South Jacksonville clerk to run for Village President

By Ryne Turke on September 14, 2016 at 12:38pm

South Jacksonville’s clerk has her eyes set on becoming the next village president.

Earlier this week, WLDS-WEAI News announced the date of the South Jacksonville consolidated election. On April 4th, the terms of five South Jacksonville elected officials, including the president, clerk and three trustees, will expire.

WLDS-WEAI News contacted each elected official to see if they plan on running for re-election.

When WLDS-WEAI News reached out to Village Clerk Dani Glascock she expressed her interest in running for South Jacksonville President.

Glascock feels her three years of experience as clerk and detailed knowledge of Village Hall makes her an ideal candidate.

“I feel I was a key player in recent changes in the village. I want to keep the momentum of being positive moving forward in the village. We went through a lot of changes in the past two years. I don’t want to rehash the ISP investigation and I know the village is still wet behind the ears. I have been able to gain a lot of exposure and knowledge in the past year and a half. I want to continue supporting the village the best way I can,” says Glascock.

Glascock plans to increase communication between trustees and village residents to make South Jacksonville a better place to live.

“You learn how things work on the inside, so that it makes more sense as a bigger picture. We have all had to step up to the plate. We did lose a lot of knowledge in the past year, with people who had been at the village for 15 plus years. We are all picking up the pieces and I just want to carry that forward.”

South Jacksonville Village President pro-tem Steve Waltrip voiced to trustees he will be reverting back to his trustee position in May. Waltrip replaced former President Gordon Jumper, who retired last April in the midst of an Illinois State Police investigation centered around alleged official misconduct in Village Hall.

Trustee Mike Elliot tells WLDS-WEAI News this will be his final term serving South Jacksonville. Elliot, who’s spent 20 years as a trustee, plans on retiring from his duties. Elliot says he want to “give someone else a shot at doing what’s best for the village.”

Trustees Kem Wilson and Paula Belobrajdic-Stewart told WLDS-WEAI News they have not decided if they will run again.

Anyone interested in running for president, clerk or trustee can pick up information at Village Hall.