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Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner – Friday, March 16

Join us for our Annual Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner as we toast the spirit of St. Patrick and the good fortune of DuPage County. This family-friendly evening of fellowship includes entertainment by the Shannon Rovers and catering from Harrington’s. This event brings together hundreds of business and civic leaders, as well as area elected officials and candidates to celebrate and enjoy an evening together.

The reception starts at 6 p.m. and dinner service begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16 at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. Individual tickets, tables of 10 and sponsorships are available.


You can do more with less.

Since becoming Chairman, DuPage County has cut its budget is operating with fewer employees than before. Cutting $38.1 million without reducing services wasn’t easy from the budget wasn’t easy, but it was the responsible thing to do for taxpayers.

Doing government better.

In government, the status quo can be a powerful force. Too often, “doing things same old way” costs taxpayers a lot of money. That’s why DuPage County began the ACT Initiative to bring Accountability, Consolidation and Transparency to the numerous layers of county government. To date, the reforms implemented are projected to save taxpayers $116 million.

Reformed and sales tax repealed.

After learning that the DuPage County Water Commission had misspent $70 million I sponsored legislation to reform the organization. We’ve put $36 million back in taxpayers’ pockets by repealing its sales tax levy and saved $10 million by paying off preexisting debt ahead of schedule. The Commission is now self-sustaining and taxpayers are benefiting from a reduced tax burden. 

Zero. Zilch. Nada. No Property Tax Increase.

In politics everyone talks about how skyrocketing property taxes are putting pressure on families. In DuPage County, we believe in action. While the average government in the County has increased their share of the property tax by 3% every year, DuPage County has held its levy flat. The property tax freeze by DuPage County has cumulatively saved taxpayers $1.5 billion in property taxes. 

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