SAUK VILLAGE | Many village residents had clamored for change. But it appears that the governing body of Sauk Village will remain the same.
Interim Village President David Hanks was elected to a four-year term with 654 votes, 42 percent of those cast. The runner-up was Trustee Derrick Burgess, who garnered 390 votes.
Village Clerk Debbie Williams also won re-election with 691 votes, 49 percent of those cast.
Attempts to contact Hanks and Williams for comment were unsuccessful.
Current trustees Ed Myers (628) and Rosie Williams (595) easily won re-election. They will be joined by Independent Lynda Washington, who took the third trustee spot with 460 votes.
Jeffrey Morden won the position for a two-year trustee with 652 votes.
In the last four years, the village has been in constant turmoil.
Lewis Towers, elected village president four years ago, resigned last year.
The village wells were taken offline by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and bottled water was distributed to residents. Attorney General Lisa Madigan eventually sued the village in order to get the wells repaired and functional.
The village went into deep debt for a variety of reasons, and at times had trouble making payroll.
Things have improved since Towers' resignation, but village officials admit that there is a long way to go.