DuPage County District 6 News for Winter 2020

December 2020 newsletter for DuPage County Board District 6

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COVID-19 vaccine rollout

DuPage County, DuPage Medical Group Receive First Shipment of COVID-19 Vaccine

DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin, DuPage County Board of Health President Sam Tornatore, and DuPage County Health Department Executive Director Karen Ayala joined DuPage Medical Group Chief Medical Officer Dr. Don Hoscheit and Chief Operating Officer Donna Cooper and staff as the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine was received in DuPage County on Dec. 16. DuPage Medical Group partnered with the DuPage County Health Department to provide ultra-cold storage for the 13,650 doses of vaccine. The vaccine was transported to area hospitals and healthcare workers first received COVID-19 vaccinations on Dec. 17. Click here to learn additional information about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Schwarze inauguration

Schwarze Takes Oath of Office

Greg Schwarze took the oath of office to become a County Board member on Dec. 7 during the County's inauguration ceremony. The ceremony was held virtually and in-person to meet public health guidelines. Click hear to watch a video of the inauguration ceremony.

DuPage County Allocates Federal Dollars for COVID Relief

Over the past several months, DuPage County has allocated federal Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to numerous groups to help with the fallout to COVID-19. The Board allocated:

  • $5 million to restaurants and bars struggling with mitigation guidelines
  • $2,025,000 for townships to support local food pantries
  • $1,563,588 to 40 local nonprofits
  • $1 million to 38 park districts
  • $825,268 to residential and behavioral health providers
  • $300,000 to partner with the DuPage Health Coalition to provide an influenza vaccination program for uninsured residents
  • $1.5 million to provide low-income students with internet service

To date, the Board also provided more than $20 million to local small businesses through the Reinvest DuPage program.

19th Amendment Anniversary Celebration

Rutledge, Zay Celebrate 100th Anniversary of 19th Amendment

County Board members Sheila Rutledge and Jim Zay joined the League of Women Voters for a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment on Aug. 26.

DuPage County Approves FY2021 Budget

The DuPage County Board on Nov. 24 approved its Fiscal Year 2021 budget, which includes a balanced, $483.3 million spending plan.

The FY 2021 spending plan increased funding for public safety. The State’s Attorney’s Office received additional allocations to support three special prosecution units and increased resources for investigations and trial preparation. The Sheriff’s Office will receive funding for ongoing training programs focusing on de-escalation techniques and policing in a diverse society as well as a drug task force.

As DuPage County works with healthcare providers to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine, it will continue the fight against the virus in 2021.

The total budget for DuPage County is $483.3 million, with a General Fund budget of $179.4 million and a $69 million property tax levy, which represents a slight increase to capture new construction in the county being added to the property tax rolls. The property tax rate remains flat and the average DuPage County homeowner will not see an increase in their property tax bill.

The 2021 Fiscal Year began on Dec. 1. To view the full 2021 County budget document, visit www.dupageco.org/finance.

Thanksgiving Donation

Zay Donates to Thanksgiving Distribution Effort

County Board member Jim Zay donated stuffing to Electri-Flex Company and SCARCE, which donated, collected, and distributed 1,000 turkeys and sides to families for Thanksgiving with help from the DuPage County Sheriff's Office. In addition to the turkeys and broiler pans, they distributed 500 boxes of stuffing, 3,000 cans of corn, 1,000 cans of cranberry sauce and countless potatoes, vegetables and desserts to families identified by several community organizations.

DuPage County, College of DuPage Launch Anti-Racism Initiative

In partnership with DuPage County, the College of DuPage launched a new initiative to unite the community against racism and provide a platform for meaningful conversations to help audiences reflect, share and act. Together, the College and DuPage County will participate in activities to examine the ways that racism exists and reflect on the ways COD and the surrounding community are working together to create a better world.

The academic-year-long initiative will incorporate social media, videos, photos, forums and a partnership with key stakeholders. The primary goal is to have open dialogue, strengthen diversity and create change in DuPage County.

The new campaign encompasses a web platform that includes COD stories and videos through the eyes of community leaders, faculty, staff and students; a community “read and reflect” series; virtual forums and a blog highlighting personal stories on race and diversity.

For more information about Chaps Unite Against Racism and to get involved, please visit www.cod.edu/chapsuniteagainstracism.

Proclamation honoring Domestic Violence Awareness Month

DuPage County Marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Chairman Dan Cronin invited Nicole Cameron, Executive Director of Family Shelter Service of Metropolitan Family Services DuPage to accept a proclamation recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Family Shelter Service helped more than 1,600 adults and children in need in 2020. To learn more about services for those impacted by domestic violence, visit www.metrofamily.org/fssofmfsd.

Diaper drive informational flyer

Rutledge Sponsoring Diaper Drive

County Board member Sheila Rutledge is partnering with the Wayne Township Food Pantry to collect diapers for families in need. Disposable and cloth diapers in infant and adult sizes are accepted, along with wipes and formula. Cash donations are also accepted and will directly benefit the diaper drive. Click here to donate, or to learn more, please visit waynetwp-il.org/assistance/food or call (630) 231-7173.

Giving DuPage Update

Looking to give back during these difficult times? Hundreds of volunteers are needed at local nonprofits. Giving DuPage can help connect you with an organization you are passionate about. Learn more by visiting www.givingdupage.org.


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