By Bob Uphues
It looks as if the Riverside Township Regular Republican Organization will keep its stranglehold on the Riverside Township Board of Trustees for the next four years.
The organization is again running a full slate of candidates — all of them incumbents — while the township's Democratic organization once again is sitting out the election, which will take place on April 9, 2013.
Local Republicans held their caucus on Dec. 4 and voted to slate Richard Tuscher for township supervisor; Liane Blauw for clerk; Fran Sitkiewicz for assessor; and Matthew Decosola, John Ertler, A. Wayne Gieseman and Ann Dynako Kubiczky as trustees.
In November, Riverside Township Democratic Committeeman John Allegretti told the Landmark he was not actively seeking to put together a slate of candidates for township board.
Tuscher has been Riverside Township supervisor since he was appointed to the post in 2007, replacing Pat Pavlich, who resigned.
He was elected to his first full term as supervisor in 2009, running unopposed along with a slate identical to the one the party has decided to run in 2012.
Tuscher has been on the township board since 1997, when he and his colleagues, Ertler, Gieseman and Kubiczky, ran as part of a Republican slate that swept into office that year.
Decosola and Blauw were elected to their posts in 2009. In addition to running to retain his seat on the Riverside Township board, Decosola is also running for one of three trustee seats up for grabs in North Riverside next April.
Veteran township observers may not realize that no one will be running for the post of township collector in 2013.
Last summer the Illinois General Assembly voted to abolish the post of collector in counties where the population exceeds 2 million residents. Gov. Pat Quinn signed the measure in July.