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Olsen wins 81st House District seat

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Republican David Olsen, who this summer was appointed to the state’s 81st House District seat, won his own term Tuesday.

Olsen defeated Democratic challenger Greg Hose by tallying 27,818 votes — or 54 percent — to Hose’s 24,145 votes — or 46 percent — according to unofficial results with all 108 precincts in DuPage and Will counties reporting.
Olsen, 28, of Downers Grove, was appointed July 30 to the seat representing all or parts of Downers Grove, Darien, Lisle, Bolingbrook, Naperville, Westmont and Woodridge after the resignation of former state Rep. Ron Sandack.

Olsen called it “a great honor to win the election and to clearly have the confidence of the voters.”

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Olsen Launches Official Web Site

 

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My staff is working hard to make my transition into the Illinois General Assembly as seamless as possible. To that end, I already have a website that will be populated with useful information for the people I represent. Please visit www.repolsen.com frequently to learn about upcoming community events, and about issues of importance coming out of Springfield.

As your voice in Springfield, I will work tirelessly to make our state and our local communities a great place to live, work and raise a family. I am interested in speaking to community groups, so if you would like me to speak to an organization within the 81st District, please contact my office at (630) 737-0504, or contact me through the web form located on my web site.

DuPage GOP and Will GOP appoint David Olsen to fill vacant state representative seat

Downers Grove, Ill.—The 81st Representative District Committee, comprised of DuPage GOP Chairman Brian Krajewski and Will GOP Chairman Kathy Havel, announced today the appointment of David Olsen to the Office of State Representative for the 81st Legislative District of Illinois.

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“David is an exceptional public servant and he’ll be a great State Representative for us,” said DuPage GOP Chairman Brian Krajewski. “As Downers Grove Commissioner and recently as COD Trustee, David fights for taxpayers and brings people together for commonsense solutions.”

After interviewing about a half dozen candidates this morning and early afternoon, Chairman Krajewski and Will GOP Chairman Kathy Havel agreed that David Olsen is the most qualified person to serve the remainder of the term. The Chairmen also appointed Olsen to take the 81st District Republican ballot position for the upcoming election.

“We interviewed many outstanding candidates who applied to fill this vacancy,” said Chairman Havel. “David’s record in support of respectful, responsible, representative government and his commitment to the communities in the district was unrivaled.”

Since 2013, Olsen has served on the Downers Grove Village Council where he promotes economic development, neighborhood engagement, and municipal transparency and accountability. And as a newly-appointed trustee of the College of DuPage, Olsen brought order to a dysfunctional board, passed a balanced budget, and enacted significant reforms for the benefit of both students and taxpayers. Olsen is expected to be sworn in on Wednesday, August 3, 2016.

The 81st Legislative District is in DuPage and Will Counties. The municipalities included are all or parts of Downers Grove, Lisle, Naperville, Woodridge, Darien, Westmont, Bolingbrook, and unincorporated areas. Incumbent State Representative Ron Sandack unexpectedly resigned last Sunday.

DuPage County Board approves pay raises – smokescreens improper benefits

The DuPage County Board held a meeting on May 10, 0216, and in a similar move we had previously witnessed in Edgar County (here), the DuPage County Board, with Dan Cronin as Chairman, passed an Ordinance purporting to “restate benefits” for county elected officials – benefits that had never previously been legally authorized even though they have been collected.

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DuPage County Ordinance FI-O-0011-16 – RESTATING BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO ELECTED OFICIALS

It looks like the are simply restating what they have been authorized to receive, however, none of the “restated benefits” were ever authorized as required by law.

They first talk about Article VII in the Constitution, but fail to define what the Illinois Supreme Court has placed as the definition of Salary when talking about elected official compensation and the fact is must be set by the County 180 days prior to their term of office, and includes all payments and benefits. “We also note that the terms “salary” and “compensation” are virtually synonymous (Cummings v. Smith (1937), 368 Ill. 94, 99, 13 N.E.2d 69) and are used interchangeably in these provisions of the constitution.”

The “benefits previously made available” were never placed in any previous resolution or ordinance setting compensation of DuPage County elected officials and therefore could not possibly have been previously authorized as this Ordinance states.

Next is the statement: “to the extent any of these employee benefits constitute “compensation,” such benefits were approved by the County Board more than 180 days prior to the commencement of the terms of any of the County’s Etlected Officials.” This statement is attempting to claim that all previous benefits, even though never placed into the resolution/ordinance setting their compensation, were approved by the board. The Board is attempting to back-date the receipt of Health, Life, Dental, IMRF, and Vehicle Allowance for the board members who are in midterm and not taking office this coming December. It violates law.

Next is: “this Ordinance is a restatement of various employee benefits previously provided to the County’s Elected Officials – the county board cannot “restate” something that has never been previously authorized. As we have stated previously, the only way to authorize any of these benefits is to place them in the salary/compensation setting ordinance..

Finally: “BE IT ORDAINED, that nothing in this Ordinance shall be construed as increasing, decreasing, or in any way altering any employee benefit or part of the compensation previously available to any of the County’s Elected Officials” – Wow. what a sentence. So they restate previous benefits that never legally existed, claim those nonexistent restated benefits were effective prior to “all” elected officials took office (even though that is not the case), and then claim they are not altering anything while trying to add benefits to current officeholders.

Basically, this Ordinance is trash.

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DuPage reviewing salaries of elected leaders

Several elected DuPage County officials could get pay bumps over the next two years to keep them in line with what other officials receive.

The county board next month is expected to set pay scales for the auditor, coroner, recorder, circuit court clerk and six county board members for the fiscal years 2017 through 2020. The key issue is whether those officials — all of whom are up for election in November — should get 2 percent pay raises for fiscal 2017, which starts Dec. 1, and for fiscal 2018.

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Supporters say the raises are appropriate because the board agreed two years ago to give 2 percent salary increases during each of those two years to the county’s other elected officials.

“The question is, do we keep everybody the same so that all the board members are making the same?” board member Brian Krajewski said during a Tuesday finance committee meeting.

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Citizen Watchdog Training

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David S. Olsen’s Independence Day Celebration

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As a fellow resident of the western suburbs, David Olsen is dedicated to our communities. Currently, David serves on the Downers Grove Village Council and is a local Republican leader who tirelessly works with everyone to promote commonsense conservative solutions. David hopes to do more for our area and redouble his civic efforts. Please join us for this special event.

Tickets are $50.00 per person. Sponsorships available.

Checks payable to Friends of David Olsen, 5613 Dunham Road, Downers Grove, IL 60516. With questions, contact olsen4illinois@gmail.com.

In Illinois Capitol, lobbying is a growing business

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When it comes to his pledge to grow business in Illinois, Gov. Bruce Rauner’s presence in the Capitol has triggered an increase in at least one sector.

According to a review of state records, the number of lobbyists patrolling the marble-floored Statehouse is at its highest level in five years.

Some say the uptick is linked to having a Republican in the governor’s office for the first time in 12 years, but others think a push by utility companies for favorable changes in state law is playing a role.

“With the new administration, there are those who do business with the state who feel the need to have more direct contact with executive branch employees,” said state Rep. Dan Brady, R-Bloomington.

In addition, the change in administration has left former members of Gov. Pat Quinn’s inner circle and former lawmakers ready to cash in their connections working as lobbyists.

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FORMER SEN. COBURN JOINS ‘AMERICAN TRANSPARENCY’ TO OPEN GOV’T BOOKS

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Former Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, who highlighted wasteful government spending throughout his career, is joining the activist group American Transparency as its Honorary Chairman.

“Open the Books is doing the work I envisioned when the Coburn-Obama transparency bill became law,” Coburn says in a statement. “Their work is so important because so few groups – or elected officials – do it, and fewer do it well.”

Coburn’s landmark legislation, the “Google Your Government Act,” co-sponsored by then-Sen. Barack Obama, forced public disclosure of almost all federal government spending. American Transparency’s “Open The Books” project extends this idea through a searchable public database of nearly all federal and state government spending.

The database, which can be accessed through a mobile App, documents “all disclosed federal spending- contracts, loans, grants, farm subsidies, direct payments, insurance payments, salaries and bonuses since the year 2000.” It includes spending from 48 of 50 states and more than 500,000 local units of government.

“During my service I saw how small reforms, and discoveries, can generate huge savings and create greater opportunity and freedom for all Americans,” Coburn said. “I’m encouraged that Open the Books is accepting this challenge.”

The Open the Books project has documented potentially fraudulent farm subsidy payments and Small Business Administration loans.

“At OpenTheBooks.com, we are committed to carrying forward Coburn’s robust legacy,” said Adam Andrzejewski, Chair of American Transparency. “We deeply appreciate Dr. Coburn’s courage, principles and national leadership and are extremely privileged to have him as our Honorary Chairman.”

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Clean Slate is endorsed by leading COD Trustee Kathy Hamilton

Clean Slate is endorsed by leading COD Trustee Kathy Hamilton. It will:

End the corruption of the Breuder era.

Enrich students education and experiences, not insiders.

Run COD openly and transparently for students, teachers, and taxpayers.

Halt property tax and tuition hikes for at least two years.

http://cleanslateforcod.com/home.html

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