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Forest candidate's great pledges

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Forest candidate's great pledges

I am supporting Don Kirchenberg for Forest Preserve Commissioner in District 2 because he has worked hard for decades to help protect our open space including the forest preserves and trails. He has served as a volunteer as president of the Illinois Prairie Path not-for-profit corporation for over 7 years. Don is also the ongoing Voluntary Chairman of the Friends of the Great Western Trails, which he helped to found over 12 years ago.

Don has excellent ideas on how to improve the management of our forest preserve district. As our commissioner Don will:

• Work to reduce the annual salary of the Part-Time Commissioner position from their current pay of $53,000-plus per year with full benefits and a taxpayer subsidized pension at an estimated total cost of $110,000 to an annual salary of only $25,000 per year.

• Will not ask for or support any commissioners' family members to become employees of the FPD of DC.

• Encourage more citizens to be involved by holding evening meetings and broadcast all meetings on the Internet and cable TV.

• Not accept any campaign donations from any companies doing business with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.

Jeff Gimm

Lisle

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