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Local governments must take lead in reducing tax burden

Local governments must take lead in reducing tax burden

By Dan McCaleb It’s been business as usual in Springfield during the 2017 legislative session, minus one particularly vocal component. As lawmakers debated a “Grand Bargain” that is much more grand rip-off for taxpayers, longtime state Rep. Jack Franks is, for the first time in 18 years, not participating directly in […]

 
 

Illinois democracy is an empty shell

Illinois democracy is an empty shell

Good news: Springfield is working. Don’t believe me? How else could you explain the following? On March 29, an Illinois House committee passed 1,464 bills with unanimous support. In a time of partisan divide, Illinoisans should rejoice at such efficiency, such cooperation, such competence. But a closer look at these […]

 
 

DuPage County Undersheriff announces inaugural deployment of EpiPens by police in Illinois

DuPage County Undersheriff announces inaugural deployment of EpiPens by police in Illinois

Undersheriff Frank Bibbiano is proud of the relationship that was forged between the Sheriff’s Office, Shelly LeGere, County Board member Pete DiCianni, Senator Chris Nybo and the DuPage County Health Department. Bibbiano said, “It’s this collaborative effort that really paved the way for this significant moment in law enforcement. I […]

 
 

Farewell to Healy

Farewell to Healy

  photo by Dee Longfellow City bids farewell to Healy, Wagner Fifth Ward Alderman Chris Healy (left) and Seventh Ward Alderman Pat Wagner hold plaques that now bear the name plates that were used to identify them on the dais of Elmhurst City Council for the past eight years. Both […]

 
 

Cronin talks government consolidation, Transform program

Cronin talks government consolidation, Transform program

By Dee Longfellow For The Independent Last week, DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin addressed state legislators about his TransForm Illinois program and his efforts to reduce the size of government in Illinois. “It takes a lot of hard work, but consolidation is the only way to shrink the number of […]

 
 

State’s Attorney Berlin finds officer justified in Villa Park officer-involved shooting

State’s Attorney Berlin finds officer justified in Villa Park officer-involved shooting

Statement from State’s Attorney Berlin April 20, 2017  “Every case involving the use of deadly force by a police officer must be carefully and thoroughly investigated. Such scrutiny is required to ensure the protection of the civil rights of those involved and to maintain the public’s confidence in law enforcement. […]

 
 

IC CCW select Woman of the Year

IC CCW select Woman of the Year

Colleen Maietta was elected this year’s Woman of the Year from Immaculate Conception Parish. She and her husband, Pat, have been members of the parish for 19 years. They have three daughters who attended or currently go to ICGS. Colleen has been a volunteer or chairperson/organizer in many activities in […]

 
 

Raja leads bipartisan coalition to urge Federal agency to continue western access

Raja leads bipartisan coalition to urge Federal agency to continue western access

O’Hare project would create 65,000 permanent jobs, reduce congestion Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi last week sent a letter co-signed by 21 community leaders urging the U.S. Surface Transportation Board to approve the Tollways’ petition to allow continued construction of the Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project. Among the signatures was DuPage County […]

 
 

Sue Pennin retires after long career at post office

Sue Pennin retires after long career at post office

Will miss her “family” of co-workers most of all By Dee Longfellow For The Elmhurst Independent After 26 years and five months, Sue Pennin has stepped away from her counter at the post office for the last time. The Independent caught up to her during her last few days on […]

 
 

Council Capsules

Council Capsules

Here’s what’s going on at Elmhurst City Council By Dee Longfellow For The Elmhurst Independent The following items were passed by consent by the Elmhurst City Council on Monday, April 17: • Diana Riekse, Andy Joseph and Thomas Marcucci were reappointed to the City of Elmhurst/City College Commission for terms […]