Articles filed under DuPage County Forest Preserve District

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  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • First phase of Wheaton sensory playground, gardens opening soon Jul 6, 2014 8:01 AM
    If the weather starts to cooperate, planners say the first phase of a nearly $2.5 million sensory playground and garden project in Wheaton will be complete and ready for visitors in just a few months. “It's a place for everyone,” said Sarah O'Donnell, director of development for the Wheaton Park District.

     
  • Fast cars make this a tough time for slow turtles Jul 5, 2014 5:37 PM
    This is a tough time for pregnant turtles. It’s the season when they leave their watery homes in search of higher and drier nesting sites to lay their eggs. Unfortunately, their paths often lead them to cross busy roads — and the combination of slow-moving turtles and fast-moving vehicles doesn’t always turn out well.

     
  • DuPage forest preserve reviewing $81 million in unfunded projects Jul 3, 2014 9:31 AM
    Roughly $81 million in master planning, $18 million in proposed trail work and $11 million in proposed repairs to structures in DuPage County forest preserves are unfunded, based on a report presented this week to forest preserve commissioners.

     
  • DuPage forest preserve approves early retirement program Jul 1, 2014 6:49 PM
    DuPage County Forest Preserve commissioners unanimously approved an early retirement program Tuesday. The program will take effect Aug. 31 and offer early retirement packages to about 65 eligible employees who are 50 and older and have at least 20 years of service credit with the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.

     
  • DuPage forest preserve workers could be offered early retirement Jun 30, 2014 5:19 PM
    Dozens of DuPage County Forest Preserve employees could be given the opportunity to retire early through a proposed program that would allow the district to restructure and eventually save an estimated $1 million a year. Forest preserve commissioners are expected decide Tuesday whether to adopt an early retirement incentive program through the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.

     
  • 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.

     
  • DuPage County resumes battle against gypsy moths Jun 25, 2014 12:10 PM
    The annual fight against gypsy moths, whose caterpillars can defoliate oaks and other trees, is set to begin next week in DuPage County’s forest preserves. Forest preserve officials say the Illinois Department of Agriculture is expected to spray for the moths beginning June 30 in the southeastern and northwestern part of the county.

     
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