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Districting Referendum Rejected

March 22, 2012

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The referendum to split Winfield into six election districts backed by Trustee Tim Allen was soundly defeated at the polls on Tuesday. Of the 2,772 ballots cast on Tuesday, 1,865 voted NO and 857 voted YES. This amounts to a margin of 68.5% – 31.5%.

The voters sent a clear message about their feelings on districting.

Also of note is the fact that Winfield had a 42% voter turnout in this primary election, far above the countywide average of 20% in the Republican Primary.

Thank you to all who did their civic duty by voting.

(Detailed results on the Winfield districting referendum can be viewed here)

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Trustee Olson Opposes Districting

March 16, 2012

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Winfield residents should vote NO on this Binding Referendum to Divide the Village into 6 Districts with One Trustee Elected from Each District.

Residents will have the greatest influence and accountability of their Trustees in at-large elections; Districts will limit quality candidates based on where they live; Negative decisions could be made by districted Trustees not living in your district – against the vote of your districted Trustee, that directly impact you; “Who residents elect” rather than “How they are elected,” is the real question.

The current Village Board is diverse, divided, and does not agree on issues with regularity. Issues should include a thorough discussion, encouraging and listening to resident input, relying on staff professionals for thoughtful research and opinion, thinking outside the box for creative solutions, exhausting the debate so that all positive and negative impacts are known, and then making the tough decisions.

As I have walked the community, […]

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Districting Winfield Will Not Make Trustees Get Along

March 13, 2012

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There is an important decision for Winfield voters in this next election to decide whether or not to divide our small village into 6 districts. Districting will eliminate the current ability we have to select every single trustee at large and be able to contact every single trustee on any topic. Don’t believe what you read on a blog or unsigned documents thrown in your mailbox. Districting is not the answer to make trustees get along.

Trustees who refuse to work together are the problem, not their differing opinions or where they live. Without the willingness of people to compromise and find agreeable solutions, you get the dysfunctional board we have today. We as voters can force change by not accepting the disrespectful behavior of those who volunteered to “serve” residents before themselves.

Proponents of districting will have you believe all of the fighting on the village board is because we are not districted, yet those same trustees are often the root cause of the problems because they refuse to follow or finish an agenda, are constantly […]

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Magnificent Deception

March 3, 2012

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by Jed Skillman

Deception, n.: The act of deceiving. Fraud.

Those behind the move to divide Winfield voters into six “districts” are running an ad claiming that “Winfield politicians are not listening to us”.

This statement is a masterpiece of political deception.  It is technically “true” only as far as it goes.  Fact is, it is really only a “half” truth.  Since the subject is politicians “not listening” let’s look at a couple real examples.

We have all heard the recent complaints of residents north of the hospital who were not listened to regarding zoning issues and the construction of an out-of-code sign in their neighborhood.  Just a few weeks earlier the residents on Beecher Avenue were not listened to either. Their entire block was re-zoned from their residential neighborhood into the Town Center business district. Also not listened to were the District 34 School Board and the Winfield Plan Commission, which […]

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Vote “No” On Districting – Protect Our Right To Vote for All Trustees!

March 1, 2012

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by Jed Skillman

On January 19th Trustee Tim Allen succeeded in legally preventing the Village of Winfield from publishing vital information concerning his upcoming referendum.  Appearing on the March 20th ballot is Tim Allen’s proposal to divide voters into six separate districts.

With his official information black-out firmly in place, Trustee Allen is asking residents to go ahead and take his word for it and vote in favor of something about which he has prevented them from learning basic facts.  Would any reasonable citizen buy a house, an insurance policy, a used car under these circumstances?

But, instead of facts Trustee Tim Allen has given voters a big dose of ranting – which can be seen here and here – against the civic group Winfield United for a Better Community, and against […]

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New Districting Referendum Information Center Activated

January 26, 2012

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Winfield voters will be asked via referendum in the March 20 primary election to decide whether the village should be divided into voter districts.

In order to educate and enable voters to make an informed decision on the referendum question, a new Districting Referendum Information Center has been added to the Positive on Winfield website. The Information Center includes links to Positive on Winfield articles on the referendum and articles about the referendum that have appeared in the local media.

The Information Center also includes access to several different documents and resources on the topic of dividing Winfield into voter districts.

To access the Districting Referendum Information Center, please click here.

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