The shellacking Burr Ridge voters delivered to a home rule ballot question on March 17 is a sign that taxpayers have become increasingly suspicious of tax increase proposals disguised as fairness and good government initiatives, said local business owner and village trustee, Zach Mottl, who helped lead a fight against the proposal.
An industry source told the DuPage Policy Journal that there have been “rumblings” about reopening the Sterigenics plant in Willowbrook in light of the emergency reopening of one of its plants in Georgia under the coronavirus crisis.
For over a year scientists have been refuting the Chicago Tribune’s reporting that emissions of ethylene oxide (EtO), from a medical equipment plant in Willowbrook, Sterigenics, presented a danger to the public.
A Burr Ridge attorney leading a fight to defeat a home rule push by village officials said that recent board approval of a policy to restrict future tax increases if voters approve home rule is “unenforceable.”
Former high-level aides to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has revealed that Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) told the then governor he was right for signing HB 40 in September 2017, the law requiring Medicaid funding of abortions. At a separate meeting, Brady also recommended that the governor sign gun control bills should they reach his desk.
Burr Ridge attorney Ellen Raymond is forming a coalition with the Illinois Realtors and Taxpayers United of America (TUA) to defeat a question on the March 17 ballot that would give the village home rule powers.
The Property Tax Relief Task Force established by the General Assembly is just another prop in a multi-year game of sleight of hand by state lawmakers holding out the promise of property tax reductions, according to former state Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton), who is running in the Republican Primary to take on first-term Democratic Congressman Sean Casten in the 6th District.
A source with first-hand knowledge of an alleged racist incident at a Buffalo Wild Wings in Naperville said that initial news reports left out key elements of the story of a white customer asking management to move a group of African Americans, six adults and 12 children, to a table away from where he was sitting.
U.S. Rep. Sean Casten (D-Downers Grove), Burr Ridge Mayor Gary Grasso and other local officials need to be held accountable by voters over their recent visits to a Muslim center that hosts Islamist leaders who preach hate against Jewish people and war against the United States, according to a Chicago official with the Counter-Islamist Grid (CIG).
Zach Mottl, the leader of a grassroots movement opposed to the $140 million Hinsdale D86 referendum approved in April, sent an email to the board of education asking for the resignation of member Keith Chval in light of his being charged for operating a vehicle while intoxicated in Michigan last summer.
A massive over assessment of risk from a U.S. EPA regulated compound, ethylene oxide (EO), has driven Sterigenics, a medical sterilization company, out of Willowbrook, says Mark Biel, chief executive officer of the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois.
Political analysts are questioning the wisdom of a campaign maneuver by former Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, running in the Republican Primary in the 6th Congressional District, that drags out an old, discredited claim about her opponent, former state Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton).
The Hinsdale Township High School District 86 board on Sept. 12 approved an expensive 10-lane swimming pool for Hinsdale Central, making a Nostradamus of one leading opponent of the $140 million referendum approved by the voters in April.
Rep. Sean Casten’s (D-Downers Grove) office did not return requests for comment on Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin’s recent remarks that the Republican Party should be “burned down with no survivors.”
Sources tell the DuPage Policy Journal that a former media relations official with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration was behind a post on the DuPage County GOP Facebook site belittling the chances of former State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) in her run for the congressional seat held by liberal Democrat Sean Casten.
Opponents of the $140 million Hinsdale D86 referendum approved in April are beginning to have their “I told you so” moments. An ardent supporter of the referendum, Yvonne Mayer of Burr Ridge, wrote on social media that she was troubled by estimated cost overages of projects funded by the tax increase, and the lack of public access during the school board’s recent meeting on the progress of the projects.
One disturbing takeaway from the year-long mob and media assault on Sterigenics, the Willowbrook plant that sterilizes medical equipment, is that it leaves hundreds of other businesses in DuPage County alone vulnerable to the same contrived, targeted campaign, says air quality expert and author Rich Trzupek.