John Noel Public Transit Conference with RTA Chairman Kirk Dillard

Headline DuPage Public Transit Conference
Wheaton… DuPage County will host the John Noel Public Transit Conference with RTA Chairman Kirk Dillard as the featured speaker at 8 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton.
The theme this year will be “Marketing Suburban Transit.” The conference annually brings together leaders of the regional public transit providers to share past successes, describe the evolution of public transit services and learn about pertinent topics pertaining to public transit services in DuPage County. In addition, an interactive panel discussion on current transit marketing efforts will be moderated by the RTA’s Acting Executive Director Leanne Redden.
WHO: DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin, RTA Chairman Kirk Dillard, Metra Executive Director & CEO Don Orseno, County Board Member Liz Chaplin, CTA Vice President of Planning & Federal Affairs Michael McLaughlin, PACE Executive Director TJ Ross and RTA Acting Executive Director Leanne P. Redden
WHAT: John Noel Public Transit Conference
WHEN: 8 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24
WHERE: Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. There will be no charge for parking.

Rhetoric versus Reality in the House 81 Race

Despite his personal willingness to raise property taxes in the face of falling home values, Sandack is attempting to smear his opponent Elizabeth “Liz” Chaplin as a profligate spendthrift, despite her record of frugality while serving on the DuPage Water Commission. In 2009 and 2010, while Mayor Sandack was busy raising Downers Grove real estate taxes, Chaplin was being recognized for her successful fight to impose fiscal restraint at the DuPage Water Commission.

Chicago TribuneCommunity Contributor Liz Chaplin for Illinois

Rep. Ron Sandack, the incumbent in the 81st District House race, is vigorously touting a plan to freeze property taxes when property values decline, a move he says would force our towns, villages and school districts to “manage their money better.”
But his attempt to reinvent himself as an anti-tax crusader falls flat when his record as mayor of Downers Grove is considered. At the end of 2009, Downers Grove adopted its FY10 budget. This budget included a 12% increase in property taxes even though total assessed valuation was predicted (and did) remain flat.
In Fall 2010, the Village adopted its last budget under Mayor Sandack, for FY11. The FY11 budget documents foresaw a 5% decline in total assessed valuation but nevertheless included a 7% increase in the property tax levy. The FY12 budget, adopted at the end of 2011, did include a reduction in the property tax levy, but that budget was adopted after Martin Tully took office as mayor.

You can read more here.

Keeping our seat at the Senate Bill 16 negotiating table

Ron Sandack’s “vouchers or bust” response to Senate Bill 16 would leave our schools without effective representation during the tumultuous legislative debate that will surely ensue next spring.

Senate Bill 16 is unacceptable, however the status quo also is unacceptable. Illinois needs to increase its total appropriation for education.

Community Contributor Liz Chaplin for 
Chicago Tribune – Trib Local

The Illinois General Assembly will almost certainly address school funding issues, including Senate Bill 16, when it convenes next year. Whether our local schools here in the 81st District will have an effective advocate in Springfield will depend on who will be our representative after the November election.
In its current form, SB16 would reduce state aid to Community High School District 99 and its associated elementary school districts by nearly $11 million. The bill also would lop $9.4 million dollars in state aid from Naperville Community School District 203. The current proposal is to divert money to downstate school districts that face more severe fiscal pressure than most suburban schools.

You can read the full story here.

This Week’s Meetings

Columbus Day – County Offices Closed
10/13/2014 12:00:00 AMMonday, October 13, 2014

  • Finance Committee, 8 a.m.
    Tuesday, October 14, 2014
    421 N. County Farm Rd., County Board Room
  • Technology Committee, 9 a.m.
    Tuesday, October 14, 2014
    421 N. County Farm Rd., 3500-B
  • Strategic Planning Committee, 9:30 a.m.
    Tuesday, October 14, 2014
    421 N. County Farm Rd., 3500-A
  • County Board Meeting, 10 a.m.
    Tuesday, October 14, 2014
    421 N. County Farm Rd., County Board Room
  • Property Taxes: Payment deadline to avoid publication of delinquent taxes in newspaper
    Wednesday, October 15, 2014
  • Sheriff’s Merit Commission, 8:30 a.m.
    Thursday, October 16, 2014
    421 N. County Farm Rd., 3500-A
  • Public Transit Committee, 7:30 a.m.
    Tuesday, October 21, 2014
    421 N. County Farm Rd., 3500-A
  • More…

    School vouchers divide Chaplin and her opponent

    Liz Chaplin opposes diverting taxpayer money to private and for-profit schools. Ron Sandack supports taking money from our local school budgets to pay tuition at private and for-profit schools.

    We have great public schools in the 81st District; schools that deserve to be protected from external threats such as school voucher schemes.

    School vouchers divide Chaplin and Sandackwww.chicagotribune.comSome differences between Illinois House District 81 candidates Liz Chaplin and Ron Sandack are becoming more clear.

    This Week’s Meetings


    Chicago, suburbs tell U.S. to tighten crude – oil train rules

    With the help of DuPage County Board member Jim Healy, Jim and I were able to bring a resolution to the board regarding tank car standards. The resolution was passed unanimously. The resolution was submitted by the county to the Pipeline and Hazardous Safety Administration last week.

    The Chicago Tribune reports

    Warning that a crude-oil train derailment in the densely populated Chicago area could result in “unthinkable” devastation, city and suburban officials are calling for stricter rules on hazardous material shipments than the federal government has proposed.
    “An incident in a heavily populated area of the city could potentially impact thousands of people in the immediate vicinity of a hazardous materials release or explosion,” the city said in documents filed with federal regulators.

    You can read more here.