Lombard Elementary School District 44 name superintendent The Lombard Elementary School District 44 Board of Education has announced the appointment of Dr. Michael Robey as the district’s superintendent, effective July 1, 2015. The board approved Robey’s appointment on Dec. 9. Robey comes to District 44 with 28 years experience in schools. He served in Evanston/Skokie School District 65, Triad Community Unit School District 2 and, most recently, Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview School District 89, where he currently serves as superintendent for the 2014-15 school year. He has been a middle school principal in Bensenville, an assistant principal in Northbrook and a middle school teacher in Skokie. Robey received his bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University, continuing on to obtain his master’s in Education Technology from National-Louis University. After several years of working in the educational field, he completed his Type 75 Endorsement and Doctoral Studies at Loyola University. Robey’s accomplishments include recently overseeing the conversion of District 89 schools from K-8 elementary schools to elementary grade level centers (K-5), middle school grade level centers (6-8) and one dual language school. He also moved the district from the financial watch list to recognition status with the state, implemented a transportation system when previously none had existed, and implemented numerous 21st century learning skills with students. “We are very excited and feel very fortunate to have Dr. Robey joining District 44 as our new superintendent,” said District 44 Board of Education president Brooke Wozniak. “He brings with him experience and expertise that will greatly benefit our community as we continue on our improvement journey. District 44 is a progressive district with lofty goals and we are confident that Dr. Robey will lead us in achieving those goals and address the challenges we face as a district in the coming years. We welcome him to the District 44 family and look forward to a bright future with Dr. Robey at the helm.” His philosophy as both an educator and administrator is to involve the staff, parents and community in the decision-making process. Robey is enthusiastic to start his position in Lombard. He is viewed as an approachable and caring leader, who considers the growth and development of students as the priority of education.
Lombard police to begin holiday crackdown on drunk drivers Lombard police officers will be out in force during the upcoming holidays as part of the annual Illinois “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on drunk drivers. Beginning Dec. 19 and continuing through Jan. 4 of the new year, the Lombard officers will be conducting high-visibility alcohol and seat belt enforcement throughout the Village of Lombard. The statewide crackdown will also be supported by national and state paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb drunk driving during the holiday season. Lombard police officers will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers during the crackdown and is giving fair warning to all partygoers that they will arrest anyone caught driving drunk. In addition, front and back seat belt law violators will be ticketed. “You’ll see us out there during this highly visible enforcement period. Drunk drivers will be arrested and those not observing seat belt laws will be ticketed,” said Lombard Police Deputy Chief Tom Wirsing. The deputy chief noted that being arrested for driving drunk brings a wide range of negative consequences into one’s life. Drunk drivers face jail time, loss of their driver license and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work and the potential loss of employment. “Driving drunk is simply not worth the risk. So don’t take the chance,” Wirsing said. “Remember, we will be out in force and we will be watching, so drive sober or get pulled over.” The law enforcement crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds through the Illinois Department of Transportation. During a “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown last month, Lombard officers made 145 traffic stops, according to Paula Durancik, a member of the department’s Traffic Safety Unit. The crackdown, which ran from Nov. 17-30, also included high visibility alcohol and seat belt enforcement throughout the village. Officers issued 46 citations for seat belt violations, 30 for speeding, 30 for no insurance, 16 for cell phone violations 11 for moving violations and 16 for non-moving violations. Additionally, Lombard officers made two DUI arrests, arrested three motorists for no valid driver’s license, and arrested one for possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. For more information about the Click It or Ticket and the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaigns, visit www.buckleupillinois.org.
Senate Bill 16 stopped by grassroots opposition Strong “grassroots” opposition by suburban residents has defeated a controversial education funding reform bill that would have stripped more than $39 million from local schools, according to State Sen. Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst). State lawmakers adjourned the fall veto session in Springfield earlier this month without acting on Senate Bill 16. “The outstanding efforts of local residents and education leaders stopped Senate Bill 16 in its tracks, which shows just how much can be accomplished when we work together,” Nybo said. “We must keep an eye on the issue of equality in education funding reform, however, because the components of the now-defunct Senate Bill 16 could easily re-emerge in another form once the new General Assembly convenes in January.” The 24th District senator says a series of public forums in several suburban communities this fall sent a clear message to state lawmakers that suburban residents are not willing to increase their already high property taxes or compromise their children’s educational resources. Nybo and state Rep. Sandra Pihos (R-Glen Ellyn) partnered with local educators to host one of the community forums Nov. 17 at Westmont High School. More than 100 local residents attended and heard presentations by Dr. Darlene J. Ruscitti, regional superintendent of schools DuPage County; Kevin Carey, superintendent of Community Unit School District 201; Jim Vroman, vice president of District 200 School Board; and Mimi Rodman, executive director of Stand for Children. During a House of Representatives committee hearing about Senate Bill 16 in November, the online witness slips of opponents outnumbered proponents by six to one. In addition, more than 8,500 people signed online petitions against Senate Bill 16.
Residents may qualify for IHEAP utility assistance Rep. Conroy, D-Villa Park, is encouraging residents to determine if they qualify for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Under LIHEAP, utility bill payments are made on behalf of certain low-income households. “After experiencing last year’s record-breaking cold temperatures, it is important that we ensure the health and safety of the most vulnerable families in our communities, Conroy said. This state program provides financial assistance to hard-working families who are struggling to make ends meet this winter and I strongly encourage people to see if they qualify.” LIHEAP is a state and federally funded energy assistance program for low-income families in which heating bill payments are made on behalf of households. In DuPage County LIHEAP applications are processed—until funds are exhausted—on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are taken by appointment only at any of the Township General Assistance Offices or directly at the DuPage County Administration Building. A single-person household can qualify with a monthly income of up to $1,459; a two-person household up to $1,966; a family of three can earn up to $2,474; and a family of four can earn up to $2,981. Benefits are paid directly to energy vendors on behalf of eligible households. The exception is households whose heating costs are included in their rent. Clients must bring all required documentation when applying for assistance, including: • Proof of gross income from all household members for the 30-day income period beginning with the date of the application. • A copy of their current heat and electric bills issued within the last 30 days (if they pay for their energy directly). • A copy of their rental agreement (if they are renting) showing that utilities are included, the monthly rental amount and landlord contact information. • Proof of Social Security numbers for all household members. • Proof that their household received TANF or other benefits, such as Medical Eligibility or SNAP, if receiving assistance from the Illinois Department of Human Services. For more information about LIHEAP or for assistance in applying for the program, contact Conroy’s full-time constituent services office at 630-415-3520 or RepDebConroy@ gmail.com.
Citizen’s Police Academy to begin March 3 The Lombard Police Department will be holding its 25th Citizen’s Police Academy beginning on March 3, 2015. The classes are held without charge every Tuesday night from 7-9:30 p.m. over a 10-week period. The purpose of the academy is to give citizens living or working in Lombard an understanding of modern police procedures and the challenges officers face. Lombard officers teach all classes so participants get it straight from the front line. Topics covered include traffic stops, firearm training, search and seizure laws, defensive tactics training and other hands-on instruction. Classes are exciting, and students have a good time. This is a great opportunity for citizens to get to know their force and get a hands-on experience of what police work is all about. Students say they never look at the police the same once they have gone through the classes. Although class size is limited, citizens interested in applying are encouraged to contact Barb Bartolotte at 630-873-4471 for an application. You may also pick up an application at the front desk of the police department, or print one from the Web site at www.villageoflombard.org.