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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.


 
   
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