This Week’s Meetings


DuPage Hosts Informational Meeting Regarding 75th Street Construction Project on Feb. 27

Friday, February 21, 2014 4:16 PM

DuPage County IL Seal
DuPage County 
421 N. County Farm Road Wheaton, Illinois 60187 630-407-6060 s Twitter:  @dupagecounty s Facebook:  DuPage County Board

DuPage Hosts Informational Meeting Regarding
75th Street Construction Project on Feb. 27
Wheaton – Residents and business leaders are invited to attend a public information meeting on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, hosted by the DuPage County Division of Transportation regarding construction along 75th Street which is scheduled to begin in April.
The public information meeting will be held from 4 to 7p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Ashton Place, 341 W. 75th Street, Willowbrook. During the “open house,” exhibits depicting the improvements will be on display. In addition, County representatives will answer questions and provide more information.
The construction project, which is set to begin in April, will take place along 75th Street between Adams Street and Plainfield Road. The improvements include:
·         Reconstructing and widening 75th Street between Adams Street and Plainfield Road to provide an additional lane in each direction separated by a landscape barrier median;
·         Storm sewer installation;
·         Traffic signal modernization; and
·         Intersection improvements at Adams Street, Cass Avenue and Plainfield Road.
For more information, contact DuPage County Division of Transportation at (630) 407-6900.

The Office of Business Diversity and Civil Rights for Metra is planning a training event for Disadvantage Business Enterprise

The Office of Business Diversity and Civil Rights for Metra is planning a training event for Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification on Thursday, March 27, 2014.  
Interested participants can register at the link below.

Flood Watch for DuPage County

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for DuPage County, overnight tonight through early tomorrow evening.  As such, the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (OHSEM) is encouraging residents to be prepared.  Residents are encouraged to view the “Flood Safety Checklist” visit that can be found on

This Week’s Events & Meetings




                                                            Presented by

                       The League of Women Voters of Downers Grove/Woodridge/Lisle

This is an important local, regional and national concern.

What are the causes of the problem? 
What’s being done about it?
What can YOU do to increase water quality, and
   reduce costs and flooding?
DATE:  Wednesday, February 19, 2014 TIME: 7:00 pm
PLACE: Lincoln Center 
935 Maple Avenue, Room 509
Downers Grove

Hal Sprague Water Policy Manager for Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT),
                          an innovations center for urban sustainability                                   
Kay McKeen Executive Director of SCARCE, educating and building
                         sustainable communities since 1990
Karen Daulton Lange       Storm Water Administrator for the Village of Downers
The League of Women Voters welcomes everyone to this public information meeting.
For additional information, see the local League website,, or contact Hilary Denk at 630-724-9528 or
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization, dedicated to making democracy work through voter education, issue advocacy, and citizen participation.

DuPage County Proposed Action Plan for CDBG Disaster RecoveryFunds

In anticipation of receiving $7,000,000 in Disaster Relief funding, DuPage County has prepared a Proposed Action Plan for use of the funds.  A public comment period will run through Friday, February 21, 2014.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant is in response to the declared major disasters in DuPage County, specifically the April, 2013 flooding.

You can find detailed information on the Action Plan using the provided links:

  • Citizen Participation Plan (PDF)
  • Citizen Participation Plan in Spanish (PDF)
  • Action Plan Executive Summary (PDF)
  • Action Plan Executive Summary in Spanish (PDF)
  • CDBG-DR DuPage Action Plan

    More news on the graduated income tax

    The Naperville Sun’s Hank Beckman reports the following

    DuPage County Board comes out against progressive income tax

    “The state’s problems cannot be solve by cutting (spending) alone … the state needs revenue,” County Board member Liz Chaplin (D-Downers Grove) said in opposition to the resolution.

    Chaplin also said that the business of addressing the state income tax was “not germane to county business … let the voters decide.”

    Chaplin’s Democratic colleagues no the board backed her up completely.

    “Nobody here is anti-business,” Tony Michelassi (D-Aurora), said, but he agreed with Chaplin that the matter was one best addressed by the General Assembly.
    He also pointed out that the board had taken no action to keep Office Max in Naperville before they left and took their 1,600 Illinois jobs to Florida.
    Michelassi accused some of those opposing a referendum of merely seeking a “credential for future office” and pointed out that some polls showed up to a 77 percent approval rating among the public for the graduated tax.

    You can read the full story here

    You can learn more about the progressive income tax here and here.

    DuPage takes symbolic stand against progressive tax

    The Daily Herald Reports

    DuPage takes symbolic stand against progressive tax you can read the full story  here.

    The out come of the meeting was no surprise but what was surprising was the amount of people that came to support the Graduated Income Tax on a very cold winter morning.  The fact that we were able to rally so many people in such a short period of time is amazing.  We had a variety of speakers representing the true diversity of  our community .  The energy and momentum for a Graduated Income tax was not to be dismissed.  

    You can learn more about the Graduated Income Tax here and here.

    Let the Voters Decide on the Graduated Income Tax

    This Tuesday the DuPage County board is going to vote to take away the voice of the people by formally opposing the Graduated Income Tax Legislation.  By passing this resolution the board is encouraging the General Assembly to vote “no”on their joint resolutions, essentially removing the citizens from the equation. The vote will allow the DuPage County board to use your hard earned to tax dollars to pay lobbyists to keep you out of the political process. Citizens should be encouraged to be actively engaged in their government and they should certainly be given the opportunity to have a say in how they are taxed, no matter what side of the debate they are on.

    If having a say in your government is important to you, come let your voice be heard!

    When:   Tuesday, February 11, 2014

    Where:  DuPage County
                  3rd Floor 
                  421 N. County Farm Rd
                  Wheaton, Il 60187

    Time:    10:00 a.m.

    You can find information on the Graduated Income Tax here and here.