Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Forest District commissioners must fight to keep DuPage Forest District separate from the County Board or risk huge step backwards to 1988.
Wednesday, March 13
I am reading about this Deb Conroy (D-46th Elmhurst) legislation to eliminate the DuPage County Forest Preserve District commissioners' pay and the bill to move over their responsibilities to the DuPage County Board members. This does seem like a huge step backwards in time, to 23 years ago. In 1988, the County Board commissioners and committees eagerly thought that an incinerator on Forest Preserve district property would solve their revenue problems. I became a Board Member of CHASE, the citizens group that fought this county plan, and then the "Landfill Beyond our Lifetime" plan. The idea 21 years ago then was to fully separate the County Board from the interests of the Forest Preserve District lands so that the county could not make …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
DuPage County Board approves budget for fiscal year 2013 that is $7.3 million less than the previous year. The budget includes cutting seven staff positions and $16.9 million in appropriations for campus and county-wide improvements.
Written by Charlotte Eriksen The DuPage County Board Tuesday approved a Fiscal Year 2013 budget that is $7.3 million less than the previous year, according to a press release from DuPage County. DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin said in a statement the $432.6 million budget represents his commitment to reduce the financial burden of government on taxpayers. Since taking office, Cronin has reduced the County’s budget by more than $13 million, according to the release. “It is important that we demonstrate to taxpayers that government can make the sacrifices necessary to meet the bottom line. The Fiscal Year 2013 budget is a testament to that pledge," Cronin said. Finance Chairman Paul Fichtner said this is the fifth consecutive year …
Friday, November 9, 2012
The Burr Ridge mayor who had a narrow unofficial victory Tuesday night in his District 3 DuPage County Board race said he still wants to hold both offices simultaneously.
Written by Joe O'Donnell. Gary Grasso said he does not plan on stepping down as Burr Ridge's mayor if his DuPage County Board victory Tuesday night becomes official, even after DuPage voters overwhelmingly supported an advisory referendum on the ballot discouraging politicians from holding multiple elected offices at the same time. "If the results hold, I intend to hold both offices," Grasso said Wednesday morning. At the end of the night Tuesday, Grasso held an 11-vote lead over Sharon E. Bryant (33,286 votes to 33,275) for the last of three District 3 spots on the DuPage County Board. The father of six, according to the Daily Herald's candidate profile, said he's been told it might be two weeks before all provisional ballots are counted …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
DuPage County voters elected eight newcomers to the county board, along with the the first Democratic forest preserve commissioner in a decade.
DuPage County voters rejected a proposition Tuesday that asked whether elected officials should be able to hold more than one office at a time. With all 748 precincts reporting, unofficial results show that a resounding 90 percent (332,657) of DuPage County voters rejected the proposal. Only 36,571 voted "yes." The question was placed on the general election ballot after Elmhurst Mayor Peter DiCianni and Burr Ridge Mayor Gary Grasso announced their plans to run for DuPage County Board seats in Districts 2 and 3, respectively. Both DiCianni and Grasso were declared winners Tuesday. DiCianni plans to resign his current position to serve the county board. Grasso has said he wants to hold both offices. Winner: Chris Kachiroubas (R) Republican …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The Wheaton and Glen Ellyn Leagues of Women Voters with the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce host the fall 2012 candidate forum, with candidates for the 21st and 24th Senate districts, 42nd State Representative District, DuPage County Board and Forest Preserve
The Wheaton and Glen Ellyn Leagues of Women Voters and the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce tonight will host the fall 2012 candidate forum, with candidates from the 24th, 21st and 42nd state representative districts and the 4th and 6th districts of DuPage County and of the DuPage County Forest Preserve. Opposed candidates will have an opportunity to give an opening and closing statement, and answer each of four questions from the audience. State Senate, 24th District (More information: Race page) State Senate, 21st District (More information: Race page) 42nd State Representative District (More information: Race page) DuPage County, District 4 (More information: Race page) DuPage County, District 6 (More information: Race page) Forest Preserve…
Friday, September 28, 2012
DuPage County Board will address the 2013 budget during a public hearing in Naperville Oct. 3.
Friday, September 28, 2012
Residents will be able to provide their input regarding the proposed DuPage County Fiscal Year 2013 budget and capital plan during a public hearing next week in Naperville. Get news in your inbox. Sign up for the Patch newsletter. Like Lisle Patch on Facebook. The budget hearings will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Northern Illinois University Naperville Campus, 1120 E. Diehl Rd., Naperville. DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin has proposed a $431.8 million spending plan calling for a reduction in expenditures by $8.1 million. The plan, which does not increase property taxes, funds essential services such as public safety, infrastructure, human services, highway improvements in addition to drainage and storm water projects, …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Referendum is advisory; DuPage Chairman Dan Cronin says County Board duties require "undivided focus."
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Editor's Note: The following information was provided by DuPage County officials. DuPage County voters will be asked this November whether one elected official should be permitted to hold more than one elected office at the same time. The DuPage County Board Tuesday approved an advisory referendum question that will appear on the November general election ballot asking voters: “Should Illinois law permit an individual to hold two or more public elected offices simultaneously?” DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin sought the referendum question in order to gauge the public’s sentiment on the issue. Two sitting DuPage mayors are running for election to the DuPage County Board this fall, Elmhurst Mayor Pete DiCianni and Burr Ridge Mayor …
Monday, June 25, 2012
Cronin will bring the issue to the board for approval on Tuesday.
Monday, June 25, 2012
DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin has announced he will introduce a referendum question on the November ballot regarding dual office holders. According to a press release from the county, if the County Board approves an advisory referendum, it would ask voters if Illinois law should permit an individual to hold two or more local elected offices simultaneously. Cronin will introduce the measure at the County Board meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, at the County Board room at 421 N. County Farm Road in Wheaton. The issue of dual elected duty is pertinent to two DuPage County mayors who are running for County Board, Elmhurst Mayor Peter DiCianni and Burr Ridge Mayor Gary Grasso. Both have said they would like to retain their …
Monday, April 30, 2012
DuPage County Election Commission Chairman Rick Carney resigns at the request of County Board Chairman Dan Cronin, following a report that concluded the commission practiced poor ethics and procurement procedures.
DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin today accepted the resignation of DuPage Election Commission Chairman J.P. “Rick” Carney. Carney proffered his resignation was over the weekend, according to a press release from DuPage County. Cronin and a majority of the County Board members requested Carney step down after a report concluded the Commission had poor procurement and ethics practices, according to the release. “I appreciate Rick stepping aside to allow us to start anew with fresh leadership at the Election Commission,” Cronin said in a statement. “We appreciate his service and wish him well in the future.” Carney has served as chairman of the Commission since 2006 and his term ends in January 2013. Through state statute, Cronin …
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
DiCianni is proud of his endorsements and record of accomplishment.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Sen. Ron Sandack had pledged his support for me back in November of last year. He was noted on my mail piece, along with nine other state legislators, endorsing my candidacy for early voting back in late March. Last week, I was disappointed when the senator called me to say he was pulling his endorsement. While I questioned his timing, I told him I would remove him from any future campaign material, which I did. My endorsement mailer includes former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan, Republican leadership in both the House and Senate, with endorsements from Leaders Cross and Radogno, Reps. Patti Bellock and Jim Durkin, 17 DuPage Mayors, six DuPage County officials, inlcuding DuPage Forest Preserve District President Dewey Perotti, and …