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  • 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.

  • Oak Brook artist exhibits at Mayslake Oct 14, 2014 7:48 AM
    An exhibition of works by Judith Barath is on display through Oct. 31 at the DuPage Forest Preserve District’s Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook.

  • DuPage forest preserve candidate vows to make seat a full-time job Oct 10, 2014 5:30 AM
    A Democratic challenger seeking a seat on the DuPage County Forest Preserve Commission says he’ll quit his job to become a full-time member of the board if he’s elected next month. Before Evan Wolfe submits his two weeks’ notice, however, voters in forest preserve District 1 need to decide whether they want to make a change. Wolfe’s opponent in the Nov. 4 election — Republican incumbent Marsha Murphy — has spent the past 12 years representing the district, which covers all or portions of Addison, Bensenville, Bloomingdale, Elmhurst, Glendale Heights, Itasca, Lombard, Roselle, Villa Park and Wood Dale.

  • Fall colors emerging in DuPage forest preserves Oct 10, 2014 9:09 AM
    The clock’s already ticking for folks who want to get out and enjoy the fall colors in DuPage County forest preserves.

  • DuPage forest preserve staff wants building named after retiring leader Oct 10, 2014 12:26 PM
    The DuPage County Forest Preserve District’s administrative employees want to ensure that the district’s longest serving president — D. “Dewey” Pierotti — isn’t forgotten by putting his name on the building where they work.

  • DuPage forest candidates differ on Blackwell facility Oct 6, 2014 6:32 PM
    Nearly four years after the DuPage County Forest Preserve Commission voted to put a fleet maintenance garage at Blackwell Forest Preserve near Warrenville, it still hasn’t been built. Now the two forest preserve candidates vying for the chance to represent District 6, which includes Warrenville, have differing views on whether the site chosen for the facility is in the right spot.

  • Danada celebrates horses, season at Fall Festival Oct 2, 2014 1:28 PM
    Visitors can celebrate the season and the joy of horses during the annual Danada Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at the DuPage Forest Preserve District’s Danada Equestrian Center at 3S507 Naperville Road in Wheaton.

  • Boy Scout's goats help forest preserve with pesky plants Sep 26, 2014 9:26 AM
    Looking for a more eco-friendly way to remove invasive species from your property? Bartlett Boy Scout Gavin Burseth says goats are the way to go. Gavin, 16, showed how goats are the new lawn mowers Wednesday at the Blackwell Forest Preserve Family Campground near Warrenville, where he brought 38 of the creatures to munch on pesky plants, including poison ivy.

  • DuPage forest preserve hires executive director for third time Sep 23, 2014 12:22 PM
    DuPage County Forest Preserve commissioners have — for the third time — approved the contract for the district’s next executive director. John Lapinski originally was slated to begin Oct. 1 as the district’s top administrator. That date had to be pushed back to Dec. 1 because the 53-year-old Oak Brook resident has a medical issue.

  • Forest preserve needs third vote to hire executive director Sep 18, 2014 4:38 PM
    For the third time in five weeks, DuPage County Forest Preserve commissioners are slated to hire the same person to become the district’s next executive director. This time, the board must take another vote on John Lapinski’s contract because he can’t start as executive director until December — two months later than planned.

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