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About Dan

Dan Cronin has been working hard for families in the western suburbs since 1990. As a lawmaker, his priorities have always been better schools for our children, public safety, tax relief and improving our quality of life. Dan was first elected County Board Chairman in 2010 after serving in the Illinois General Assembly for 20 years. One of his crowning achievements is the ACT Initiative, the goal of which is to create a more accountable, transparent, and efficient form of government here in DuPage County.


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Reformed and sales tax repealed.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. 

WBBM: Illinois Tollway Delivers New Illinois Route 390 Tollway

Nov. 1, 2017 Bernie Tafoya, WBBM Radio The Illinois Tollway gathered with state, county and local officials Wednesday to mark the completion of the $780 million Illinois Route 390 Tollway Project. Illinois Route 90, previously known as the Elgin–O’Hare Expressway, is 10 miles long and runs from Lake Street to Illinois Route 83. The completion paves the way for a new connection to O’Hare, which will allow for western access to the airport… Schillerstrom adds [...]

November 1st, 2017|

Crain’s: Officials want 7-day cap on opioids

Nov. 1, 2017 Greg Hinz, Crain’s Chicago Business In an unusual bipartisan move, the heads of three of the biggest Chicago-area governments are asking major medical groups to step up pressure on their members to generally limit opioid prescriptions to no more than seven days at a time. In a joint letter—you can read it below—Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, and DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin called the level of [...]

November 1st, 2017|

Quad City Dispatch: Consolidation tough, yes, but not impossible

Oct. 20, 2017 Editorial, Quad City Dispatch Argus There are plenty of reasons why eliminating taxing bodies in Illinois is nearly as rare as confirmed Big Foot sightings. The biggest impediment, of course, has been state laws designed to protect the rights of the taxing bodies, not taxpaying residents. Recently, however, there has been a welcome shift in Springfield toward creating legal paths to help citizens control the number and size of their local government [...]

October 20th, 2017|

Herald: Amita Health OK’d to move HQ from Arlington Heights to Lisle

This is great news that 1,100 new jobs are coming to Lisle and DuPage County as part of Amita Health's new consolidated headquarters at Navistar's campus. I want to thank Choose DuPage, the Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce, Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, fellow elected officials and County board members for advocating for this project. Oct. 19, 2017 Robert Sanchez, Daily Herald Monday's unanimous decision came two weeks after the six-person village board failed to approve the change because [...]

October 19th, 2017|

Bloomberg: Suburban Offices Are Cool Again

I could not agree more with this Bloomberg article. We’ve had tremendous success recruiting and retaining businesses in DuPage lately. We are working every day on growing DuPage’s economy. Businesses know that by Choosing DuPage, they are investing in the future success and growth. From Bloomberg, Suburban Offices are Cool Again, Oct. 11, 2017: "First you leave the city for a kid, a garage, and a backyard. Then you get a job in an office [...]

October 11th, 2017|

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