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April 2017 Local Election Information


Full results from the April 4, 2017 local elections can be found here at the Cook County Clerk's website. (You will need to search through a PDF to find the individual Wilmette and New Trier Township results.)

March 18, 2017 Candidate Forum Videos

The League of Women Voters of Wilmette candidate forum for the April 4th, 2017 election was held on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

Click on the links below to view the video of the forum for each race. Unfortunately at this time, the videos do not play if you are using a Google Chrome browser. We are trying to fix this.

Wilmette Board of Trustees
Wilmette Park District
District 39 School Board
Avoca School District 37 School Board
New Trier Township Board of Trustees

Questions regarding the forum may be referred to Questions regarding general election issues, voting districts, and candidates can be answered at or by calling the County Clerk's office at 312-603-5656.

The League of Women Voters, a national nonpartisan political organization dedicated to promoting the active and informed participation of citizens in government, sponsors these events as a service to the community. The League of Women Voters neither endorses nor opposes candidates for public office.

Candidate Introduction Videos

The League of Women Voters of Wilmette does not endorse candidates or parties. LWV Wilmette has provided all candidates the opportunity to record an unedited two-minute vidoe to introduce themselves to voters.

Videos are the sole property of LWV Wilmette. LWV Wilmette will post all recorded videos in full on this LWV Wilmette website. No one may use any of the videos(their own or others) in whole or in part, in any way, other than by informing voters that the video exists and providing a link to the LWV Wilmette webpage.

Click on the link after each name to view.

The offices and candidates are as follows:

Wilmette Village Board Trustee (4 for 3 seats) (Not including Bob Bielinski for President, who is unopposed)

1. Kathy Dodd - video
2. Joel Kurzman - video
3. Stephen M. Leonard - video
4. Reinhard Schneider - Did not participate

Park District Board (4 for 3 seats) (Not including John Olvany who is running uncontested for a 2-year term)

1. Chris Lewis - Did not participate
2. Amy Wolfe - Did not participate
3. Gordon Anderson - video
4. Bryan Abbott -video

Avoca School District 37 School Board (5 for 4 seats)

1.Dan Garbis - Did not participate
2.Gil Gibori - Did not participate
3.Jamie Taylor -video
4. Rick Zelinsky - video
5. Jun Yoshitani - Did not participate

District 39 School Board (5 for 4 seats)

1. Mark Steen - Did not participate
2. Ellen Sternweiler -video
3. Jonathan Cesaretti - Did not participate
4. Lisa Schneider Fabes - video
5. Gail Szulc - Did not participate

New Trier Township Trustee (7 for 4 seats):
1. Kevin Boyd -video
2. Gail Schnitzer Eisenberg -video
3. Elliott Robbins -video
4. John Thomas -video
5. Kathy Myalls -video
6. Stacey Woehrle -video
7. Bob Costello -video

Candidate Bios

The League of Women Voters-Wilmette has offered the candidates for the April 4, 2017 local elections the opportunity to submit a short biography for our website.

Click here to read what they have submitted

Voters Guide for April 2017 Election

Candidates are permitted a maximum of 1000 words to answer five questions posed by the League. They may allocate that word limit in their discretion, focusing on some questions more than others or entirely skipping a question.
Candidates running unopposed were invited to participate, but in some cases did not do so.
Click here to read the Voters Guide.

Voter Registration

To be eligible to vote in the Consolidated Election, residents must be registered by 4:30pm, Tuesday, March 7th. Residents who are not already registered or have moved or changed their name may register to vote at the Village Hall, 7:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday. If you miss the voter registration deadlines, you may still register to vote during the grace period of March 8th to April 3rd, however, registration locations are limited. Please contact the Cook County Clerk's Office at 312-603-0906 or for locations.

Early and Absentee Voting

Residents who wish to vote early may do so from March 20th to April 3rd at Centennial Park, 2300 Old Glenview Rd. Poll will be open, except Sunday, March 26, from 9-5 daily. Other locations for early voting can be found at the Cook County Clerk's website at
Voters may also vote absentee by mail by downloading a mail ballot application at the Cook County Clerk's website at