Thursday, July 5, 2012
Independent Mike Dabney, of Oswego, is running against Republican incumbent Ken Toftoy for Kendall County coroner.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Now that I am on the ballot, (fantastic!!) I am looking forward to having fun with my campaign. I am very excited about running and having a chance at being elected Coroner of Kendall Co. It was some work getting the signatures, especially considering I had to obtain over 10 times the signatures my opponent had to obtain. I believe this shows the commitment I have to becoming the Coroner of Kendall Co. However, it is was great going door to door, meeting people, and meeting people at different events. I met a lot of really good people. I heard a lot about issues that concerned people and I heard a lot of good ideas. I am looking forward to bringing these ideas and issues out during my campaign. I would like to thank everyone who signed my …
Monday, June 18, 2012
Oswego firefighter Mike Dabney is going to keep collecting signatures until Monday's filing deadline in hopes of having more than enough to run against long-time Republican coroner Ken Toftoy.
The Oswego firefighter running against long-time Kendall County Coroner Ken Toftoy has received enough signatures a week before the deadline to file his nominating petition as an independent. Mike Dabney, of Oswego, had 2,049 signatures Monday morning, while his campaign workers estimated he needed between 1,518 and 2,428 to get his name on the ballot as a political independent, according to a news release Dabney issued Monday evening. The number of signatures on his nominating petition needs to be equal to at least 5 percent of the people who voted in the last general election, Dabney said. “The 2,049 number puts me comfortably above the minimum needed,” Dabney said in the news release. “I am very grateful to everyone who signed my …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Frequent Kendall County critic Todd Milliron questions whether Coroner Ken Toftoy appropriately handled his sole full-time employee's leaves.
Kendall County Coroner Ken Toftoy responded Tuesday to concerns surrounding the maternity leaves for his only full-time employee, who also is the County Board chairman’s wife. Frequent County Board critic and watchdog Todd Milliron had questioned how Jacquie Purcell received what appears to be her normal pay throughout maternity leaves in 2010 and 2011 while Toftoy hired part-time workers to cover office administrative duties. Both times, the short-term opening was not advertised, Toftoy said. He hired a friend Purcell suggested in 2010. In 2011, Toftoy hired a fellow active Republican Matthew Prochaska, who is running for County Board. Prochaska is secretary of the Kendall County Republican Central Committee, while Toftoy is the chairman…
Thursday, May 17, 2012
We added comments from incumbent Coroner Ken Toftoy on Wednesday afternoon.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Salary will hop from $56,244 to $57,088 on Dec. 1.
If Coroner Ken Toftoy wins re-election in November, he’ll get a few slight raises during what may be his final term. The Kendall County Board voted, 5-4, Tuesday morning to bump the coroner’s salary from $56,244 to $57,088 on Dec. 1. Then, the salary will increase to $57,944 on Dec. 1, 2013, and remain that way for at least 3 years. That salary is lower than the $87,454 the county clerk and circuit clerk make annually, according to The Beacon-News. County Board member Bob “H.D.” Davidson argued for a higher salary. He said increasing the salary might attract more candidates in four years, since Toftoy has said he might retire at the end of his next term. Oswego firefighter Mike Dabney has announced he’s planning to run as an independent …
Mike Dabney is circulating petitions to run as an independent.
Editor's note: This was updated Wednesday evening with comments from Toftoy. A 52-year-old Oswego firefighter and former deputy coroner is running against Coroner Ken Toftoy as an independent. Mike Dabney, of Oswego, is circulating petitions to run again after an unsuccessful bid against Toftoy in the 2008 Republican primary. Toftoy, who also is chairman of the Kendall County Republican Central Committee, has served as coroner since 1992, according to his profile on the county’s website. Dabney said he decided to run as an independent shortly after the 2008 race to give more voters more options on the ballot. “There were a lot of people who came up to me and said, ‘I would have voted for you, but you ran as a Republican,’” Dabney said. He …
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Kendall County Coroner Ken Toftoy maintained property and finances for a Boulder Hill man who died without any nearby next-of-kin.
For about two months, Kendall County Coroner Ken Toftoy drove to Boulder Hill a few times a week to feed a tank full of fish. He assumed that rather unusual duty because the fish’s former owner was in a rather unusual state of limbo: The retired draftsman/engineer left no nearby next-of-kin when he died of natural causes on Aug. 29, his 72nd birthday. Normally, the county's public administrator would have taken over the estate, but Kendall County is waiting for Gov. Pat Quinn to appoint a replacement for Bob Pilmer, who served as public administrator and public guardian until he was elected judge. So, that left Toftoy responsible for the Boulder Hill man’s ranch home, a Mercedes-Benz, a variety of investments and rooms full of collectibles…
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Morganegg, Weis and Toftoy seeking GOP nominations.
Kendall County Circuit Court Clerk Beck Morganegg, State’s Attorney Eric Weis and Coroner Ken Toftoy all announced their re-election bids in a news release Monday morning, hoping to gain the GOP nomination in the Tuesday, March 20, primary election. Morganegg, a lifelong Kendall County resident, first was elected to the clerk post in 2004. She first entered into county government in 1987, working as a clerk for Sheriff Richard Randall. She is a member of the Oswegoland Woman's Civic Club, Kendall County Republican Women, an associate member of the Kendall County Bar Association, and serves on the Oversight of Education Committee for the Illinois Circuit Clerks' Association. Weis was born and raised in Oswego and first was elected state’s …
Monday, September 19, 2011
Kendall County Coroner's jury rules Brandi Jo Murphy's death a homicide.
A Kendall County Coroner’s inquest Thursday revealed that the man who shot and killed an Oswego woman Aug. 17 had marijuana and alcohol in his system at the time of the murder and subsequent suicide. The coroner’s jury ruled the cause of death of Daniel Kiefer, 39, of Boulder Hill, to be suicide by a single gunshot to the mouth, according to Rob Sherwood, Oswego Police's media relations officer who testified at the inquest. The woman, Brandi Jo Murphy, 38, of the 300 block of Fox Chase Drive, had marijuana, alcohol and cocaine in her system at the time of her death, Sherwood confirmed. The jury ruled her cause of death a homicide from two gunshot wounds. Sherwood said a total of three shots were fired with the first fatal bullet to …