DuPage County May Support Common Sense Gun Control Laws

Tim Elliott, my colleague on the DuPage County Board, made a very passionate and eloquent statement regarding gun violence during a recent meeting of DuPage County Legislative Committee. Tim made a recommendation that the county support a measure that would ban bump stocks that allow guns to fire more rapidly. I fully support Tim’s recommendation.

Last week I sent an email to  members of the DuPage County Health Department, Sheriff’s Office and the Chairmen of the Health and Human Service, Judicial Public Safety and Legislative committees to gather support in finding solutions that protects the 2nd amendment but will also keep our children safe by supporting common sense gun control laws.

The legislation I recommended includes SB1657 Gun Dealer Licensing (GDL) sponsored by Don Harmon. SB1657 provides that it is unlawful for a person to engage in the business of selling, leasing, or otherwise transferring firearms without a license issued by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Provides that a dealership agent other than a dealer licensee-in-charge may act on behalf of the licensed dealership without being licensed as a dealer under the Act.

Another important piece of legislation is SB559 The Lethal Violence Order of Protection (LVOP). SB559 will allow family members of people exhibiting symptoms of severe mental health crises, like the school shooter in Parkland did, to petition the courts to remove their firearms on a temporary basis.

Gun violence has become a public health crisis. I want the senseless killing of our children come to an end.  Since our federal government is failing us, it is up to us at the local level to act.

I am proud of my colleague Tim Elliott for making a bold statement on the issue of gun violence.  I look forward to working with Tim and rally support for these common sense gun reform laws that are long past due.

The Daily Herald reports the following:

Some county board members are calling on DuPage to weigh in on the gun control debate by supporting or opposing several proposals in Springfield, including a ban on bump stocks.

County board member Tim Elliott says a number of state laws are being proposed after the Feb. 14 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people.

“As a county, it would be easy for us to say, ‘That’s Springfield’s deal. Let’s let them pass whatever legislation they’re going to pass,'” Elliott told members of the county board’s legislative and government affairs committee on Tuesday. “But I don’t think that position would be consistent with our core values.”

You can read the story here.

You can find the full text of SB1657 here.

You can find the full text of SB559 here. 


Included in the 2018 Highway Construction Program is the Meyers Road Drainage Project.  This is good news for the residents that live on Meyers Road. After attending a Congress Knolls Community meeting a few years ago, two men approached me to discuss their concerns with the flooding on Meyers Road.  Working with the residents and DuPage County staff, a plan to alleviate flooding on Meyers Road between 16th and 18th street was developed and construction will begin this Spring.

I would like to thank the residents for their patience and the staff for their hard work in coming up with a solution for the flooding.

You can view the 2018 Highway and Trail Construction Plan here.


Congratulations to all the excellent candidates that have been endorsed by the Daily Herald.

As the Daily Herald points out the biggest surprise in a local election is the three-way race for DuPage County Board, District 2 where Chaplin finds herself in a contested primary.

I support Arlene Kendorski because she has been attending county board meetings for over a year and  has been committed to learn about the job she is seeking. We need Arlene because she will ready on day one. I am thrilled the Daily Herald agrees.


From the Daily Herald:

Chaplin is an easy choice. A board member since 2012, she’s willing to ask questions and challenge the status quo about everything from members’ pay to lobbying costs to concerns about how to best approach consolidation. She’s also been a mentor to many of the other Democrats seeking board seats.

The edge goes to Kendorski because she has attended board meetings for more than a year and is best equipped to hit the ground running.

You can read the compete endorsement here.

2018 Progressive Change Champion

So honored to be named a 2018 Champion by the Progressive Change Champion Committee. Champion campaigns are powered by grassroots, not corporate interest.  Congratulations to Ashley Selmon Candidate for DuPage County Board, District 1 who was also named a 2018 Champion.




DuPage County Operating Flood Control Facilities Tuesday Morning

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DuPage County Operating Flood Control Facilities Tuesday Morning


Wheaton – DuPage County Stormwater Management is currently operating most of its major flood control facilities, as well as all smaller, gravity-operated flood control facilities, following overnight rainfall.

Beginning early Monday, DuPage County received between 1.1 and 2.15 inches of rainfall countywide with an additional 1.2 inches forecasted through Wednesday morning. This precipitation raised elevations in Salt Creek and the West Branch DuPage River enough to trigger operation of the County’s large flood control facilities, including the Elmhurst Quarry, Fawell Dam (Naperville), Spring Creek Reservoir (Bloomingdale) and the Armstrong Park Reservoirs (Carol Stream), early Tuesday morning. The final large facility, the Wood Dale-Itasca Reservoir, is expected to go into operation this morning. Operation of the major facilities is anticipated through Friday.

Of the 16 flood control facilities DuPage County operates, these five larger facilities have mechanical equipment allowing staff to control them according to a predetermined operating plan. The remaining facilities protect the surrounding areas from flooding without human intervention using fixed weirs and natural drainage systems. In total, the facilities have a floodwater storage capacity of nearly six billion gallons.

DuPage County Stormwater Management staff will continue to monitor stream elevations and provide updates as they become available. For more information, local agencies and residents may visit http://ec.dupageco.org/dec/stormwater/watershed/index.html to learn about flood control facilities throughout the County, as well as to view rain and stream gages, forecasts and real-time pictures.

Here’s What People Are Saying

Thank you for the kind words Ken Mejia-Beal.

Strong , articulate, powerful women don’t intimidate me , they inspire me . I not only want a blue wave but I want to see more qualified women in positions of power. DuPage County Board Member Liz Galgano Chaplin , DuPage Dems Program Director Dawnn Basaraba, and Illinois Comptroller Susana A. Mendoza are all pillars to their communities and we as citizens are lucky to have them serving the positions they serve 🇺🇸

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The DuPage County Department of Community Services provides and supports programs that keep people safe in their homes, provides connections between those in need and the resources that support them, helps residents escape poverty, maintain independence and achieve economic self-sufficiency.

DuPage County Community Services is partnering with Impact DuPage to assess the unmet social service needs of DuPage County residents. Participating in the survey is very important. The results will allow DuPage County to plan for and prioritize the future needs of the community.

You can find the survey in English  here.

You can find the survey in Spanish here

You can learn more about the Department of Community Services here

Daily Herald Candidate Profile

As a public service, The Daily Herald newspaper provides candidate profiles. The candidate profile includes the following information a short bio, civic involvement, why the candidate is running for office and a question and answer section. You can find my candidate profile below:


City: Downers Grove

Website: www.lizchaplin.com

Twitter: @LizChaplin1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lizchaplinforillinois/

Office sought:

DuPage County board District 2

Age: 53

Family: Married 28 years to Brian. Three Children, Ellena 22, Grace 20 and Adam 18. Two Dogs, Nova and Orbit.

Occupation: Accounts Payable Windy City Wire 1995-current

Civic involvement: Board Member DuPage Railroad Safety Council, Recipient of the 2014 prestigious “Lauren Elizabeth Wilson Champion Award” for commitment to the issue of railway safety.

Appointed to the DuPage Water Commission in 2002, reappointed in 2004, served until 2010.

Member of Downers Grove 100 Women Who Care, Served as President of Midwest Ballet Theatre, Served as Second VP of the Indian Trail PTA, Past member of the Downers Grove Junior Women’s Club, Past Religious Education Teacher, St. Joseph’s Church

Elected offices held: DuPage County Board member 2012 – Current

Questions & Answers

Why are you running for this office, whether for re-election or election for the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you? If so, what?

Since 2001 I have been advocating on behalf of the citizens of DuPage County and I would love to continue doing so.

I have relentlessly challenged back room deal making, excessive salaries and benefits for elected officials, lucrative contracts for the associates of connected insiders, and the practice of allowing campaign contributions from vendors doing business with the County.

My philosophy is that government needs to be frugal and fiscally responsible while providing needed services which include public safety, quality infrastructure and human services. When tax dollars are spent lining the pockets of those connected with the insider elite, government cannot afford to do what needs to be done.

This is what motivates me to continue my efforts on the DuPage County Board

You can read my complete profile here.

People Making A Difference In DuPage County

Today’s Daily Herald features a story about Suburban Heroes.

The two women highlighted are Rita Pereira and Amy Tarot, both of Lisle.

Congratulations to Rita Pereira and Amy Tarot who have worked tirelessly on behalf of the people of Lisle. I first met Rita in April of 2013 after torrential rains caused devastating flooding in Lisle. It was nightmare. After waking up to water rushing through their homes some residents had to be rescued by fire department boats, homes twisted on their foundations and some homes were almost completely underwater.

People were displaced, traumatized and frustrated. Rita was there in 2013. Rita held a fundraiser at Four Lakes for the people whose lives we’re turned upside down by the flood. Rita had raised money, collected items for those in need and helped with the clean up.

I met Amy earlier this year. Amy is kind and friendly and a women who gets things done.  Amy, along with Rita took it upon themselves to help the people of Lisle. Together the two raised donations and managed clean up of the properties that had been damaged from flooding.

Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisle is also recognized in the story. The church served as an emergency shelter and a collection site for donations for flood-affected families.

You can read more about these two amazing ladies in the Daily Herald here .


The CSBG Scholarship is designed, in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, to provide financial assistance to low-income and disadvantaged persons of high academic attainment or potential. Scholarships will go toward providing formal education or occupational training in an accredited Illinois educational institution to CSBG eligible clients, with particular consideration given to study in high technology areas or other growth occupations. Education and training made possible through the scholarships include either general education to achieve short-term training (2 years or less) in growth occupation skills, or general post-secondary education. This is a competitive scholarship based on merit, not solely on financial need.

The Scholarship Committee of the CSBG Administrative Board will determine the recipients and forward their
recommendations to the full board.
Dead line to apply is May 4, 2018.

Applicants must be:

  1. CSBG income eligible, see guidelines in application.
  2. DuPage County resident.
  3. Enrolled or accepted at an Illinois accredited higher educational or occupational training institute.
  4. Applicants must have a minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.


  • This award will be retracted if it causes a reduction in any other financial aid.
  • This award will be retracted if not utilized for educational related purposes.
  • Residents pursuing a master’s degree or attending a professional school, need not apply.
  • Staff will communicate with the applicant only.

You can find more information here