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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For Immediate Release                                                                                                    Contact: Mary Mitros
Feb. 20, 2018                                                                                                                         (630) 407-6706

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


Start of Early Voting in DuPage, Illinois

DuPage County Press Release

In light of the February 5, 2018 Appellate Court Order For Stay Pending Appeal in Rottman v. ISBE, et al., No. 18-0234 in reference to the Attorney General race, ballots will not be ready as anticipated by February 12th.

The Election Commission anticipates that ballots will be available by February 21st, by which time challenges to a candidate’s placement on the ballot should be determined and the official ballot and voting equipment prepared.

Should ballots be available prior to February 21st, we will update our website.  In the interim, any voters who arrive at the Election Commission office will be provided with an application to Vote By Mail.

When Early Voting and Grace Period Registration does commence, it will be offered ONLY at the office of the DuPage County Election Commission, 421 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton, from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, and Saturday, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm through March 3, 2018.

Starting March 5, 2018, the Early Voting location at the County Complex (421 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton) will move from Room 1-600 to the 2nd Floor Cafeteria, along with expanding to 10 additional sites throughout the County.

Visit dupageco.org/Election/Voting/earlyvoting/ for a complete list of Early Voting sites and schedules.

Public Invited to Provide Input on Future of Transportation in DuPage County

DuPage County Press Release

Monday, January 29, 2018

The public is invited to join DuPage County at one of four upcoming public meetings to share ideas for improving transportation throughout the County. Public meetings are being held to receive public input on how the County can improve traffic flow, safety, system reliability, transit services, and more.

With anticipated growth and ongoing transportation needs, the County is seeking community input to create its first Long Range Transportation Plan. This plan, known as DuPage Connects, will govern transportation policies and practices at the County for the next 25 years. The goal of the plan is to create a vision and mission for the DuPage County Division of Transportation and to help ensure a sustainable and vibrant quality of life for residents and businesses.

All four meetings are identical in content and will be conducted in an open house format. The public is welcome to attend anytime between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Exhibits will be on display and County representatives will be available to answer questions. The meetings will provide information on the existing conditions and ways to stay informed about the plan process. Comment cards will be distributed and attendees will be encouraged to participate in an online survey.

Tuesday, Feb. 6
5 to 7 p.m.
Power Forward DuPage
28600 Bella Vista Parkway
Warrenville, IL 60555

Thursday, Feb. 15
5 to 7 p.m.
Community Rec Center
120 E. Oak St.
Addison, IL 60101

Tuesday, Feb. 20
5 to 7 p.m.
Carol Stream Park District
910 Gary Ave.
Carol Stream, IL 60188

Thursday, Feb. 22
5 to 7 p.m.
Lincoln Center
935 Maple Ave.
Downers Grove, IL 60515

The public can also complete a survey and submit comments at www.dupageconnects.org. Follow the project on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Kawasaki Disease Awareness Day


Kawasaki disease is a rare childhood illness that affects the blood vessels. The symptoms can be severe for several days and can look scary to parents. But then most children return to normal activities. Kawasaki disease can harm the coronary arteries, which carry blood to the heart muscle.

My daughter had Kawasaki Disease. Here’s her story.

I remember being a little first grader who just wanted to go to dance class, even though I wasn’t feeling the greatest. The next day, I woke up barely able to open my eyes and with a crazy fever. I remember sitting in the “extremely sick” waiting area at the doctors office, holding a cold cloth on my eyes to make the swelling and redness go away. My mom and I were called in and the doctor told us I was just having an allergic reaction to a virus and to “let it run its course.” Two days later, my mom took me back to the doctors because I wasn’t any better, if anything, my symptoms got worse. Thankfully, we saw a different doctor who acted fast and efficiently to get all types of blood tests done for me, she knew what was going on. I remember being waken up in the middle of the night by my dad saying we needed to go to the hospital right away, my mom was on the phone with the doctor who said that the ER was expecting us. I had Kawasaki Disease at the age of 7. If it goes undiagnosed, can result in acquired heart disease as an adult, heart aneurysms and even death. Once I received the IVIG, I felt much better. I was getting blood tests from the “friendly vampire” daily, as well as EKG’s and ECHO’s. Within a few weeks I was back home and recovering. The amount of orange flavored baby aspirin I had to take a day was sickening, ( I remember my mom mashing them and putting them in my peanut butter sandwiches and my 7-up) I also had to see a cardiologist weekly, then monthly, then yearly. I actually just received my final “in the clear” ECHO when I turned 18. When I left the hospital, I was told I couldn’t return to my first grade class because I was too weak to be around other kids, I wasn’t allowed to “jump, run, skip, move around a lot, or DANCE.” That spring I would take a break from dance until I was cleared in the fall. I remember sitting outside coloring on the nicer days. As I got older, I didn’t talk about it much. Only in my recent years have I realized how lucky I am to be healthy today, and being able to do what I love. If you think something is wrong, don’t hesitate to get other opinions, those opinions can save lives. I am forever thankful that my mom didn’t settle with the “allergic to a virus” scenario. The picture is from my dance recital a year after I was diagnosed. Now, I’m 20 years old, teaching dance and studying to be an EKG tech. It’s national Kawasaki Awareness day, that was a little piece of my story.