Change in leadership coming for La Grange
Updated: January 21, 2013 1:56AM
LA GRANGE — Village President Liz Asperger has not applied for endorsement from the Citizens Council of La Grange in the April 9 elections, after serving for two terms.
“It has certainly been an honor and a privilege to serve in this role for eight years, but it’s time to pass the gavel on to another resident volunteer,” Asperger said.
The decision not to run again was difficult, but Asperger said it was made easier when former Trustee Tom Livingston, who served from 2003 to 2011, stepped forward.
“I endorse him fully. He seeks the position for all the right reasons. He has no personal agenda,” she said.
Livingston, chairman of the Civic Federation of Chicago through 2012, is the only candidate to seek slating for the top village job, though he could be opposed if someone chooses to run without the backing of the council. He is also a former Chief Illiniwek at the University of Illinois.
Nominating petitions must be filed with the village clerk’s office by Dec. 24. Age, residency and the number of required signatures are available at www.cookcountyclerk.com/elections.
Livingston will be joined in speaking at a forum Nov. 28 by six candidates seeking slating for three four-year terms on the Village Board. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall, 53 S. La Grange Road.
Incumbents Mark Langan and Bill Holder are facing challenges from Joan Holgard, an engineering project manager and school volunteer; David McCarty, Plan Commission member and Design Review Committee chairman; Lisa Schumacher, a communications manager and community volunteer; and Jeff Tucek, a former paratrooper and business executive.
Further details on the candidates’ backgrounds and positions on village issues are on the council’s website at www.lgcitizenscouncil.org.
On Nov. 14, the council endorsed incumbents Becky Spratford, Bill Coffee and Mary Nelson and Park District of La Grange Board member Tim Kelpsas over challenger Sue Mulcahy for four seats on the La Grange Public Library Board. Kelpsas is stepping down after serving eight years on the Park Board.
The council also endorsed Bob Ashby, as the lone candidate to apply for the Park Board. Christopher Walsh is not seeking another term.