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  • Davis: Endless quest to see what elected leaders are up to Aug 31, 2014 1:01 AM
    What do DuPage Forest Preserve District commissioners, College of DuPage trustees and Kaneland school board members have in common? All have exhibited some interesting behavior of late when it comes to transparency, says Jim Davis, news director for the DuPage and Fox Valley editions.

     
  • Forest preserve offers Night Hike at Fullersburg Woods Aug 28, 2014 12:47 PM
    Families can spend an evening under the stars as part of the DuPage County Forest Preserve District’s new “Night Hike and S’more-gasbord” program from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center, 3609 Spring Road, Oak Brook.

     
  • Wheaton may provide water for St. James Farm Aug 27, 2014 7:05 PM
    With 28 projects planned for the site over the next several years, St. James Farm near Wheaton is on track to be transformed into a more visitor-friendly forest preserve. Before that can happen, though, the DuPage Forest Preserve District needs to take the critical first step of getting clean, potable water into the section of the preserve near the northeast corner of Butterfield and Winfield roads. That will require help from Wheaton and the city appears willing to oblige.

     
  • Country Fair brings old time fun to Kline Creek Farm Aug 26, 2014 1:10 PM
    The annual Country Fair, organized by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, re-creates an 1890s community fair complete with oddities and wonders.

     
  • Now is the time to see DuPage prairies in bloom Aug 26, 2014 1:38 PM
    Now is one of the best times to see blooming plants on DuPage County Forest District's praires as summer transitions into fall.

     
  • DuPage forest preserve rangers trying to unionize Aug 26, 2014 5:32 PM
    A majority of DuPage Forest Preserve District rangers want to unionize, but first they’ll have to overcome a challenge by their employer. Representatives for the 22 rangers and senior rangers recently filed a petition with the Illinois Labor Relations Board to form a collective bargaining unit through the Metropolitan Alliance of Police.

     
  • Itasca residents lobbying to preserve country club site Aug 26, 2014 12:37 PM
    Fearing the Itasca Country Club property could be developed, a group of residents is trying to get the village and DuPage County Forest Preserve District involved in an effort to protect the site. “Aside from losing this 125-acre natural habitat along with its recreational amenities,” one resident wrote, “we are extremely concerned about the enormous impact any development will have on our already existing flooding issues throughout the surrounding areas.”

     
  • Pierotti: I was surprised DuPage forest exec director was let go Aug 26, 2014 9:04 PM
    DuPage County Forest Preserve commission President D. "Dewey" Pierotti says he wasn't involved the decisions to part ways with Executive Director Arnie Biondo and hire someone to replace him. “I didn’t know a thing until they gave me that (letter),” Pierotti said Tuesday. “This was a decision made by the board. I was surprised that he was let go.”

     
  • Email exchanges show little tension between forest commission, director Aug 22, 2014 6:10 PM
    Email exchanges during the five weeks before Arnie Biondo was dismissed as executive director of the DuPage County Forest Preserve District show no obvious signs of tension between Biondo and the commissioners who let him go. The 331 pages of emails, obtained by the Daily Herald through a Freedom of Information Act request, are exchanges Biondo had with members of the six-member forest preserve commission between June 30 and Aug. 5, the day the board announced Biondo had been placed on paid leave.

     
  • DuPage County forest director says he was forced out Aug 21, 2014 5:30 AM
    The departing executive director of the DuPage County Forest Preserve District says it wasn’t his decision to leave. Arnie Biondo says he was enjoying “every minute” of his tenure with the district until he received an Aug. 4 letter informing him he could either retire early or be terminated without cause. “It wasn’t mean or nasty,” Biondo said Wednesday. “It just said the board wanted to go in a different direction.”

     
  • Oak Meadows Golf Preserve to get $16 million in improvements Aug 21, 2014 2:38 PM
    The DuPage County Forest Preserve District is moving ahead with a roughly $16 million project that will increase stormwater storage, create new wetlands and improve the overall environmental quality of Oak Meadows Golf Preserve in Addison.

     
  • Ex-DuPage forest boss first to take early retirement plan he implemented Aug 19, 2014 7:36 PM
    The DuPage County Forest Preserve District ended its 7-month relationship with Executive Director Arnie Biondo, who will be replaced by a DuPage courts administrator. Biondo exits with more than two years left on his contract, and will take advantage of an early retirement plan he implemented.

     
  • DuPage courts expert Lapinski to lead forest preserve Aug 19, 2014 5:55 PM
    John J. Lapinski, 53, trial court administrator for DuPage County’s chief judge, signed a three-year contract worth $160,000 annually to lead the county forest preserve district. His background “doesn’t necessarily scream natural resources but he is a great administrator in an area where there aren’t a whole lot of great administrators,” Commissioner Joe Cantore said.

     
  • Historic McKee House near Glen Ellyn needs new roof, supporters say Aug 18, 2014 9:08 AM
    With restoration efforts expected to take years, supporters say the McKee House needs a new roof soon to prevent further damage to the landmark structure at Churchill Woods Forest Preserve near Glen Ellyn. One forest preseve commissioner says he plans to ask that the district spend $60,000 for the roof repairs.

     
  • Nonprofit group asks to use St. James Farm near Warrenville Aug 13, 2014 4:56 PM
    A nonprofit group that provides therapeutic horseback riding for people with physical, emotional, cognitive or social challenges would like to conduct its program at St. James Farm near Warrenville. But building code issues and questions about how the proposed arrangement could make it impossible for the DuPage County Forest Preserve to support the group's request.

     
  • Decision nears on $16 million upgrade of Oak Meadows Golf Preserve Aug 13, 2014 7:25 PM
    DuPage Forest Preserve commissioners need to decide next week whether they want to move ahead with a proposed $16 million project to improve the Oak Meadows Golf Preserve property. Some commissioners say they need more info about finances.

     
  • DuPage forest preserve director may be on way out Aug 5, 2014 5:59 PM
    Arnie Biondo’s tenure as executive director of the DuPage County Forest Preserve District is in jeopardy roughly eight months after it began. Forest preserve commissioners met behind closed doors for more than three hours Tuesday before emerging to announce Biondo has been placed on paid leave. They said in a written statement that Biondo and the district are “evaluating employment options” and details will be made public within two weeks.

     
  • See a snake? No need to be scared Jul 16, 2014 2:37 PM
    With the warmer weather snakes are on the the move in DuPage County, but forest preserve officials say visitors to forest preserves should not be alarmed and are not in danger of meeting a venomous snake.

     
  • DuPage survey respondents say preservation is key Jul 11, 2014 11:54 PM
    Preserving and protecting natural areas and wildlife for future generations should be the top priority of the DuPage County Forest Preserve District, according to residents who responded to a survey. Not as many of the respondents believe the district should focus on adding land and far fewer consider providing historical sites to be a priority.

     
  • DuPage forest preserve seeking donations for Mayslake project Jul 8, 2014 4:24 PM
    Despite a $215,000 state grant, the DuPage County Forest Preserve District needs another $310,000 to proceed with planned exterior restoration work at Mayslake Hall in Oak Brook. On Tuesday, officials said the district has received about $75,800 in charitable donations for the project, which would restore the rear courtyard of the historic mansion in Mayslake Forest Preserve. The hope is that continued fundraising efforts will further reduce the amount the district must pay for the work, which is scheduled to begin next summer.

     
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