Wheaton LWV – Flooding from the Ground Up

For those interested fell free to stop by my Fundraiser at The Brick House on April 21, 2016  before attending this most important presentation by the Wheaton LWV. Click on the provided link for more information Fundraiser.

from 5:00 – 7:30 and then head to the Wheaton LWV – Flooding from the Ground Up.

Wheaton LWV

Wheaton, IL, United States ·
Flooding from the Ground Up
on Thursday, April 21, from 7 to 9 p.m.
at the Wheaton Park District Community Center
1777 S. Blanchard Road, Wheaton

One hundred year floods don’t happen every one hundred years. Three years ago, the League of Women Voters of Wheaton planned an April program about flooding in our area, and it had to be cancelled due to severe flooding. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!

The LWV of Wheaton welcomes the public to a free program titled “Stormwater: From the Ground Up”.

Our speaker will be Krista Grimm, an urban planner, current Vice President of the LWV Lake Michigan Region, and Water Issues Specialist for LWV of Illinois. Her presentation, funded by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, will focus on 1) why flooding is happening more frequently, 2) negative impacts on the environment from greater stormwater, and 3) green infrastructure solutions, primarily aimed at homeowners, but relevant to municipalities, too.

Please join the League on April 21st for an interesting and informative evening.

East Branch DuPage River Watershed Workshop


East Branch DuPage River Watershed Workshop
By: The Conservation Foundation

Event Description
The permeable-paving parking lot at the Morton Arboretum includes bioswales to filter and reduce the amount of runoff from the parking lot. Michelle Cantania, Soil Science Research Assistant, from the Morton Arboretum, is going to report on the research detailing what tree species were best at removing stormwater from bioswales and cycling runoff back into the atmosphere and other results of their research.
Along with the presentation on Morton Arboretum’s research, Daniella Peireira, Regional Forester, at Openlands will be discussing the TreeKeeper program. Since 1991, more than 1,700 trained volunteers have provided “eyes and ears on the ground” year round in neighborhoods all over Chicagoland to identify potential tree-related problems and lead neighbors in tree planting and tree care. Daniella is going to discuss their TreeKeepers program and how the volunteers help in a variety of situations.
11:45-12:00 Registration/Lunch
12:00-12:45 Morton Arboretum – Benefits of Trees in Bioswales
Michelle Catania, Soil Science Research Assistant, Water Quality Supervisor, Morton Arboretum- Michelle manages laboratory and field projects at The Morton Arboretum. Under the direction of Dr. Bryant Scharenbroch, they focused on the study of urban soils and their (in)ability to support urban trees. They examine above-and below -ground tree growth parameters aiming to improve the overall performance in such harsh environments. Michelle has an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Plant Science and a Masters of Science in the Department of Geography from Northern Illinois University. In her free time, she trains 2 young boys (9 months and 4 years-old) to be human. Michelle will be presenting Bryant’s recent publication titled “Tree Species Suitability to Bioswales and Impact on Urban Water Budget” published in the Journal of Environmental Quality Special Section, The Urban Forest and Ecosystem Services. The Morton Arboretum’s main parking lot is on of the first and largest green infrastructure installations in the Midwest, constructed of permeable pavers and is situated between Meadow Lake and the East Branch of the DuPage River. The authors examined the use of trees in bioswales as a means of transpiring water back into the atmosphere. They examined (1) soil characterization and tree physiological response, (2) tree growth and condition, and (3) the water budget. Overall, the bioswales trees accounted for 46-72% of total water outputs via transpiration; thereby, reducing runoff and discharge from the parking lot, concluding that large and mature trees contribute best to bioswales function.

12:45-1:30 Organizing and Training Volunteer TreeKeepers
Daniella Pereira, Regional Forester, Openlands-
Daniella was originally from Chicago, and returned home after working for New York City’s Department of Parks and Recreation where she managed forest restoration in the Bronx and the natural areas focus of the Million Trees NYC Initiative. She also oversaw two different green job training programs where members performed hand-on service and were trained in arboriculture, environmental education, green infrastructure, and ecological restoration. While there she was recognized with the USFS Chief’s Honor Award. Daniella has B.A. in Anthropology, from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a M.S.. In Forestry, from the Michigan Technological University Since 1991, more than 1,700 trained volunteers have provided “eyes and ears on the ground” year round in neighborhoods all over Chicagoland to identify potential tree-related problems and lead neighbors in tree planting and tree care. Daniella is going to discuss their TreeKeepers program and how the volunteers help in a variety of situations.

Professional Development Hours Certificates are available for this workshop.
WHEN -Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (CDT) – Add to Calendar
WHERE – Village of Downers Grove Public Works – 5101 Walnut Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60515 – View Map
Downers Grove, IL Events Class Travel & Outdoor

DuPage County Board Receives Convalescent Center Report

Press Release
Contact Information: Joan Olson (630) 407-6015

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

DuPage County Board Receives Convalescent Center Report
On Tuesday, DuPage County Board members heard a presentation from the Center for Governmental Research (CGR) on the group’s study of the DuPage Convalescent Center. The study outlines the financial landscape influencing operation and funding for the Convalescent Center. CGR Principal Don Pryor identified several options developed to assist in planning for the Center’s future.

In August 2015, the Board approved a contract with CGR to conduct a study, and to identify alternatives regarding the financial sustainability and management of the DuPage Convalescent Center both in the short run, and for the foreseeable future. The goal was to provide an objective, third-party perspective as the County considers the best way to run the Center given an increasing need for services and reduced reimbursement patterns for funding long-term care for eligible seniors and adults with disabilities.

“The Convalescent Center’s mission is extremely important to DuPage County. This is a safety-net service that we view as critical. So, it is important for us to know we’re doing everything we can to optimize our resources as we plan for the Center’s next 100 years,” said DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin. “Getting an objective, third-party view of the Center’s operation and some viable options is part of our due diligence as we plan for the future in a rapidly-changing healthcare climate.”

Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Bob Larsen said, “Now the work really begins for those of us developing a long-term strategy for the operation of the Convalescent Center. And the conversation continues between the Board and the community, staff and residents as we work together developing this plan.” Larsen continued, “I’m grateful to Don and CGR for their diligence. And I’m grateful to our Convalescent Center residents, staff, volunteers and the Foundation Board for their ongoing devotion to our mission.”

At 11:30 a.m. April 5, members of the public are welcome to comment on the study at a special call meeting of the Health and Human Services Committee in the DuPage County Board Room on the third floor of the JTK Administration Building, 421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton.

The full report is now available for community review at www.dupageco.org/convo. Comments may be sent electronically via email at dpccstudy@dupageco.org.

Pace Public Hearings


Pace announces public hearings to discuss DuPage County service modernization plan

March 15, 2016 2:00:00 PM
Media Release Office: (847) 228-4225
Contact: Patrick Wilmot (847) 228-4225
Highlights include all-new Ogden Avenue bus route and over $1 million of new service
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL- Continuing its practice of modifying existing bus service to improve efficiency and reinvesting the savings to improve current service or add new bus routes, Pace will restructure several routes in western and central DuPage County this summer. The service agency’s service modernization plan increases the number of trains served on Metra’s BNSF Line and invests over $1 million toward new bus service in the area. Public hearings to discuss the proposed changes occur March 29, 30 and 31 in Naperville, Lisle and Downers Grove respectively. Impacted communities include Naperville, Lisle, Downers Grove, Woodridge and Lombard.
The all-new Route 722 Ogden Avenue will operate approximately every 30 minutes Monday through Saturday between the Naperville Metra Station and Yorktown Center in Lombard. A portion of the new route overlaps the existing routing of Route 714 College of Dupage – Naperville – Wheaton Connector on Ogden Avenue, so Route 714 will be rerouted to provide new service to Diehl Road and Washington Street in Naperville. Route 722 will also overlap much of the existing Route 829 Lisle – Naperville Office Corridor in the Warrenville Road area, so Route 829 would be combined with the new route. However, Route 722 will be scheduled to meet all trains currently served by Route 829 and the expanded service on Route 722 would meet two additional evening trains not served by Route 829.
“We’re working every day to improve both service and efficiency, and this proposed plan is another example of this type of effort that we have implemented successfully in numerous other parts of the region,” said PaceChairman of the Board Richard Kwasneski. “We encourage the people who live and work in the area to join us at our public hearings to learn more about the service proposal, ask questions and provide feedback that we can use to shape the final plan.”
Pace routes connecting local neighborhoods in Downers Grove with the village’s two Metra stations will be adjusted to improve efficiency by combining Route 464 West Downers Grove with Route 821 IL53/83rd St. – Belmont Metra Station and realigning Route 462 Southwest Downers Grove to have a simplified, shorter routing. The new, combined route would meet six Metra BNSF Line trains not currently served by the existing service.
In Naperville, Route 684 Naperville-Maplebrook and Route 686 Naperville-Old Farm would be combined into a single route with simplified routing, as the two current routes operate geographically close to one another. Pace analyzed ridership patterns for both routes, and the combined route will serve the areas with the highest demand for ridership to mitigate impacts on current customers. Additionally, some customers can use Route 678 Naperville-Carriage Hill, which operates on Washington Street, as an alternative. The same strategy would be employed to combine existing Route 688 Naperville-Huntington and Route 689 Naperville-Hobson Village. Again, some customers impacted by the change can consider using Route 678 as an alternative. As in Downers Grove, the new, combined routes would serve six additional Metra BNSF Line trains not met by the existing service.
The public hearings are an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the proposed changes and to ask questions and provide feedback to staff. Based on the input received, the plans may be adjusted before the Pace Board of Directors votes on whether to approve the plan at their April 13 meeting. Implementation of the service changes is tentatively scheduled for June.

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Vote Liz Chaplin March 15th

With the March Primary Election around the corner I would like to say how much I have enjoyed meeting and working with the people in District 2. 

I believe that most of you know what I stand for and know that I will work hard on your behalf. 

Please take a look back through my blog, there’s a lot of information.  If you have any questions you can contact me at 630-518-6740  or send an email to lizchaplin1@gmail.com.
Please Vote Elizabeth (Liz) Chaplin
on Tuesday March 15th

County Board Member Pensions in Question

In  June 2010  the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund performed an audit of the DuPage County Board.  As part of the audit the board had the opportunity to end this costly benefit.   The benefit would have been eliminated had the majority of the board decline to sign a form stating they work 1000 hours per year .  Instead, what happened was 12 members signed the form allowing the benefit to continue. DuPage County Board Members are not required to keep a log of hours.  

There are some weeks when I feel overwhelmed by the amount of work I put in as a member of the board. It’s hard work. I would love to tell you that I work 1000 hours per year has a member of the board however in my case that is simply not true.  That is why I have never participated in the IMRF and have forgone the pension benefit.

In 2012 eight new members were elected to the DuPage County Board. Its been six years since the IMRF did an audit of the DuPage County Board, maybe its time for another audit.

I read with interest the article in the Daily Herald  written by Lauren Rohr and Jake Griffin
Whether McHenry Co. Board works enough hours for 
pensions questioned

Municipal Retirement Fund Executive Director Louis Kosiba said Monday an audit conducted in October raised concerns about whether 18 of 24 board members who signed an affidavit of the time they put in are actually meeting those requirements. State law requires elected officials to work at least 1,000 hours per year to be eligible for the state pension.

“IMRF is not going to ignore something when it has been brought to our attention,” Kosiba told the Daily Herald editorial board. “It’s our job to ensure the system is being administered properly.”

Kosiba said it’s “highly unusual” for officials in governing bodies such as the McHenry County Board to work enough hours to be eligible for IMRF participation, as per IMRF guidelines.

Added Kosiba: “I think that undercuts their argument that they put in the hours that are required.” He noted that attending community events, election-related duties and campaigning are not eligible work hours.
Providing false information in order to receive a benefit is a felony, Kosiba said, which is why the IMRF encourages people to document their hours and understand IMRF rules.
You can read the full story here .
You can read more about the DuPage Pensions here.