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     October 22, 2020      #55-296 KDJ

Schneider won't seek re-election in Herscher 

By Lee Provost

HERSCHER — Longtime Herscher Mayor Ray Schneider announced he will not be seeking a fourth consecutive term and will retire upon the conclusion of his term this coming spring.

Schneider, 65, has been Herscher mayor since May 2009. Upon his retirement, Schneider will have served six terms as mayor in the village. He served three terms beginning in 1989, before he had to step away due to other commitments.

He returned in 2009 and was re-elected in 2013 and 2017.

He said this week that he had been considering stepping away from the position and came to that decision recently. He informed the six-member board at Monday’s village board meeting.

“It’s time for me to step away. I’ve been at this long enough. We want to travel more,” he said.

A longtime employee with Chicago Bridge & Iron, Schneider retired in June 2019.

Village Trustee Shannon Sweeney, 49, who will be concluding his eighth year on the board this spring, has announced his candidacy to become the next mayor.

To date, no one else has announced for the position. The municipal election will be held on the April 6.

A native of Chebanse, the youngest of 13 children of the late Don and Zita Sweeney, Sweeney is the owner/operator of Sweeney Trucking Inc., of Herscher. He’s been a village resident for 30 years.

A 1989 graduate of Clifton Central High School, Sweeney said his goal will be to keep the village of just over 1,500 in southwestern Kankakee County moving along the path set by Schneider.

“We have good relationships on the board. We all work together. Mayor Schneider has done an outstanding job for this village. I thought when he would step down I would consider this. I thought it would be a little more down the road,” he said.

“Ray has done a great job. It will be my aim to continue that.”

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