Dan Cronin - DuPage County Board Chairman

Cronin calls on DuPage County to act as beacon of solutions to state’s fiscal problems PDF  | Print |  E-mail


WOODRIDGE — While praising DuPage County’s accomplishments in business and governance, County Board Chairman Dan Cronin had to couch it with one unavoidable fact of geography: DuPage is still within Illinois.

In a state of the county address Thursday, Cronin recapped high points from his two years in office, including consecutive years of budget cuts, a smaller county staff and plans to streamline government agencies.

Those steps, which have helped keep the county’s property tax rate down, are among the many factors that have kept DuPage County an attractive destination for businesses, Cronin said.

So as state lawmakers feud over Illinois’ intractable fiscal problems, Cronin suggested they look to DuPage as an example.

“I believe that DuPage can be a bright light in the dim prospects of economic growth and job creation in our state,” he said.

Cronin delivered his remarks over a luncheon with scores of business leaders and elected officials from Downers Grove, Lisle, Westmont and Woodridge.

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