O'Fallon Weekly March 21, 2018

Meet Christina Jones, O'Fallon's own American Idol candidate Page 5 Wednesday March 21, 2018 Vol. 3, No. 48 $1.00 Smallheer wins Rock Springs Park renamed to County Board honor local Rotary clubs primary race State, local races take shape for November general election By Nick Miller Weekly Editor O’FALLON - Matthew Smallheer defeated incumbent County Board Member Craig Hubbard in the Republican primary on Tuesday evening. Smallheer, who currently serves as an alderman representing ward four, won with 365 votes to Hubbard’s 329. The vote totals represent ten percent of the registered voters within St. Clair County Board District 18. The vote totals made available Tuesday evening do not include all of the ballots that could still arrive at the County Clerk’s office by mail. The election will be certified as final in two weeks. Smallheer was cautiously optimistic and hopeful the 36 vote lead would stand after the mail-in ballots are tallied. "This was an excrusiatingly close race. I'm currently up by only 36 votes, and there are still some mail-in ballots still out. I don't want to get ahead of myself and claim victory, but things look very promising. I am extremely grateful for everything that everyone has done to aid in this, in particular my wife and family and all of the citizens who have put their faith in me and being willing to try something new," Smallheer said. Currently there is no Democrat challenger for the County Board 18th District seat. In other Primary Election News… l The race for Illinois Governor will be between incumbent Repub- lican Bruce Rauner and challenger Democrat JB Pritzker. As of press time, Rauner was defeating his challenger, Jeanne Ives, by more than 20,500 votes with ten percent of the precincts still to report. Pritzker, who was in a six way race, dominated his opposition by more than 227,000 votes separating him from Daniel Biss in second place. At press time, ten percent of the precincts statewide still needed to report. l For Attorney General, voters in the fall will be given the option of choosing either Republican Erika Harold or Democrat Kwame Raoul. See “Primary Election” on page 7 Rotary and city leaders unveil the new sign renaming Rock Springs Park as Rock Springs Rotary Park. From left: Rotary Club of O'Fallon President Dale Rupright, St. Clair County Sunset Rotary Club President Ken Cooley, District 6510 Governor Jill Pietrusinski, Rotary International Director Greg Yank, Mayor Herb Roach, Rotary Club of O'Fallon Sunrise President Kim Sabella, and Rotary International President for 2019-2020 Mark Maloney. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller) By Nick Miller Weekly Editor O’FALLON - A city park has a new name to honor the hard work and efforts of the three O’Fallon Rotary Clubs. Rock Springs Park was officially renamed Rock Springs Rotary Park in a cer- emony held on Sunday, March 18. A large number of Rotarians and dignitaries were on hand for the event, including Mark Maloney who will serve as the president of Rotary International in 2019-20. According to Parks and Recreation Direc- tor MaryJeanne Hutchison the partnership between the city and the Rotary Clubs have been very beneficial. “We are fortunate in O’Fallon and the community to have such a supportive coun- cil and mayor who are able to work closely with the Rotary clubs,” Hutchison said. Mayor Herb Roach said the efforts of the Rotary Clubs are perfect examples of the clubs’ Four Way Test, which emphasizes fair and equitable treatment and community service. “If you look at the over $200,000 that has been donated through Rotary and the thousands of man-hours that have been put into the park, you’ve got to say that this is fair to all concerned and that the Rotary has put forth a big effort,” Roach said. “Has it been beneficial to our community? All you have to do is look around.” See “Rotary Park” on page 7 City recognizes Garden Club for their efforts By Martha Stoffel Weekly Reporter Mayor Herb Roach declared March 19 as O'Fallon Garden Club Day in honor of their work all over the city. Pictured are members of the Garden Club and Mayor Roach. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller) O'FALLON - At Monday night’s city council meeting, special recognition was given to the O’Fallon Garden Club. The garden club was started in 2010 with a handful of gardeners, and now has 96 members whose efforts throughout O’Fallon “beautify, educate and feed our community.” Last year, the O’Fallon Garden Club donated over 4,500 pounds of produce to the O’Fallon Food Pantry. The Club is also known for the seasonal- ly-decorated traffic circle on State Street and the daffodils at the O’Fallon Veterans Monument. Club members announced their newest project, the construction of an educational pavilion at the City Garden, located at the corner of State and Smi- ley. One of the future uses of the pavil- ion will be for educational programs for O’Fallon students. The pavilion will be a community effort, with opportunities for O’Fallon residents to give of their time and money towards the project in the near future. More information about the club and their ongoing projects around O’Fallon can be found on their website www.ofallongardenclub.com In other news... l Mayor Herb Roach also took time to recognize the upcoming retirement of Assistant City Administrator Pam Funk. “Pam has worked very hard and very diligently for the city for 16 years, she has shown a great deal of leadership and guidance,” said Roach. l The council approved and accepted the preliminary plat for the Patio Homes at Seven Hills, a 54-home residential subdivision to be developed in the area of East Wesley Drive and Executive See “City Council” on page 7