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Village of Bolingbrook Clerks Office Caught In Controversy

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Bolingbrook Village Clerk, Carol Penning, had found herself in some controversy recently regarding access to nomination petitions.

Candidates for the First Party For Bolingbrook had filed their nomination petitions to run for local election on Monday, December 10th with the Village Clerks office. Shortly after those petitions were filed, Village Trustee Robert Jaskiewicz, member of the Bolingbrook United Party had requested access to view these signatures, however was denied. He was told that he would need to submit a FOIA for the petitions and would need to wait until the next day to receive them.

Local attorney, Joseph Giamanco was contacted to aide in the effort to secure those petitions, however was also unsuccessful. Upon being denied access, a formal demand letter was provided to the Village Clerk’s office indicating his right to access these public documents. The elected Village Clerk again told the attorney that copies would be made available the following day, citing extenuating circumstances. These circumstances were suggested to be that the office was short staffed.

During this exchange between Joseph Giamanco and the Clerks office. Multiple witnesses had heard elected official Village Clerk Carol Penning refer to the attorney as “totally despicable”, “puffy”, “egotistical”, “all knowing God”, “all wise”, “all special, and “all divine”. In response, Mr. Giamanco asked Ms. Penning to not take the actions personally but to respectfully do the job she was elected to do.

Illinois election law requires “All nominating petitions shall be available for public inspection” according to 10 ILCS 5/7-12. Kirk Allen of the Edgar County Watchdogs has stated “They must allow you to inspect the file and are required to provide you a copy. These (documents) are demand records and you are not required to FOIA them to get a copy.”

Carol Penning a member of the First Party of Bolingbrook is serving her seventh consecutive elected term as Village Clerk for Bolingbrook.

A Bolingbrook Politics reporter has reached out to Ms. Penning for comment on the events, however she did not provide a response. We will update the story if and when comments are provided.

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Moira Dunn New Will County Board Chief of Staff

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In the wake of the recent forced resignation of Republican Ragan Frietag earlier this week. Democrat Moira Dunn has been tapped to be the new Will County Board Chief of Staff.

 

 

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Maripat Oliver Announces Candidacy for Bolingbrook Village Trustee

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On November 26th, Maripat Oliver current Dupage Township Trustee filed paperwork to run for Bolingbrook Village Trustee as a Bolingbrook First Party candidate. The election is scheduled to take place on April 2nd, 2019. As she is the only candidate that filed for the Bolingbrook First Party there will be no primary scheduled for February 26th, 2019.

The candidate has released the following press release announcing her candidacy.

Maripat Oliver Announces Candidacy for Bolingbrook Village Trustee

Maripat Oliver,  Dupage Township Trustee, was the only person who filed on November 26, 2018 for the April 2nd consolidated election as a Bolingbrook First Party candidate. Since she was the only one who pledged her candidacy, there will be no primary,  and she will be the only Bolingbrook First Party candidate on the ballot on April 2, 2019.

Maripat Oliver has been a resident of Bolingbrook for 22 years. Maripat and her husband Paul have been married 31 years and have the pleasure of being the parents of five children. They have two biological daughters and adopted three children, one daughter and two sons, after becoming foster parents through the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. The Oliver children have been involved in Cub and Boy Scouts, activities through the park district, local sports, among other philanthropic events. The Oliver family are members of St. Francis Church, and Maripat and Paul renewed their vows there for their 30th wedding anniversary in 2017.

Maripat has a long history of community involvement.  Maripat has been faithfully attending community wide events since 2009. She finds it a privilege to be involved in our local government. In 2010, she ran for State Representative in the 85th District. Although she did not win that seat, Maripat was still dedicated to find a way to help her local government. In 2013, she was elected to a four year term as a Dupage Township Trustee. In 2017, she successfully ran for re-election and won another 4 year term. Maripat’s adult life has been about serving others, especially the children in care of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.  Along with helping the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, she was also appointed by former Governor Blagojevich to serve on the The Post Adoption Advisory Board and the Children and Family Services Review Board.  Her work with these agencies is  due to the fact she was a foster parent and adopted three children through foster care. To help her meet her professional dreams, Maripat is enjoying a long career as a Director of Sales for the Best Western Hotels.

In 2014, Maripat Oliver won the Bolingbrook Female Citizen of the Year Award. Mayor Roger Claar said this about her: “Maripat Oliver’s behavior and dedication is an example for the entire community. She has donated countless hours of her time to make Bolingbrook a better place to live.”

Maripat Oliver looks forward to sharing her platform for her vision of where Bolingbrook can be an even better place for residents to live and raise families as the election season gets started.

Affiliations/Organizations:
Board member DCFS Post Adoption Advisory Board
Founder and President of the former “West Suburban Foster Parent Association”
Former Board Member of Midwest Christian Montessori Academy
Bolingbrook Female Citizen of the Year 2014
Excellent Customer Care Award 2014-awarded by Best Western C.E.O. David Kong
Illinois Township Association of Senior Citizens Service Committees awarded the Elected Official of the Year Award 2014
2010 Candidate for State Representative in the 85th  District

To contact the candidate:
email: maripatoliver@aol.com
phone: 630-863-3770

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Maripat Oliver has filed to run as Bolingbrook First Party Candidate for Village of Bolingbrook Trustee

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On November 26th, Maripat Oliver, Dupage Township Trustee, was seen filing her candidate petition to run as a candidate for Trustee for the Bolingbrook First Party at the Village Clerks office. The consolidated election is to be held on April 2nd, 2019.

We have reached out to Maripat for comment, we are waiting for her response.

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