The first day of the filing period for the April 4 consolidated election went as expected, with several incumbents filing for re-election to their municipal or school board seats on Monday.
Deadline for filing is Monday at 5 p.m. Applicants can file their paperwork at the Randolph County Courthouse for school board elections, or at the individual municipal districts for city elections.
In Chester, incumbent Mayor Tom Page submitted his paperwork for a second term, while aldermen Dan Geisen (Ward 1), Dan Ohlau (Ward 2) and Mike Blechle (Ward 4) also filed for reelection.
"Needless to say, 2016 was a very difficult year in terms of the state not having a balanced budget and the loss of a police officer in the line of duty," Page said. "I"m looking forward to 2017 and I"m hoping for a much better year."
Blechle is going for his 10th term on the Chester City Council. City Clerk Bethany Berner, - who was appointed by Page earlier this year to finish the term of former City Clerk Nancy Eggemeyer, who retired in December 2015 - also filed for the election on Monday.
"We have a very good city council," Page said. "While we don"t always agree with each other, I think that creates a good, healthy debate and I like that.
"I"m very proud to be able to work with that group of people and there"s other things I want to get done."
The Chester District 139 Board of Education has one new filing thus far for next year"s election, as Charles Fricke has thrown his hat into the ring.
Incumbents Debi Caraway and Dan Colvis also filed for reelection on Monday, leaving incumbents Troy Clendenin and Jamie Eggemeyer yet to file if they choose so.
Steeleville Mayor Bob Sutton is also seeking a second term and was the only one to file for village president on Monday.
"We"ve started an awful lot in Steeleville and there"s some things I"d like to see finished," he said. "There"s some ideas going forward I"d like to see done. I"ve worked on this road project for three and a half years and that will finally get done."
Sutton was referring to the Illinois Department of Transportation"s resurfacing project from Locust Street to the railroad tracks on the village"s west end, anticipated to be completed by July 4.
Sutton previously told the newspaper that the project would install "interstate-grade asphalt" through the area.
Steeleville also has two Tax Increment Financing (TIF) projects in development with the new Mevert Automotive headquarters on the former Bockhorn Motors site, and the future redevelopment of the former Tom"s Barber Shop site - located across the tracks from the Bockhorn property - by Kim Rasnick.
"Realistically, Steeleville is one of the towns you can drive through and see progress everywhere in the last year," Sutton said. "Mevert"s will be happening and the possibility of Kim Rasnick doing something with the old barber shop. It"s just pretty exciting."
Incumbent village trustees Cindy Sickmeyer and Tim Eichenseer also filed for reelection. According to Village Clerk Becky Kiehna, incumbent Shane Hill has picked up his packet, but had not yet filed as of Monday.
As for the Steeleville District 138 Board of Education, Jim Mevert has filed for the election, while incumbent Margo Thiem-Block has filed to pursue another term.
Those who also filed for school board elections on Monday are the following:
• Chester Non-High
• Coulterville District 1
• Sparta District 140
W. Terry Waldron
• Red Bud District 132
• Prairie du Rocher District 134