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Monthly archives for January, 2015

College of DuPage trustees, it’s time to go

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Six members of the College of DuPage board of trustees have failed the students, parents and taxpayers who relied on them and their — is this word too generous? — judgment.

These trustees failed when they forked over more than $750,000 to shove President Robert Breuder out the door in a hush-hush deal that they refused to explain. They decided it was easier to soak taxpayers, who now will foot the bill for the trustees’ mismanagement, than to make their case openly for Breuder’s golden parachute. If, that is, they have a case.

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The ‘Big Dogs’ Of Illinois Municipal Government

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At OpenTheBooks.com, we have completed our annual “Big Dogs” salary report of municipal government. The results are the most stunning ever…

52 city and village managers out-earn every governor of the 50 states. School district treasurers are hauling in up to $485,000. Rank-and-file county employees are racking up $260,000 with massive lifetime pension spikes. But, incredibly, the top three “municipal” employees – with salaries over $300,000 plus – don’t even work for government…

1. 52 Village and City Managers Out-earn Every Governor of the 50 States. In Illinois, the top honors go to administrators of fairly small towns. The top five highest pensionable salaries are Lawrence Hileman ($292,124)- City of Glenview (pop 45,417), Michael Ellis ($258,381)- Village of Grayslake (pop 21,101), Richard Nahrstadt ($251,918)- Village of Northbrook (pop 33,170), Michael Janonis ($241,852)- Village of Mt. Prospect (pop. 54,505), and Christopher Stephens ($240,000)- Village of Rosemont (pop 4,202).

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COD – $762,867.77 Open Meetings Act Violation

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DuPage Co. (ECWd) –

In yet another clear act of defiance against the will of the public, Erin Birt walked down the path laid before her by the board attorney, and once again violated the Open Meetings Act.

This time with a deliberate, in your face attitude, as it was clear she wanted to provide the disgraced COD President with one of the largest golden parachute payoffs in the history of Illinois, totaling $762,867.77. Even after another trustee asked if they should read the soon to be voted on contract addenda into the record, Chairman Birt refused.

Congratulations to Erin Birt for once again bringing embarrassment to the College of DuPage for her inability to even follow the most basic law she is bound to, which by the way is a criminal offense!

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Downers Grove voters will face one question about new village hall

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Downers Grove voters will face only one ballot question related to construction of a new village hall, passing on a proposal to add questions to the April ballot.

Council members decided Tuesday that it will survey residents following the April election to gain information about why they voted the way they did on the cost question and what they like or don’t like about the proposal to build a new village hall and other facilities.

The question already on the April 7 ballot will ask voters if they approve of the village spending $46 million or more on building new facilities.

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Neighbors clash over removal or trees in Downers Grove – Edwards House

Water Meter Reading Device Project

In January 2015, the Village will begin a 12-month process of replacing the transmission units that send water meter readings from residential and business customer meters to the Village for water billing. The original transmission units, known as MTUs, were installed in 2002 and are beginning to fail. Nearly all of the 16,700 MTUs are located on the outside of customer homes or buildings.

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The Village’s vendor, Aclara, and their contractor Scope Services, will remove the existing MTUs and install the new ones at each building over the course of 2015. There will not be service or billing disruptions when the units are replaced.

Water customers (residents and businesses) will be notified when work is planned to occur in their area. Scope will call customers twice: two weeks prior to the scheduled replacement and two days prior to the installation.

Most MTU replacements will take less than 30 minutes and will occur entirely on the exterior of the building, with the same exterior placement as the existing MTU. For locations where the MTU is inside a home or building, Scope will make an appointment with the customer to access the unit.

Scope will maintain a customer service line, 1-888-209-5075, to respond to inquiries from residents and businesses. Customers may also contact the Village with questions.

Resident Coalition Submits Referendum Petitions

​Over 3,000 signers support referendum on new Village Hall and Police Station

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DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – The Downers Grove for Responsible Government (DG4RG) coalition today submitted petitions containing over 3,000 signatures from Downers Grove residents in support of a referendum asking residents if they support spending $46 million or more on the proposed new Downers Grove Village Hall, Police Station, and Fire Station. This referendum question is scheduled to be placed before Downers Grove voters at the April 7, 2015 local election.

“Despite having only a few weeks to obtain signatures, we are thrilled to be able to submit nearly double the required number, collected by more than 50 volunteers,” said DG4RG Co-Chairman Tim Werner. “The outpouring of support from across the Downers Grove community clearly shows that residents want to express their voice on the proposed new Village buildings at the ballot box.”

Tim Harms, DG4RG Co-Chairman, added, “There’s nothing more American than giving citizens the right to express their opinion through a vote. It is clear that Downers Grove residents have a strong desire for referendum – support for this petition drive has come from residents across Downers Grove from all walks of life.”

To meet State election law requirements to place this referendum question on the ballot, DG4RG volunteers were required to collect signatures from a number of Downers Grove voters equal to at least 8% of the total votes cast for candidates for Governor in Downers Grove at the 2014 election, or at minimum 1,551 signatures.

The DG4RG coalition is comprised of Downers Grove residents who believe in transparent, responsible and responsive government which reflects the will of the people it represents.

​Residents interesting in becoming involved with the DG4RG coalition should visit the website at www.DG4RG.com or contact the coalition directly at DG4ResponsibleGovernment@gmail.com.

Downers Grove Council discusses gas station site, Clyde Country Estates subdivision

DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Village Council on Tuesday night listened to discussion on three items presented, including a redevelopment proposal at the former Marathon gas station site at Saratoga and Ogden avenues, a special use permit request for a research and development facility on Wisconsin Avenue and an update on the Clyde Country Estates subdivision improvements.

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http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2015/01/07/downers-grove-council-discusses-gas-station-site-clyde-country-estates-subdivision/appw31u/?page=2

New Organization Spawns From Village Hall, Police Station Building Proposal

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Resident Coalition Submits Referendum Petitions – Over 3,000 signers support referendum on new Village Hall and Police Station.

 
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – The Downers Grove for Responsible Government (DG4RG) coalition today submitted petitions containing over 3,000 signatures from Downers Grove residents in support of a referendum asking residents if they support spending $46 million or more on the proposed new Downers Grove Village Hall, Police Station, and Fire Station. This referendum question is scheduled to be placed before Downers Grove voters at the April 7, 2015 local election.

“Despite having only a few weeks to obtain signatures, we are thrilled to be able to submit nearly double the required number, collected by more than 50 volunteers,” said DG4RG Co-Chairman Tim Werner. “The outpouring of support from across the Downers Grove community clearly shows that residents want to express their voice on the proposed new Village buildings at the ballot box.”

Tim Harms, DG4RG Co-Chairman, added, “There’s nothing more American than giving citizens the right to express their opinion through a vote. It is clear that Downers Grove residents have a strong desire for referendum – support for this petition drive has come from residents across Downers Grove from all walks of life.”

To meet State election law requirements to place this referendum question on the ballot, DG4RG volunteers were required to collect signatures from a number of Downers Grove voters equal to at least 8% of the total votes cast for candidates for Governor in Downers Grove at the 2014 election, or at minimum 1,551 signatures.
The DG4RG coalition is comprised of Downers Grove residents who believe in transparent, responsible and responsive government which reflects the will of the people it represents.

Residents interesting in becoming involved with the DG4RG coalition should visit the website at www.DG4RG.com or contact the coalition directly at DG4ResponsibleGovernment@gmail.com.

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McCullum Park Namesake Theodore T. W. McCollum Dies at age 92

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The McCollum Park property was purchased by the Park District in 1972 and named in honor of Ted McCollum a few years later. Mr. McCollum was a former Commissioner and volunteer fireman, and helped the Park District obtain the four parcels of land that became this park. It quickly became one of the most heavily used parks in the District, creating the need for more playground equipment and fields. New shelters have been added as well as a renovation of the baseball and softball fields.