KEEPING A CAMPAIGN PROMISE-SALARY REIMBURSEMENT 2ND INSTALLMENT

DuPage County is home to some of the highest paid elected officials in the state.  That is why in May of 2016 I voted against the increase in pay for members of the county board and county wide elected officials. When I ran for re-election in 2016 I said I would not accept the increase in pay.

Below is the pay scale adopted by ordinance in May of 2016 for members of the DuPage County Board. The salary prior to the increase was $50,079.

Effective December 5, 2016

Effective December 4, 2017

Effective December 3, 2018

Effective December 2, 2019

$51,081 (2%)

$52,102 (2%)

$52,102 (0%)

$52,102 (0%)

In order to be in compliance with the Illinois Constitution DuPage County was obligated to pay me the salary adopted by ordinance.

SECTION 11. COMPENSATION AND ALLOWANCES
    A member shall receive a salary and allowances as
provided by law, but changes in the salary of a member shall
not take effect during the term for which he has been
elected.

Wanting to keep my promise to not accept the pay increase I contacted DuPage County Assistant State’s Attorney Rick Veenstra.  Through a series of emails and phone conversations we were able to find a solution.  The board members are paid from the general fund. The logical thing to do was to return the money to the general fund. Each quarter I will write a check payable to DuPage County and have it deposited into the county’s general fund.  For 2017 the quarterly payments will be $300.00. In 2018 the quarterly  payments will increase to $505.75

Below is the receipt for the second reimbursement installment.  You can read about the first reimbursement installment here .

Board Member Deposit Receipt from Treasurer - 6-27-17

DUPAGE COUNTY BOARD TO DISCUSS VIDEO GAMING

In August of 2009 DuPage County was the first County in Illinois to ban video gaming in unincorporated areas of DuPage.

The Finance Committee is holding a Special Call Meeting on June 13th to discuss whether to keep or lift the video gaming ban.

The meeting will be held at 7:30 AM in the County Board Room located at 421 N. County Farm Road,  Wheaton, IL 60187.

You can read more about the 2009 video gaming ban here .

You can find the complete Finance Committee Agenda here .

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Environment

Although not a member of the DuPage County Environmental Committee, I attended the meeting. It is always such a pleasure to listen to Kay McKeen of SCARCE. The mission of SCARCE is to inspire people, through education, to preserve & care for our Earth’s natural resources, while working to build sustainable communities. McKeen’s passion is almost infectious. When she talks about the children and the schools and all the amazing things they are doing to make our planet a better place you just can’t help but be drawn in.

DuPage County has been a leader in environmental initiatives and funding programs. DuPage County has pursued green initiatives for many years going back as far as 1965. A few of the other initiatives include the DuPage County Trail System Improvement Plan, Open Burning Ban, Recycling Programs On-Campus, 2000 Weatherization Program, 2005 LED Traffic Signal Upgrade and in 2009 RxBox Pharmaceutical Collections.

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In 2008 DuPage County reaffirmed their commitment to protecting the environment with the adoption of the Environmental Responsibility & Conservation Policy.  Today I asked that the county reaffirm its commitment to the environment considering the United States pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement last week. The committee members came to the consensus that there was no need to reaffirm our commitment because the Environmental Committees Strategic Plan was sufficient and the United States opting out of the Paris Climate Agreement was not germane to county business.

Imagine the impact it would have had for DuPage County to be the first county to publicly reaffirm our commitment to the environment.

You can find the 2011 Environmental Progress Report  here.

You can find the 2016 Environmental Strategic Plan Update here.

You can find information about SCARCE here .

You can find information on the Environmental Committee here .Untitled design

DuPage County Board Committee Schedule-Week of June 5-9, 2017

 

All meetings are held at 421 N. County Farm Rd. Wheaton unless otherwise noted.Untitled design

STORMWATER
6/6
7:30 AM
County Board Room

JUDICIAL/PUBLIC SAFETY
6/6
8:15 AM
3-500B

ENVIRONMENTAL
6/6
8:45 AM
3-500B

PUBLIC WORKS
6/6
9:15 AM
3-500A

TRANSPORTATION
6/6
10:00 AM
3-500B

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
6/6
10:15 AM
3-500B

ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL
6/6
10:30
3-500B

DEVELOPMENT
6/6
11:00 AM
3-500B

ADDITIONAL MEETINGS

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
6/8
6:00 PM
3-500B

BOARD OF HEALTH
6/8
6:15 PM
Health Dept. 111 N. County Farm Rd, LL Conf. Rm 1