DuPage County District 4 Updates for Summer 2021

Summer 2021 newsletter for DuPage County Board District 4

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Chairman Cronin Provides COVID Vaccine Update

Chairman COVID update

County Board Chairman Dan Cronin and Health Department officials provided an update on vaccination efforts at an April 30 press conference attended by County Board member Lynn LaPlante. DuPage County leads the state in vaccination rates, with 65 percent of eligible residents fully vaccinated.

Board members attending COVID update

County Board member Lynn LaPlante partnered with the DuPage County Health Department’s Health Equity and Access Response Team (HEART) to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations in the community. LaPlante recruited musician Obert Davis and Glenbard West High School football coach Chad Hetlet to record public service announcements about the importance of getting vaccinated through the County’s #OurShotDuPage campaign. You can watch those and more PSAs at https://youtu.be/crRWmtqLw3Q.

LaPlante public service announcements

Eckhoff meets cycling group

Eckhoff Meets with USA Cycling Representatives

County Board member Grant Eckhoff recently welcomed representatives from USA Cycling during a site meeting with Discover DuPage and Cantigny Park. The 2021 Cyclocross National Championships will be held in December at Cantigny. To learn more about County tourism efforts, please visit www.discoverdupage.com.

Budget survey is live!

County Budget Survey is Live!

DuPage County residents can share their views regarding programs and initiatives important to them by completing the County’s annual budget survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/FY2022Budget.

Each year, the DuPage County Board asks the residents to provide their thoughts pertaining to County programs and spending priorities.

The survey will stay open until Labor Day weekend.



Rental Assistance Available
DuPage County residents who are behind on their rent due to COVID-19 may be eligible for up to $25,000 in emergency rental assistance from the Illinois Housing Department Authority (IHDA).

DuPage County is partnering with IHDA to help eligible DuPage households receive up to 15 months of assistance for payments from June 2020 through August 2021. Applications and details, including a list of documents needed to apply, are available at ilrpp.ihda.org. Residents can email ILRPP@IHDA.ORG or call (866) 454-3571 for more information.

Get Vaccinated and Win $1 Million
It’s not too late to get your COVID-19 vaccine! The County’s Community Vaccination Clinic is accepting walk-ins at the DuPage County Fairgrounds. To check the clinic's schedule, or to learn more about the vaccine or other County efforts during COVID-19, please visit www.dupagehealth.org/667/COVID-19-Vaccine.

The state recently announced a new vaccine lottery with $10 million in total prize money for residents who get vaccinated against COVID-19. To learn more about the lottery, visit allin.illinois.gov.

Register for Animal Webinars
DuPage County Animal Services has a variety of webinars for pet owners taking place every Thursday. Topics range from Pet Training 101, information about foster programs, and so much more. To see what classes are available, or to register for a webinar, please visit www.dupageco.org/animalServices.



Glen Ellyn parking garage opens

Ozog Celebrates Parking Structure Opening

County Board member Mary FitzGerald Ozog attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new downtown Glen Ellyn parking structure on May 20.

E4 Diversity Series video

Panel Discusses Juneteenth, Racial Equity

County Board Chairman Dan Cronin teamed up with College of DuPage’s Dr. Nathania Montes and hosted DuPage NAACP President Michael Childress, DuPage Airport Authority Chairman Steve Davis, COD’s Interim Assistant Dean Sonia Watson, and COD English Professor Jason Snart for a panel discussion on lessons learned through our year-long community conversations on race, equity, diversity, and inclusion. This is the final part of the E4 Series, Equity in Economic Opportunity, Education, and Enforcement of the Law, a partnership with the County and the College of DuPage. As we celebrate Juneteenth, the panel explores ways to keep the valuable, timely conversation going. To watch the full conversation, please visit youtu.be/4aWSuMhHslQ.

DuPage County, College of DuPage Win National Award for Diversity, Inclusion Series

DuPage County and the College of DuPage have been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.

NACo recognized DuPage County’s “Collaborative Conversation on Race, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion,” in the Arts, Culture, and Historic Preservation category. DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin and representatives from College of DuPage developed the series following racial protests last summer. Together, they sought a productive, meaningful way to involve local officials, students, and residents in a community conversation dealing with the difficult topics of equity, inclusion, discrimination, race, and social justice.

The resulting initiative was designed to help both internal and external audiences reflect, share, and act, with stories meant to educate from a personal perspective. Video projects, blog posts, interviews and panel discussions explored the past and present and sought concrete ways DuPage residents could unite against racism.

Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice and public safety, county administration, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more.

Frida Kahlo Timeless

Board Members Visit Frida Kahlo Exhibit

County Board members Mary FitzGerald Ozog, Dawn DeSart, and Lynn LaPlante attended the Legislators’ Morning at the Frida Kahlo: Timeless exhibit at the College of DuPage on June 21. Ozog and DeSart met with DuPage Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Beth Marchetti and LaPlante spoke with state Rep. Terra Costa Howard.

Frida Kahlo Timeless

Ozog Tours Public Works Facilities

Ozog Tours Public Works Facilities

DuPage County Public Works Committee Chairwoman Mary FitzGerald Ozog toured the Greene Valley Wastewater Facility in Woodridge this week to discuss planned upgrades to the facility with Public Works Managers Sean Reese and Jay Dahlberg.

Fine Arts Festival presentation with Choose DuPage

LaPlante Discusses Fine Arts Festival with Choose DuPage

Ad Hoc Fine Arts Committee Chairwoman Lynn LaPlante presented at Choose DuPage’s quarterly meeting alongside President and CEO Greg Bedalov. LaPlante discussed the impact of the arts on economic growth for the business community of DuPage County. LaPlante led an initiative, that was recently approved by the County Board, to secure funding for a Fine Arts Festival at the County Fairgrounds.

Mental Health Awareness Month

County Proclaims May Mental Health Awareness Month

On May 11, Chairman Dan Cronin and Board of Health President Sam Tornatore presented a proclamation recognizing May as Mental Health Awareness Month to Board members and DuPage County Health Department representatives. The Health Department has several resources available for anyone who needs help.

Ozog Memorial Day

Board Members Attend Memorial Day Services

County Board member Mary FitzGerald Ozog (above), her husband, Jim Ozog, and her son, Navy Veteran and current Navy Reservist Jimmy Ozog, attended a Memorial Day service with Congressman Sean Casten and Glen Ellyn Village President Mark Senak at Lake Ellyn.

County Board member Lynn LaPlante (below) worked with the Obama Legacy Initiative for a Memorial Day event honoring the Gold Star Family of Army PFC Gunnar R. Hotchkin. LaPlante attended the ceremony with Congressmen Bill Foster and Sean Casten.

LaPlante Memorial Day

Asian American Awareness Month

County Board Declares May Asian-American Heritage Month

Chairman Dan Cronin presented a proclamation recognizing May as Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Tuesday's County Board meeting. Cronin presented the proclamation to Pastor Brian Park with Restoration Community Church in Naperville, Nancy Chen with the Illinois AARP, and Sophia Luo with the Xilin Association.


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