DuPage County District 1 Newsletter for Winter 2021

Winter 2021 newsletter for DuPage County Board District 1

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York High School Earth Flag presentation

County Presents Earth Flag to York High School

DuPage County Environmental Committee Chairwoman Sheila Rutledge joined Board members Ashley Selmon, Pete DiCianni, and Paula Deacon Garcia for an Earth Flag ceremony with SCARCE at York High School on Oct. 6 to celebrate the high school's environmental and sustainability efforts.

COVID Vaccines, Boosters Available

The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by getting vaccinated. Vaccines are available for children ages 5 to 11 at several public health locations. Initial vaccination series for ages 12 and up are available at the DuPage County Health Department's Central Office in Wheaton on Thursdays from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Booster shots are recommended for everyone over the age of 18. Residents can receive the booster shot either six months after their initial Pfizer or Moderna series or two months after their initial Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Booster shots for ages are available at the Central Office in Wheaton on Thursdays from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

To register for a vaccination or booster appointment, please visit dupagecountyhealth.qualtrics.com. To find other vaccination locations near you or to learn more about the County’s vaccination efforts, please visit dupagehealth.org/667/COVID-19-Vaccine.

DuPage County Relaunching Rental Assistance Program

DuPage County and the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) relaunched an emergency rental assistance program on Dec. 6 for residents who are behind on their rent due to COVID-19.

Eligible DuPage County households may qualify for up to $25,000 in emergency rental assistance for payments from June 2020 through April 2022.

“We realize the need to extend a safety net to protect families and give them peace of mind when it comes to paying their rent. We’ve seen a tremendous response to this program so far,” said County Board member Sam Tornatore, who serves on the IHDA Board.

Applications and additional details are available at illinoishousinghelp.org. Residents can also call (866) 454-3571 for more information.

Christine Klepp receives anniversary award

Stormwater Management Committee Celebrates Employee Milestone

Stormwater Management Committee members, including Sam Tornatore, congratulated County employee Christine Klepp (third from right) on Nov. 2 for 35 years of service working for the Stormwater Management department.

DuPage County Approves FY2022 Budget

The DuPage County Board on Nov. 23 unanimously approved its Fiscal Year 2022 budget, which includes a balanced, $474.3 million spending plan.

The budget includes funds to implement new election equipment for the County Clerk and to continue implementation of the County’s new property tax system, improve critical infrastructure on the County campus, and replace vehicles that have reached the end of their useful life.

DuPage County will fully fund the remaining principal and interest on two debt service funds in the amount of $6.3 million. Paying off this debt early will free up $2 million annually beginning in 2022.

The County budget also increases support for public safety, providing 21 new positions in the Sheriff’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, and State’s Attorney’s Office. The budget provides funds for specialized vehicles for the Sheriff’s Office, including an armored vehicle and a command center, and license plate readers to assist in identifying stolen vehicles throughout the County.

The County will continue to combat COVID-19 and invest in public health and vaccination efforts using funds from the American Rescue Plan Act, which was passed by Congress in March.

To view the full 2022 County budget document, visit dupageco.org/finance.

Murray Snow farewell

Board Thanks OHSEM Director for Service

Judicial and Public Safety Committee Vice Chairman Don Puchalski and other committee members congratulated former DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Murray Snow (fourth from right) for his service to the County on Nov. 16. Snow left the County in November to pursue an opportunity in the private sector.

DuPage County Adopts Long Range Transportation Plan

The DuPage County Board voted unanimously Dec. 14 to adopt its Long Range Transportation Plan guiding transportation investments through 2040.

The Long Range Transportation Plan, known as DuPage Connects, will govern transportation policies and practices at the County for the next 20 years. The $1.6 billion plan creates a vision and mission for the DuPage County Division of Transportation, serving as a guide for infrastructure maintenance, operations, and capital projects.

“The plan focuses on a state of good repair, ensuring that our existing transportation system remains safe and usable,” said DuPage County Transportation Committee Chairman Don Puchalski. “Investments in system enhancements and expansion will relieve congestion, improve our multi-modal network, including sidewalks, that provide safe routes to school. We will provide better access to transit and new bicycle corridors emphasizing environmental stewardship and supporting our local economy. I want to thank the many residents and system stakeholders who provided valuable feedback.”

During the development of DuPage Connects, County staff received more than 700 comments on system safety, congestion, signal coordination, bicycle, and pedestrian facilities and transit needs in DuPage. Those comments are incorporated into the final plan which can be found on the Division of Transportation’s Planning webpage at dupageco.org/transplan.

Deputy Honored for Life-Saving Actions

DuPage County Honors Sheriff’s Deputy for Life-Saving Actions

Vice Chairwoman Ashley Selmon and Sheriff Jim Mendrick presented a proclamation of commendation to Deputy Jason Lloyd (third from left) of the DuPage County Sheriff's Office on Oct. 13. Deputy Lloyd’s quick thinking during a recent 911 call helped save a woman who was having a stroke. Thank you, Deputy Lloyd, for your actions and your service!

DuPage County Board Approves New District Maps

The DuPage County Board voted Oct. 26 to approve new County Board district boundaries for the next decade.

The County Board is required by state law to complete the reapportionment process every 10 years following the U.S. Census to ensure each County Board district represents a substantially equal number of people. The population deviation between each County Board district is less than 1 percent. By law, the districts must be substantially equal in population, contiguous, and as compact as practical.

The County’s Redistricting Committee was established in January 2021 and held 11 meetings and four open house forums to discuss the maps. In addition to an online portal, allowing for residents to provide feedback.

To view the new maps, please visit dupageco.org/CountyBoard/District_Map/2517.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Proclamation

County Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Vice Chairwoman Ashley Selmon and member Julie Renehan on Oct. 26 presented a proclamation recognizing October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month to Kiyoko Czech, a coach for the West Suburban Making Strides Against Cancer. The annual fundraising walk was held on Oct. 3 at Cantigny, raising more than $125,000!


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