Roosevelt Road water main construction begins June 27
In order to reduce future water main breaks and provide more than a 50–year life span for the existing water main along Roosevelt Road (Route 38), the Village of Lombard will be installing a new water main lining from Finley Road to Fairfield Avenue. On Monday, June 27, construction activity begins with pit excavations along Roosevelt between Finley Road and Main Street; traffic control activity begins the week of June 20. Detour information A detour will be place beginning June 27, for northbound lanes on Finley Road, north of Roosevelt. During this time, traffic will be detoured east on Roosevelt Road, north on Main Street, west on Wilson, and will end at Finley Road. This work is expected to last through August. A second detour route will be established for stage 2 of the project in late August. More information will be made available on 38water.org.
Fire causes estimated $150,000 to single family home
On Sunday June 19, at approximately 2:30 pm the Lombard Fire Department responded to a reported fire at a single family ranch home at 103 E Madison, at the southeast corner of Madison and Charlotte Streets. The call was initially dispatched as an outside fire but was later upgraded twice to a Special Alarm, which brought in assistance from other departments to the scene and Lombard Fire Department stations. Residents were home at the time the fire was reported and self-evacuated. The origin of the fire appears to be in the area of a propane grill on the deck of the home. The exact cause and origin are being investigated. One Lombard firefighter was injured from falling debris and was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital where he was later released. The damage to the home and contents is significant, and estimated to be over $150,000. Lombard was assisted by the following fire agencies: Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Lisle Woodridge, Oak Brook, Villa Park, and Wheaton, as well as the Addison and Glenside, Fire Protection Districts. Feel free to contact Assistant Fire Chief Jerry Howell at 630-620-5761 or Battalion Chief Al Green at 630-620-5734 with any questions you may have.
Bond Set at $1 million for Glen Ellyn man accused of attempted murder of father
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Glen Ellyn Chief of Police Philip Norton announced recently that bond has been set for a Glen Ellyn man charged with attempted murder after severely beating his 61- year-old father. Charles Mitchell, 26, appeared in Bond Court where Judge Richard Russo set bond at $1 million with 10 percent to apply. Mitchell has been charged with one count of Attempt First Degree Murder and two counts of Domestic Battery. On June 14 at approximately 1:19 a.m., police officers responded to a domestic violence call at a hotel room Mitchell shared with his father and brother located in the 600 block of Roosevelt Road in Glen Ellyn. Upon their arrival, officers found Mitchell, his father and his brother at the hotel. Mitchell’s father was suffering from multiple head injuries. He was immediately transported to a local hospital where he currently remains in serious condition. It is alleged that during that evening, Mitchell and his brother got into an altercation resulting in Mitchell beating his brother about the face, including gouging his eyes. It also is alleged that Mitchell then got into a physical altercation with his father in which Mitchell allegedly struck and kicked his father about his head and body. “Domestic violence is traditionally thought of as spousal abuse,” Berlin said. “The allegations in this case however, that Mr. Mitchell beat his brother and father, clearly demonstrate that domestic violence can take many forms and can cause severe, if not irreparable, damage. “I would like to thank the Glen Ellyn Police Department, particularly Detectives Duffie, Schmidt and Monson for their work on this case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Bethany Jackson and Cathy DeLaMar for their efforts in holding Mr. Mitchell responsible for the severe injuries he allegedly inflicted upon his own brother and father.” Chief Norton praised the work of the initial responding officers to the scene, as well as the detectives and evidence technicians who continued to investigate the case. “Domestic violence incidents are often difficult and emotional for the victims as well as the law enforcement personnel who respond to investigate,” Norton added. “This investigation was a collaborative effort between the Glen Ellyn Police, the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office and the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office which, ultimately, resulted in an outcome that hopefully brings about some closure for the victims. Mitchell’s next court appearance is scheduled for July 5 in front of Judge Daniel Guerin. Members of the public are reminded that these complaints contain only charges and are not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Breen stands with Governor in demanding approval of balanced emergency budget
State Rep. Peter Breen (R-Lombard) joined Governor Bruce Rauner for a press conference last week to support Rauner’s demand that Speaker Mike Madigan allow the Illinois General Assembly to approve emergency budget measures to allow schools to open and maintain critical government services through the end of the year. Prior to adjourning from regular session on May 31, House Republicans filed HB 6583 and HB 6585, which would allow schools to open on time in the fall and allow vital human services agencies to remain operational, while lawmakers continue to negotiate a larger package of reforms to improve the Illinois economy and protect taxpayers. Both bills were sent to the House Rules Committee, where Madigan is refusing to release them for discussion and vote. “These two bills are fully funded and will not increase Illinois’ debt load,” said Breen. “By blocking these balanced emergency initiatives, Speaker Madigan is showing clearly that he is more interested in power than policy. Madigan and the politicians he controls need to stop the political games and start serving the people of Illinois.” The Clerk of the Illinois House, who is chosen by Madigan, previously informed legislators that they would be in overtime session every week, on Wednesdays, this summer. However, Speaker Madigan has cancelled each of the summer session dates scheduled up to this point, June 8 and June 15. “Republicans have put aside partisanship and presented viable balanced solutions to maintain our vital services and schools against likely closure,” Breen said. “These solutions keep school children and our most vulnerable populations out of the budget crossfire, but Mike Madigan seems determined to use these Illinoisans as pawns for political ends.” The next scheduled summer session date was Wednesday, June 22.
County sales tax drops by a quarter-cent
DuPage County’s sales tax has dropped by a quarter-cent after the elimination of a tax collected by the DuPage Water Commission. The elimination of the sales tax comes as the DuPage Water Commission moves to a self-sustaining utility. The drop in sales tax will save DuPage County consumers $36 million annually. DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin, DuPage Water Commission Chairman Jim Zay and members of the county board celebrated the sales tax decline with a cake at the May 24 county board meeting. In addition to the sales tax reduction, the commission lowered its water rates by 1 percent for 2016-17, which took effect May 1. The commission paid back $70 million in bonds 18 months early, which saved taxpayers $10 million in interest payments
Highland Avenue construction under way
Construction on Highland Avenue, including the two bridges over Route 56 and Interstate 88, began June 15. The Highland Avenue bridge over Route 56 was built in 1987. Since its original construction, no major repairs have been undertaken to the bridge deck. During this project, crews will replace bridge joints and perform concrete patching to address deficiencies and extend the service life of the bridge’s riding surface. “Our roadways are a vital part of our community, and we’re excited to be able to extend the life of a major bridge in DuPage County,” said Transportation Committee Chairman Don Puchalski. “We ask that motorists be cautious and patient around the construction area to ensure the project can be completed in a timely and safe manner.” Work will be completed in two stages. During the first stage, the outside lanes of the bridge decks and concrete pavement between the bridges will be patched, requiring temporary lane closures. Stage 1 is expected to take three to four weeks. During Stage 2, Highland Avenue over Route 56 will be closed for the replacement of bridge joints and patching of the bridge deck and concrete pavement. The closure of the bridge is tentatively scheduled to begin after July 4, and the closure is expected to last for six weeks. Construction is expected to be completed by Labor Day weekend. For additional information about the cost, contractor or detours, visit www.dupageco.org/DOT/road_construction/ HighlandAve.