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Addressing an Issue
By Chris Strong

We’ve become aware of problems with our mailing
list. Over the years, with buying and selling of
property, names have come and gone without our
awareness. Although we’re notified of some (by no
means all) properties changing hands, we aren’t
supplied with new owners’ names.

Last fall, we adopted a property owners’ list from
the Drainage District, figuring it would be an
improvement over our own list. It resulted in many
undeliverable newsletters, and we were told of
some members who didn’t receive one at all. We
learned later that the Drainage list was at least one
year old. While the results weren’t perfect, they
were probably better than the previous mailout.

Board secretary Morgan Maddox secured a copy of
the Water District mailing list, hoping for better
accuracy. The problem here is that owners of
empty lots don’t get water bills, and won’t be listed.
Our old list includes vacant lot owners, but they are
not designated as such. It’s obvious that an out-of-
WMT address will be displayed, but no way exists
to distinguish those owners from part-time
homeowners who receive mail at their primary
residence.

So we’re working on it by removing WMT
addresses from our own list, leaving only out-of-
town addresses, then deleting duplicates, a task
made maddeningly complicated by Microsoft Excel’
s refusal to display two files at once—even on two
screens. After we eliminate duplicates, this
approach should add empty-lot owners to those
receiving a water bill.

Let's hope it works.
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For Road Commissioner:

Ronnie Widger

1/30/2017
Ronnie K. Widger
Independent Candidate Putman Township Road Commissioner
23302 N. Oswego Dr.
Cuba, Illinois

Wee Ma Tuk Friends and Neighbors
Hello:
My name is Ronnie Widger and I am running as an independent candidate for Putman Township Road Commissioner on the April 4th  
election ballot.

LeighAnn and I have lived in Wee Ma Tuk for nearly four years and have been life-long residents of Fulton County.

I have witnessed continuing deterioration of the roads while living in this community. I am a member of the homeowners association,
I/we dedicate time to assist with the improvements of the golf course and try to attend events and meetings pertaining to Wee Ma Tuk.

I am currently employed at Caterpillar Inc consisting of a 4 day flexible work schedule. I have experience running all types and sizes of
heavy equipment. This flexible work schedule will allow me additional opportunities to work on the township roads, which are in
desperate need of repair and maintenance.  I am not opposed to working long/extended hours to ensure the “work” is done!

I was previously employed at Banner Township where I had responsibility of running the road grader, backhoe, snow removal, large
brush/tree trimmers, road maintenance and a host of other equipment and work-related tasks.

I also have management experience through my position as Service Manager at Coleman Ford in Canton. This position had
responsibility for maintaining service schedules, car repair maintenance, technician supervision, collaboration with Ford Motor
Company representatives, as well as hiring and performance management of my staff.

I am well aware that the road commissioner position is a “working” position and that is what I intend to do.  My goal is to improve and
maintain the roads of Putman Township to the best of my ability and utilize my knowledge and experience to enhance and improve our
roads!

I will do my best to respond to the needs of the citizens of the township and fulfil the duties of the road commissioner, should I be
elected to serve.

Please consider me when placing your vote for the Putman Township Road Commissioner. If you are unable to vote in person, you may
contact the Fulton County Clerk by letter, email or phone at 309-547-3041 extension 120 or 121 to request an application to vote by mail.  
Simply complete the application and return to the Fulton County Clerk’s office at 100 N. Main Street, Lewistown, Il 61542.

Note: The application will not be mailed until AFTER February 23rd and the ballots must be returned/postmarked by Midnight, April 4th. If
you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 309-789-8745.

Sincerely,

Ronnie K. Widger
Independent Candidate Putman Township Road Commissioner



Kendall Tucker

I am Kendall Tucker and I am running for Putman Township Road Commissioner.

I’ve lived in Fulton County for over 35 years with my wife, Cheryl and my daughter, Lindsay, who currently lives in Florida.  My wife and I
lived in WeeMaTuk for  twenty-eight years.

I am a retired school teacher, so I have flexible work hours.  I’ve worked construction for several decades so I am familiar with big
equipment maintenance and operation.

I’ve seen firsthand the deterioration and poor maintenance of our roads.  I hope to improve road conditions and keep the roadways
clear and drivable during inclement weather.

Please remember to vote for Kendall Tucker April 4th, 2017


Greg Rowe

Gregory Rowe
Democratic Nominee
12191 East Country Mile Road
Cuba, Illinois 61427

Dear Putman Township Voters,
My name is Gregory Rowe, most know me as Greg.  I am running as the Democratic Nominee for Putman Township Road Commissioner
on the April 4th election ballot.
My family has lived and farmed in Putman Township,  up until 1990, when my grandfather, Richard Henderson, quit farming due to health
issues.  My family actually originated from Wee-ma-tuk.  I bought my grandparents’ house in 2004 in Cuba, where my family and I now
reside.

I was married to my first wife for 20 years before she passed away from cancer.  I then met my wife Melinda two years later, and we have
been married for almost 4 years.  We have two children, Abigail and Timothy.  I consider myself a dedicated family man.  Family means
everything to me.

I am a member of Cuba ESDA, which involves the spring and fall Ham Cook, and also involved Disaster Relief.  I am in excellent health
and currently work for Putman Township.  I have been with Putman Township since 2010.  I have been a heavy equipment operator for
over 20 years.  I maintain all service schedules; I repair most of the equipment for Putman Township, which cuts costs drastically.
I also have Office Management experience when I was a dispatcher for Curry Ice and Coal, which was prior to my position with Putman
Township.  I hold a class A CDL license, which is in good standing.

I am currently on-call for Putman Township 24/7 and will continue to do the same if elected.  I am a man of my word and I treat everyone
fairly.  I have a current plan in place to fix all the deteriorating roads in all of Putman Township.  That  includes all blacktop and gravel
roads.  I also have a plan in place to maintain all roads during inclement weather because I care about everyone’s safety.  There are
new products out to help with ice melt that I will be implementing if elected.

My  main goal is to improve Putman Township roads so they are safer to drive on, by resurfacing the blacktop roads, maintaining the
gravel roads, maintain all culverts and cutting back the brush.  That’s just a few issues I plan on resolving and maintaining.

I do and will continue to respond to all the needs of Putman Township Residents.  I look forward to serving you as your Road
Commissioner, if newly elected.

Thank You
Greg Rowe
For Township Commissioner:

Barbara Sinclair

Dear Putman Township Voters:

   The consolidated election is set for April 4, 2017.

   I am a candidate for Putman Township Supervisor, the position I presently hold.

   I would appreciate your taking a minute of your time to read this letter.  I want to tell you a bit about my qualifications.

   I worked in Fulton County government for 33 years in the Supervisor of Assessments Office.  In 1999 I was appointed Supervisor
of Assessments and also Fulton County Zoning Officer.  I held those positions until retirement in 2006.

   That time in county government taught me a great deal about what it takes to run an office and assist the public.  My first four
years as Township Supervisor has also taught me a great deal.

   I have had experience in drawing up levies, working up cost effective budgets, supervising employees and helping the public
on a day to day basis.  Being ready to sit down with people to address any questions or concerns they might have is very important.
That is what public service is all about.

   I think I can move forward with that experience and, with your help, make our Township a good place in which to live and work.  
Please consider voting for me on April 4th.  Thank you.
                                                                           Sincerely,     
                                                                           Barbara Sinclair
For Township Clerk:

Wilbur McClaughry

Putman Township Clerk
Republican Party
                    
Cuba Resident for 56 years
Cuba High School Graduate
Putman Township Clerk for 28 years
Retired from Amax Coal Company in 1992

Member of:
Cuba Christian Church
Lewistown Odd Fellow Lodge 51
Lewistown Rebekah Lodge 566
Cuba Masonic Lodge
Cuba American Legion

Married to wife Harriett 59 years


James J. Padowan

JAMES J. PADOWAN--CANDIDATE PUTMAN TOWNSHIP CLERK
23794  N HIAWATHA PT

AGE 77
HEALTH EXCELLENT

WORK EXPERIENCE
HONEYWELL EDP SYSTEMS SUPERVISOR
ROCKFORD BLUE CROSS DATA PROCESSING SUPERVISOR
LINN LANES OWNER/MANAGER

GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE
PUTMAN TOWNSHIP CEMETERY BOARD
PUTMAN TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE

EDUCATION
ST.BEDE HIGH SCHOOL
WESTERN ILLINOIS
ROCKFORD COLLEGE
NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
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