Board issues annual proclamations to local non-profits
By Jane Carmello LOMBARDIAN-VILLA PARK REVIEW STAFF REPORTER
At the Thursday, Sept. 15, meeting of the Lombard Village Board, Lombard Village President Keith Giagnorio issued several proclamations to Lombard non-profit agencies as they embark on their annual fundraising campaigns. The first was to the local Kiwanis Club for its upcoming Peanut Days. The president proclaimed Sept. 22- 24 Kiwanis Peanut Days in Lombard, during which time volunteers will be selling peanuts to raise funds for children’s causes. Accepting the proclamation was Aldo Calderin, local Peanut Day chairperson. In addition to helping fund scholarships for graduating seniors, funds raised benefit the Lombard Fire Department’s Trauma Teddy program, Lombard-Villa Park Food Pantry, First Things First, TLC Camp, NEDSRA, the Helen Plum Library’s Summer Reading Program, Healthy Lombard, the Lombard Historical Society’s Junior Historian program and others. Kiwanians serve their communities with over 18 million hours of volunteer time, and raise $107 million to benefit 150,000 service projects around the world. Kiwanis Clubs offer leadership programs for all ages, such as Key, Circle K, Aktion and Builders clubs. The Knights of Columbus, Father Boecker and Christ the King councils, also received a proclamation for their Help Citizens With Developmental Disabilities Days, held Sept. 16-17, when they planned to raise funds by selling Tootsie Roll candies. This is the 43rd annual fundraising drive to help raise money for youth to participate in the Special Olympics. Last year alone, the Knights of Columbus—including the two local councils—raised over $2 million that was distributed to more than 300 organizations in Illinois. These organizations have also raised over $5 million to build or remodel 37 homes for individuals with developmental disabilities. Accepting the proclamation was Deputy Grand Knight Richard Clish, chair of the Tootsie Roll Drive.
In other business: • Lynne Magnavite, interim executive director of the Lombard Town Centre (LTC), gave a quarterly report to the board, as part of the organization’s obligation in order to receive funding. She said the organization has seen “a positive impact” in the downtown area, thanks to the executive directors, volunteer board of directors and strategist, who have been working “in collaboration” with village trustees and staff. She outlined that the LTC reaches out to businesses through e-mails and personal visits, meets regularly with village staff and trustees in partnership to plan events such as outdoor movie nights and conducts outreach with such organizations as the Lombard Service League, Prairie Food Co-op, Lombard Historical Society and the Helen Plum Library, to urge sponsorship, offer workshops, share knowledge and gain partnerships. The Lombard Town Centre also reaches out beyond the downtown to such organizations as the Main Street Group (of downtown organizations), the DuPage Foundation, the Downtown Idea Exchange (devoted to helping downtown organizations learn and grow) and the PR Power Hour (sharing PR and marketing ideas). Magnavite said the LTC had gained 405 Facebook fans—from 1,283 to 1,688—since the third quarter of 2015 and now has 328 fans on Instagram. The organization also interviewed 22 business owners for a “Friday Feature and Business Membership Spotlight” for its Purple Plans newsletter. The interim director noted that Lombard Town Centre volunteers provided 315 service hours during the third quarter, estimated to be worth just under $7,300, based on a $23.15-per-hour bureau of statistics rate. Magnavite mentioned that the LTC is gearing up for its annual Spooktacular Fall Festival—in partnership with the Prairie Food Coop— Sunday, Oct. 16, from noon to 4 p.m. at St. Charles Road and Park Avenue in downtown Lombard, and welcomes sponsors. More details will be forthcoming. She also thanked the local businesses for their support, such as during Cruise Nights and the upcoming Spooktacular. The Lombard Town Centre now has 71 members— 21 in downtown Lombard, 11 non-downtown members and 39 individual members. She also said several outdoor viewing events are in the works, such as the Bears vs. Packers game on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 6:30 p.m. For more information about the Lombard Town Centre, visit www. lombardtowncentre.org or call 630- 620-8063. • Richard A. Sander was sworn in to his new appointment as chief of the Lombard Fire Department after the retirement of the former chief, Paul DiRienzo. Sander was the deputy chief of the Naperville Fire Department since 2011, and is slated to begin his new job with the fire department on Oct. 3. Village officials were on-hand to welcome him, as were fire department staff from Lombard and other area departments.
Motorists’ actions may delay Wilson Avenue opening
Wilson Avenue between Stewart to Edgewood was scheduled to reopen to traffic on Friday, Sept. 23, but the schedule is subject to delay due to necessary concrete repair caused by motorists. Concrete was originally poured around new manholes on Wilson Avenue on Thursday, Sept. 15. Unfortunately, motorists ignored signage and drove over four out of the five newly poured concrete areas. The concrete will have to be repoured and could potentially delay the opening of Wilson between Stewart to Edgewood. The village would like to thank the residents who notified public works of the violations, and would encourage residents to report any future occurrences to 9-1-1 for immediate response. Reports have also been made of individuals moving or relocating detour signs, barricades and barrels in order to navigate through a construction zone. The village is reminding residents to not tamper with construction sites and to call 9-1-1 to report any such violations. For updates and information including maps, visit www.villageoflombard. org/transmissionmain.
Lombard police promote railroad safety
The Lombard Police Department wants to promote safety for both motorists and pedestrians around railroad tracks, such as being part with Illinois Rail Safety Week, held last week. In Illinois during 2015, there were 140 crossing collisions involving motor vehicles, which resulted in 79 injuries and 24 fatalities. In addition, there were 41 trespasser incidents that resulted in 18 injuries and 23 fatalities when people trespassed onto railroad property. During 2015, Illinois ranked third in the nation in vehicle collision fatalities and 5th in the nation in trespasser fatalities. Residents are reminded to make safety a priority where railroad tracks and trains exist, and to pass this information on to children. • Trains cannot stop quickly. Even if a locomotive engineer sees you, it will take the average train more than 1 mile to stop. That is about 20 football fields. • The average train weighs 200 tons, and the average automobile weighs less than two tons. • A motorist is 40 times more likely to die in a crash involving a train than in a crash involving another motor vehicle. • The majority of highway/railroad collisions occur when the train is traveling less than 30 miles per hour. • Pay careful attention at crossings at night and in bad weather. • Because of its size, trains look like they are moving slower than they actually are. It is nearly impossible to predict the speed of an approaching train. •If you are using headphones, please remove them when crossing or walking near railroad tracks. • Once the warning signals begin, it can take as little as 20 seconds for the train to reach the crossing. • Get off your bike and walk it across the tracks. • It against the law to stop your vehicle on railroad tracks; it is also against the law to stop your vehicle anywhere within the highway-rail grade crossing. If you would like more information about Illinois Rail Safety Week, visit www.illinoisrailsafetyweek.org or contact the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.
County board chair aims to hold the line on spending, taxes
Praising the county’s lean, efficient government, DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin presented a Fiscal Year 2017 budget that reduces spending and holds the line on property taxes. “For the second year in a row, we are called upon to create a spending plan without a fully-funded budget from Springfield,” said Cronin. “Amidst the partisan bickering and inaction in Springfield, I think it’s important to point out that here in DuPage, we continue to do the people’s work.” In his budget address, Cronin outlined the numerous ways DuPage County has created government efficiency, cut costs and collaborated across units of government to pare down expenses. Cronin heralded this “change in the culture” of government. He said, “As a top-performing unit of local government, despite dysfunction at the state level, we must ensure the lights go on, the roads are paved and that our elderly and infirm residents receive the care they need.” Cronin’s budget proposal reduces expenditures, while maintaining service levels. The proposed FY 2017 spending plan is $433.8 million, which is $10.6 million less than last year’s approved budget of $444.4 million. Since taking office in December 2010, Cronin has cut more than $43.9 million from the county’s budget. Cronin said the property tax levy will remain flat at $66.9 million for the sixth year in a row under his administration. The FY 2017 proposal maintains a $100,000 allocation to fight heroin in DuPage County, including expanding the DuPage Health Department’s RxBox program. The proposed budget also allocates $50,000 to a new “Clean and Lien” program, which aims to remove, repair or demolish abandoned buildings on properties that have been foreclosed upon and clear the land for sale or development. Cronin said, “We’ll eliminate these community eyesores, clean up the local environment and immediately improve neighborhoods, benefitting local property owners.” The budget also includes $53.5 million in capital projects for storm water, drainage and road construction. To view the full budget proposal, visit www.dupageco.org/finance.
Lombard’s Recycling Extravaganza Sept. 24
The Village of Lombard is encouraging residents to bring unwanted items to Lombard’s annual Recycling Extravaganza, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Village Hall, 255 E. Wilson Ave., to be safely recycled. The following materials will be accepted for recycling: paint (for a cost), car and marine batteries, lumber, scrap metal (bent hangers, old metal pots, swing sets, lawn furniture, gutters, washers and dryers, stoves, hot water heaters and dish washers) and books of all types. Several other community organizations will also be collecting items for recycling or reuse at the Extravaganza. Goodwill Industries will collect used clothing in any condition, furniture and working appliances; Family Shelter Services is collecting used cell phones and accessories; Lions Club will collect eye glasses, hearing aids and old metal keys; Glenbard East Ecology Club will collect indoor and outdoor flower pots (no plastic) for reuse and disassemble infant car seats for recycling; Rotary Club will collect bicycles, crutches, non-motorized wheel chairs, canes and gently used shoes (no high heels); and VFW members will accept American flags in any condition. Again this year, everyone is encouraged to rescue books. The following materials will not be accepted: electronics, air conditioners, household batteries, carpeting, dehumidifiers, drywall, household hazardous waste, items with gas or oil, plaster, smoke and CO detectors, VHS tapes, windows and vinyl siding. For more information, or to register to volunteer for the event, visit www. villageoflombard.org/recycling. Visit www.villageoflombard.org or contact the Village of Lombard’s Public Works Department at 630-620-5740 or publicworks@villageoflombard. org for more information.
Breen earns perfect score in support of Illinois small businesses
In acknowledgement of votes taken in 2015-2016 that affect Illinois small businesses, State Rep. Peter Breen (R-Lombard) has been named a “Guardian of Small Business” by the Illinois branch of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). Breen scored a perfect 100% in an NFIB review of his voting record. Honorees were chosen based on their votes on 11 key bills during the 99th General Assembly. The bills included: HB 6162, SB 2964, HB 3887, HB 1285, SB 162, HB 1287, SB 2933, HB 4036, SB 11, HB 5576 and HJRCA 26. Lawmakers who received an 80% or higher rating received the award. According to Kim Clark Maisch, state director of NFIB/Illinois, during his first term in the Illinois General Assembly, Breen has emerged as a true champion of small business. “Representative Breen’s 100 percent voting record on key small business issues demonstrates his strong commitment to our state’s job creators,” she said. “Rep. Breen has stood up time and again and fought for the rights of small businesses and their ability to keep their doors open in a state and isn’t known for being friendly to business.” Breen said it was an honor to be recognized for his voting record in support of Illinois small businesses. “The men and women who start and run small businesses are the primary job creators in Illinois,” said Breen. “During my time in the Illinois House, I’ve tried to foster a competitive business environment by reducing unnecessary regulations on small businesses and promoting market-driven public policies.” NFIB/Illinois includes over 11,000 small business members from across the state. A link to a summary of the 11 key business bills and an overall tally and ranking of all Illinois State Representatives and Senators can be found at: http:// www.nfib.com/pdfs/Illinois-Voting- Record.pdf.