Commitment to DuPage
Chairman Cronin is also committed to reducing the size, scope and cost of local government. Through his DuPage ACT Initiative (Accountability, Consolidation and Transparency), he introduced a comprehensive approach to reform dozens of independent taxing districts in DuPage County. To date, those reforms, that include the elimination of two agencies, are estimated to save taxpayers more than $100 million.
By engaging with leaders across the state, Chairman Cronin continues to advocate on behalf of DuPage taxpayers on regional issues such as infrastructure, public transit and economic development. He has been instrumental in obtaining federal grants to help fund the local share of the Illinois Tollway’s Elgin O’Hare Western Access project. This project of “national significance” is expected to relieve congestion, promote economic development and create new jobs.
Chairman Cronin has also teamed up with regional leaders to help small and medium businesses capture export opportunities through Metro Chicago Exports. This collaboration between the City of Chicago along with Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties will ensure businesses continue to prosper while enhancing the region’s global competitiveness.
As a state legislator, Chairman Cronin served as the chairman and minority spokesperson of the Illinois Senate Education Committee. In addition to education initiatives, he passed a law to overhaul the DuPage Water Commission by removing the board of directors, eliminating the sales tax levy used to fund the agency and allowing more oversight by the DuPage County Board. He also passed laws to improve security at schools, protect women and children from domestic violence, strengthen teen driving laws and reduce gun violence.