Thursday, November 8, 2012
Regardless of referendum results that show DuPage residents strongly opposed to dual elected duty, Burr Ridge Mayor Gary Grasso is pushing ahead with his intention to hold two positions.
At one time, Elmhurst Mayor Peter DiCianni and Burr Ridge Mayor Gary Grasso had more in common than just being leaders of their communities: They both planned to keep their mayoral jobs if elected to DuPage County Board. Grasso now stands alone in that regard. He said he does not plan on stepping down as mayor of Burr Ridge if his DuPage County Board victory Tuesday night becomes official, even after DuPage voters showed via an advisory referendum they overwhelmingly oppose the idea of politicians holding multiple elected offices at the same time. Results of a similar but binding referendum on the city of Elmhurst ballot showed residents here also strongly oppose dual elected duty. Elmhurst Mayor Peter DiCianni appears to have won his …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Public hearing will lead off the City Council meeting Monday; meeting will conclude with vote on dual elected duty referendum.
Elmhurst residents will have a chance to be heard Monday, Aug. 6, at a public hearing on the proposed North York Road tax increment financing district. Elmhurst City Council will hear the public's opinion on this potential fourth TIF district in town at its regularly scheduled meeting at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 209 N. York St. The city says the TIF is needed to spur development on the north end of town, but representatives of School District 205 and the Elmhurst Park District have expressed concerns with regard to how it will affect their tax revenue. The proposed TIF would begin at the Hahn Street property on the south and continue to Grand Avenue on the north, and include the new Mariano's property at York and Industrial Drive, as well …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Budget cuts, curriculum, building needs and more will be examined over a period of several months.
Elmhurst Unit District 205 Superintendent David Pruneau on Tuesday presented the School Board a draft plan for how a Citizens Advisory Committee will operate. The purpose of the committee is two-fold: to review current district operations and limitations, then to examine six topics and flesh out ideas for improvement. The committee will be charged with examining: "It's really a vetting of our whole district, asking for input so the board can be apprised about how the community feels about the direction we're going," Pruneau said. Part of the drive to create the committee is based on district finances. The current financial model is "not sustainable as it stands now," Pruneau said last month. The district also is facing a decision on …
Monday, July 16, 2012
A delay of vote on dual elected duty serves only the interests of a few.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Dear Aldermen: On Monday, July 16, City Council will be considering two reports from the Finance, Council Affairs and Administrative Services Committee regarding the placement of a ballot referendum on the question of whether elected officials in the City of Elmhurst shall be prohibited from holding simultaneously two elective offices in the State of Illinois. Both reports agree that this question should be put to the voters and the debate has devolved into the timing of when the voters get to have their say. I submit to you that the machinery of government should not be used in the service of the few at the expense of the many. Allowing this vote to be delayed until next year, as called for in the majority report, would benefit the few …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Residents to committee: 'Either you get this on the November ballot, or we will.'
Elmhurst City Council members will likely take up a discussion Monday, July 16, about whether a referendum on dual elected duty should be brought to voters in November or April. At issue is whether Elmhurst officials should be allowed to hold two elected offices simultaneously. The matter was brought to the attention of the Finance, Council Affairs and Administrative Services Committee months ago by committee member Mark Mulliner after Elmhurst Mayor Pete DiCianni declared he would retain his seat as mayor if elected to DuPage County Board in District 2. It has been a contentious issue for the mayor, with a vocal contingent of Elmhurst residents and some aldermen coming out in opposition to his serving two elected posts. The committee …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Referendum is advisory; DuPage Chairman Dan Cronin says County Board duties require "undivided focus."
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
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 …
Mayor's announcement, expert opinion weigh on need for ballot question.
Residents will likely see a referendum within the year on the question of elected officials holding two offices simultaneously. Whether this question is on the November or the April ballot has yet to be decided. A legal opinion and an announcement from Mayor Pete DiCianni both preceded Monday night's Finance, Council Affairs and Administrative Services Committee discussion of dual elected duty. It's been a contentious issue for DiCianni, who is running for a position on the DuPage County Board in District 2. Prior to Monday, he has maintained that he would continue to serve as mayor if elected to the County Board in November. However, an hour before the Finance Committee meeting, DiCianni said he would give up his mayoral position if …
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Residents are urged to use the March referendum to voice their approval for aggregation.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Elmhurst residents have great economic and environmental opportunities provided by electric aggregation. Aggregation pools residential and small business accounts and leverages them for a lower rate on electricity. While the prime motivation is to save money, residents can also vocalize their desire for higher quality electricity. Instead of the dirty “brown” energy, or coal, that is currently part of our energy mix, Elmhurst can transition to clean, safe “green” energy, like solar and wind. In addition to the important environmental benefits, clean renewable energy offers greater long-term price stability (wind and sunlight are unlimited and “free”), and offers greater economic development and job creation within Illinois. Reducing our …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The bottom line: It's all about saving money.
On March 20, Elmhurst voters will have an opportunity to answer a referendum question about electricity aggregation that is "both simple and complex," Elmhurst League of Women Voters President Susan Rose said last month. Electricity aggregation allows a municipality to bundle residential and small commercial users of electricity and go out on the open market and bid for the lowest-cost electricity. Power can be purchased from any of about two dozen Illinois Commerce Commission-approved suppliers. The March 20 referendum states: "Shall the City of Elmhurst have the authority to arrange for the supply of electricity for its residential and small commercial retail customers who have not opted out of such a program?" "The referendum is not …