State to DuPage County: You are NOT Special

DuPage County is the only county in Illinois where candidates need to get three times as many petition signatures as required by state law.  Last month the Illinois Senate took a look at DuPage County’s  exceptional requirements for filing a petition to run for office, and unanimously voted to strike down the provision.

Yesterday the House of Representatives Friday repealed that provision of the state’s election code with a 65-49 vote.  Gov. Blago now needs to sign it.

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GE Residents To Lose Ackerman Woods

I wrote briefly about Ackerman Woods before. Residents protested, and it appears have been ignored again.

Cutting down over 340 trees for a flood control project and soccer fields, according to the GEPD, is a necessity.

Tightening Their Belts

Deputy VM Fieldman Now Acting Village Manager

As approved by council tonight, Deputy Village Manager Dave Fieldman was moved up to Acting Village Manager, effective immediately.

Dave has a good grasp on the current projects, and provides for a boat unrocked by further waves of change. Everyone already works with him, so they already know him.

This sort of blurry shot was taken last January at Public Works.

Fairview Village Expansion Goes To The Mattresses Updated

Both sides of the Fairview Village expansion effort have pushed, pulled, and jockeyed for position. On one side is Fairview Village, (history here, and present offerings here) an exceptional senior community that offers a wide variety of housing and care options for residents, and has proven a good neighbor on th east side of Fairview Avenue south of 63rd Street for many years. On the other are the residents of the west side of Fairview, who have looked at the single home residential zoning in their area change to higher density use twice, and are looking at it again.

Click on image for a full sized view. What was to be seven single family homes may now be 32 condos and a clubhouse.

Correction: I had assumed Jim Russ Jr. represented Fairview Village. He does not. Although at the meeting, he is not their attorney. I will say, as I did originally, that Russ knows the turf, and knows the boundaries of the turf that makes up what is acceptable to the Plan Commission and Council, resulting in good success getting projects he represents approved.

Plus, I had enough feedback from elected officials, I went back and found several errors.

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Memorial Day

Note: I wrote this a couple years ago. I’m just posting it as is.

Tales told to a child while my Dad and two of my uncles played three handed double deck pinochle

I just got back from the cemetary. While there, memories surge into unexpected places, pulling pieces of the past forward to the near present. On Memorial Day, they flow into the stories of WWII told by Dad, and by my uncles, sitting around a linoleum topped dining room table.

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An Unexpected Meeting Resulting From an Unexpected Walk in Lyman Woods

On Thursday May 22 members of the DuPage County Forest Preserve District, the Downers Grove Park District, ERA Consultants, several concerned residents, and three of us from the Pierce Downers Heritage Alliance met at the Park District to discuss damage done to Lyman Woods. The following email sums it all up pretty well. Sometimes the system works pretty well, too.

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