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County Referendum on Dual Elected Duty will be on November Ballot

Referendum is advisory; DuPage Chairman Dan Cronin says County Board duties require "undivided focus."

Editor's Note: The following information was provided by DuPage County officials.

DuPage County voters will be asked this November whether one elected official should be permitted to hold more than one elected office at the same time.

The DuPage County Board Tuesday approved an advisory referendum question that will appear on the November general election ballot asking voters: “Should Illinois law permit an individual to hold two or more public elected offices simultaneously?”

DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin sought the referendum question in order to gauge the public’s sentiment on the issue. Two sitting DuPage mayors are running for election to the DuPage County Board this fall, Elmhurst Mayor Pete DiCianni and Burr Ridge Mayor Gary Grasso. For months, both have indicated that they wanted to remain mayor of their respective town, but that he would resign the mayor's seat if elected to the County Board.

“We face serious and time-consuming challenges here at the county that demands the undivided focus and commitment of each County Board member,” Cronin said. “Holding two elected offices at the same time simply does not allow for the level of attention needed to fully and impartially serve the taxpayers of DuPage County. I believe our voters will send a clear message that one elected office per person is enough.”

The non-binding advisory question will now be submitted to the DuPage County Election Commission.

Last January, Cronin from DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin as to whether a County Board member is statutorily able to hold another elected office. In his opinion, Berlin stated that DuPage County Board members should not hold elected office with another governmental body that has contractual obligations with the county.

Dan F. June 27, 2012 at 02:41 AM
More county propaganda like the Airport "Local Blog" article that will not go away. Chairman Cronin, you appointed Downers Grove Mayor Ron Sandack to your State Senate seat he refused to resign being mayor, yet you did nothing and said nothing. You could have made it a condition of getting the State Senate seat, but you did not. Here you are on your high horse again insisting other do what you did not do, that others must do the right thing when you give HUGE passes to your flunkies. And Appointed State Senator Sandack, how will you try and avoid talking about this one? Another black eye, another smudge on you already ethically challenged political career. All these politicians talk a good game about what others have to do and how others are the bad guys, but conveniently let their cronies and hacks do the very same things. I read in the Tribune suburban corruption is just as bad as in Chicago. NO KIDDING!
PAUL C. June 27, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Wow Dan F. ! You are right on the money with your comments. Do you notice how all of Ron's local buds are now quiet? They don't even try to defend his recent flip flop on gaming. They just want to be affliated with Ron no matter what he does and what he does doesn't matter to them. He'll never give answers because he doesn't have to answer questions since he is currently appointed and soon elected since he'll have no challengers. His actions are a way different than we he preached in the past. Where's the Transparency? i guess you don't have to answer those citizens who didn't vote for you. Right now he's not answering anyone in his senate or soon to be house districts.
Donnie Voltaire June 27, 2012 at 11:50 PM
What about Jeanne Ives? She is running for State Rep and is also on Wheaton City Council, can she serve on both? If not, and she has to resign City Council in January 2013, will there be a special election to fill her term, or will we have a 2+ year appointment for the rest of her term? If there is an appointment made, then the voters will be deprived of choosing their representative on Council. In that scenario, I think she should resign now before the 2013 municipal candidate filings so WE the people can vote. No more backroom deals.
Freedom Ring June 28, 2012 at 04:21 PM
I am just tired of it all. Politicians no longer work for the people, they work for themselves, filling their pockets with money from special interest groups and lobbyists. There is no such thing anymore of governing "for the people", "by the people" or "of the people". Until politicians are no longer guaranteed "free" income, healthcare and other perks for the rest of their lives and have to live within the same means the rest of "the people" do things will never change. Once they get elected no matter how bad a job they are doing in congress or the house of representatives, it is almost impossible to get them out. We need to take back our government, set term limits and require our representatives to govern for the rights and good of all of us fairly and impartially, not just the ones that have the money to lobby their own interests. Democrat, Republican, it doesn't matter, they should be working together to get this country back on its feet and where it belongs and start putting "politics" aside. I think our founding fathers would be very disappointed in the direction this country has taken. If we want to be The Greatest Country in the Free World, we must clean our own house in order to Stand Tall and gain the respect of the rest of the world again.
David Equinstein August 29, 2012 at 02:51 PM
If you want to cut government costs without hurting important family programs then cut the salaries of the elected Commissioners at our Forest Preserve District! The 6 Part-Time Commissioners from the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County get paid $53,500 a year plus full-time benefits and a taxpayer subsidized pension for maybe 1,000 hours a year and they just sit there! Not one of the Commissioners (Cantore District 2 is absent frequently so I guess he can't be faulted?) has said a word at any meetings about the FBI's investigation. Here is one of the articles http://elmhurst.patch.com/articles/fbi-investigates-dupage-forest-preserve-contracts-a19cbfe2#comments_list about the investigation that the DCFPD President Dewey Pierotti keeps saying (even yelling at citizens on 8/14) http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1017&pid=49313 that there is no investigation. We need better Commissioners and cut their salaries in half! Also if they don’t show up like frequently absent Joe Cantore from District 2 they should not get paid.

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