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  • DuPage board member facing DUI charge Mar 18, 2015 6:25 PM
    A longtime DuPage County Board member, Grant Eckhoff, is facing a DUI charge after a traffic stop outside his Wheaton home. Eckhoff, 55, of the 200 block of North Erie Street, was charged with one count of DUI and operating an uninsured motor vehicle, according to a Wheaton Police Department report.

  • DuPage County keeping patrol deal with townships Mar 18, 2015 7:31 PM
    A longtime arrangement for the DuPage County Sheriff’s office to provide extra patrols in four townships will continue unchanged, despite one township’s request to have the county pay more of the cost.

  • DuPage program encourages developers to build green Mar 11, 2015 6:18 PM
    DuPage officials say they want to encourage developers and property owners to pursue more eco-friendly projects around the county. Toward that end, county board members have approved a program that will offer incentives meant to reduce permitting time and costs for projects that qualify under standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council.

  • DuPage neutral on eliminating forest preserve board Mar 10, 2015 6:38 PM
    The DuPage County Board won't lobby for or against a proposed state law that would eliminate the elected board that oversees the forest preserve district. Instead, Chairman Dan Cronin and several county board members say they're staying neutral on the idea of undoing a 12-year-old split between the county board and forest preserve commission.

  • A push is on to abolish DuPage County's forest board Feb 27, 2015 6:41 PM
    A suburban lawmaker says she wants to eliminate the DuPage County Forest Board, a push that comes weeks after Gov. Bruce Rauner pointed to the county as a potential model of how to consolidate government. State Rep. Deb Conroy, a Villa Park Democrat, filed legislation to give the board's duties to the DuPage County Board, at what she says would be an annual savings of $500,000 per year.

  • Residents fighting proposed annexation by Bensenville Feb 23, 2015 7:31 PM
    White Pines residents opposed to seeing their neighborhood annexed into Bensenville have formed a group and are hosting a Wednesday night meeting to rally support for their cause.

  • Ballot question could affect fire consolidation in DuPage Feb 16, 2015 7:34 PM
    A ballot question to determine how Warrenville Fire Protection District trustees get their seats could influence whether the agency participates in future attempts to consolidate fire services in DuPage County.

  • Rauner exploring ways to consolidate local governments Feb 13, 2015 6:21 PM
    Gov. Bruce Rauner says he wants to reduce the massive number of local government agencies in Illinois after previous consolidation efforts by state lawmakers stalled. Rauner signed an executive order Friday creating a Local Government and Unfunded Mandate Task Force that will be headed by Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti of Wheaton. The panel will be charged with finding efficiencies and encouraging streamlining of local government functions, officials said.

  • Vet: Animals getting care at DuPage shelter after leader’s departure Feb 10, 2015 8:07 PM
    With several residents calling for the reinstatement of DuPage County Animal Care and Control’s former veterinary administrator, the veterinarian brought in to help the Wheaton shelter is making assurances that animals are being properly cared for at the facility. “There’s been no disruptions to care,” said Dr. Georgianne Ludwig of Lombard Veterinary Hospital. “Obviously, there’s been a lot of bad feelings. But as far as the care for the animals, all is well.”

  • Officials focusing on code violations at DuPage fairgrounds Feb 4, 2015 6:13 AM
    Before DuPage County Board members can decide whether the county fair should continue using its existing location beyond 2020, they first want to know if there will be a fair this July. “If they can't bring the property into code compliance,” said James Healy, chairman of the public works/facilities committee, “you cannot have a fair this year.”

  • Elmhurst flood control plan poised for approval Jan 6, 2015 2:04 PM
    Elmhurst is poised to get permission to tap into a reservoir owned and operated by DuPage County so the city could prevent dozens of homes from flooding. DuPage County Board members next week are expected to approve an intergovernmental agreement that will allow Elmhurst to run a pipe into the Elmhurst Quarry Flood Control Facility along Route 83.

  • Cronin: Consolidation, fairgrounds among top issues in 2015 Jan 4, 2015 10:20 AM
    Pursuing more opportunities for consolidation, finding the best use for the county fairgrounds and expanding mosquito abatement to a countywide level are some of the top issues DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin wants to address in the coming year.

  • Two DuPage panels each welcome a new member Dec 9, 2014 5:27 PM
    The DuPage County Board and county forest preserve commission welcomed new members Tuesday when they both filled vacancies on their respective boards. Karyn Romano of Glen Ellyn has been appointed to finish the term of the late Jerry “JR” McBride on the county board. Meanwhile, Jeffrey Redick of Elmhurst has been appointed to forest preserve President Joseph Cantore’s former seat on the forest preserve commission.

  • DuPage elected officials sworn in Dec 1, 2014 10:08 PM
    DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin kicked off his second term on Monday night while a new era began at the DuPage County Forest Preserve District. Cronin was sworn in during an inauguration ceremony in Wheaton that included him talking about what lies ahead for county government. “Taxpayers can be certain that we will continue to be a model for good government in Illinois and demonstrate what thoughtful and purposeful leadership is all about,” Cronin said to the audience.

  • Bush impresses crowd in early visit to Lombard Dec 1, 2014 4:32 PM
    Former President George W. Bush was funny, candid and relaxed during the first of two appearances Monday in DuPage County. County board Chairman Dan Cronin and his wife met Bush at a private charity event in Lombard that raised money for affordable housing. The event was hosted by Dan Goodwin, chairman and CEO for the Inland Real Estate Group of Companies. “He’s very engaging, very personable,” Cronin said of Bush. “One on one he shines. His personality is warm, and he has a good sense of humor. It really comes through very strong.”

  • Warrenville woman committed to helping DuPage's ownerless pets Dec 1, 2014 11:00 AM
    As one of longest-serving volunteers at the DuPage County Animal Care and Control facility in Wheaton, Barbara Zeiler has dedicated herself to helping the animals. “Barb is a wonderful asset for the shelter,” said Dr. Todd Faraone, the veterinary administrator who oversees the facility. “Her first thought is always for the animals and what she can do for the animals."

  • DuPage receives $70,000 donation to fight heroin Nov 28, 2014 4:33 PM
    Moved by the actions of an Oak Brook man who lost his grandson to heroin, a group has donated $70,000 to a DuPage County program that equips police officers with the opiate overdose reversal drug Narcan. The Friends of Ed Heil group, which is coordinated by the Palumbo Family Foundation, made its donation to the DuPage Narcan program earlier this week during a county board meeting.

  • Longtime DuPage County clerk ready for retirement Nov 28, 2014 10:24 AM
    DuPage County Clerk Gary King has taken his final roll call. After spending nearly 20 years as a county employee and then serving another 28 years as an elected official, King is ready for retirement. His last day will be Saturday, when he comes into the office to tie up some loose ends. “I really had a great time,” the Glen Ellyn resident said. “I love doing what I’m doing, but it’s time for me to leave.”

  • Glen Ellyn business owner chosen to fill DuPage vacancy Nov 26, 2014 12:15 PM
    A Glen Ellyn business owner has been tapped to replace the late Jerry “JR” McBride on the DuPage County Board. Board Chairman Dan Cronin said Wednesday that Karyn M. Romano is his choice to fill the District 4 board seat that’s been vacant since McBride’s death on Oct. 24. The full board is scheduled to vote Dec. 9 on Romano’s appointment. “I’m thrilled and delighted that a person of her caliber, talent and work experience wants to serve,” Cronin said of Romano.

  • DuPage approves $449.4 million spending plan for 2015 Nov 25, 2014 6:07 PM
    DuPage County will start its fiscal year Monday with a spending plan that sets aside money for heroin prevention education, human services grants and a list of capital projects. The $449.4 million budget, which county board members adopted on Tuesday, also doesn’t increase property taxes. “We are commitment to doing more with less,” county board Chairman Dan Cronin said before the vote. “This budget is a testament to that pledge.”

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