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Board issues annual proclamations to local non-profits

By Jane Carmello

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
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
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
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
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
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-
• 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
Reports have also been made of
individuals moving or relocating
detour signs, barricades and barrels
in order to navigate through a construction
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.

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
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
• 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
• The majority of highway/railroad
collisions occur when the train
is traveling less than 30 miles per
• 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
•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
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
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
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://