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 .

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

 

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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

I Got Mail

Today when I opened my mailbox at DuPage County I was surprised to find postcards written with words of encouragement and support.  The postcards were written by people as far west as Washington, as far east as Rhode Island, southeastern Kentucky and locally.  The postcards were sent in response to a post on this blog from April 1, 2016 titled “Keeping A Campaign Promise.”  In May of 2016 I voted against the increase in pay for members of the DuPage County Board and DuPage County Wide Elected Officials. When I ran for re-election in 2016 I said I would not accept the increase in pay.  You can read the post here .

I truly appreciate the postcards and thank everyone for their kindness.

 

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Keeping A Campaign Promise

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 first reimbursement installment.

Board Member Deposit Receipt from Treasurer - 3-28-17

 

 

 

MARCH FOR MEALS CAMPAIGN

Today I participated in the national March for Meals campaign, which is an annual event, sponsored by Meals On Wheels America. It is designed to generate public awareness about senior hunger, isolation and to celebrate the invaluable services provided through Meals on Wheels and other programs. I reported to the Westmont Park District where I was welcomed by Libni Borras, Director of Nutrition Services for the DuPage Senior Citizens Council. You can learn more about Meals on Wheels here.

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I was paired up with Ruth who has been working with Meals on Wheels for the past 12 years. We delivered meals to six residents. We delivered one hot meal and a meal for later in the day.  Each person was happy to see us. They greeted us with a smile and conversation.

DuPage Senior Citizens Council provides invaluable services to senior citizens that allow the elderly to live their lives in dignity. In-Home Services include: daily delivery of nutritional meals to the homebound, widely known as Meals on Wheels; our daily Well Being Check Program that provides health and safety checks to seniors by volunteers during their meal deliveries; and the Minor Home Repair Program that helps make it possible for older individuals to remain in their homes by assisting with basic home maintenance.

Community Services include: the operation of our network of county-wide Community Dining sites that serve seniors a nutritious meal, along with an opportunity to socialize with other seniors in a friendly setting; our Health & Wellness Program in which seniors receive informative dietary and health-related educational materials prepared by experts; and Chore Days, a popular program partnering seniors, individual volunteers and those from schools and local civic organizations. Together, Chore Days partners brighten homes and neighborhoods by helping with outside chores such as raking leaves, gardening, trimming shrubs, and other yard tasks.  You can learn more about the DRCC here .

 

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Linda and Ruth DuPage Senior Citizens Council

 

DuPage County Announces 2017 Scholarship Program

DUPAGE COUNTY
NEWS RELEASE
421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton, Illinois 60187 (630) 407-6060
Website: www.dupageco.org Twitter: @dupagecounty Facebook: DuPage County Board

For Immediate Release Contact: Evan Shields
March 13, 2017 Public Information Officer

Wheaton – The DuPage County Department of Community Services is offering college and occupational training scholarships for low-income individuals with high academic potential.

The Community Services Block Grant scholarship supplements the cost of tuition, books, supplies and other school-related items for a semester or a quarter to offset the student’s needs. This scholarship is funded and designed in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Applicants are required to provide proof of DuPage County residency, gross household income for the past 90 days and information about members living in the household. Income for the household must be at or below 125 percent of the federal poverty level. Applicants must also include a 500-word original essay or personal statement, official school transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a Financial Aid Audit (financial aid award letter) and proof of enrollment in an Illinois accredited institution.

The scholarship award amounts will vary this year from $500 to $1,500 and special consideration is given to students interested in high-technology fields or other occupations in emerging fields.

Applications are available at the DuPage County Department of Community Services Office, 421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton, or online at www.dupageco.org/CSBG. Completed applications and support documents must be received by 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, 2017.

For more information, contact the DuPage County Department of Community Services at (630) 407-6500, or call the toll free number at (800) 942-9412. TTY access is available at (630) 407-6502.

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COMMITTEE SCHEDULE Week of March 13-17, 2017

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

COMMITTEE DATE TIME LOCATION

Finance                                   3/14                 8:00 AM  County Board Room

Economic Development    3/14                8:45 AM   3-500A

Technology                            3/14                9:00 AM  County Board Room

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

County Board                        3/14               10:00 AM  County Board Room

ADDITIONAL MEETINGS

Emergency Telephone System Board      3/14     8:40 AM    3-500B

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

Election Commission                                   3/17    3:00 PM    3-500A

You can find meeting agendas and minutes here .

DUPAGE ELECTION COMMISSION IS LOOKING FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO ASSIST WITH APRIL 4th ELECTION

DUPAGE COUNTY
NEWS RELEASE
421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton, Illinois 60187

Website: www.dupageco.org

Twitter: @dupagecounty

Facebook: DuPage County Board

For Immediate Release Contact: Joan Olson Evan Shields
March 7, 2017
DuPage Election Commission Seeking High School Workers for April 4 Election

Wheaton – The DuPage County Election Commission is seeking assistance from high school students during the April 4 Consolidated General Election.

Student workers will be needed from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Election Commission office, 421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton. Students will need to provide a driver’s license, state ID card or student ID card and their Social Security Number.

Student workers will be paid $8.25 per hour. Interested students should send their name, phone number and email address to Lori Heipp at lori.heipp2@dupageco.org.