Articles filed under DuPage County Forest Preserve District

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  • The Soapbox Nov 22, 2014 5:01 AM
    Daily Herald editors give their views on topics including generous hockey players, a new dog park and a remorseful elected official.

  • DuPage forest preserve to cut 8 administrative jobs Nov 19, 2014 5:30 AM
    Eight administrative posts will be eliminated as part of a restructuring plan at the DuPage Forest Preserve District that’s projected to save about $1.5 million a year. Forest preserve commissioners Tuesday approved an organizational chart that will be implemented over the next three months. They say the changes will increase efficiency and reduce costs. “It’s a complete reorganization,” commission President D. “Dewey” Pierotti said. “It’s going to streamline the total operation of the forest preserve.”

  • DuPage forest preserve may open dog park near Darien Nov 18, 2014 7:06 PM
    Dog owners in the southeast corner of DuPage County someday could be playing with their four-legged friends in a dog park that’s closer to home. DuPage County Forest Preserve commissioners are considering a proposal to construct an off-leash dog park in Oldfield Oaks Forest Preserve near Darien.

  • DuPage using DNA testing to save Blanding’s turtles Nov 17, 2014 4:18 PM
    The DuPage County Forest Preserve District is using DNA testing to help its effort to save the endangerd Blanding's turtles.

  • DuPage culling nearly 400 deer from its preserves Nov 16, 2014 5:58 AM
    Federal sharpshooters are in the process of culling nearly 400 deer as part of the DuPage County Forest Preserve District’s annual deer management program. The district has received permits from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to remove 395 deer from 23 forest preserves throughout the county. This year’s removal effort started Nov. 3.

  • The Soapbox Nov 15, 2014 5:01 AM
    Daily Herald editors sound off on a number of suburban topics, including prep football playoffs, a new village manager and Tammy Duckworth's political future.

  • Did forest preserve commission jump gun in dumping director? Nov 14, 2014 5:30 AM
    DuPage County Forest Preserve officials may have jumped the gun when they ousted former executive director Arnie Biondo. At least two commissioners said Biondo was given a letter in early August effectively ending his brief tenure without waiting for the entire commission to authorize it. “The letter was given to Arnie without the commission having any opinion one way or the other about the letter,” Commissioner Mary Lou Wehrli said. “It should not have been delivered.”

  • DuPage forest preserve releases director’s termination letter Nov 10, 2014 4:57 PM
    DuPage County Forest Preserve commissioners unanimously agreed that former executive director Arnie Biondo’s management style wasn’t a good fit for the district and had no chance of becoming one, according to the termination letter they sent him in early August and finally have made public. Commissioners wanted to keep the Aug. 4 letter that ended Biondo’s brief tenure secret but released it last week.

  • The Soapbox Nov 8, 2014 5:01 AM
    Daily Herald editors offer thoughts on a variety of suburban topics, including teen volunteers, postelection commentary and a very special Christmas tree-to-be.

  • DuPage forest preserve director search back to square one Nov 7, 2014 4:41 PM
    DuPage Forest Preserve District commissioners once again find themselves without an executive director and with no immediate plans to find one. John Lapinski, who was named to the post in August, then officially hired two more times to replace the ousted Arnie Biondo, said he will not take the job because he's dealing with a serious medical issue.

  • DuPage’s political pendulum swings in favor of the GOP Nov 5, 2014 7:57 PM
    DuPage County reclaimed its role as a Republican stronghold in Tuesday’s election — just two years after Democrats appeared to be making significant inroads. In 2012, DuPage voters supported President Barack Obama and elected a handful of local Democrats, leading some to believe the county’s political base was shifting. That shift came to a halt — at least for now — on Tuesday when Republican Bruce Rauner received nearly 61 percent of the DuPage vote en route to his victory over Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.

  • Republicans appear to sweep DuPage Forest Preserve commission Nov 4, 2014 11:26 PM
    The DuPage County Forest Preserve Commission’s lone Democrat lasted only two years in office before being ousted Tuesday night. Unofficial vote totals show District 6 Commissioner Shannon Burns, a West Chicago Democrat, being unseated by local business owner Al Murphy, also of West Chicago, in a rematch from 2012.

  • Protecting the DuPage prairie for our feathered friends Nov 1, 2014 7:42 PM
    Joe Suchecki is an avid birder, the type of guy who always keeps his binoculars at the ready and who doesn’t hesitate to spend a few hours traipsing through a forest preserve or two with his eyes turned toward the sky. One of the paces that fascinates him most is Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve in Naperville, a vast 1,829-acre site with grasslands and wetlands that lure a huge variety of birds — some quite rare in Illinois — that need just such as environment to nest.

  • Housing plan for Naperville golf course rejected over flooding concerns Nov 1, 2014 7:45 PM
    A proposed subdivision in northwest Naperville has raised concerns among neighbors about flooding. Residents near Country Lakes Golf Course, where Pulte Home Corp. has proposed to build the 327-home Atwater subdivision, say they already struggle with flooding. “The reason we were all protesting it mostly was stormwater,” nearby resident Pamela Peterson said.

  • Attorney general: DuPage forest preserve should release termination letter Oct 29, 2014 5:29 PM
    A copy of the letter that ended Arnie Biondo’s brief tenure as executive director of the DuPage County Forest Preserve District should be released to the public, according to the Illinois Attorney General’s office. So far, however, the district hasn’t complied with the attorney general’s nonbinding request.

  • DuPage forest preserve candidates differ over taxes Oct 24, 2014 8:01 PM
    Two DuPage County Forest Preserve candidates disagree about what should happen to millions of dollars in property tax revenue after the district is done repaying part of its debt.

  • Wayne Township, biking enthusiasts finishing blueprint to ‘bike culture’ Oct 23, 2014 6:24 PM
    A public-private group working to transform Wayne Township into a safe destination for bicyclists will complete their blueprint by the end of the year before campaigning suburban leaders to open their purse strings. “It's going to be a very doable plan," said Terry Witt, the owner of a Bartlett bike shop.

  • DuPage may take fresh look at former landfills Oct 16, 2014 5:30 AM
    Nearly two decades have passed since DuPage County Forest Preserve officials created a master plan to transform two shuttered garbage dumps into recreation havens. The question now is whether county residents still want toboggan runs, cross-country ski trails, mountain bike challenge courses and other similar amenities at Greene Valley landfill near Naperville and Mallard Lake landfill near Bloomingdale and Hanover Park.

  • Endorsements: Murphy, Burns for DuPage forest preserve board Oct 16, 2014 1:01 AM
    For DuPage Forest Preserve Commission, the Daily Herald recommends Republican Barbara Murphy in District 1 and Democrat Shannon Burns in District 6.

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