit programs, overseeing payment of bills and management of daily operations of the finance office. The treasurer also administers the city’s investment strategy.


Among the issues facing North Chicago which the treasurer can influence, both Robinson and Wyatt consider meeting pension obligations, assisting with balancing the budget, developing programs and finding additional revenue sources among the most important.


Both Robinson and Wyatt recognize the need to meet state regulations for pension contributions. Though Robinson said the city has until 2045 to fund 90% of its total pension funds, Wyatt said North Chicago is currently between 32% and 36%, leaving it well short of the goal.


Robinson said the task was made easier in 2019 when police and fire pensions were consolidated on a statewide basis, significantly reducing administrative operating costs. Wyatt said he will lobby the state for further consolidation of funds for other municipal employees.


Wyatt said he would like to add programs the treasurer’s office can do for residents. He would like to add personal finance classes to help people manage their money more easily, like getting a bank account rather than use a currency exchange to cash their checks.


“Using a currency exchange is like a tax on the poor,” Wyatt said.


Though Robinson said programs the treasurer’s office can offer are limited, finding beneficial ones is a win for the office and the people.


Balancing the budget is primarily a legislative function of the City Council, but Robinson said it has been done consistently since he was first elected in 2005. Wyatt said he would do his part to help add revenue by prudently investing the city’s funds under the confines imposed under state law. Robinson pledged to do the same.


“We always pass a balanced budget,” Robinson said. “I watch everything very closely, and by the end of the year we are always on the plus side.”

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