December 2, 2018

One election ends, but another is just beginning.

So the election’s are over or are they?. No more negative commercials by outside groups flooding our airwaves at least for now.  While I agree that telling folks what you will do differently is a much better way to campaign, it usually isn’t what wins elections, or at least that is what all the outside groups that put on those …

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November 25, 2018

Does 10 years get shorter with age?

I was reminded last month that I have been on the board for 10 years. It was at the monthly Forest Preserve Meeting, I was honored with a plaque and a pin from the Illinois Association of Park Districts.  As Forest Preserve Commissioners we are members of the Park District Association, and if you didn’t know already, all County Board …

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November 11, 2018

Squeezing out every penny

Last month the County Executive gave his vision of a balanced budget for 2019.  So far his vision has been a good one.  We are once again the beneficiary of a AA+ bond rating by Moody’s is due to stable fund balances, controlled expenditures and long term planning.  Below are some highlights of his budget address on Sept. 20th. Our …

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October 23, 2018

Read my lips: no new taxes

“Read my lips: no new taxes” is a phrase spoken by then-American presidential candidate George H. W. Bush at the 1988 Republican National Convention as he accepted the nomination on August 18. Written by speechwriter Peggy Noonan, the line was the most prominent sound bite from the speech.  Earlier this year we heard something similar from our Mayor, Roger C. Claar, …

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October 7, 2018

When do we RISE up?

Recently I attended a Climate Jobs and Justice rally/march.  Over 500 attended who formed the message “RISE” to encourage others to stand with them.  This movement/march was about our climate and the jobs in our area, although my understanding is that these marches took place around the country in various locations with the same themes.  Pollution is a problem, traffic …

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September 20, 2018

Events events events

Wow, less than 45 day’s until election and my calendar overfloweth. Just in the last month we hosted an event for State Sen. Kwame Raoul, candidate for Attorney General.  Likely one of the most important statewide seats as this position functions as the peoples lawyer.  Protecting our citizens from corporations and yes even the government.  Over 35 Attorney Generals across …

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August 20, 2018

Take Me To The Fair

 The newly renovated Governors Mansion Yes it’s that time of year again. Running from event to event as we prepare for yet another election season, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and sometimes even burnt out. But right now I’m feeling energized by all the positive things happening as we try to provide ever-better leadership in our community and across the …

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August 6, 2018

Pride in Bolingbrook

I was recently fortunate enough to be invited to a new group, and in June I helped them form and execute the first Family-friendly Pride event in Bolingbrook.  This group was created to show support for and to raise awareness of the LGBTQ community. The event went great, and many people were filled with capital P and lower-case P Pride …

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May 28, 2018

Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day. Frankly, it’s an interesting turn of phrase. Memorial Day commemorates those who have died in service of our country. It is sometimes confused or conflated with Veterans’ Day, which is the 11th of November when we remember all those who have served in the US armed forces. I have veterans in my family, and they deserve our …

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May 28, 2018

How I Will Honor our Nation’s Hero’s Today.

  I am  saddened that the Senate passed a bill that would open the door to privatization of the country’s largest health care system.  My family is full of brave veterans.  My father, sister, brother and daughter have all served in times of war and peace. I know the work of the VA first hand, not only as a family …

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