DuPage County Board District 3 newsletter for February 2017

February 2017 newsletter for DuPage County Board District 3

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District 3 Legislative Breakfast

Curran, Grasso, Krajewski Discuss Legislative Priorities 

District 3 County Board members Brian Krajewski, Gary Grasso and John Curran met with Rep. David Olsen at the DuPage County Legislative Breakfast. Chairman Dan Cronin and County Board members joined DuPage County lawmakers at the annual breakfast in January to discuss the County’s priorities for the upcoming legislative session.

Ronald Allen proclamation

County Board Honors Community Activist

Chairman Dan Cronin presented the 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.

Curran Presents County Legislative Agenda at DMMC

Curran Intergovernmental

County Board Vice Chairman John Curran addresses the Intergovernmental Committee on Feb. 1. The committee discussed legislative priorities for the County and municipalities in 2017.

County to Host Sustainable Design Challenge

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. 

Highland Avenue Bridge Rehab Named Project of the Year

DuPage County’s Division of Transportation’s Highland Avenue bridge rehabilitation project was named Project of the Year by the Suburban Branch of the American Public Works Association Chicago Metro Chapter on Jan. 26. The Highland Avenue project won in the Transportation – Less Than $5 Million category.

During the project, crews replaced deteriorating bridge joints and performed concrete patching to extend the service life of the existing bridges carrying Highland Avenue over Route 56 and over Interstate 88. The project was completed in eight weeks during the summer of 2016 ahead of schedule and under budget.

To learn more about the project, visit www.dupageco.org/Content.aspx?id=54482.

DMMC award

DMMC Names Coroner 2016 Leader 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

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 3

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.