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  • 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.

  • DuPage forest commission hires executive director — again Sep 9, 2014 5:34 PM
    DuPage County Forest Preserve District commissioners voted Tuesday to hire John Lapinski as executive director. Again. The commission had voted unanimously on Aug. 19 to hire Lapinski to replace Arnie Biondo, but was forced to take a second vote after a resident questioned the legality of the original proceedings. This time around, Lapinski still got the job, but the vote wasn’t unanimous.

  • Saturday Soapbox: Ten suburban issues worth special reflection Sep 6, 2014 10:19 AM
    Ten special things to think about in the suburbs today -- including do-overs in DuPage County, win-win soccer deals in Long Grove, teaching charity in Arlington Heights, the press's pizza bias and more.

  • Climate change activists walk through suburbs Sep 5, 2014 1:09 PM
    A group of about 30 activists are traveling through the suburbs this week as part of the Great March for Climate Action. They left on foot March 1 from Los Angeles and have been walking ever since, with hopes of arriving in Washington D.C. in early November. Their journey from Elburn to Warrenville Thursday took them to Fermilab and Blackwell Forest Preserve, where they met with members of the local Sierra Club.

  • DuPage forest board may have violated law in hiring executive director Sep 2, 2014 5:12 PM
    DuPage County Forest Preserve commissioners will vote again next week to hire John Lapinski as executive director after a resident questioned the legality of their original action. Commissioners voted unanimously Aug. 19 to name Lapinski executive director — the same day they announced Arnie Biondo was stepping down from the top administrative post.

  • DuPage forest preserve picks interim directors Sep 2, 2014 4:23 PM
    Two longtime employees with the DuPage County Forest Preserve will share the district’s top administrative post for less than a month until their new boss starts work. District commissioners on Tuesday appointed Micheal Palazzetti and Robert Vick as interim executive directors until John Lapinski assumes his responsibilities as executive director on Oct. 1.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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