Wednesday, May 15, 2013
DuPage County residents affected by the mid-April flooding can apply for assistance via the Internet, phone or by going to the Lisle Police Department in person.
The following is a press release from DuPage County: DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin urges residents affected by the recent flood to apply for federal assistance to help alleviate expenses incurred in the recovery process from the April storms. “More than 9,000 DuPage County homes and businesses received extensive damage to their properties from the April flood. In an effort to help relieve some of the financial burden, the federal government is providing grants and low-interest loans to help cover some of the uninsured costs endured by families. I urge residents to apply for these grants and loans as they continue to work with their insurance companies during this recovery process,” said Cronin. Throughout the past month, DuPage…
Senate Bill 494 would allow DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin to make additional cuts to county operations.
Wednesday, May 15
The Illinois House of Representatives Wednesday passed legislation that will allow DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin authority to reduce the size of local government. “For the first time, county leaders will have the ability to redesign how public services are delivered to our citizens and to eliminate the red tape that prevents consolidation and shared services among government entities,” Cronin said in a statement. “It will allow DuPage County to act as a laboratory to thoughtfully evaluate opportunities for consolidation of specific county-appointed agencies when it has been determined cost savings can be achieved.” Sponsored by Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) and Representative Deb Conroy (D-Elmhurst), Senate Bill 494 provides …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin writes about how Senate Bill 494 would allow county leaders to eliminate "wasteful and redundant" layers of government.
May 6, 2013 Dear Editor, Illinois’ 7,000 units of government have created multiple layers of inefficiency that place an unnecessary financial burden on taxpayers. In an effort to reduce the size, scope and cost of local government, I have initiated legislation in Springfield that would provide DuPage County with new tools to achieve incremental reform. Senate Bill 494 would allow county leaders to make the tough choices necessary to eliminate wasteful and redundant layers of government when it has been determined to be in the best interest of taxpayers. A recent assessment of county-appointed agencies revealed many opportunities for shared services, consolidation and in some cases dissolution. These 24 agencies account for nearly $300 …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
In a report titled “Cronin’s Cronies,” the Better Government Association suggests that the Republican chairman may be cozying up to establishment Democrats.
Four companies with ties to important Illinois state legislators, companies that have previously done little work in DuPage County, have received over $300,000 in county work since Republican Dan Cronin became DuPage County Board chairman, the watchdog group Better Government Association (BGA) is reporting. In an article entitled “Cronin’s Cronies,” the BGA speculates that Cronin’s administration could be selectively contracting in order to curry favor with Democrats for his legislative agenda and his political future. Three of the four mentioned ties are with Democrats—a financial services company who employs House Speaker Michael Madigan’s son, and two law firms at which Senate President John Cullerton and state senator Don Harmon are …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
DuPage County Board approves budget for fiscal year 2013 that is $7.3 million less than the previous year. The budget includes cutting seven staff positions and $16.9 million in appropriations for campus and county-wide improvements.
The DuPage County Board Tuesday approved a Fiscal Year 2013 budget that is $7.3 million less than the previous year, according to a press release from DuPage County. DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin said in a statement the $432.6 million budget represents his commitment to reduce the financial burden of government on taxpayers. Since taking office, Cronin has reduced the County’s budget by more than $13 million, according to the release. “It is important that we demonstrate to taxpayers that government can make the sacrifices necessary to meet the bottom line. The Fiscal Year 2013 budget is a testament to that pledge," Cronin said. Finance Chairman Paul Fichtner said this is the fifth consecutive year that the County has not raised…
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 …
Monday, June 25, 2012
Cronin will bring the issue to the board for approval on Tuesday.
Monday, June 25, 2012
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, Elmhurst Mayor Peter DiCianni and Burr Ridge Mayor Gary Grasso. Both have said they would like to retain their …
Monday, June 18, 2012
Here's what Glen Ellyn Village President Mark Pfefferman and Wheaton Mayor Michael Gresk had to say about the DuPage County board chairman's comments on consolidation.
In an interview with Chicago Crain's, Dupage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin shares his desire to consolidate, or even eliminate some of DuPage County's 400 local government bodies to cut costs. As one of those 400 separate units of local government, Glen Ellyn Village Manager Mark Franz said the village is already working with other municipalties to realize savings. As part of his plan, Cronin says he would like to see a consolidation of fire districts to save costs on expensive equipment but Franz points out that the volunteer services of Glen Ellyn's Volunteer Fire Department save taxpayers nearly $3 million every year. "I think conceptually consolidation makes some sense but it's not a cure-all," said Franz. For example, the …
Friday, May 18, 2012
Ah! But my esteemed Kane Countians get to take the week off!
My fine Kane County compatriots! You’ve done well. Political perfection may be a pipe dream, but I have to say that things are looking a little better out here because of your recent voting proclivities. The sheriff who thought he was king is long gone and Pat Perez has done a phenomenal job in his place. In fact, he’s done so well that I’ve been encouraging him to consider a third term. You might want to do the same thing. Once stripped of her County Board cronies, Chairman Karen McConnaughay fled for Springfield faster than a Rush Limbaugh advertiser jumped ship. She’ll do far less damage down there and fit in perfectly with that group of ineffectual state senators. You saw right through Cathy Hurlbutt’s court clerk makeover attempt, you…
Thursday, May 10, 2012
More inefficiencies found in this final round, next steps include plan of action for reform, consolidation.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Editors note: This information was provided by the public relations arm of the DuPage County Board. DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin released the final round of “stress tests” of county departments Wednesday, May 9. Under the microscope in this latest search for waste and inefficiency were the DuPage Emergency Telephone System Board, DuPage Airport Authority and the fire districts of Fairview, Glenbard, Lisle-Woodridge, Naperville, North Westmont, Roselle, Warrenville, West Chicago and Yorkfield. Analysis already has been performed on DuPage Housing Authority, Sheriff’s Merit Commission, the Election Commission, Water Commission and the sanitary districts of Downers Grove, Highland Hills, Salt Creek and Wheaton. The stress test was …