Wednesday, January 23, 2013

First Month on the DuPage County Board

The first month on the DuPage County Board has been very busy. There has been several committee meetings as well as board meetings.  Many of the newly elected board members have presided over their committee meetings.  The staff has been very gracious as well as the seasoned board members. Many of us have been on tours of the DuPage Court House and the State Attorney Office and there are  more tours planned over the next few weeks.

We have been busy with meeting other elected officials in our districts.  We have attended the District 2 meeting of the DuPage Mayors and Managers and the Legislative Dinner.  DuPage County held a Legislative Breakfast last week.

I am very fortunate to serve on the Legislative Committee.  The committee recently approved the county's Legislative Agenda.  There are many worthy priorities in our agenda, you can view the Legislative Agenda here, View Agenda.  While the Agenda touches on pension reform by seeking legislation that would allow DuPage County employees the option of enrolling in a 401K the reform does not go far enough. The Agenda does not include salary spiking or double dipping of elected and appointed officials.  I broached the subject of eliminating pensions for Elected County Board Members in the Legislative Committee, you can view the minutes here, View Minutes.

Besides attending meetings,  meeting other elected officials and tours I have been contacted and assisted citizens in my district.  I have also been contacted by folks that are not in my district seeking assistance.  This is really my comfort zone and what I enjoy.  In Downers Grove we have established a citizens group.  This group consists of  well informed and active participants in local government.   I would like to establish a similar group in each of the municipalities that I represent.

Remember, please feel free to contact with any questions or concerns you have.

Phone: 630-518-6740


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