DuPage County Development Committee Will Hold Informal Discussions On The Sale of Recreational Marijuana

The DuPage County Development Committee will begin informal discussions on the sale of recreational marijuana at the August 6, 2019, Development Committee meeting. The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. and will be held in the DuPage County Board Room to accommodate the public and Board Members.

As Vice-Chair of the Development Committee, I welcome and look forward to this discussion.

If you would like to make a public comment please plan to arrive a few minutes early to complete the necessary form.

You can find a copy of the Agenda here.

What Goes In the Recycle Bin

Recycling is something we should do every day but there’s a possibility that what you put in your recycling bin may not be recyclable.

The DuPage County Environmental Division has a helpful interactive page that breaks down what you can and can’t recycle.

You can find the page here.



The event will be held on July 12th from 10 am to 2 pm at the DuPage County Fairgrounds.  There will be for providers of both mental health programs as well as physical health.  Attractions include a gym and exercise events for both kids and adults, face painting, Awakenings Art Studio and of course recycling.  Items accepted for reuse, recycling and safe disposal:

  • Books
  • Vinyl Records
  • Bread Tags
  • Brita and PUR brand water filters and pitchers
  • Latex Paint recycling: Fees charged $2/quart, $4/gal, $10/bucket
  • Household Syringes: collect your household-generated medical sharps (needles, syringes, lancets etc) in a thick plastic container with lid, such as a detergent bottle. Secure the lid with duct tape, label as “sharps” and bring to the event for safe disposal. Service provided by the DuPage County Sheriff.



Important Information for Veterans

On July 10th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm the first-ever Veterans Resource Fair will take place in the auditorium at 421 N. County Farm Rd, Wheaton.

Please join the DuPage Democrats and 50 other organizations at the Veterans Resource Fair. All Veterans, Active Duty, National Guard, Reservists, family members and members of the public are welcome. No proof of Veteran status is required. Bagels and coffee will be provided.

For more information, contact the Veterans Assistance Commission of DuPage at, 630-407-5655.

Official Election Mailing from the DuPage County Clerk’s Office

You should have recently received an Official Election Mailing from the DuPage County Clerk’s Office. I have received several questions from my constituents as to why they received the card. Here’s the answer. The National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) and the Illinois Election Code mandate that voter verification cards be mailed to all active voters every two years. Currently, we have nearly 650,000 active voters in the database. Our population is roughly 915,000. There has not been a complete voter verification as mandated in a number of years, as evidenced in the high number of registered voters. According to postage expenditures, a full mandatory voter verification may not have been done since 2008. We must keep the database current and clean as possible. Having an elected official that is passionate, knowledgeable and cares deeply about the job makes all the difference in the world. Kudos Jean Kaczmarek.


Job Well Done Madam Clerk

So proud of our newly elected DuPage County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek Jean Kaczmarek for DuPage County Clerk.

This is what leadership looks like.

DuPage County Republicans have had control of the Clerk’s Office for decades and what did they do? Unlike most other County Clerk’s they did not run elections. That freed up a lot of time. What was done with all that free time? Maybe spend some time preserving our historical documents? No, they did not take the time to preserve our historical documents leaving them vulnerable to the elements and natural decay.

Having one party in control for so long the DuPage Republicans have become complacent. They didn’t have to do anything, they were accountable to no one and they ran unopposed. Times have changed and we have a new Clerk in town and she is getting the job done. Having an elected official that is passionate and cares deeply about the job makes all the difference in the world. When this oversight was brought to the attention of our newly elected Clerk Jean Kaczmarek she took action to see that our historical records will be properly stored for generations to come.

The Daily Herald reports the following

DuPage Clerk Begins Preservation Effort to Save County’s Historical Documents

“Early in my term, it was brought to my attention by a local genealogical researcher that we needed to improve our vital record system and public access in DuPage County,” Clerk Jean Kaczmarek said. “It was then that I realized that in addition to issues with access, our historical vital records were not stored safely; a fire or tornado could wipe out original vital records dating back to 1839.” Jean Kaczmarek, DuPage County Clerk

You can read the full story here.