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  • DuPage County Board approves heroin programming for schools Jul 9, 2014 5:35 AM
    This fall, students at a dozen schools in DuPage County will learn about the dangers of heroin through a program started by the Robert Crown Centers for Health Education. DuPage County board members unanimously approved a nearly $68,000 contract Tuesday morning with Robert Crown to provide the opioid prevention education. The money to pay for the programming is coming from the $100,000 the board set aside to create a public education campaign in response to the record number of heroin deaths last year.

  • DuPage residents invited to share views on county budget Jul 1, 2014 10:09 AM
    Before drafting a proposed budget for next year, DuPage County officials want to know what county services are most important to the public. Officials are hoping to get the answer to that other questions by inviting county residents to respond to an online survey. “The survey is one of a few pieces that go into creating the budget,” county board member Paul Fichtner said.

  • Two DuPage Democrats knocked off the November ballot Jun 27, 2014 6:20 PM
    The campaigns of two Democrats came to an end Friday in DuPage County after an electoral board decided the candidate’s names won’t appear on the November ballot.

  • Four DuPage candidates face fight to stay on the ballot Jun 15, 2014 4:43 PM
    Four candidates the DuPage Democratic Party put on the November ballot will need to overcome legal challenges to stay there. “This is what the Republicans do when we have nominations," said Robert Peickert, who is chairman of the local Democratic organization and a candidate for DuPage County Board chairman.

  • Mold shuts down Kane County morgue, and Lauzen’s unhappy Jun 13, 2014 4:50 PM
    All Kane County dead bodies requiring further investigation will go to DuPage County's morgue for at least the short term. While looking into the purchase of a new freezer, Kane County Coroner Rob Russell discovered a black mold infestation serious enough to tape off the facility until it is remediated. County board Chairman Chris Lauzen said if Russell would have purchased a new freezer earlier there would be no mold problem.

  • Democrats find candidates to challenge GOP in DuPage races Jun 4, 2014 4:45 PM
    DuPage County’s Democratic organization doesn’t want to concede two high-profile countywide positions and several county board seats to the Republicans without a fight. To prevent that from happening, the party has picked candidates to run in the November election for DuPage County Board chairman, DuPage County Forest Preserve president and three county board seats.

  • DuPage County to vote on salaries for elected officials Jun 3, 2014 2:18 PM
    The DuPage County Board is expected to vote Tuesday morning on a series of proposals that will set the annual salaries of six county board members and five countywide elected officials. Four-year pay schedules must be established for the county board chairman, sheriff, treasurer, clerk, regional superintendent of schools and the county board members.

  • DuPage County Board puts brakes on raises after legal questions arise May 28, 2014 2:24 PM
    Decisions about the annual salaries of six DuPage County Board members and five countywide offices have been pushed back to next week after a political candidate opposed to pay raises questioned the legality of the scheduled votes. “Placing pending raises for elected officials in a thick agenda packet posted the Friday night before a three-day holiday, then voting the following (work) day, doesn’t meet my criteria for transparency,” said Jean Kaczmarek, a Democrat running for county clerk.

  • DuPage businesses seek repeal of video gambling ban May 14, 2014 5:18 AM
    Nearly five years after DuPage County became the first county in Illinois to prohibit video gambling machines, some businesses and a park district are asking for the ban to be repealed. “I don't know whether the board members have the interest or the appetite to take this matter up,” county board Chairman Dan Cronin said. “We ultimately would have to repeal an ordinance that they enacted. So it's up to them. I defer to the board members.”

  • DuPage County considering regional fire service concept May 7, 2014 5:10 AM
    Citing the rising costs associated with responding to emergencies, a group of mayors and fire chiefs is calling on firefighting agencies in DuPage County to voluntarily work together to save money and improve service. “We are trying to get a system for cooperation that will keep prices down, keep costs down and maintain the level of efficiency and service that we already have,” county board member Gary Grasso said.

  • Democratic Party leader could challenge Cronin May 2, 2014 5:55 PM
    Now that he's secured another term as chairman of the DuPage Democratic Party, Robert Peickert has set his sights on a countywide elected office. The Elmhurst resident is hoping to challenge DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin this fall during the general election.

  • DuPage park district makes deal to stop gas station plan Apr 25, 2014 4:45 PM
    Opponents of a plan to construct a gas station, convenience store and car wash near Glen Ellyn claimed victory after a deal that makes its possible for a park district to acquire the proposed site. “Did we have the immediate ways of buying this property? No,” said Larry Reiner, executive director of the Butterfield Park District. “But we knew that we had the will of the community and the desire of the community to make this happen."

  • DuPage board candidate arrested in Wisconsin Apr 23, 2014 4:50 PM
    The Democratic nominee for the DuPage County Board seat in District 4, Jeremy Custer, is facing three misdeameanor charges after he was involved in a domestic dispute last week in Wisconsin.

  • Report: Growing number of homeless kids in DuPage Apr 22, 2014 11:55 PM
    A growing number of the homeless people in DuPage County are children, according to a new report. It shows 1,424 people used emergency shelter services in DuPage between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013. Of those people, 333 were children. “It’s my belief that every child in this county should live safe from fear and have their own bed, just like my grandson does,” said Carol Simler, chairwoman of the group that did the report.

  • Loss of state funding hampers new DuPage school Mar 26, 2014 5:56 PM
    Less than two years after moving into space at DuPage County’s former youth home, a nonprofit school that helps young people with severe behavioral, emotional and learning disorders is struggling to increase its enrollment. As a result, county officials have decided not to charge Joseph Academy rent through the end of September. They also have forgiven missed rent payments of about $12,000 a month dating back to November.

  • DuPage taking closer look at two sanitary districts Mar 26, 2014 5:30 AM
    A new study will help DuPage County officials determine whether two sanitary districts serving residents in Lombard and Villa Park should continue operating as stand-alone entities. County board members on Tuesday agreed to hire Christopher B. Burke Engineering to assess the operations of the Highland Hills and Salt Creek sanitary districts. As part of the $69,496 contract, the engineering firm also will evaluate potential cost savings through shared services or consolidation.

  • Eckhoff, Custer, Wiley take early leads DuPage board races Mar 18, 2014 9:55 PM
    Incumbent Grant Eckhoff has moved out to a big early lead in his bid to become the Republican Party’s nominee for a District 4 seat on the DuPage County Board.

  • Metra talks funding, projects with DuPage officials Mar 11, 2014 6:32 PM
    Before a strategy can be developed to improve how mass transit is funded, Metra Chairman Martin Oberman says the six counties in the region must work in a unified way. “If we are going to have a fiscal strategy that is workable, we need to have as much support politically from our region as possible,” Oberman said after meeting Tuesday with members of the DuPage County’s Board’s ad hoc committee on mass transit.

  • Property owners sue DuPage to build gas station near Glen Ellyn Mar 12, 2014 4:51 AM
    A federal lawsuit alleges DuPage County committed an “arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable” act by refusing to let a gasoline station, convenience store and car wash be built near Glen Ellyn. The suit, filed Monday by Nebraska-based Buck's Inc. and the land owners, is asking the court to declare the project can proceed at the northeast corner of Butterfield Road and Route 53.

  • Experts discuss government consolidation at Lisle forum Feb 25, 2014 12:20 AM
    Some experts say Illinois has a huge number of local governmental agencies because residents wanted the services those entities provide. But others point out it’s very difficult to eliminate a taxing body after it’s been established. “The public should have a say in regards to the function and form of their local government,” said Brian Costin, director of government reform with the Illinois Policy Institute.

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