Tuesday, April 9, 2013
If she really wanted to make an impact, her bill would propose eliminating all politicians' salaries, including her own. HB2377 is based on false assumptions.
I couldn’t agree more with Rep. Deb Conroy (D-46, Elmhurst) when she says in her April 3 letter to the editor that elected officials have an obligation to lead by example and do their part to fix out-of-control, unnecessary government spending. But it’s disingenuous of Rep. Conroy to pretend that she’s fixing out-of-control, unnecessary government spending when her sole focus is the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, one of the most productive local taxing bodies in the state. The Forest Preserve District has a AAA bond rating, clean audits and a financial surplus that helps provide taxpayers with high-quality services that bring value to the entire DuPage community. With more than 25,000 acres of land in 60 forest preserves, 600 …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Two bills are pending and confusion has arisen regarding the intention of legislators.
Thursday, April 4
There has been a lot of discussion and misinformation regarding the pending DuPage County Forest Preserve legislation that has been proposed by State Rep Deb Conroy. Let me make this clear: Rep. Conroy's legislation will not eliminate the Dupage County Forest Preserve. I have spoken to Rep. Conroy about this issue and she believes that the Dupage County Forest Preserve serves a key role in preserving our beautiful parks here in Dupage County. Her bill (HB 2377) would create a ballot referendum that would put the elimination of the board's compensation and benefits to a vote of the citizens of Dupage County. There is another bill (HB 2479), proposed by Rep. Dennis Reboletti that would eliminate the Dupage County Forest Preserve Board and …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Forest District commissioners must fight to keep DuPage Forest District separate from the County Board or risk huge step backwards to 1988.
Wednesday, March 13
I am reading about this Deb Conroy (D-46th Elmhurst) legislation to eliminate the DuPage County Forest Preserve District commissioners' pay and the bill to move over their responsibilities to the DuPage County Board members. This does seem like a huge step backwards in time, to 23 years ago. In 1988, the County Board commissioners and committees eagerly thought that an incinerator on Forest Preserve district property would solve their revenue problems. I became a Board Member of CHASE, the citizens group that fought this county plan, and then the "Landfill Beyond our Lifetime" plan. The idea 21 years ago then was to fully separate the County Board from the interests of the Forest Preserve District lands so that the county could not make …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Salaries and benefits of up to $80,000 per commissioner may be nearing an end.
Tuesday, March 12
Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Deb Conroy (D-46th, Elmhurst) to eliminate the salaries and benefits of DuPage Forest District commissioners and chairman won the approval of a key House committee last week. The House Counties and Townships Committee approved House Bill 2377 with a 3-2 vote. The bill will head to the full House for consideration. Who are the DuPage County Forest District commissioners? The proposal eliminates the salaries and pension, dental and medical benefits given to the Forest Preserve’s chairman and six commissioners. In DuPage County, commissioners meet once a week and receive a base salary of $53,500. With benefits, each commissioner costs the taxpayers up to $80,709.50. Forest district commissioners in …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Reboletti wants to disband the Forest Commission, Conroy wants to get rid of commissioners' pay.
State Rep. Dennis Reboletti (R-45th) of Elmhurst last week sponsored HB 2481, which would dissolve the DuPage County Forest Preserve District Board and transfer the responsibilities of the Forest District to the DuPage County Board in 2016. In response late Friday, the DuPage Legislative Committee scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday, Feb. 26, to discuss the bill. "Before legislation of this magnitude is voted on in Springfield, I think it is important that all sides of the issue are explored," said Legislative Committee Chairman JR McBride in a prepared statement. "While I am open to the idea of a study to analyze a possible merger, I do not believe this bill has any merit until due diligence has been given on the subject." Reboletti …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
State Rep. asks all to pitch in to improve our communities.
Tuesday, January 22
This past weekend, volunteers across America participated in the National Day of Service and selflessly gave back to their communities. From volunteering at after-school programs to picking up litter in a state park to countless other worthwhile efforts, we would not be the nation we are without the kindness and generosity of the unsung heroes among us. There was simply no better way to honor Dr. King’s legacy than by recognizing the National Day of Service on the weekend before Martin Luther King Day, for our commitment to bettering our communities is rooted in the American ideal and a true testament to a nation committed to furthering the ongoing struggle towards justice and equality. Dr. King’s pursuit of ending intolerance and …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Conroy (D-46, Elmhurst) says religious leaders from throughout the district are welcome to come to Springfield say the morning prayer.
Thursday, January 17
State Rep. Deborah “Deb” Conroy (D-46, Elmhurst) is inviting local religious leaders to visit Springfield in the months to come. “I encourage all local religious leaders interested in offering the invocation at the House of Representatives to contact my office,” she said in a prepared statement dated Jan. 16. “Delivering the morning prayer is a unique opportunity for clergy from communities across the 46th District.” Each day the House of Representatives is in session, a religious leader offers a short invocation to bless the Legislature as it attends to the people’s work. Conroy will send out letters early next week to clergy members in her district, offering them the opportunity to lead an invocation. Over the next few months, clergy …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Conroy wins the seat convincingly according to unofficial results.
With all 75 precincts in Illinois' 46th House District reporting, Deborah O'Keefe Conroy has defeated Daniel Kordik by 5,317 votes. Conroy, a Democrat, is an artist and former Elmhurst Unit District 205 School Board member. The 46th District includes a portion of Elmhurst's west side, as well as parts of Addison, Oakbrook Terrace and Villa Park. More information can be found on the Daily Herald website and the Suburban Life website.