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Local Election

Plainfield trustee race too close to call

PLAINFIELD — The Plainfield trustee race was too close to call late Tuesday as unofficial election results came in. Candidates Edward O’Rourke, Michael Lambert, Brian Wojowski and incumbent Bill Lamb were within nine votes of each other for three spots on the board, according to initial results.

As of 9 p.m. Tuesday, with 23 of 23 precincts in Will and Kendall counties reporting, O’Rourke had 631 votes, Lambert had 627 votes, Wojowski also had 627 votes, and Lamb had 622 votes.

They were ahead of candidate Mark Chmura, who had 486 votes, and John Green, who received 364 votes.

Those totals did not include absentee or other ballots cast through early voting options, which were to be added in after votes cast Tuesday were tabulated.

O’Rourke wants to fix traffic congestion created because of commuters passing through the village, train stoppages at road crossings and speeding in subdivisions. He also wants to diversify the tax base with commercial and retail development.

Before putting pressure on Canadian National for train stoppages in Plainfield, Lambert wants to develop a relationship with the railway company. He also wants to re-image Plainfield into sectors to cater to economic needs in different parts of Plainfield.

Wojowski wants to make sure Plainfield’s history is preserved amid newer development and redevelopment.

Lamb described the village as “healthy” and “on the right track” when it comes to passing balanced budgets and freezing or lowering property taxes. But he wants an increased focus on transportation and congestion.

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