DuPage Election Commission merger question OK’d for spring ballot

For years Jean Kaczmarek has been calling for the consolidation of the DuPage County Election Commission and the Clerks Office. As an unpaid DuPage government watchdog for a decade, Jean has closely watched the Election Commission. Jean has uncovered glaring problems there including double-dipping pensions and practices violating the Ethics Ordinance and Personnel Policy. In March of 2018 the residents of DuPage County will have a say in the matter.

The Chicago Tribune reports the following:

Gary Gibula

DuPage County officials approved an advisory referendum for the March primary ballot Tuesday asking residents if they support merging the county election commission into the county clerk’s office.

While the results will not be binding, DuPage officials said they hope the outcome will provide the impetus Springfield lawmakers need to pass a stalled bill to consolidate the two county offices.

You can read the full story here.

You can find more information here.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING SNAP

SNAP Work Requirements Start January 1, 2018 – DuPage County

Starting January 1, 2018, Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents (ABAWD) will be able to receive SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits for only 3 months in a 36 month period UNLESS they qualify for an exemption.

Kristin Hartsaw of the Federation staff has set up a page on our website that has succinct but complete information on this issue. See: https://www.dupagefederation.org/abawd.html

DHS involved us at the very early stages of planning for the expiration of the waiver, and I am confident that this will be implemented well at the DuPage DHS office. Some of the reasons I’m cautiously optimistic about implementation of this change include:
·  First, the employment situation in DuPage has improved enough that we are hearing that jobs are not as difficult to obtain as they were a few years ago. I realize there are still people who are having difficulty, and for those folks, we should explore whether they can qualify for a waiver.
·  There are enough exemptions that we believe the folks who are genuinely in need of SNAP on a daily basis should qualify for the exemption. Health and Human Service providers can assist significantly by ensuring that those who qualify for a health related waiver have the documentation necessary to qualify. DHS assures us that they will administer the documentation in a flexible manner.
·  If someone is in a food-related crisis as a result of the SNAP time limit, we encourage the customer to contact the Federation’s Open Door program at 630-530-8255<tel:(630)%20530-8255> or ssamaniego@dupagefederation.org<mailto:ssamaniego@dupagefederation.org>.
Please share this information widely, and let me know if you have questions.

 

Candace M. King, Executive Director
DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform

Democratic Party of DuPage Supports Consolidation of the Election Commission and the Clerk’s Office

In response to the Daily Herald article DuPage voters may get say on dissolving election commission here.

The Democratic Party of DuPage County has been advocating for the consolidation of the DuPage County Election Commission with the County Clerk’s Office for years.

As to Senate Bill 1592 which was introduced earlier this year by DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin, the Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of DuPage County voted in March of 2017 to oppose the legislation. The concerns were the appointment process, the salary of the commissioners and the transition schedule.

The appointment process in SB 1592 was much too complicated. The DuPage Democratic Party proposed recommendations to make the process less complicated and more fair.

As to the salary, the legislation authorized the county board to set the salary for the election commissioners in an amount not to exceed 25% of the salary of any county board member. The DuPage Democrats recommended striking the complete provision and simply set a reasonable salary comparable to other county wide election boards in the body of the legislation, approximately $3,200.

Finally, the legislation was missing a transition schedule of the new board and dissolution terms of the old board. We believed that these two components were necessary to ensure a successful shift from old to new and not continuing the outrageously high salaries. The appointments and the salaries should take affect following the legislation going into effect.

The DuPage Democratic organization supports returning the duties of the electoral process over to the clerk’s office as long as the process is done in an open, fair, inclusive and transparent manner.

You can read more hereherehere, and here.

 

 

 

 

Important Information Regarding Petition Challenges

Two years ago it was brought to my attention that the DuPage County Election Commission opened its doors on a Saturday to allow certain members of the DuPage Republicans the opportunity to compare opposition petition signatures with those on the voter registration database.

Typically, the only people allowed into the 421 Building off hours are those with key cards. Election Commission staff would then have been needed to unlock their doors, to turn on the computers and to stay there.

It was my understanding that candidates and campaigns typically review the database during work hours and I didn’t understand why DuPage Republicans were allowed in on a Saturday to review petitions.

I contacted the DuPage Election Commission about this practice, below is the response.

Board Member Chaplin,

You are correct, typically candidates and campaigns agree to review signatures during normal work hours in order to minimize tax payer expenses for Election Commission staff and security staffing outside of business hours.

That being stated, we do understand that in light of the short timeframe permitted by statute for the verification of signatures, additional time beyond normal business hours is sometimes necessary and, regardless of political affiliation, have made reasonable accommodations with the interested parties when required.

Joseph H Sobecki
Executive Director
DuPage County Election Commission 

If your campaign needs to make special arrangements to review opposition petitions please contact the DuPage Election Commission at 630-407-5600.

 

HEALTHCARE OPEN ENROLLMENT NOV 1st TO DEC. 15th

Get DuPage Covered is focused on providing information and free assistance to those seeking health coverage through the Individual Health Insurance Marketplace (HealthCare.gov). Illinois residents may qualify for financial assistance to help pay for the cost of their health insurance plan during Open Enrollment (November 1st to December 15th). Open Enrollment is the only time you can access a health plan on HealthCare.gov without qualifying for a special enrollment. Get DuPage Covered coordinates and offers free in-person assistance to people who want to learn more about their options to enroll.

CALL (630) 221-7766

Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m

Please note some appointments are group-based, workshop-style events with enrollment professionals onsite to walk you through the process.

You can find more information here.

SNAP APPLICATIONS LISLE TOWNSHIP

SNAP offers nutrition assistance for many individuals and families who qualify.  Please apply at the Township office for SNAP.
Questions? Call Janae at 630-398-1811, or email snap@northernilfoodbank.org.

More information on SNAP is available at http://solvehungertoday.org/get-help/snap-food-stamps/.

 

Volunteers Needed for Clean Up in Lisle

Opportunity for volunteers to help people in Lisle. Volunteers are needed for clean up efforts Saturday, October 21st at 9am at Trinity Lutheran Church on Kimberly Way. Just follow signs to the area. 

 

If you NEED help please contact Rita Pereira.

You can contact Rita at:

(630) 903-4361 – text or voice mail
Rita-pereira@comcast.net

DUPAGE COUNTY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM BEGINNING OCT. 2ND

Press Release

Contact Information: Joan Olson (630) 407-6015

Monday, August 28, 2017

DuPage County Offering LIHEAP Assistance

DuPage County Community Services will be accepting applications for the annual Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) beginning Oct. 2, 2017, until May 31, 2018, or until funds are depleted. As cold temperatures are just around the corner, eligible families are encouraged to take advantage of the program.

Beginning Oct. 2, DuPage County Department of Community Services will accept winter heating applications, by appointment only, from seniors (60+) or people with disabilities.  Beginning Nov. 1, applications will be taken for seniors, disabled, disconnected and households with children 5 and under. All other eligible households may begin applying on Dec. 1. Benefits are paid directly to the utilities on behalf of eligible households.

If your household’s combined gross income for the 30 days beginning with the date of the application is at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level, you may be eligible to receive assistance. A single-person household can qualify for the program with a monthly gross income of up to $1,508; a two-person household up to $2,030; and a family of four can earn up to $3,075.

The State of Illinois will be offering the PIPP Program (Percentage of Income Payment Plan) for the current program year. PIPP will be offered Oct. 2 through Dec. 31, or until funds are exhausted.

Customers must bring the following required documentation when applying for assistance:

• Social Security Cards for all household members;
• Proof of gross income from all household members for the 30 days prior to the date of application beginning with the date of application;
• Current heat and electric bills issued within the last 30 days (if they pay for the energy directly); and

For more information, DuPage County residents may call (630) 407-6500, (800) 942-9412 (toll-free) or visit www.dupageco.org.

For a complete listing of LIHEAP’s local administering agencies and additional information about the program go to http://liheapillinois.com or call the toll-free hotline at (877) 411-WARM.