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  • Efforts of many made storm cleanup success Aug 7, 2012 4:24 AM
    Efforts of many made storm cleanup success On July 1, Milton Township again suffered through a major microburst with winds around 117 miles per hour. The Milton Township Highway Department crews were dispatched immediately after the storm passed to clear township roads with heavy equipment so that emergency vehicles, etc. could have access to our residents. The “after the storm” cleanup is complete almost four weeks later even with the help from neighboring township highway departments, cities, villages, CERT volunteers and DuPage County Sheriff’s office SWAP. Again, I’d like to thank the residents of Milton Township for their patience and cooperation in this extreme event. Also, a big thank you to all the cooperating friends who assisted us with the storm clean up: DuPage County Sheriff’s office – SWAP; Downers Grove Township Highway Department; Lisle Township Highway Department; Naperville Township Highway Department; Lemont Township Highway Department; the village of Hinsdale; and the many volunteers with the Milton Township CERT program and our own Milton Township Highway Department crew, along with other municipalities, townships and DuPage County Highway Department, for getting all roads open in such an extreme weather event. The great spirit of cooperation and quick turn around after so much damage is a good indicator that Milton Township is a community that works. Thank you all. Gary Muehlfelt Highway Commissioner Milton Township

  • Milton Twp. article unfair to Hinkle Aug 5, 2012 4:46 AM
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: In my opinion, the Page 1 article written by Robert Sanchez is a prime example of "hack journalism" that should be below the standards set by the Daily Herald.

  • Milton Twp. debate: Political crony or valued employee? Jul 23, 2012 5:29 AM
    Is Ralph Hinkle a dedicated township employee who's transformed a fledgling emergency response program into an army of hundreds of lifesaving volunteers? Or is he a patronage worker who campaigned for GOP candidates on township time and took advantage of his government credit card and cellphone? Local Republicans — including a former gubernatorial candidate — are fighting about Hinkle, executive director of Milton Township's Community Emergency Response Team.

  • DuPage still reeling from July 1 storm Jul 13, 2012 12:50 PM
    DuPage County communities and townships say it could be weeks to clean the aftermath from the storm on July 1. And while there's an effort to get federal money to help pay for it, it's unlikely that the county will qualify.

  • Lawsuit filed in death of DuPage jail inmate May 14, 2012 4:48 PM
    The family of a Wheaton man who died after attempting suicide in the DuPage County jail has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the sheriff's office. Christopher Colburn, 37, died at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield last May following his arrest on a felony theft charge, according to the complaint.

  • Those who yelled loudest were heard Apr 18, 2012 1:00 AM
    I attended the Milton Township Annual Meeting for the first time. I found it informative and benefited from hearing (when possible) the comments and questions from the attendees.

  • Misunderstanding at Milton town meeting Apr 13, 2012 12:30 PM
    Apathy wins again. At the April 10 Milton Township Annual Meeting, less than 300 people made a decision for over 118,600 residents. The questions to be voted on, by voice vote only, were Should township government be eliminated, and Should the township budget be be reduced by 20 percent. The voice vote was overwhelmingly in favor of not putting these on the ballot in November.

  • Milton Township votes down referendum questions Apr 11, 2012 9:00 AM
    Milton Township residents will not be voting in November on the future of their township or the township budget. A vocal majority of the approximately 260 registered voters attending Tuesday nights annual township meeting soundly defeated resolutions to get two advisory questions on the November ballot; one asking whether the township budget should be slashed by 20 percent and one asking if the entire township should be dissolved. Supervisor Chris Heidorn, who previously called both questions poorly written and meaningless, said the vote validates the communitys support for the services the township provides such as food pantries, doing road maintenance and offering services for seniors.

  • Should Milton Township be dissolved? Residents to have say Tuesday Apr 9, 2012 1:50 PM
    Most of the annual town meetings planned for Tuesday night at DuPage Countys nine townships are pretty standard gatherings where residents will get updates about what the townships are doing. But in Milton Township, the focus will be on the need for township government itself. Residents attending Miltons town meeting will take a vote on whether two advisory questions should be placed on the November ballot, including one asking for the end of township government.

  • DuPage townships to pay more for extra cop patrols Apr 6, 2012 5:30 AM
    Four DuPage County townships will continue to have extra sheriffs deputies patrol their unincorporated neighborhoods for at least another year, despite being asked to pay more for the program. But officials in three of the townships say they might have trouble paying for the special policing districts if the county board continues with plans to have more cost increases.

  • Your chance to scrutinize townships Apr 5, 2012 5:00 AM
    Some township governments are trying to make it difficult, but you have a chance Tuesday to have a direct voice in some local township issues. A Daily Herald editorial encourages you to take advantage..

  • Wheaton developer wants assessments slashed to get $1 million back Mar 29, 2012 8:00 PM
    The developer of an office building in downtown Wheaton is disputing the Milton Township assessor's $25 million appraisal of the structure. But if Wheaton Property Partners gets its way and the building is valued at about $11 million, one of the city's taxing districts could lose significant cash.

  • Student leads Food Pantry Fridays at Wheaton North Mar 15, 2012 10:38 AM
    Cole Manschot began collecting food for local pantries as an 11-year-old Boy Scout. Now a senior at Wheaton North, he runs the high school's Food Pantry Fridays throughout March. As he prepares to graduate, he's collected more than 13,000 pounds of food to feed those in need.

  • Want a say about township government? Now's the time Feb 29, 2012 12:02 PM
    Daily Herald investigations into how townships spend tax dollars led some townships to change how they do business. Others stayed with the status quo. Upcoming township annual meetings give residents the chance for a direct say in how their township operates. But a deadline to get a public petition on the agenda is Thursday.

  • Why so long to cancel lease, COD? Jan 24, 2012 5:00 AM
    A two-million-dollar thanks to reporter Christopher Placek for his eye-opening (or should I say wallet-opening) Jan. 20 news item announcing College of DuPage’s ending of a 10-year lease of Indian Prairie School District space. Being a taxpayer and close-by neighbor to “University of DuPage,” I am often flabbergasted at the amount of money the college goes through for development and lawsuits.

  • Who will help needy rest of year? Jan 7, 2012 6:04 AM
    Now, though, the question comes to mind: Who will feed these people in January or February? In fact, who will feed these needy throughout the year? At the Milton Township Food Pantry we will continue to do our best and we are hopeful that our friends and neighbors will do the same. If you or someone you know is considering any year-end giving, please remember our food pantry.

  • Thanks for help with rail training Dec 10, 2011 5:00 AM
    On behalf of Milton Township and Milton Township CERT (Citizen Emergency Response Team), we would like to thank all of the first responders that participated in this year’s Metra rail training exercise at the Union Pacific rail facility in West Chicago earlier this month.

  • Milton Twp. trustees don't work enough for pensions Nov 30, 2011 1:53 PM
    Milton Township officials will stop allowing trustees to take part in the agency's pension program. An audit of the organization shows the trustees can't vouch for the 1,000 hours of work required to participate in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund program. But other townships continue the practice. “I don't think we think the job demands the 1,000 hours required,” said Milton Township Supervisor Chris Heidorn.

  • DuPage County property assessments continue falling Nov 21, 2011 5:14 AM
    Residential property assessments in DuPage County, which are used to determine next year's tax bills for homeowners, have fallen by nearly 7 percent due to the struggling housing market. “We’ve had an unprecedented residential property market in the last several years,” said DuPage Supervisor of Assessments Craig Dovel. who expects the downward trend to continue.

  • DuPage sheriff opposes cost increase for extra patrols Oct 25, 2011 4:53 PM
    DuPage County Sheriff John Zaruba says a plan to charge four townships more for additional police patrols in unincorporated neighborhoods could jeopardize the program and result in the termination of up to six sheriff's deputies. "It's not the time to fix something that's not broken," Zaruba said Tuesday to county board members.

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