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  • 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.

     
  • DuPage County may charge townships more for cop patrols Oct 4, 2011 5:09 PM
    DuPage County may ask four townships to pay more for extra police patrols in their areas. County officials say the townships are falling short in their agreement to pick up 80 percent of the cost for the six extra sheriff's deputies.

     
  • Family connections in Rosemont net $2 million in pay Aug 31, 2011 2:42 PM
    Ten Stephens family members, including Mayor Bradley Stephens, got almost $1 million in pay from Rosemont last year. Five other Rosemont elected officials and their 13 family members were paid another million dollars in 2010.

     
  • 12,000 lose power in DuPage County Jul 19, 2011 8:55 PM
    More than 12,000 west suburban ComEd customers lost power for about two hours tonight as hot and humid temperatures hovered around 90 degrees.

     
  • Townships are more cost-effective Jul 15, 2011 3:00 AM
    The Daily Herald recently advocated the abolishment of township government in DuPage County and the state. While this position may be popular given the fiscal crisis facing the state, and resonates with smaller-government advocates like myself, it ignores some relevant facts about the level of service. The nine DuPage townships are responsible for road repair, snow plowing, and are mandated to administer General Assistance and Emergency Assistance for all areas of the township — including municipalities. Despite the economic crisis, every DuPage Township operates with balanced budgets and no deficits. Additionally, the Milton Township Highway Department returns half of its levy to its municipalities. Since these roads still have to be maintained at a cost, does the Herald seriously believe any other governmental body could deliver these services so efficiently, and at the minimal cost to the taxpayers as the townships do? The Herald advocates transferring the obligations of a cost-efficient, well-managed, taxpayer-responsive entity the townships represent, to surrounding communities. Municipalities are experiencing dramatic losses in revenues, resulting in program cuts, service reductions and, in some cases, higher taxes. This consolidation has no chance of saving the taxpayers any money or reducing government. Additional staff would be required at the municipal level to provide the same services already cost-effectively delivered by the townships. I firmly believe in a smaller, less-intrusive government that is more responsive to the taxpayers. What I cannot support is abolishing exactly that model of a smaller, efficient government the DuPage townships deliver. C.E. Levan Winfield (Milton Township)

     
  • Which township trustees are getting pensions Jul 13, 2011 6:04 AM
    In addition to making a few thousand dollars annually for attending 12 meetings each year, some suburban township trustees will be getting pensions when they are no longer in office.

     
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