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Dupage County Municipal/County Intergovernmental Committee met January 31

By Corazon L. Gonzales | Feb 7, 2018


Dupage County Municipal/County Intergovernmental Committee met January 31. 

Here is the minutes as provided by the committee:

Welcome, Introductions, and Pledge of Allegiance

     Co-Chairman Mayor Rodney Craig called the meeting to order at 6:10 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance.             Introductions were made.

     Those in attendance included:

     Committee Members:

     Mayor Rodney Craig                                   Hanover Park


     Mayor Rich Veenstra                                   Addison

     Mayor Len Austin                                        Clarendon Hills

     Mayor Nunzio Pulice                                   Wood Dale

     CB Member Don Puchalski                         District #1

     CB Member Greg Hart                                District #3

     CB Member Tim Elliott                                District #4

     CB Member Jim Healy                                District #5

     Others Present:

     Suzette Quintell                               DMMC

     Connor McCarthy                            DuPage State’s Attorney’s Office

     Sheryl Markay                                 DuPage County Board Office

Public Comment

There was no public comment.

Minutes of Previous Meeting

Mayor Craig made a motion to approve the minutes from the September 27, 2017 meeting, seconded by Mayor Pulice. All Ayes, motion carried.

County/Municipal Update

A discussion was held regarding the county’s and the conference’s state legislative agendas for the spring session. Sheryl Markay highlighted the county’s top priorities including the protection of local revenues, the consolidation of the Election Commission with the County Clerk’s Office, support of legislation to prohibit tobacco sales until age 21, support of legislation to ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits unless they are obtained from shelters or rescue organizations, and support of an infrastructure program.

Mayor Veenstra shared DMMC’s legislative priorities including the protection of state collected local revenue streams, the consolidation of 663-municipal public safety pension funds, the preservation of local authority, removing the distinction between home rule and non-home rule communities, and reform of the Workers’ Compensation Act. Mayor Veenstra also highlighted a video recently produced by the conference on the subject of property taxes that he asked the county to view and support.

Member Puchalski provided a County Transportation Update. The County’s 2018 Transportation Capital Program is $35.7 million, that incudes engineering, land acquisition and construction. The county was recently notified that the state is reinstating its previous reduction of $850,000 in motor fuel tax monies due to favorable bidding. In February, the county’s transportation department will host four public hearings as the county develops its first long-range transportation plan. Local elected officials and the public are encouraged to attend.

Member Hart highlighted the county’s efforts to combat the heroin/opioid epidemic and stated the county was hosting a roundtable discussion with Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi this Friday at the Health Department. Mayor Craig provided a brief update on Metra and stated he would like to organize a meeting between DMMC and the County Board to meet the new Director (of Metra). Staff will organize a meet and greet at the conference soon.

Old Business

There was no old business to come before the committee.

New Business

Staff asked committee members to forward any topics they may have for future meetings.

Next Meeting Date

Members agreed to meet next in late May or early June.


With no further business remaining before the committee, Mayor Craig moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:45 p.m., seconded by Mayor Veenstra. All Ayes motion carried.


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