Kendall County Coroner Ken Toftoy officially resigned his position as chairman of the county Republican Party March 1. Toftoy said it was time for someone else to take the lead.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Joe Gillespie, current vice-chairman of county party, will serve as interim chairman until a new county convention can be held.
Ken Toftoy is resigning as chairman of the Kendall County Republican Party, according to a statement sent by the county party Tuesday afternoon. Toftoy, who won re-election to the Kendall County Coroner's Office in November, will step down from his party leadership position March 1. Joe Gillespie, current vice-chairman of county party, will serve as interim chairman until a new county convention can be held. In the statement Toftoy, who has served as chairman since 2009, said he has spent more than 30 years working with the Republican Party in Kendall County. "I have carried a lot of water to the elephant! I have enjoyed my time, but it is now time for someone else to step up and lead the party here in Kendall County," he said.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
County fails to follow procedure before purchasing new SUV.
A procedural error prevented Kendall County officials from purchasing a new vehicle for the Kendall County Coroner's office, the Aurora Beacon News reported. The vehicle in question, a sport utility vehicle equipped with an additional $3,000 - $4,000 in new equipment, would cost the county a base price of approximately $37,000. However, because the cost was above $30,000 the county needed to solicit bids for the vehicle -- something they failed to do. The motion was tabled until requests for proposals can be sent out, the Aurora Beacon News said. The coroner currently uses a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban with 124,000 miles. Coroner Ken Toftoy reported the vehicle has been having mechanical issues, including a steering problem.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Inquest set for 9 a.m. to determine if deaths of Joseph R. Schmitt and his four-year-old son Wyland will be ruled as accidental, a suicide, a homicide or a mix of more than one.
Officials will rule today on the deaths of a father and son found in the garage of their home in the 300 block of Bertram in late October. An inquest will begin at 9 a.m. this morning to examine the facts presented by police and the autopsy and toxicology reports. The six jurors will determine if the deaths of Joseph R. Schmitt and his four-year-old son Wyland will be ruled as accidental, a suicide, a homicide or a mix of more than one. An inquest is required any time there is an unexplained death, said Kendall County Coroner Ken Toftoy. On Oct. 24 Yorkville police discovered the two bodies in the garage of of home in the 300 block of Bertram Drive after being called to the home for a well-being check. Schmitt was found on the floor of …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Police do not believe bones to be human in origin, but sent them for analysis.
A couple of local fishermen reeled in a macabre haul from a Game Farm Road pond Saturday afternoon. Rather than fish, the anglers pulled in some bones from the pond at Game Farm and Route 34 and contacted Yorkville police, Deputy Police Chief Larry Hilt said. Police recovered a number of bones and summoned Kendall County Coroner Ken Toftoy to the scene to see if he could determine the origin of the bones. “He couldn’t determine what kind of bones they were and took them back for more testing,” Hilt said. Authorities do not believe the bones are human in origin, Hilt said. Hilt added the department is unaware of any missing person reports or cold cases that would lead them to believe it was human.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Toftoy, the incumbent county coroner, received 57 percent of the vote to retain his office while challenger Mike Dabney could only gather about 42 percent.
Michael Dabney has said he has no regrets on the way he ran his race for Kendall County Coroner. "I ran the campaign I wanted. Kendall County is a great place and I have thousands of more friends than I had before this campaign began,” Dabney said Tuesday night as results came in. Running as an independent, Dabney challenged 20-year incumbent Ken Toftoy for the position. Toftoy, who also serves as chairman of the Kendall County Republican Party, maintained a firm lead over Dabney as election results came in Tuesday night. He garnered 57 percent of the vote while Dabney collected 42 percent. “It was a great campaign. The voters have spoken, and I respect their decision,” Dabney said. He said he thinks the race was run in a positive manner. …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Incumbent Ken Toftoy and challenger Michael Dabney square of over budget, number of deputy coroners and other issues during Thursday's event.
Kendall County Coroner Ken Toftoy and his opponent Michael Dabney traded verbal jabs during a contentious candidate forum Thursday night hosted by WSPY FM. The candidates fielded questions from local journalists and audience members. The coroner’s segment of the forum, which also featured candidates for the Kendall County Board and Clerk of Court, had the most back-and-forth commentary of the night as the two men sparred over the budget of the coroner’s office and the number of part-time employees. Toftoy has served as coroner for 20 years. Dabney served as a deputy coroner in Kendall County for several years, and also serves as a paramedic in Oswego. Toftoy said he has maintained a stable budget for the office for the past two years and …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Todd Milliron, who supports Coroner Ken Toftoy's opponent in the November election, questions why the pay changes weren't presented to the County Board.
Kendall County Coroner Ken Toftoy did not consult county board members when he changed his deputies' pay to an hourly rate - nor was that required by state law, Toftoy said. Patch blogger Todd Milliron, who supports Toftoy's opponent in the November election, has asserted that the deputy coroner's pay should be set by the Kendall County Board. Toftoy, a longtime incumbent and chairman of the Kendall County Republican Central Committee, is facing independent Mike Dabney, an Oswego firefighter. An attorney in the Kendall County State's Attorney's Office told Toftoy he needed to change his pay policies to comply with IRS regulations, Toftoy said. Toftoy had been paying deputy coroners $24 a day when they were "on call," plus a $100 stipend …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Check out the candidate questionnaires from Republican Ken Toftoy and Independent Mike Dabney.
The Kendall County coroner race is pitting a long-time incumbent (and chairman of the Kendall County Republican Central Committee) against a relative political newcomer. It's not the first time they've squared off, though. Mike Dabney, of Oswego, ran against incumbent Ken Toftoy, of Yorkville, in the 2008 Republican primary for coroner. Dabney got 3,157 votes to Toftoy's 6,561, which means Toftoy got 67.5 percent of the votes, according to the Kendall County Clerk's website. For some perspective, the county had 58,570 registered voters in February 2008, with only 9,718, or about 16.6 percent, participating in the Republican primary for coroner, according to the county clerk. No Democrats filed for the primary race in 2008. This time around…
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Republican Ken Toftoy is seeking re-election as Kendall County Coroner.
Address: 105 Timber Creek Drive E, Yorkville, IL 60560 Campaign Contact Info: 630-788-6887, email@example.com Age: 54 Family: Wife, Dale, Married 23 years Education: Newark HS. Completed Paramedic Certification at Waubonsee CC.480 Hours of continuing education at IL Law Enforcement Training Board in death investigations and other relevant subjects. Completed multiple other seminars and training as requirements, and best practices, of keeping curren tas a professional Coroner. Previous elected or appointed positions: 1) Why do you want to be coroner? My passion has always been to help families in need at times of crisis. Whether as a firefighter/paramedic, where I started my career in service, or as …