DuPage County Board District 6 newsletter for February 2017

February 2017 newsletter for DuPage County Board District 6

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Larsen, Zay 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 Bob Larsen spoke with Sen. Michael Connelly while County Board member Jim Zay talked to Sen. Linda Holmes and Rep. Stephanie Kifowit.


Four Chaplains

Larsen, Wiley Recognize Four Chaplains Sunday

Chairman Dan Cronin presented County Board members Bob Larsen and Kevin Wiley and Steve Fixler, superintendent of the Veterans Assistance Commission, with a proclamation honoring Feb. 5 as Four Chaplains Sunday. The four religious leaders are remembered for their exemplary selflessness while their transport ship was bombed and sunk during World War II. For more information about Four Chaplains Sunday, visit www.fourchaplains.org.

Larsen Convo balloons

Larsen Delivers Balloons to Convalescent Center Residents

Health and Human Services Chairman Bob Larsen and other Board members delivered Valentine's Day balloons to residents of the DuPage Convalescent Center. A record 1,064 balloons were delivered to residents, raising more than $3,000.

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.

Zay Attends Mariano's Ribbon-Cutting

Zay Mariano's

County Board members Jim Zay and Sam Tornatore 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.


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 6

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.