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More on Winfield’s Pinocchio

March 22, 2011


by Rock & Vivian Rockett

As residents of Winfield for the past 10 years, my husband and I are active citizens and favor open government-run by fair-minded, elected officials. Recently, we’ve been concerned about what we hear from one of the Village Trustee candidates, Tim Allen.

Tim Allen wrote in his blog that people who live in unincorporated areas should not have a say in development plans for their area because they do not pay Winfield taxes. That’s false! Those families pay taxes for our schools, park district and fire district. And sales tax to the Village. Records can be obtained from the township assessor’s office.

Tim Allen told residents that 7 acres of office buildings on the corner of Roosevelt and Winfield could generate $75,000 in tax revenues for the village which could be used for roads. WRONG AGAIN. The village receives merely 3% of the property tax revenue collected. That would mean a total property tax bill of $2,500,000 annually! And that’s absurd.

Tim Allen wrote that the current administration would never seek a border agreement with West Chicago. That’s a LIE. Village President Birutis asked for and received a border agreement from West Chicago. The reality is that the agreement is not acceptable and is being negotiated. Please contact Village Hall for a copy.

Tim Allen wrote that when politicians choose to allow an asset like Roosevelt road lay fallow, it means that residents pay more in real estate taxes. That’s also FALSE.  New construction and annexations have no effect on the property tax rate. Contact Village Hall for further information.

Do you really want someone like this on Winfield’s Village Board? I DON’T! Please join me in supporting Glenn VadeBonCoeur, Cliff Mortenson and Jim Hughes for Village Trustee positions.

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Candidates Night at Cantigny

March 10, 2011


The League of Women Voters Wheaton and the Winfield Juniors are sponsoring their Candidates night, March 22, 2011 at Cantigny.

Visit the Juniors web site to submit your question. Questions will be accepted the night of the show, but submit early to help the Juniors organize questions.

Go to for more information and to submit your question.

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Proud in Winfield

March 10, 2011


by Rhonda Peebles

Winfield residents have much to be proud of. The Village of Winfield is surrounded by natural beauty—forest preserves, the DuPage River, and the Illinois Prairie Path (ILPP). With local leaders working together—the Village President and board members, and volunteer residents—are working to enhance the Village by developing a beautiful Riverwalk that will connect the ILPP Geneva Spur and Kline Creek Farm with the DuPage Forest Preserve system. Winfield’s Riverwalk will be a tremendous benefit to residents and businesses, and bicyclists and joggers.

The Village of Winfield is a residential paradise. Residents will need to come together on April 5 to vote to keep the Village of Winfield strong and beautiful.

Please vote:  Glenn VadeBonCoeur, Cliff Mortenson, Jim Hughes

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Celebrate in Winfield

March 6, 2011


by Steve Romanelli

We have much to celebrate in Winfield as the efforts of our village board and village staff continues to move the village in a positive direction. Recently named as one of the Top 10 in the area for housing starts, with more projects on the horizon, the village of around 9,000 people is making progress despite the tough housing market. Additionally, new businesses are cropping up in town and other major projects such as The Winfield Riverwalk promise to continue generating optimism that will drive the Town Center plan toward reality. It is definitely an exciting time for our community.

We also have an election coming over the next few months that will seek to seat 3 candidates to trustee positions. In the spirit of the campaign season, there have been a few candidates that have spread some malicious and false information seeking to discredit the hard work the village board and staff have been doing to help survive the economic recession. While people can always have a differing opinion, spreading rumors and inaccurate information, whether through a mailer or anonymous blog website, is certainly not indicative of the desired values of a public official.

We currently have a cohesive team of elected officials who respect each other and respect the views of residents, regardless of the issue. They have succeeded in moving Winfield forward where other communities have failed. With the leadership of Village President Deb Birutis and village staff, our village board meetings are efficient and professionally managed while also being communicated through the televising of each meeting. Progress has been positive and welcome in Winfield.

Keeping our village government open and honest, while being respectful of each other and our residents is something we must continue to support in our election decisions. Voters should examine carefully the character of those who are running for office, follow the methods they use to distribute their message, and evaluate the content of that message for accuracy. While it is always encouraging to have people showing the interest to serve the community, not everyone has the characteristics that will make for a successful trustee.

In this upcoming election, my endorsement is for candidates that have clearly demonstrated the desire to serve our village, Glenn VadeBonCoeur, Cliff Mortenson, and Jim Hughes. Each is currently active in our village government, and has generously put in the time and efforts that deserve our vote. They share the ideals of open and honest government and practice those ideals in their actions.  I wish them continued success in the upcoming election.

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Tim Allen is Winfield’s Pinocchio

February 27, 2011


by Rock Rockett

Like most of you, my wife and I enjoy living in Winfield. We’re active citizens and favor open government-run by fair-minded, elected officials. Recently, I’ve been concerned about what I hear from one of the Village Trustee candidates, Tim Allen.

Tim Allen gave residents of Klein Creek a flyer saying their taxes would go up $1,000 per year if they voted yes for the road referendum. That’s NOT true. Not one resident in Klein Creek subdivision would have their taxes increased by $1,000. In fact, according to tax records, the highest would have been only half of that amount.

Tim Allen also told Klein Creek residents that only one of their streets would be repaired if they voted for the road referendum. That’s also NOT true. In fact, all of their streets would be repaired within the first couple of years. This was pointed out in the Special Edition of the Winfield Word regarding the road referendum.

In an effort to divide our village, Tim Allen printed a flyer with a map trying to portray that the majority of the village board lives south of the tracks. That’s also NOT true. The village board is equally represented from both sides of the tracks. Trustees’ addresses are listed in the monthly Winfield Word.

Tim Allen tried to make residents believe that Winfield United spent $31,635 in a single election. That’s a LIE. That amount was actually spent over 3 elections. Opposing candidates and their political action committees (Citizens  for Winfield, Tony for the People, etc.) spent TWICE that amount in the same elections. Records can be obtained from the DuPage County Election Commission.

In opposing the road referendum, Tim Allen created a video with a road construction company in which he tried to deceive Winfield residents about the cost of repairing our roads. That was a LIE. Cass Price, Vice President of the company said that the video and information presented were totally misleading. Contact Village Hall for details.

Tim Allen says that the Village Board passed on developments such as a Country Inn on Roosevelt Rd and CDH’s Proton Center. That’s another LIE. These development proposals NEVER came before the Board. You can confirm this in the Village Board minutes.

Do you really want someone like this representing you? I DON’T. I favor truthful, fair-minded elected officials and ask you to join me in supporting Jim Hughes, Cliff Mortenson, and Glenn VadeBonCoeur for seats on the Village Board.

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Cliff Mortenson

February 27, 2011


This Marine Corps veteran has been a resident of Winfield for 20 plus years and is serving  his second appointment as trustee.  Cliff is a Firefighter and arson investigator with the city of Wheaton and also heads  C. J. Mortenson Construction Company in Winfield.      He is the former chairman of the Winfield Plan Commission and presided over the last several residential development projects in Winfield.

Cliff’s experience and management skill make him an ideal choice for trustee

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