Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Misinformation Sent to Thousands of DuPage County Voters

Before you go to the polls on November 6th please make sure you have the correct polling place.  Click on provided link for more information.

'Misinformation' sent to thousands of DuPage voters

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Chaplin Yard Signs

We have yard signs!  If you would like a sign please email us at leave your name and address and a sign will be delivered.

You can also pick signs up at the Democratic Party Of Dupage Headquarters located at 1000 N Rohlwing RdLombard, IL

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Race for District 2 on DuPage County Board is wide open

Liz Chaplin, 47, the lone Democratic candidate, lives in an unincorporated area near Downers Grove and long has been active in community issues. She works at a family-owned wire and cable company and served on the DuPage Water Commission from 2002 until 2010. While on that panel, she gained a reputation for scrutinizing the agency's financial statements and for questioning its reliance on a countywide sales tax, which now is being phased out.
Chaplin became interested in water issues after high levels of two industrial solvents were found in wells in her neighborhood. Her work advocating for her neighborhood prompted then-DuPage County Board Chairman Robert Schillerstrom to appoint her to the commission's board.
Chaplin said she wants to serve on the County Board to ensure that "our government serves the people and not the other way around."
"It's rare when you will find an individual working with a resident on a problem like contaminated water or a development that concerns them, so I think the people need somebody on their side," she said. "It can take a lot to get officials' attention. That's why I'm different from my colleagues. They all get endorsements from chambers of commerce and mayors, and I'm getting endorsements from citizens."

Read more below

Race for District 2 on DuPage County Board is wide open

Letter of Support

Hi Liz,
We have been friends for many years now, our kids grew up together. This is not the reason for the letter though, I wanted to let you know how proud I am that a person of your integrity is running for office, the side of the isle that we place our political views may not always be the same, but it is far more important sometimes to have a person in office who one believes is there to do what they believe is right and not be at the mercy of other people.
This is what I believe of you Liz; you are running to help all of us and not yourself or any special interest. If we had many more candidates of your caliber we would have a better government. So, thank you for running and being a good friend not just to me but all of us in DuPage County.

Karolle Krajewski

Monday, October 22, 2012

Letter of Support

I have had the pleasure of knowing Liz for many years.  We met when she joined the Downers Grove Junior Woman's Club.  Liz jumped in with both feet.  When a project was brought forward, Liz always said, "I can help with that!"  And help she did.
What I discovered I like most about Liz was that she was a woman of integrity.  If she said she would do something, she did it.  Liz is a very smart and insightful woman.  She is not afraid to express her opinion and ideas to better the outcome of a situation.
I have not doubt that all these qualities that make up Liz Chaplin will serve her well as she serves us local government.  I am proud to call her a friend.

Joanne Walthius
Past President
Downers Grove Junior Woman's Club
100 Women Who Care Downers Grove.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Letter of Support

I encourage all of my friends in District 2 of DuPage County (part of central DuPage County from Naperville to Elmhurst) to support my neighbor, Liz Chaplin in her run for a seat on the DuPage County Board. We need residents like her on the board to make sure our voices are heard. She is a resident like us, cares about our community and is willing to step up and make sure our best interests are served. Please support her on November 6th.

Jim Gracey

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Letter of Endorsement

Dear Friends,

We know Liz from our non-partisan work with DuPage United and the DuPage Water Commission.   She was a water commissioner and a lone voice  asking tough questions about the excessive reserves and financial operations of the Water Commission and an ally as DuPage United asked similar questions.

Liz was appointed to the Water Commission after advocating on behalf of  800 homeowners in her unincorporated area of Downers Grove to get safe water when the wells in the area were contaminated. After representing those citizens in negotiations with the U.S. And Illinois EPA, the Village of Downers Grove, DuPage County and the DuPage Water Commission, safe water was brought to those residents. She also helped to secure a state grant for $700,000 to extend water mains to the North Belmont Park neighborhood.  
In her quiet friendly manor she is tough as nails and when faced with a challenge  she does not give up.  

Even though we live two blocks out of her district we want to let people we know what a great county board member she will make. Check out her campaign blog  at   to learn more.

If you wonder if you are in district 2 ( current district 2 representatives are Michael Ledonne (R) Lombard, Patrick O’Shea  (R) Lombard, Jeff Redick  (R) Elmhurst)
check out the attached map - there have been some boundary changes.

Mary & Ron Hason

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Endorsed by the Daily Herald Newspaper and the Democratic Women of DuPage County

We are please to announce the endorsement of the Daily Herald Newspaper and The Democratic Women of DuPage County.  

Below is the link to the Daily Herald endorsement:

Our endorsements for DuPage County Boardwww.dailyherald.comeditorial page items

Endorsement from the Democratic Women of DuPage County:

Thank you very much for taking the time to participate in the Democratic Women of DuPage County's (DWDC) 2012 endorsement process.  Women's issues need to be kept front and center during this election cycle.  We hope that you found the endorsement questionnaire thought provoking and pertinent to your campaign.

We are pleased to inform you on behalf of the DWDC Leadership Team that we have chosen to endorse you in your race.

Thank you for your willingness to serve.  We wish you luck in your race and we hope that our endorsement will be beneficial to your campaign.

Lisa Favia
DWDC Endorsement Committee Chair

Julia Beckman
President, DWDC

Laura Fletcher
President-Elect, DWDC

Elmhurst League of Women Voters Forum - October 17, 2012

This is the last candidate forum for DuPage County Board 2 race.   These forums offer a great opportunity to see the candidates in action, where they stand on the issues and what they hope to accomplish.  Hope you can join us.

Get Your Politics on in Elmhurst This Week at Debate Watching Party, Local Candidate Forum elmhurst.patch.comEarly voting begins next week.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Breaking the Democratic Myths

Republicans like to claim that Democrats are not responsible and want others to provide for them.  Absolutely not true.  I do not believe that a part time elected officials should receive a tax payer funded pension or health benefits.  I will decline both the pension and benefits.  Ask the Republicans many of them are quick to sign up for this unnecessary drain on the tax payer.  I believe they are the same party that have a problem with full time public employees receiving pensions and benefits.

I also believe that $50,000 for a part time job of an elected official is a lot of money, too much money.  Ask the fiscally conservative DuPage County Republicans and they all believe it is fair pay.  Imagine that, fair pay.

Democrats want big government.  Simply not true.  We want a smarter government.  Some times it makes sense to consolidate units of government.   Some times it does not.  I believe that 18 county board members is too many.  I would work to reduce the number of board members from 18 to 12 or 6.   The Republicans believe otherwise they believe that 18 board members are justified.  

I have to chuckle when the DuPage Republicans claim that the local DuPage Democrats are backed by the “Democratic Machine.”
Local DuPage Democrats do not receive any support from the powers that be, financial or otherwise.  Actually our DuPage Republican Party members and their family members have received some very nice appointments from Governor Quinn.   

How about this myth that Democrats just want to spend your tax dollars.  Actually the few elected Democrats and appointed officials have done a good job at holding the fiscal line.


Another myth is that we want to bring Cook County style politics to DuPage County. Well,  it is already here. All one has to do is to look at the no bid contracts and contracts handed to political donors.

Before voting please compare the candidates. See where they stand on the issues and what they have accomplished in the past.  The DuPage Democrats have well qualified candidates.  I hope you will consider voting for us.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Upcoming Events


Chaplin Campaign will be at this event!  Hope you can join us!



Rally, Walk, Call

Governor Quinn to Host Rally for Leslie Coolidge

Date: Sunday, October 14
Time: 4pm
Where: Doubletree Hotel Downers Grove, 2111 Butterfield Road, Downers Grove.  (This is very convenient location.)

We will have very light snacks and cash bar.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Elmhurst League of Women Voters Host Candidate Forum on October 17, 2012

The Elmhurst League of Women Voters is hosting a Candidate Forum On Wednesday October 17, 2012 for DuPage County Board Districts 1 and  2.

For more information please click on the provided link

League of Women Voters of Elmhurst Candidate Forum for the November 6 Elections

Saturday, October 6, 2012

DuPage County Board - Evening Meetings

Lets face it the last thing anyone wants to do in the evening is attend a meeting.  The evening is a busy time.  Taking the kids to dance, soccer, football or whatever activity they are in.  Meet up with an old friend for dinner or just relaxing in front of the TV after a long day at work.  The evening is family time.

Attending meetings in the evening is what many of us do.  We attend village meetings that are held in the evenings.  Water Commission meetings are held in the evening.  League of Women Voter meetings are held in the evenings.  Why should the DuPage County Board be any different?  Many of us work durning the day so it is just about impossible to attend a meeting held by the DuPage County Board at 10:00 AM on Tuesdays.  How about those very important early in the morning  committee meetings.  It is important that these are held when the public can attend.

If the DuPage County Board held evening meetings this would allow for more participation from the public.  More participation from the public leads to a more transparent government.  The county has done a good job with the website.  The County Board meetings are televised.  These are good steps towards a more transparent government.  These do not however compare with attending a meeting.  You simply don't get the same perspective of the meeting by reading minutes or watching it on TV.

Morning meetings intentionally or not prohibit public comment.

Another argument for evening meetings is that this would open the pool of people who could run for DuPage County Board.  Many people can't get the time off their full time their jobs to run for DuPage County Board limiting the amount of choice.  Currently the Board is dominated by lawyers.  This could  lead to a more diverse board.

If we move the meetings to the evening there would be no more excuses that the $50,000 salary is needed to make up for missed work time.  The board members could receive a small stipend for their service. The days of the bloated salary would be gone.

I have heard about the cost associated with staff and evening meetings.  Having to pay overtime would be too costly.   The saving from the reduction of salaries of the board members would outweigh overtime costs.

I get it, nobody wants to take away from their evening activities, whatever they may be, but evening meetings make the most sense and it is the right thing to do.   As your DuPage County Board member I will make evening meetings a priority.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Had a good time at the York Township meeting!  What a great turn out!  Nothing like a room full of volunteers bagging literature and ready to walk!

York Township Volunteers

York Township Volunteers