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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Reformed and sales tax repealed.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. 

Dispatch-Argus: Editorial- Don’t give government last word on consolidation

Nov. 30, 2017 Editorial Board, Dispatch-Argus The recent Henry County experiment with government right-sizing went as we feared it would, but fervently hoped it wouldn't. If there was a surprise in its quick demise, it was how swiftly and easily elected officials whose jobs would be examined were able to kill, at least for now, the effort to take a closer look at more collaborative ways of doing things with taxpayer dollars… But reform advocates [...]

November 30th, 2017|

Naperville Sun: DuPage County Board signs off on no-tax-raise budget

Nov. 29, 2017 Gary Galibula, Naperville Sun The DuPage County Board has approved a new fiscal year 2018 budget that, for the 10th consecutive year, does not ask residents for a tax increase. The spending plan calls for belt-tightening across all county departments due, in part, to the General Assembly cutting more than $3 million in revenue allocated to DuPage. Board members Tuesday voted in favor of the new budget, although several commissioners disagreed on [...]

November 29th, 2017|

Daily Herald: DuPage voters may get say on dissolving election commission

Nov. 29, 2017 Robert Sanchez, Daily Herald DuPage County Board members plan to put an advisory referendum question on the March ballot to ask voters if the county election commission should be dissolved. Chairman Dan Cronin earlier this year was counting on state lawmakers to adopt legislation to merge the election commission with the county clerk's office and create a five-member panel to provide bipartisan oversight of elections. But the measure got bogged down in [...]

November 29th, 2017|

Daily Herald: New DuPage County budget cuts 16 sheriff’s deputy jobs

Nov. 29, 2017 Robert Sanchez, Daily Herald  The $439.6 million budget, which takes effect Friday, increases the county's overall spending by roughly $5.8 million compared with this year. But that's because the spending plan for fiscal 2018 includes $9 million that was set aside for the construction of a new $15.8 million communications center on the county campus for DuPage Public Safety Communications, known as DU-COMM. When it comes to operating expenses, DuPage is planning [...]

November 29th, 2017|

Daily Herald: DuPage officials ‘Do Good’ to launch new giving campaign

Nov. 15, 2017 Marie Wilson, Daily Herald Of all the ways to do a good deed, preparing holiday meals at a food pantry is a classic. DuPage elected officials, including county board Chairman Dan Cronin and Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico, took part in this timeless way of giving back by packing holiday meals for Loaves & Fishes Community Services in Naperville, which plans to distribute them to roughly 3,200 families this season. The afternoon of [...]

November 15th, 2017|

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