DuPage County Board District 1 newsletter for February 2017

February 2017 Newsletter for DuPage County Board District 1

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Fichtner Legislative Breakfast

Fichtner, Tornatore Discuss Legislative Priorities

Chairman Dan Cronin and County Board members joined DuPage County lawmakers at the annual DuPage County Legislative Breakfast in January to discuss the County’s priorities for the upcoming legislative session. County Board member Paul Fichtner talked with Rep. Grant Wehrli and County Board member Sam Tornatore spoke with Illinois Senate Assistant Majority Leader Don Harmon.

Legislative Breakfast

Fichtner Tornatore RxBox

Fichtner, Tornatore Celebrate New RxBox

DuPage County Board Members Paul Fichtner and Sam Tornatore congratulate village trustees from Bensenville on their community's success in collecting expired or unused medication as part of the County's RxBox program. A full list of RxBox locations is available at www.dupageco.org/EDP/Waste_Recycling_and_Energy/1541.  

County Board Honors Community Activist

All Ronald Allen Proclamation

Chairman Dan Cronin presented DuPage County’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. proclamation to the family of Ronald Allen, a Naperville community leader and activist who was shot and killed in Chicago in December. Allen embodied the legacy of Dr. King in his work as a civic leader, business pioneer, father and friend with an unwavering commitment to community service.

DCACC Eagle Scout

Puchalski Congratulates Eagle Scout for County Project 

County Board member Don Puchalski congratulated local Boy Scout Simon on performing his Eagle Scout project at DuPage County Animal Care and Control. Simon and his team renovated outdoor dog pens, installed a wooden privacy fence and raised funds for exercise yard equipment.

Tornatore Attends Mariano’s Ribbon-Cutting

Tornatore Zay Marianos opening

County Board members Sam Tornatore and Jim Zay attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new Mariano's grocery store located at Gary Avenue and Schick Road in Bloomingdale. Also pictured is Bloomingdale Township Highway Commissioner Bob Czernek.

County to Host Sustainable Design Challenge

SDC – Puchalski 2

This April, DuPage County and SCARCE will celebrate the 11th anniversary of the Sustainable Design Challenge, promoting environmental and Stormwater management education within Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum in local high schools.

The annual event, slated for April 4, encourages participating schools and students to design buildings and landscapes using sustainable design techniques, including green infrastructure to capture and treat stormwater runoff. Last year’s event drew the largest number of participants to date, and this year’s attendance is anticipated to surpass that record.

All high schools are encouraged to participate and join groups who are frequent competitors including students from: Wheaton Warrenville South (Wheaton), Wheaton North, Naperville North, Glenbard South (Glen Ellyn), Glenbard East (Lombard), Addison Trail, College Preparatory School of America (Lombard), Neuqua Valley (Naperville), York High School (Elmhurst), Willowbrook (Villa Park), Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South, Hinsdale Central and Westfield Middle School (Bloomingdale).

For information on participating in this year’s challenge, as well as to view a video from last year, visit www.scarce.org/event/sustainable-design-challenge2017.

DMMC names Coroner 2016 Leader of the Year

Jorgensen Official of the Year

Coroner Dr. Richard Jorgensen was named the 2016 Governmental Leader of the Year by the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference. Jorgensen was recognized for his efforts to curtail heroin abuse and opioid dependency in DuPage County, stressing rehabilitation, treatment and prevention. Mayors and Managers Conference Vice-President and Addison Mayor Richard Veenstra presented the award.

Berlin, Ayala Discuss Heroin Crisis

Berlin Ayala At Issues

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and DuPage County Health Department Director Karen Ayala discussed the County’s response to the heroin crisis on WBBM Newsradio’s “At Issue” with Craig Dellimore. To listen to the interview, visit www.heroindupage.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/AtIssue-WBBMFeb52017.MP3.


Meet District 1

DuPage County Events

Changing America – Now through March 10
The DuPage Historical Museum is hosting Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963, now through March 10. The exhibit explores the connection between the two historic events. It is on display in the museum’s auditorium.

President's Day – Feb. 20
DuPage County offices will be closed Feb. 20 for President's Day.

County Board meeting – Feb. 28
The DuPage County Board will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Daylight Savings Time – March 12
Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 12. At 2 a.m., all clocks should be moved ahead one hour.

Sustainable Design Challenge – April 4
DuPage County will host its 11th annual Sustainable Design Challenge on April 4 at the JTK Administration Building, 421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton. The event encourages students to design buildings using environmentally friendly materials. For more information, visit www.scarce.org/event/sustainable-design-challenge2017.

DuPage Human Race – May 6
The DuPage Human Race 5K Run/Walk fundraiser for nonprofits serving DuPage County will be held on Saturday, May 6 at 9 a.m. at the Esplanade at Locust Point, 1901 W. Butterfield Road in Downers Grove. To register for the race and to learn more about Giving DuPage, visit www.dupagehumanrace.org.