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A Brief Interview with Newly Elected Officials

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We wanted to offer a brief introduction of the newly-elected Mayor and Aldermen who recently were sworn in at the May 3 City Council meeting. We asked them each the same three questions. Read their thoughts below:
 

Mayor Lora Vitek

What are you looking forward to in your new position as Mayor?
I am very much looking forward to continuing all the great work that was already started by the former Mayor, council and staff. As we come out of COVID, I think there will be some great opportunities ahead of us. Development is happening, our community is growing, entertainment and outdoor gathering will be back and part of everyday lives, we have very exciting times ahead. I am also looking forward to getting to know people in our community that I have not yet. Most of my time being the 4th Ward Alderman was spent in the downtown area—I am looking forward to getting to know businesses and residents on the East and West Side as well.

Why was it important for you to run for your position?
Mostly because I am very excited about some of the projects we have started—First Street Plaza Expansion Project, Riverfront projects that includes the old police department, The Arcada (east side entertainment district), Old Pheasant Run. I am very motivated to see these projects through and continue the momentum for our City.

What do you see as a good opportunity in St. Charles?
I see public-private partnerships as such and we have seen success with the St. Charles Initiative taking on the First Street Expansion Project. We continue to fundraise to make that happen and we have a lot of dedicated people working on this to ensure its completion. I think there are so many projects and opportunities to apply this concept. It’s about tapping into our community’s interest and their support.


Alderman Ronald Silkaitis 

Re-elected to Ward 1

What are you looking forward to in your new term?
I am looking forward to continue engaging with residents and businesses. I have always valued their input and look forward to continuing these conversations. I look forward to seeing St. Charles continue to be a family-friendly city with many leisure, recreational, dining and entertainment choices.

Why was it important for you to run for your position?
I have always enjoyed serving the city, its residents and businesses, and I wanted to continue to serve on their behalf. I also wanted to see the city continue to retain its beauty and character, and preserve its history.

What do you see as a good opportunity in St. Charles?
For years, I have been excited about current and potential developments in St. Charles. I am glad the First Street Development has come so far, and I hope to see it through completion in my coming term. I look forward to working on redeveloping the Pheasant Run and Charlestowne Mall properties, as well. These locations have much to offer St. Charles, its residents, and its visitors, and I hope the City Council is able to make good progress on these projects.


Alderman Ryan S. Bongard

Elected to Ward 2

What are you looking forward to in your new position as Alderman?
Let me start by saying how honored I am to serve as Ward 2 Alderman. The election is only a few weeks old but seems April 6th was just yesterday. I appreciate all the hard work put in by so many residents who offered their name in service to our city. I look forward to connecting with current and previous members of City Council as well as city staff to continue the positive momentum throughout St. Charles. I look forward to learning from their experiences while bringing my own perspective to make sure we are doing all we can for residents, our business community, parks & green space and more. 

Why was it important for you to run for your position?
Choosing to run for council was a decision made easy thanks to the encouragement and support of so many Ward 2 residents. It’s important we have new energy and a proactive approach to ensure our community is as strong as possible. Change is important in our representation, it makes us stronger and keeps our city moving forward. Ultimately that’s what fueled my decision to run.

What do you see as a good opportunity in St. Charles?
That’s an easy one—everything. As we make our way through the challenges of Covid-19, it’s important we remember just how much opportunity is on the horizon. Yes, the last year has been incredibly challenging for residents and the city alike. However, there are a number of great opportunities ahead—redevelopment of Pheasant Run, continued investment to First Street, how we increase resident engagement, finding a solution for Charlestowne Mall and so on. The future is bright for St. Charles thanks to residential, commercial, recreational opportunities ahead.


Alderman Paul D. Lencioni

Elected to Ward 3

What are you looking forward to in your new position as Alderman?
There is so much to look forward to, however, as a new Alderman I’m looking forward to learning to be the best representative I can be. I’m looking forward to meeting all the people at the City of St. Charles who make the infrastructure of our city run. I want to engage with as many other active leaders as possible to hear their take. It’s impossible to do well in any leadership role before you can understand the perspectives of those who have been making decisions longer than you and who will be working by your side.

Why was it important for you to run for your position?
I was inspired to run for Alderman by my drive to help connect the different elements of our community. We live in my absolute favorite place on this planet. Our landscape is breathtaking and our neighbors are the absolute best. I have been fortunate to see our community through many different lenses. I grew up in St. Charles in a family that owned a supermarket. I have always had the chance to meet many of our neighbors who are passionate people leading and creating. Because of that, I had the chance to get very involved with many of these folks and help with their projects and ideas like local clubs, the arts, and many local businesses. I can tell you, there is tremendous passion and energy out there. It has helped me see how much opportunity there is for so many people. But, none of us can make it alone. I very much want to help more people find their opportunities to help or to grow. Most importantly I want to connect with people to help them realize how much our community has to offer them. I have been lucky to be in a place to see it for myself. I have to share that.

What do you see as a good opportunity in St. Charles?
St. Charles can go as far as all of us together can dream to take it.


Alderman Bryan Wirball

Elected to Ward 4

 What are you looking forward to in your new position as Alderman?
I am looking forward to continuing to engage and build relationships with the residents in the 4th Ward and to learn more about their neighborhood needs and vision for moving our city forward. I am also excited about the opportunity to join a dedicated group of Aldermen that are committed to serving our community. I am also eager to get to work, along with our new Mayor, Aldermen, and city staff.

Why was it important for you to run for your position?
St. Charles is a wonderful place to live, work and play. My wife and I love St. Charles, it is our home. As an Alderman I want to make sure we continue to advance our city in a way that enhances the quality of life for everyone while also including community input—I am passionate about staying connected with residents so their voice is represented at City Council.

 What do you see as a good opportunity in St. Charles?
I believe we have a great opportunity to move our city forward in a balanced and thoughtful manner that also maintains our unique charm and quaint identity. St. Charles is filled with possibilities, from our vibrant downtown, beautiful riverfront to our wonderful historical buildings. The future is bright, and I look forward to bringing the voice and vision of our residents to City Council.


Alderman Steve Weber

Elected to Ward 5

What are you looking forward to in your new position as Alderman?
I am looking forward to being able to represent the people of the 5th Ward and being a part of our great history.

Why was it important for you to run for your position?
I felt as though I could be a part of our great City Council to help lead St. Charles into the future at this pivotal time we are in. Both in assisting current residents and business along with good sound decisions that will improve our city for years to come.

What do you see as a good opportunity in St. Charles?
St. Charles has so many good things going for it. I don’t want to stifle growth or miss any opportunities for us to truly separate ourselves from all of the surrounding cities. We need to truly create a great family environment and use all of our assets to do that. Riverfront and walking, biking paths as well as diverse entertainment options for all to enjoy. I want to be able to have year-round entertainment venues.


A Farewell to:

Lucy Gruber          

Arthur J. Lemke          

Maureen Lewis          

Chuck Amenta          

Jo Krieger

The City of St. Charles Thanks You!

updated Jun 10, 2021