Friday, June 19, 2015

The Morton Arboretum

Recently the DuPage County Board Members from District 2 and District 4 visited The Morton Arboretum.  President and CEO, Gerry Donnelly, and Bob Schillerstrom a member of the Board of  Trustees welcomed us and lead the interesting and informative discussion.   

The Morton Arboretum was established in 1922 by the Morton Family.  The Arboretum has 1700 acres of plants, gardens, woodlands, prairie, lakes and streams.  With 4,200 kind of trees from around the world, 16 miles of trails and 9 miles of paved roads, it makes a great place to escape from the stress of everyday life. There is a 4 acre Children's Garden and is the most visited arboretum in North America.

World renowned for scientific leadership with a team of 25 PhD researchers and staff scientists, the Arboretum is also home to a state-of-the-art Research Center.

One of the leading Arboretums of the world in size, age, plant collection, science and conservation.  DuPage County is very fortunate to be home to such a unique and remarkable place.

Below you will find a video that gives a brief overview of The Morton Arboretum:

You can learn more about the Arboretum here.

You can learn more about the District 2 members here and District 4 members here.

Monday, June 15, 2015

DuPage County Stormwater Management Monitoring Precipitation Monday Afternoon

Du Page County 
421 N. County Farm Road Wheaton, Illinois 60187 630-407-6060 s Twitter:  @dupagecounty s Facebook:  DuPage County Board
For Immediate Release                                                                                                    
June 15, 2015                                                                                                               
DuPage County Stormwater Management Monitoring Precipitation Monday Afternoon
Wheaton, IL – DuPage County Stormwater Management is notifying local agencies of forecasted precipitation throughout the area Monday afternoon through the evening. Parts of DuPage County have received more than 2 inches of rainfall beginning late Sunday evening. The National Weather Service’s forecasts indicate an additional three-fourths of an inch of rain will fall in the area through Monday evening.
Stream elevations on the West Branch DuPage River are within one foot of the trigger operation for Fawell Dam (Naperville). Combined with existing rainfall, forecasts indicate an operation of Fawell Dam early Monday evening. On Salt Creek, the Elmhurst Quarry Flood Control Facility and Spring Creek Reservoir (Bloomingdale) are also within one foot of operation. If rainfall is heavier or more intense than forecasted, these facilities may go into operation. Also on Salt Creek, the Wood Dale-Itasca Reservoir (Wood Dale) is three feet from operation, but is not anticipated to go into operation during this event. DuPage County’s 12 gravity operated facilities are operating as needed. County staff is also monitoring precipitation and inflow from the upper reaches of each of the watersheds, which may contribute to increased stream elevations aside from the forecasted rainfall in the area.
DuPage County Stormwater Management staff will monitor stream elevations throughout the event and will provide updates as they become available. Be advised that the area is under a flash flood watch through late Monday.
Local agencies and residents may visit for more information about flood control facilities throughout the County, as well as to view rain and stream gages, forecasts and real-time pictures.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Villa Park Citizen Fire Academy 2015

The Villa Park Fire Department holds a Citizens Fire Academy once a year.  The Academy runs for nine weeks with a well prepared agenda. During the nine weeks students are doing all things related to firefighting. Working with the men and women of the fire department, they cover many interesting topics including Department History, Fire Science, Engine Operations, Emergency Medical Services, CPR /AED Certification, Hands on and Practical Training, Special Operations and Vehicle Rescue. 

The Academy offers hands on experience.  Becoming CPR/AED certified,  going into a building that is on fire and taking a part a vehicle, allows for a better  understanding of the variety of skills needed to be a firefighter. 

The Citizens Fire Academy Program is a great way to become better informed about firefighters and what they do and to build a relationship with our public safety officials.

Below is a  video from the Villa Park Citizen Fire Academy 2015.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Tools for Schools

Tools for Schools (TFS) provides a place where individuals and businesses can donate school supplies or office supplies. Schools and non-profit organizations supporting children choose needed items. Children get school supplies, teachers get equipment for their classrooms, and it is all diverted from the landfill. There is a wide range of supplies collected and re-distributed at SCARCE. Microscopes and overhead projectors are always popular items that are snapped up quickly. Usually there is a constant flow of notebooks, paper, pencils, and many types of office supplies.  The inventory changes daily.

   You can learn more about the 
                   program here.

Lift & Move - Crane industry to give careers a lift

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Free For Veterans and Families


When:   Thursday July 2nd, 2015 From 4pm – 8pm
Where:  Kids Town Play and Party
1141 E. Butterfield Rd
Wheaton, IL 60187

Kids Town is a new exciting and unique place to take your children that offers a safe and entertaining play place with more than a dozen themed play areas that feature colorful decor, costumes, accessories and toys to encourage your child's imagination. Everything from a construction room to a princess room are certain to offer an unforgettable experience for all children. It is a great place to take kids for everyday fun or for special occasions such as birthdays and play groups.

Every child will receive a Balloon, Thomas the Train Ride, Bubbles Show 
Adults can enjoy a Music Show including Keyboard and Guitar, Complementary Coffee. 
RSVP Required by June 22, 2015.

Pat Wasisco Psy.D. DuPage Vet Center 630.585.1853
Jim Gilligan, LCSW Oak Park Vet Center 708.457.8805

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Consolidation efforts a great step forward for DuPage

Thank you, State Senator Chirs Nybo, for believing that the idea of consolidating the DuPage County Election Commission back to the county clerk's office has merit.  With your help, others are understanding the issue and recognizing the merit as well.

From the Suburban Life editorial board

And now, state Sen. Chris Nybo, R-Elmhurst, and Democratic DuPage County Board member Liz Chaplin are teaming up to ask Sanguinetti’s task force to consider eliminating the DuPage Election Commission. In most other counties in Illinois, elections are run by the county clerk’s office. “We’ve merely asked at this point that the government task force look at that issue and determine whether there is a cost savings there that can enhance accountability and other efficiencies in terms of personnel,” Nybo said. Those are the kinds of questions we need to be asking all across the county and the state.

You can read the full editorial here.