Letter: Don Kirchenberg for DuPage County Forest Preserve District 2

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I am supporting Don Kirchenberg for DuPage County Forest Preserve Commissioner in District 2 because he has been working hard as a volunteer for many years to help protect our open spaces, including many of the county-owned properties most of us take for granted. 

For example, he led the fight for the preservation of a unique forest in unincorporated Lombard, which is now the Glacial Ridge Forest Preserve of DuPage County. This site has never been developed or farmed, and flora grows as it was before settlers came to the area. It's a unique and important small ecosystem that isn't available anywhere else, even at the Morton Arboretum.

He has also served as volunteer president of the Illinois Prairie Path not-for-profit corporation for more than seven years, and on the organization's board of directors for nine. He is also the ongoing voluntary chairman of the Friends of the Great Western Trails. He founded the group, and has been leading it for 12 years—benefiting the trails, trail users and surrounding communities.

Most importantly, Don has excellent ideas on how to improve the management of our Forest Preserve District in DuPage County. We need him to help clean up the current corruption that's seen three indicted for defrauding the Forest Preserve District of half a million dollars. 

I encourage you to support Kirchenberg's campaign. You can learn more about him at www.citizensforkirchenberg.org. There aren't many people so perfectly suited for the office of forest preserve commissioner, and his credentials and experience far outweigh his opponent's. If you live in District 2 in DuPage County, Don Kirchenberg for Forest Preserve Commissioner is far and away the best choice. 

—Mark Garrity, Downers Grove

Lindy Sullivan October 07, 2012 at 02:51 PM
There is more info available about this very highly qualified candidate Don Kirchenberg at http://citizensforkirchenberg.blogspot.com/
Roberto Betancourt October 08, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Kirchenberg attends more meetings than Cantore. Apparently Commissioner Joe Cantore has figured out that not only does he not have to speak at meetings and get paid $53,5000 for a part-time job (for 1,000 hours maybe) that includes full time benefits, a taxpayer supported pension, a cell phone and a new laptop computer with 24 hour computer support he gets paid all this whether or not he attends any meetings. We need a new and better Forest Preserve Commissioner serving Dist. 2.
Roberto Betancourt October 08, 2012 at 07:49 PM
And that empty chair between Commissioner Marsha Murphy on the left and Commissioner Linda Painter on the right in the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAi8tGrF7KI is Cantore's. He was absent again when Don Kirchenberg made this public comment and President Pierotti yelled and insulted him for asking tough questions!


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