DuPage County Referendum Questions-What You Need To Know

In an attempt to get Republican voters out to the polls for the November 6th General Election the DuPage County Board approved three non binding referendum questions to be place on the ballot.

Below are the questions that will appear on the ballot:

“Shall DuPage County oppose the General Assembly instituting a property tax increase equivalent to 1% of your home’s value to help retire state debt?”

“Shall DuPage County oppose the creation of a statewide Vehicle Mileage Tax (VMT) which would tax DuPage County citizens based upon the number of miles driven annually?”

“Shall DuPage County continue to dissolve and consolidate units of local government to reduce costs, increase efficiencies, and increase accountability?”

I questioned the validity of the questions during the August 14th meeting of the DuPage County Board. While I agree with my colleagues that allowing our residents a voice via referendum is a good public policy and I voted yes, I would have rather had questions that pertained to DuPage County Government on the ballot. 

The 1% tax on 1% of your property value would be political suicide as reported by Rich Miller from Capital Fax, and it will almost certainly never come to fruition, why is it “important” to know whether DuPage County residents oppose it? You can read the story here.

House Resolution 766, introduced by Charles Meier, opposes the Vehicle Milage Tax. The DuPage County Board could take action right now and add it to our list of bills and resolutions we oppose. Why wait until November 6th to take action? You can read the Resolution here.

3. The final question is a no brainer “Do DuPage residents desire local government to be more accountable, efficient and cost-effective?” No harm in putting it on the ballot my only concern is that the question is very misleading. Have you seen a significant reduction in your property taxes?

If it were up to me I would put the below referenced questions on the ballot:

“DuPage County elected officials are the highest paid in the state. Should the residents of DuPage County support a 10 year salary freeze?”

“DuPage County residents pay for the pensions, health insurance and vehicles of the countywide elected officials. Should the countywide elected officials stop taking the taxpayer funded handouts and fund their own retirement via a 401k and pay their own healthcare and vehicle costs?”

“DuPage County Board routinely provides no-bid contracts to vendors who donate to their campaigns. Should the residents of DuPage County require that all county contracts be provided to the lowest bid offer via a multiple-vendor bidding procedure?”

A good friend of mine has a saying “one party rule serves the party not the people.”  I don’t think these questions will sway voters one way or the other. I believe the people of DuPage are smarter than that and understand when the wool is being pulled over their eyes.

NOTE: A NON BINDNG REFERENDUM means that the results are non binding, having no legal or binding force.

 

 

Craft Vendors Needed for DuPage Care Center’s 51st Annual Fall Festival

DUPAGE COUNTY
NEWS RELEASE

Wheaton – The DuPage Care Center is currently seeking craft vendors for the 51st annual Fall Festival to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Center’s west parking lot.

The Festival will have many features including a classic car show, a resident craft sale, children’s games, garage sale, book fair, live music, flea market as well as the popular craft sale. The family-friendly event benefits the Care Center’s Resident Recreation Fund, which helps to provide residents with quality of life programs and services.

If you are interested in making a creative contribution, please call the Care Center at (630) 784-4495 or email fallfestival@dupageco.org.

For more information, please visit http://www.dpccfoundation.org/.

Elmhurst Electronics Recycling Event

DuPage County is pleased to announce that they have been able to partner with the City of Elmhurst on a one-day electronics recycling event open to residents that will be the end of the month. The details are as follows:

Elmhurst Electronics Recycling Event August 25th, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

985 S Riverside Dr, Elmhurst, IL 60126

Fees for TVs & Monitors A coupon and 501c3 tax receipt provided upon payment at the site. Payment can be made in advance at http://recycle.eworksesi.org/ 

up to 21 inches $25

 21 inches and above $35.

All other electronics accepted at no charge (computer, laptop, DVD players, game consoles, mobile phones, VCRs, mice, scanners, fax machines, keyboards, satellite receivers, copiers, printers, digital converter boxes, cable receivers, servers). 

Supporting DuPage County Students Making A Difference In Our Community and Beyond

                         Where there is no vision, there is no hope. – George Washington Carver

A few months ago I met a lovely young women named Prevail Bonga. Prevail recently graduated from Downers Grove North High School.  Prevail has been an advocate for gun safety and she is standing up for immigrants. She participated in the March for Our Lives Tour held in Naperville and she also spoke eloquently about her families path to find a better life at the Immigration Rally in Downer Grove.

Prevail is a very articulate and bright young women who’s passion for helping others and wanting to make the world a better place evident by her vision and hope.

Prevail wanted to help the children in Chicago that attend the pubic schools. She had visited with some of the students from CPS and realized they were in need of so many things. Prevail and her friend Emily Gornik took action and with a few of their friends they organized a Back to School Drive for CPS students. The Back to School Drive will benefit two schools, an elementary school in West Englewood and a high school in Roseland.

I am happy to support these outstanding young women from DuPage County who are making a difference in our community and beyond. I hope you will come out and support this great cause.

Details:

Where: Downers Grove North High School Main Street Parking Lot

When:  August 11th 3:00 – 7:00 PM

Supplies needed:

Pens, Pencils, Markers, Crayons, Colored Pencils

Books, beginner to advanced, new and gently used

Backpacks, any size

Notebooks, Folders, Glue, Scissors, Tape

Paper, lined and for painting

Toiletries:

Deodorant

Toothbrush/Paste

Tampons/Pads

Laundry Detergent

Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Wash

Tissue, Disinfecting Wipes

All Toiletries Must Be New