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High school students will debate ballot issues

October 20th, 2010 . by admin

High school debate students will argue pros and cons of term limits and at-large districts to help prepare voters for referenda questions

On the heels of two presentations in late September regarding the City Council referenda that will appear on the Nov. 2 ballot, the Naperville Voters Education League began preparing another presentation to heighten awareness. The NVEL will host a debate from 7-9PM, Thurs., Oct. 28, in City Council Chambers at the Naperville Municipal Center., 400 S. Eagle St.   The debate will be broadcast live on NCTV Channel 17,  Channel 6 WOW and Channel 10 Comcast.   What sets this debate apart from previous presentations is that it will feature students from Naperville North High School in Naperville Unit School District 203 and Neuqua Valley High School in Indian Prairie Unit School District 204. The students will argue the pros and cons of term limits and at-large districts for future City Council members and the Mayor.   Chuck Schlabach, past president of the Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation, will serve as moderator.

“Students from Naperville North and Neuqua Valley should prove to be an awesome 203 vs. 204 debate,” said Bill Eagan, chairman of the Naperville Voters Education League. “We appreciate this collaborative effort that includes the city, NCTV, council members, Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation, both school districts and especially the students as we try to educate the community about the issues before voters on Nov. 2.”

Approximately 90 minutes will be set for the debate and the remaining 30 minutes will be dedicated to questions from the audience. Questions can be e-mailed in advance to

The JSA teams will debate term limits for 45 minutes, followed by districts for 45 minutes; one team will argue pro for one issue and con against the other.

In an earlier effort to educate the community about referenda questions that will appear on the Nov. 2 ballot, the League of Women Voters hosted a panel discussion on Sept. 29.   Further, the Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation held its discussion on Sept. 30. Moderated by Barb Dwyer, the panel featured remarks and insights by Councilman Doug Krause, LWV President Jane Barnes, Councilman Jim Boyajian and NVEL Chairman Bill Eagan.

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