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DiCianni Wants Dual Duty: DuPage County Board Member and Elmhurst Mayor

Mayor Pete DiCianni announced he is running for DuPage County Board; official announcement planned for Dec. 14 fund-raiser.

Elmhurst Mayor Pete DiCianni announced he plans to run for DuPage County Board in District 2.

A number of residents received an invitation to DiCianni's "holiday fund-raiser," where he is scheduled to officially announce his candidacy.

The announcement follows the recent decision of current DuPage County Board member and Elmhurst resident to not seek re-election.

DiCianni said Elmhurst needs to retain representation on the County Board.

"Elmhurst has always had a seat at the table, which has enabled us to proactively deal with issues such as storm water, transportation, economic development, public safety and public health," he said in a letter to residents, which is written on the invitation to the fund-raiser. "It is integral to our community that we keep our seat at that table."

If he is elected, he says he plans to continue to serve as mayor of Elmhurst.

"When I campaigned for mayor of Elmhurst, I assured all my supporters that I was in it for the long haul," the letter said. "That remains true. As long as the voters of Elmhurst will have me, I will remain proud, and at the same time humbled, to be the mayor of Elmhurst."

DiCianni will be up for re-election in 2013.

He said the county position will allow his voice to reach beyond the city's boundaries, but his message will remain the same as it is now: "To use my skills and experience as a businessman and public servant to address the challenges we face," he wrote.

DuPage County Board members are paid $50,000 for the part-time positions. As mayor, DiCianni receives a $6,000-a-year stipend.

"The County Board position is a paid position," DiCianni said in his letter to residents. "Therefore, if elected to the board, my plan is to continue to strive to do my best as mayor and divert any mayoral compensation back to our city fund."

DiCianni said he has the support of "many mayors" in District 2, which includes parts of Elmhurst, Hinsdale, Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, Villa Park, Lombard, Downers Grove, Lisle, Westmont, Woodridge and Clarendon Hills.

Also running for the position from Elmhurst is .

DiCianni's fund-raiser will be held Dec. 14, at .

Bill Angel November 23, 2011 at 04:49 PM
Is the Mayor using his current position to solicit campaign contributions from those his office regulates? Resounding YES. Most taverns in "our City" have been "covertly" shaken down for "campaign" contributions. I think Chris Burke Consulting and Storino law firm are the biggest check writers, not becasue they want to, becasue it's OR ELSE. If Mayor DiCianni is "in it" because he loves the City and now I presume he loves the the District 2 County board too. Will he give up the salary and pension and expenses provided by the DuPage County Board? Read between the line voters, It's all about Peter P. DiCainni and the MONEY. Raise cash, use DiCainni graphics to print and mail. Who makes a huge profit. One guess.
James Heartferd November 24, 2011 at 02:36 AM
Hey mikey did you eat your wheaties. And put your last name if your going to open your mouth.
James Heartferd November 24, 2011 at 02:42 AM
Hey, Duke of York? first put your name on the site, then speak. As far as using Duke of York you have no class to call yourself Duke of York. I think I remember you. In the old York I think I locked you in a locker.ng and make these statements. Oh I get it you are stuck in junior high being a bully behind the computer. As far as your comments why don't you come at the council meeting and make then in the open. Slander lawsuit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
James Heartferd November 24, 2011 at 02:46 AM
Hi Karen I think this site is a joke. I get it when the losers lose in a election then they can use the Elmhurst Patch to slander the winning people. I think you should screen and only the facts should be shown. Unless you are part of this anarchist mentality. I will tell my business friends not to advertise on this site anymore, this is childish. Have a happy turkey day.
James Heartferd November 24, 2011 at 03:04 AM
Yeah not too much? But still worry.
MIKE November 25, 2011 at 04:11 PM
I found Mayor Petey's mailed invitation to his fundraiser disgusting & inappropriate as sitting mayor. Ya thin I would give this woman hater and poor mayor a dime? No way! You are toast Petey!
Howard Chan November 26, 2011 at 01:37 PM
Hey Dave - you went to public scholls didn't you ?! In Illinois, you don't have to be a lawyer in order to be a judge !
Duke of York November 27, 2011 at 04:35 AM
Mike, I just hope the uninformed/uninterested masses wake up and come to the same logical conclusion. No to County Board , No to his re-election, No to his cronies when they are up for re-election.
James Heartferd November 30, 2011 at 02:02 AM
Well it looks like the losers from the last election are still upset.
James Heartferd November 30, 2011 at 02:06 AM
This is for you Michelle oops I meant Mike, I wonder if you are really a mikey, your comments are similar to someone else ?
Doremus Jessup December 03, 2011 at 08:55 PM
What happened to that comment on YSET donation and the Mayor? I thought the comment was interesting and now that it is gone I am even more intrigued.
Karen Chadra (Editor) December 03, 2011 at 09:36 PM
Possibly the person who posted it took it down. It wasn't me. If a Patch person removes a post, they usually post an explanation for why it was removed.
Doremus Jessup December 03, 2011 at 09:50 PM
Miss Chadra, thanks for the reply. You're providing a great forum for local interests here. The original post was very interesting so I went to the state election site and it does have the Friends of Pete donating to YSET, YMCA, and other charities. Seems odd to me to get donations for a campaign, then donate them to a charity, especially when you inten to run for another office.
G.Kravits December 03, 2011 at 11:36 PM
Hi Karen, Yes, I should have explained. On July 18th, The Mayor was very proud to tell a full council chamber, he would donate $500 to the YSET group. He made a very clear point to tell the kids the money would come from his own personal bank account. The mayor did donate the $500, using his campaign funds. I didn’t think it was appropriate that he used his campaign funds. Apparently because it is a charity he is allowed to do that. That makes sense. I question why he said he would use his personal bank account. I wonder if he has any other personal accounts he might have used.
Jim Court December 04, 2011 at 04:37 AM
James, Be fair. These people ran because they had a different viewpoint and vision for the city. This is a democracy and expressing differences is part of a democracy. Perceptions are different for every person and perception is that persons reality, no matter how much you disagree.
G.Kravits December 06, 2011 at 12:33 PM
Hi Karen, Wondering the interview status with the mayor? Has he ever hinted that he would be willing to be interviewed by you?
Karen Chadra (Editor) December 06, 2011 at 04:26 PM
I've requested an interview several times, he said he would be up for it, we finally set a day (about a week ago) but no call. He followed up with an email saying he'd be happy to talk to me soon. It's taking awhile, but I think it will happen.
Michael Hassan December 06, 2011 at 07:34 PM
Pete DiCianni, wearing his Mayor's hat last night, cast the tie breaking vote in City Council defeating the Gutenkauf amendment on the tax levy legislation. The Gutenkauf amendment would have slightly lowered the taxes paid Elmhurst residents next year. The Mayor's tie breaking vote allowed a levy to be approved that RAISED everyones taxes in Elmhurst for next year. Pete has never met a tax increase he didn't like. Please keep this in mind Republican primary voters when you vote for your 3 Republican candidates for County Board next spring.
Tim Connolly December 06, 2011 at 08:15 PM
Michael - a few things. First, anytime you invoke the name of your wife, Alderman Diane Gutenkauf, you should note as such. Would give you a little more credibility. Has Alderman Gutenkauf announced her run for Mayor yet? Second, your points on what taxes will be misleading and wrong. First, depending on the tax status of Elmhurst hospital, the amendment COULD have lowered taxes if the hospital were to stay taxed. Most assume it will not and get tax exempt status. Second, in no way will taxes for residents go up regardless of what happens with the hospital. DiCianni did not vote to raise taxes. I get the political nature of your post, but don't play fast and loose with the facts sir.
James Heartferd December 07, 2011 at 02:01 AM
Hey Mikey Hassan, I have heard how you complain everytime services are not rendered to you, second it appears that the mayor was not the only one to vote against "don't know what I want Gutenkauf" . As far as Republicans are conserned I am a strong Republican, and if you call yourself Republican then you should support a goverment running like a Republic. A Republic is a form of government in which the people, or some significant portion of them, have supreme control over the government and where offices of state are elected or chosen by elected people. So stop the whining the significant portion of Elmhurst voted for DiCianni and he has done a great job given what he has inherited.
Dan January 25, 2012 at 04:35 AM
The Daily Hearld is reporting that the States Attorney ruled that you cannot hold to public offices like Mayor and County Board at the same time. Patch Poll - Which office will it be for Mayor DiCianni ?
Michael Hassan January 25, 2012 at 04:47 AM
This is an opinion from the State's Attorney's office. At this point it is not binding. From what I understand the Mayor plans to get his own opinion. This should be interesting.
Dan January 25, 2012 at 05:05 AM
I reread the article and your right about it being an opinion not a ruling. I can understand the beneficial "city" perspective a Mayor could bring to the County Board but I don't understand why any one person should have so much influence in the public arena by holding two public offices. There are over 900,000 citizens in DuPage County how about giving someone else a chance to show us what they have to offer.
Jim Court January 25, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Stewart, There is a strange inconsistency in your comments. Elsewhere you applaud the Mayor as an energetic self made businessman, here you chastise him. I have been known to try to see both sides of an issue and it creates times of ambivalence and uncertainty. Black and white thinking is much easier even if less accurate. What is your view of our Mayor, both good and bad ? I also notice that you seldom if ever respond to questions asked of you. How about a response ?
Darlene Heslop January 26, 2012 at 05:40 AM
i read the 3 page letter submitted to the chairman of the county board. in giving his ruling, the state's attorney sites case law in which holding 2 offices with what amounts to overlapping jurisdictions that stood up in the appellate court system. it was a very thorough analysis.
Dan January 26, 2012 at 03:03 PM
It doesn't seem fair to other cities if a Mayor also held a county board position and than was able to vote on issues that could give preferential treatment to his/her own city. There are 18 board members and 33 Mayors for nearly a million residents and there is no reason that 1 person should hold 2 of these positions. People keep commenting on the benefits of ethnic diversity what about the benefits of having diversity of opinion by allowing each of these positions to be held by different individual and maybe even consider term limits on these local offices?
Duke of York March 14, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Where was Pete last night at City Council? He wants ANOTHER elected position when he can't even live up to the committements he has already made? Giant Red Flag People.
Jim Court March 14, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Vote for Jim Court
Darlene Heslop March 14, 2012 at 04:23 AM
another red flag...he can't even make a once/month meeting of the du page swc half the time...and the other half of the time...he arrives late.
Jim Court May 10, 2012 at 01:20 PM
No votes, I guess I lost the election. Wait, I wasn't on the ballot.. Maybe next time. Just kidding, I would be the most hated "politician" in the world, at least by other politicians.

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