DuPage County Board Using Taxpayer Dollars To Push For Corporate Tax Subsidies

The EDGE Tax program was initiated in 1999 under Governor George Ryan. The purpose of the program is new job creation and investment in Illinois through the award of tax credits to eligible businesses.

Since the inception of the program in 1999 there is no evidence that tax credits help corporations in creating jobs or retaining jobs.  The state keeps no record of how many jobs have been created under the EDGE program.

The Chicago Tribune examined the program two years ago and found that two of every three businesses that completed the incentive program failed to maintain the number of employees they agreed to retain or hire. The analysis suggests that tax credits often do little to help companies expand or create sustainable jobs. A pattern of deals emerges in which businesses lobbied for maximum rewards and minimum requirements — and the state said yes. Since EDGE began, two dozen businesses collectively eliminated nearly 3,000 employees and remained eligible for tax breaks.

You can read the full report here .

Instead of the employees income taxes going to help things such as infrastructure, schools, park districts and libraries the EDGE Tax program allows employers to keep the employees money they’ve withheld for income tax purposes.

The  state has had 15 plus years to figure this program out.  Now they want to reinvent the program with THRIVE. A clever change in acronym but not much in the way of substance.

The DuPage County 2017 Legislative Agenda includes support of the EDGE Tax Credit program.  DuPage County lobbyists, who are paid with your hard earned tax dollars, will work to keep corporate tax programs alive whether it be the EGDE, THRIVE or some other program.

You can find information on DuPage County Lobbyists here.

You can find the DuPage County Legislative Agenda (packet page 606) here.

DUPAGE COUNTY BOARD EVENING MEETING 2/28@7:00 PM

 

All Meetings are held at 421 N. County Farm Rd. Wheaton

COMMITTEE DATE TIME LOCATION

Public Transit           2/28          5:00 PM          3-500A

Legislative                 2/28           5:30  PM         3-500A

Technology                2/28           5:30  PM          County Board Room

Finance                       2/28            6:00 PM          County Board Room

County Board             2/28             7:00PM          County Board Room

ADDITIONAL MEETINGS

Sheriff’s Merit Commission    3/2      8:30 AM    3-500A

Zoning Board of Appeals          3/2       5:30 PM     3-500B

You can find meeting agendas and minutes here.

 

 

COMMITTEE SCHEDULE Week of February 20-24, 2017

 

All Meetings are held at 421 N. County Farm Rd. Wheaton

COMMITTEE                                  DATE              TIME                      LOCATION

Judicial Public safety                    2/21                8:15 AM                   3-500B

Economic Development              2/21                 8:45 AM                 3-500A

Public Works                                   2/21                 9:15 AM                  3-500B

Transportation                               2/21                 10:00 AM               3-500B

Health and Human Services       2/21                 10:15 AM                3-500A

Animal Care and Control             2/21                  10:30 AM              3-500B

Development                                   2/21                  11:00 AM              3-500B

 You can find meeting agendas and minutes here.

THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF DUPAGE AND THE DEMOCRATIC WOMEN OF DUPAGE OPPOSE ELECTION COMMISSION MERGER

The Democratic Party of DuPage County and The Democratic Women of DuPage County are opposing the merger between the DuPage County Election Commission and the DuPage County Clerk’s Office and rightly so.

DuPage County officials claim that the election commission is “bipartisan”but  nothing could be farther from the truth.  The leadership of the Democratic Party of DuPage recommendation for our representation on the election commission has been continually ignored.

Not only is DuPage County home to some of the highest paid elected officials our appointed election commissioners earn a salary of $27,500 per year. The only other county with an election commission is Peoria.  Their election commissioners make $3,200 per year, if they choose to take the stipend.

HB 294 was introduced by Illinois State Representative David Olsen. The bill makes the position of county election commissioners unpaid. Given the history of the DuPage County Board being very generous when it comes to paying elected and appointed officials we are now asked to believe that will change due to the merger. The Democratic Party of DuPage is in full support of HB 294.

The Naperville Sun reports the following

Partisan fears emerge as county election commission merger moves forward

Gary Gibula

With the process to merge the DuPage Election Commission into the DuPage County Clerk’s Office under way, some citizens are concerned over elements of the consolidation.

Among five points of contention, members of the Democratic Women of DuPage County group said, is the county board chairman, Dan Cronin, a Republican, should not choose the Democratic members of the new election board.

“It’s important that we not have cross-party appointments,” said Jennifer Barron, a Naperville attorney and group member. “When the party in power is appointing a representative of the party not in power, that’s not truly bipartisan. It’s not even a Republican-Democrat issue, it’s a citizen issue because everyone should want transparency and for both parties to be represented fairly.”

The Democratic Party of DuPage County, which is not affiliated with the women’s group, similarly approves of the merger idea but with several differing caveats.

“This legislation should require qualified individuals with knowledge and interest in the election process before someone is appointed a commissioner,” party Chairman Bob Peickert said. “A complete implementation plan also should be required before this can be seriously considered.”

Jean Kaczmarek, of Glen Ellyn, said she had no confidence Cronin’s process for making political appointments.

You can read the full story here.

 

COMMITTEE SCHEDULE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 13-17, 2017

All Meetings are held at 421 N. County Farm Rd. Wheaton

                       COMMITTEE                   DATE              TIME                 LOCATION 

                             Finance                               2/14                8:00 AM            County Board Room

                            Technology                        2/14                9:00 AM            County Board Room

                             Legislative                          2/14                9:15 AM             3-500A

                           County Board                     2/14                10:00 AM          County Board Room

                           DuPage Herion                   2/14                12:00  PM         3-500B

                                                            Additional Meetings

                           ETBS                                      2/14                  8:40 AM           3-500B

                           Election Commission       2/15                  4:00 PM           3-500A

                           Sheriff’s Merit Commission     2/16          8:30 AM          3-500A

                                            You can find meeting agendas and minutes here.

 

DuPage County is opposing legislation to eliminate the $27,500 annual salary paid to members of the county’s board of election commissioners

Although I’m not a member of the Legislative Committee I did attend the February 7th meeting. I specifically went to speak in favor of supporting HB0294 which eliminates the $27,500 annual salary paid to members of the DuPage County Election Commission .  I spoke about the importance of the integrity of our electoral process. I agree with Representative Olsen’s statement that members should “serve for the right reasons, which is to serve the people and ensure the election process is carried out properly.”

Of the voting members of the Legislative Committee Commissioner Tim Elliott was the only dissenting vote.

What this means is that the DuPage County Board is using your tax dollars to pay lobbyists to make sure this legislation never sees the light of day.

The Daily Herald reports the following

Robert Sanchez

DuPage against state eliminating pay for election panel

DuPage County is opposing legislation to eliminate the $27,500 annual salary paid to members of the county’s board of election commissioners.

The county board’s legislative committee this week voted 4-1 to lobby state lawmakers to reject the proposal that calls for county election commissioners to serve in an unpaid capacity.
John Curran, chairman of the legislative committee, said most members of the panel don’t want Springfield to mandate what the pay should or shouldn’t be.

“Leave it to the local government — the county board — to determine what compensation is appropriate for the county’s electoral board,” Curran said.

State Rep. David Olsen, a Downers Grove Republican, proposed eliminating the pay for DuPage election commissioners after county officials announced a plan to ask the state to merge the election commission with the county clerk’s office.

Olsen said having an unpaid election commission board would help ensure members are “serving for the right reasons, which is to serve the people and ensure the election process is carried out properly.”

You can read the full story here.

Lisle, Downers Grove, Darien and Westmont Residents-DuPage County Seeking Public Comment on St. Joseph Creek Watershed Plan

Press Release issued by DuPage County

Contact Mary Mitros

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

DuPage County Opens Public Comment Period for St. Joseph Creek Watershed Plan
The DuPage County Stormwater Management Planning Committee voted today to open the public comment period for the draft St. Joseph Creek Water Quality Watershed-Based Plan. The public comment period will be open from Feb. 7 through March 9.

The plan outlines projects and programs that may improve water quality throughout the St. Joseph Creek Watershed, which includes portions of Darien, Westmont, Downers Grove and Lisle, as well as unincorporated DuPage County. Once both DuPage County and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) approve the draft plan, the County, municipalities and other private and public stakeholders may apply for IEPA grant funding to carry out initiatives identified in the plan.

DuPage County Stormwater Management will also hold a public meeting to discuss the draft watershed plan on Thursday, February 23, 2017 from noon to 1:00 p.m. in room 3500B of the County’s Administration Building, 421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton.

The draft watershed plan is available online at http://www.dupageco.org/EDP/Stormwater_Management/6597/ . In addition, hard copies are available for review at DuPage County’s Administration Building during normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Comments on the draft watershed plan must be submitted in writing by the close of business on March 9. Comments may be submitted via email to Water.Quality@dupageco.org or by mail to Mary Beth Falsey, c/o Department of Stormwater Management, 421 North County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 60187.

COMMITTEE SCHEDULE Week of February 6-10, 2017

All meetings are held at 421 N. County Farm Rd. Wheaton

STORMWATER

2/7

7:30 AM

County Board Room

 

JUDICIAL/PUBLIC SAFETY

2/7

8:15 AM

3-500B

 

LEGISLATIVE

2/7

8:30AM

3-500A

 

ENVIRONMENTAL

2/7

8:45 AM

3-500A

 

PUBLIC WORKS

2/7

9:15  AM

3-500B

 

TRANSPORTATION

2/7

10:00 AM

3-500B

 

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

2/7

10:15 AM

3-500A

 

ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL

Cancelled

2/7

 

 

DEVELOPMENT

2/7

11:00 AM

3-500B

 

ADDITIONAL MEETINGS

HOME ADVISORY GROUP

2/7

11:30 AM or immediately following Development

3-500B

 

CDC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

11:35 AM or immediately following Home Advisory Group

3-500B

EMERGENCY TELEPHONE SYSTEM BOARD – POLICY

Cancelled

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

2/9

5:30 PM

3-500B

YOU CAN FIND COPIES OF AGENDAS AND MINUTES here .

Democratic Party of DuPage Issues Statement on Immigration

On December 5, 2016 I was sworn-in as a member of the DuPage County Board. On that day I took an oath that I would uphold the laws of our country. I am in full support of my parties position in response to President Trump’s executive order on immigration that restricts the entry of Muslims to the United States.

 

PRESS RELEASE
January 30, 2017
Bob Peickert
Democratic Party of DuPage County
1000-7 Rohlwing Rd.
Lombard 60148

 
President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, intended to fulfill a campaign promise to restrict entry of Muslims to the United States, is an affront to our American values and to the very essence of what makes this country great. Diversity is one of our country’s greatest strengths, but this order is plainly discriminatory and flies in the face of that attribute.  Moreover, it acts to turn our back on the most vulnerable, when we have long been the country offering refuge and a safe haven to those fleeing persecution. The Democratic Party of DuPage County recognizes that each and every one of us was an immigrant at one time, and stands firmly in solidarity with those seeking refuge or new life in the United States.  We acknowledge that diversity is one of our greatest assets, and we strongly condemn this measure as inhumane and de facto racial and religious profling.  We urge lawmakers to voice their opposition to this order, and to work to ensure that our nation continues to live up to the words engraved on the Statue of Liberty, and etched in the pages of our Constitution.

Protecting Our Water In DuPage County

Humans need a few basic necessities to live. Food, shelter, clean air and water.

Yesterday while congressional republicans were dismantling regulations aimed at preventing coal mining debris being dumped into streams I was advocating for greater participation from DuPage County  municipalities to join the DuPage River Salt Creek Workgroup’s Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to voluntarily agree to exclude the purchase and use of coal tar based sealants.

Coal tar is a sealcoat sealant which contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PHAs).The EPA has found PHA’s to be harmful to humans and the environment. You can find the EPA findings here .

My entry into politics was out of concern not design.  I became involved after our well water was found to be contained with three times the legal limit of TCE and PCE.  For two and a half long years we lived off bottled water.  We could not cook, drink or bathe with our water.  When showering we had to run the exhaust fan or leave a window open to prevent us from breathing in the fumes.

As elected officials we have a duty to provide for the general welfare of our constituents.

Below is a list of participating municipalities:

Downers Grove Sanitary District
Glenbard Wastewater Authority
City of Elmhurst
City of Naperville
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
Village of Bloomingdale
Village of Lombard
Village of Addison
Village of Downers Grove
Village of Westmont
Village of Woodridge
Wheaton Sanitary District.

You can read about the congressional republicans actions here .