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DuPage Chairman Dan Cronin will Ask County Board to Approve Referendum on Dual Elected Duty

Cronin will bring the issue to the board for approval on Tuesday.

DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin has announced he will introduce a referendum question on the November ballot regarding dual office holders.

According to a press release from the county, if the County Board approves an advisory referendum, it would ask voters if Illinois law should permit an individual to hold two or more local elected offices simultaneously.

Cronin will introduce the measure at the County Board meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, at the County Board room at 421 N. County Farm Road in Wheaton.

The issue of dual elected duty is pertinent to two DuPage County mayors who are running for County Board, and Burr Ridge Mayor Gary Grasso. Both have said they would like to retain their positions as mayor if elected to the County Board in November.

An also plans to take up the issue of a local referendum asking Elmhurst residents the same question.

Tamara Brenner June 25, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Actually, the specific question to be asked of voters in Elmhurst, although related, would not be the same as that asked of voters at the County level. The referendum in Elmhurst would be about putting an ordinance on the books prohibiting Elmhurst elected officials from holding more than one elective office at a time.
Karen Chadra (Editor) June 25, 2012 at 10:18 PM
The exact wording of an Elmhurst referendum has not yet been determined. If a referendum is passed by the full City Council, it would ask residents if they approve of a member of the City Council holding two elected positions. If they do not approve, the City Council would then be able to draft an ordinance prohibiting it, according to the opinion rendered by the attorney. More information coming tonight.
Roger June 25, 2012 at 10:31 PM
If an individual holds two positions, does that mean when this person eventually retires, will he/she get two pensions?
Dan June 25, 2012 at 11:17 PM
From what I have heard by signing up for the pension while being a mayor that those years will be counted towards being vested as a county board member or state rep. So the fairly meager pension one would see as a mayor gets multiplied by the higher compensation as a county board member. You can start to see how our pension system gets so messed up when what would have been a small liability from being a mayor multiplies into a much larger liability.
Karen Chadra (Editor) June 26, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Breaking news: Mayor DiCianni said Monday he will step down as mayor if elected to the County Board: http://elmhurst.patch.com/articles/mayor-dicianni-announces-he-will-step-down-as-mayor-if-elected-to-county-board
Tamara Brenner June 26, 2012 at 02:31 AM
It is also possible for a referendum to be initiated by citizen petition; that effort is underway with petitions being circulated as of tonight.
Guy Brownson June 26, 2012 at 01:52 PM
And elected to office with salary and pension, attournioes should not be a lawye5r any more while holding elected office.
Guy Brownson June 26, 2012 at 01:53 PM
One job at a time - leave a second job for someone else
Dale Sesto June 26, 2012 at 02:08 PM
That should go for appointed seats too. Our soon-to-be ex state senator Ron Sandack was mayor of Downers Grove when Dan Cronin appointed him. Why didn't he require Sandack to resign before appointing to the second position? And why is Mr. Cronin so hot to trot on the dual office thing now? One might suspect politics being played...oh, never in DuPage County!
PAUL C. June 26, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Dale, 2 of the biggest Rino's in the state! These two would sell out their souls to Quinn, Madigan and the rest of the Crook County Clown parade.
Lisle Watchdog June 26, 2012 at 03:38 PM
This should also include an elected official holding an appointed postition at the same time. For example - Mayors and Village Trustess or Councilmen should not also serve as appointed board members of Metra. DuPage County Board members and Mayors should not also serve as appointed board members on the Water Commission. Forest Preserve Board members should not also serve as appointed board members for the DuPage County Fair & Exposition Authority... .... and so on.
Scott C. June 26, 2012 at 06:04 PM
This is a step in the right direction. Should have happened long ago. Dale, my theory about Cronin being "hot to trot" now is that: (1) he was feeling the heat from DuPage constituents (good for people for making this an issue)...and DiCianni clearly was; and (2) this is an easier issue to deal with than his remarkably dismal failure to provide any real leadership on the issue of pensions at the County Board level. To each of these elected officials, need we remind you that this is supposed to be about public service and not about your own compensation, double dipping or padding your own pensions? Pensions for part time public service (which already pays a salary of $55,000/year for County Board...GREAT part time volunteer gig!) are going the way of the dodo. Those of you with your delusions of grandeur about how you "deserve" your pensions while you cling to them with your kung fu death grip are becoming dinosaurs in front of our very eyes. Step aside and let real public servants relieve you of the "burdens" you voluntarily took on but believe you should be even more richly compensated for (while earning salaries and benefits in your day jobs AND salaries and benefit in your voluntary "service" positions). Its just a bit disgusting.
Darlene Heslop June 27, 2012 at 02:19 AM
how many people do you know that would like a FULL-TIME job that paid $55k per year with bennies and a pension? the short answer - a lot.
Dan F. June 27, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Exactly right. Chairman Cronin should look in the mirror first. Twenty years of being a RINO lackey for Madigan has it's benefits.

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