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Balich, Fricilone retain seats for Will County Board District 7

Balich, Fricilone retain seats for Will County Board District 7

Thomas Czaja, Editor 22nd Media
10:45 pm CST November 8, 2016

Republican incumbent Will County Board Members Steve Balich and Mike Fricilone reclaimed their seats by a comfortable margin on Election Night, defeating 21-year-old Democrat challenger Kyle Killacky.

With all 24 precincts reporting, Balich secured a total of 12,902 votes, good for 39.78 percent of the vote, while Fricilone had 10,760 votes, or 33.18 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results from the Will County Clerk’s Office. The duo beat out Killacky, who had 8,772 votes or 27.05 percent.

A total of 32,434 residents cast their votes.

Balich said he and Fricilone will look to continue their fight against excessive taxation and regulations in their second terms.

“I’m happy as hell,” Balich said of the election result. “Personally, I’m looking to do whatever I can to make life better for all the people that live here, cutting regulations, not raising taxes and doing things that will make people have a better life.”

Balich added that with a Republican caucus the past two years they have achieved capital projects without raising taxes for residents. He said speaking with locals on the campaign trail showed him the large issues that still remain.

“The overwhelming majority of people I talked to said the same thing, that they cannot afford living here because taxes are so high,” Balich said.

To combat that, Balich said he wants to fight the taxes and regulations and has “no problem standing up and fighting for” issues that matter most to his constituents.

His fellow Republican, Fricilone, agreed with Balich’s sentiments and said he was elated with the win.

“It’s always humbling to have the constituents vote you in, especially the second time,” Fricilone said.

“The second time, they hopefully liked your ideas and how you performed.”

Fricilone said making government more efficient and lowering costs of services is integral, along with furthering the efforts on county-wide issues, like the heroin epidemic.

While he said he thinks he and Balich are on the right path, he said the pair are always open to hearing what the people want and need.

“If anyone has an idea or suggestion, that’s what we’re here for,” Fricilone said. “When constituents tell us what we need, we fight the fight as long as we can.”

All election results are considered unofficial until a canvassing of votes is completed, and absentee, provisional and grace period ballots are counted.

Source: Will County News

Balich supported Trump

From Joliet harold news Article 11/10/2016

Donald Trump’s victory may have stunned some, but not everyone.

Even in Illinois, the only old Rust Belt state that went for Hillary Clinton, some were sensing a strong undercurrent for Trump.

“I talk to a lot of people in my position,” said Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar, referring to conversations with other mayors. “One out of 50 was voting for Clinton. The vast majority were going to vote for Trump, but they weren’t going to talk about it because Clinton’s supporters were so vocal.”

Claar was an open Trump supporter who threw a fundraiser for the candidate and was a Trump delegate at the Republican convention. But, Claar said supporting Trump could bring on a backlash that many wanted to avoid.

Clinton won Will County with just less than 50 percent of the vote compared with Trump’s 44 percent. But Trump got almost 130,000 votes, and not all those voters were quiet about who they were supporting.

Will County Board member Steve Balich, R-Homer Glen, said one question he faced frequently as he campaigned door-to-door was how he was voting for president.

“Not everyone wanted to talk,” Balich said. “But when they did, usually they said, ‘Are you for Trump?’ ”

Balich was. But even the party establishment didn’t want local candidates to talk about Trump, he said.

“The establishment Republicans were saying, ‘We can’t win Illinois. Don’t talk about Trump,’ ” Balich said.
Signs of support
Balich not only talked about Trump, he passed out 350 Trump campaign signs because people wanted them.

Balich started out with 100 signs he bought from the Will County Republican Party, which obtained them from the Trump campaign. After passing out the first 100 signs, he said, “I went back and got another 200. I passed all those out. I went back and got another 50 and passed them out.”

There was speculation that Trump would hurt local Republicans by being on the top of the ballot.

But in the days before the election, Will County Republican Party Chairwoman Kathy Havel said she expected Trump would help local candidates, noting the high demand for signs.

“I thought he helped a lot,” Balich said of his campaign in District 7, which saw him re-elected. “But I didn’t run away from him. I don’t know what other people did.”