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Kifowit officially resigns from Aurora council seat

Stephanie A. Kifowit

Stephanie A. Kifowit

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Updated: December 24, 2012 6:54AM

AURORA — Stephanie Kifowit ended her nine years as 3rd Ward alderman with a round of applause and a smile Tuesday night.

Kifowit officially resigned from her 3rd Ward seat at the City Council Committee of the Whole meeting.

She will be moving on to the Illinois House, after winning election in the new 84th District this month. The new district includes parts of Aurora, Naperville, Montgomery, Oswego and Boulder Hill.

Mayor Tom Weisner closed the council meeting by congratulating Kifowit on her recent election.

“We wish her the very best there and thank her for her many years of service on City Council representing the people of the 3rd Ward,” Weisner said.

Kifowit said it’s been a pleasure to work with the mayor and aldermen.

“Myself, (Aldermen John) Whitey (Peters) and Abbey (Schuler), along with a few others were elected at that time. I’ve just been honored to serve the resident of the ward,” which covers Aurora’s near East Side, Kifowit said.

Peters asked if Kifowit was the first Aurora alderman to move on to the State House from serving on the council.

“Usually aldermen just kind of come here and go out to pasture,” Peters said.

“Well I know one tried,” said Alderman Bob O’Connor, at-large, referring to his own failed 2002 bid for the 83rd House seat.

“I believe this is the first time,” said O’Connor, who has served on City Council for more than 25 years. The other longtime council member, Alderman Mike Saville, 6th Ward, agreed.

“I think the benefit here is this person who really knows the truth about municipal government,” O’Connor said, and is taking that knowledge to the state legislature.

“Now if we could get that thought in Madigan’s head,” said Alderman Rick Lawrence, referring to longtime Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Kifowit then made the ceremonial motion to adjourn the meeting, and Peters, the comedian of the City Council, played a fake trumpet as a memorial to Kifowit’s time on the council.

Want to run?

Kifowit was re-elected to her third, four-year term as alderman in April 2011.

Candidates wanting to run for the 3rd Ward seat need to present election petitions to the Aurora Election Commission by 5 p.m. Monday. The Election Commission office will be closed today.

Aurora Election Commission Director Linda Fechner said she will be available to answer questions via phone at the office today. The Election Commission number is 630-897-4030.

Candidates wanting to fill out the remainder of Kifowit’s term must collect between 21 and 71 signatures on their election petitions. If candidates do not file by the close of the filing period Monday, they still could run as write-in candidates.

Fechner said she has received calls from possible candidates interested in vying for the 3rd Ward seat.

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