News & Updates
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 have been shouting to an empty room for years as evidenced by the minuscule progress which has been made in efforts to right-size Illinois government. There [...]
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 an item that reduced the number of sworn officers in the sheriff's department. The $439.6 million spending plan calls for a slight decrease in expenditures compared [...]
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 the Illinois House after being approved in early May by the state Senate. "We had some wonderful Democratic legislators who were helping us," Cronin said. But [...]
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 to spend $176.9 million, which is slightly less than this year. "This is a budget of necessity," county board Chairman Dan Cronin said. "We were dealt [...]
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 offering help on Tuesday was part of Giving DuPage's Do Good DuPage Campaign, which aims to involve 150,000 DuPage County residents in doing good deeds to [...]
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 that the new Tollway is expected to reduce travel time by more than seven minutes for the trip between the western side of O’Hare Airport and [...]
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 opioid addiction "intolerable" and declared, "It is time for you and your members to take bold action to stop the rampant over-prescribing and abuse of pharmaceutical [...]
Nov. 1, 2017 Marni Pyke, Daily Herald A new segment of Route 390 opened Wednesday, bringing better transportation connections, higher tolls and questions about what happens when the road eventually breaks into O'Hare International Airport. The latest section of Route 390 stretches from I-290 in Itasca to Route 83 and should ease travel times for suburbanites by 25 percent, officials estimate… Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans said extending Route 390 east had the "full support of Mayor Rahm Emanuel as we work to build a better and even more efficient O'Hare. "Today there is only one point of entry [...]
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 bodies.... Despite the rarity and difficulty of citizen-led government reductions, there ARE places Henry County can turn for advice; for example, DuPage County, where board chairman [...]
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 some trustees wanted to see a revised plat of the property. Navistar provided the information ahead of the final vote. Business leaders supported Amita's move. "The [...]
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 park—only maybe it’s an office park with yoga and food trucks. For millennials, the suburbs are the new city, and employers chasing young talent are starting to look [...]
Oct. 4, 2017 Staff Report, My Suburban Life For the seventh year in a row, DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin presented a budget that does not increase the county’s portion of the property tax levy, according to a county news release. “The state finally has a budget, but on the way to crafting it, the legislature kept $2.7 million in funding that is generally given to counties. That has had a significant impact on our ability to balance our budget,” Cronin said in the release. The proposed 2018 budget – presented Sept. 26 – keeps the county’s property tax levy frozen at [...]
Skyrocketing property taxes are one of the biggest concerns I hear from families and businesses across DuPage. Our budget continues to hold the line on the County's property tax levy, because it is the right thing to do for taxpayers. Over the past 10 years, while other DuPage governments have raised their property tax extension by 23.9%, the County’s has been virtually unchanged. Download this table showing how we've held the line on property taxes here.
Sep. 26, 217 I unveiled a budget blueprint and the plan calls for keeping the County's property tax levy frozen. Thanks to our reform efforts, this budget is $38.1 million less than when I began as Chairman. The DuPage County Board will hold hearings on the plan before it is adopted in November. Review the budget proposal at: http://www.dupageco.org/finance/
Sep. 26, 2017 Robert Sanchez, Daily Herald Faced with a $2.7 million drop in projected revenue, county board Chairman Dan Cronin says DuPage must cut spending to produce a balanced 2018 budget that also holds the line on property taxes. Cronin presented his proposed $439.6 million spending plan on Tuesday that calls for DuPage's property tax levy to remain flat at $66.9 million. While Illinois finally has a budget, Cronin said, state lawmakers crafted a spending plan that keeps millions of dollars that traditionally went to counties. "For 2018, the legislature has spoken," Cronin said during his 19-minute speech to county [...]
Sep. 21, 2017 Mary Ann Ahern, NBC 5 Chicago Restaurant giant McDonald’s is moving out of its Oak Brook headquarters and into Chicago, but could the campus lure another massive company to the suburb? That headquarters is one of the rumored possible landing spots for the much-sought after second headquarters for Amazon, which is holding a nationwide competition as it looks for a location to house a massive facility that could create 50,000 jobs and billions in economic benefits to the area lucky enough to land it. “We have low taxes, low government, low crime, and outstanding public schools,” DuPage County [...]
Sep. 13, 2017 Gary Galibua, Naperville Sun for the Chicago Tribune resident Greg Hart has been tapped to serve on the DuPage County Board. Hart's appointment Tuesday morning fills the District 3 seat vacated last July when John Curran was named to the Illinois State Senate. Currently a manager at Deloitte Consulting in Chicago, the 30-year-old is dipping his toes in political waters for the first time.... "Greg's focus in the private sector has been on improvement, innovation and efficiency, the hallmarks of our county's Accountability, Consolidation, Transparency Initiative," DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin said. "Greg has a passion for public service and [...]
Sep. 12, 2017 Robert Sanchez, Daily Herald DuPage County's push for consolidation soon will mean the end of another local government entity. County board members on Tuesday approved a plan to dissolve the Highland Hills Sanitary District and provide Lake Michigan water to customers served by the Lombard-area agency...The agreement paves the way for Highland Hills to be disbanded within 18 months, officials said. "Once the water is flowing and the duties are successfully transferred, the county will begin the dissolution process of the Highland Hills district," county board Chairman Dan Cronin said. Cronin said Highland Hills residents will get higher-quality [...]
Sep. 9, 2017 Marie Wilson, Daily Herald An opioid overdose reversal effort that has saved 344 people in five years will be expanded in DuPage County, thanks to a $1.5 million federal grant, health officials said Tuesday. The county will put the money toward the DuPage Narcan Program, which has provided training and overdose reversal drugs to first responders at 55 organizations inside county borders and nearby. Using Narcan, a medication that counteracts opioid overdoses, responders have saved 105 people this year and 344 since 2013. The federal funds, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will allow the county [...]
Sep. 7, 2017 Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune Downers Grove has landed a massive aerospace development with the announcement Thursday that Rexnord Corp. is staying put in the western suburb. Milwaukee-based Rexnord is planning to build a 248,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and aerospace headquarters, which is expected to be completed by 2019. After conducting a national site search, Rexnord decided to replace its existing 200,000-square-foot facility in the Ellsworth Business Park, which was built in 1956. Read the full story here.
Sep. 7, 2017 Chicago Tribune Editorial Board, Chicago Tribune ...Voters in locales across Illinois are waking up. In April, they approved efforts to consolidate several local governments. Rising property tax bills are a painful, semi-annual reminder of how big and expensive Illinois government has become. The total property tax price tag for governments in Illinois rose from $11.7 billion in 1993 to $27.7 billion in 2015, the most recent numbers. Statewide, Illinois taxpayers fund separate governments to oversee schools, libraries, parks, public safety, counties, forest preserves, townships, roads and bridges, community colleges, pest control, municipal government, transportation, airports, waste removal, street lights [...]
August 21, 2017 Madeline Doubek, Chicago Sun Times Illinois has nearly 7,000 units of government, more than any other state and about 1,800 more than Texas, which is much more populous. “That’s a lot of hands in the pockets of our taxpayers and our taxpayers need relief, Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti said last week. Good news! Democrats and Republicans have worked together to take a few steps toward encouraging consolidation and streamlining of some of those governments.... At the bill signing, Cronin noted DuPage County, which launched a pilot program, was able to consolidate four units of government, is working on [...]
Gov. Bruce Rauner was in Oak Brook on Monday to sign two measures that enable local officials to consolidate units of local government.Robert Sanchez | Staff Photographer August 14, 2017 Robert Sanchez, Daily Herald "DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin says the county has shown consolidation "can and does work." He launched an initiative several years ago calling on 24 local governmental entities to make structural and operational reforms. The state law approved in 2013 gave DuPage the power to eliminate up to 13 local governments, including fire protection, sanitary and mosquito abatement districts. So far, the county has [...]
August 12, 2017 Robert Sanchez, Daily Herald DuPage residents are being asked to volunteer, donate and perform other good deeds as part of the biggest service campaign in the county's history. The initiative promoting community service -- Do GOOD DuPage -- was launched this week by county officials and Giving DuPage, a nonprofit group that matches volunteers and donors with local charities. Campaign organizers say the goal is to inspire 150,000 people to participate by the end of June 2018. "So many people are generous and do many types of things," said Shefali Trivedi, Giving DuPage executive director. "We wanted to have [...]
August 11, 2017 Robert Sanchez, Daily Herald A renewed push by DuPage County to eliminate eyesores in unincorporated areas is off to a good start, officials say. DuPage's Neighborhood Revitalization Program got a boost at the start of the year when county officials set aside $125,000 to fund it. The county also received a $250,000 grant from the Illinois Housing Development Authority to address neighborhood blight. "So we went from zero to $375,000 in the matter of a couple months to jump-start the program," said county board member Sam Tornatore, development committee chairman. Read the full article.
Chairman says DuPage must be proactive as it expects to lose $1 million this fiscal year August 1, 2017 Robert Sanchez, Daily Herald DuPage County officials say they have been forced to restrict hiring and pursue other cost-saving measures after learning the county will get less funding from the state. When state lawmakers after over two years approved a budget last month, it included a 10 percent reduction in the amount of state income tax revenue that municipalities and counties receive. In addition, the state has imposed a 2 percent administrative fee to collect special taxes for local governments. For [...]
August 1, 2017 Robert Sanchez, Daily Herald DuPage County officials say they have been forced to restrict hiring and pursue other cost-saving measures after learning the county will get less funding from the state... Combined with the potential loss of other revenue from the state, DuPage is expected to lose about $1 million before the county's current fiscal year ends Dec. 1. Roughly $1.7 million in revenue could be lost for DuPage's 2018 budget. "That is a significant hit to our general fund, impacting spending for the remainder of this year and for fiscal year 2018," DuPage County Board Chairman Dan [...]
Source: Daily Herald June 29, 2017 Evan Shields, Daily Herald "DuPage County received a Distinguished Budget Award from the Government Finance Officers Association, the highest form of recognition in government budgeting. The county's budget is reviewed annually by the Government Finance Officers Association to assess how well it meets nationally recognized guidelines as a policy document, financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device. The county's budget documents were rated proficient in all four categories including the 14 mandatory criteria within those categories." Read full story here.
June 28, 2017 Robert Sanchez, Daily Herald "Cronin said he believes DuPage could afford to cover expenses "in the short-term." But the county's reserve cash would "quickly run out," he said, and DuPage could be forced to make cuts to programs and services. "So it's a little scary," Cronin said. County board members are planning to review the situation again on July 18. In the meantime, Cronin has a message for the legislature in Springfield: "Please get a budget because it will have significant consequences to the county of DuPage," he said." Read full story here.
June 9, 2017 CMAP "S.B. 3 would expand the Local Government Reduction and Efficiency program to all counties in Illinois. Currently, just DuPage, Lake, and McHenry counties are authorized to consolidate or dissolve certain units of local government, with Lake and McHenry having been added to the legislation in 2016 via Public Act 99-0709. The bill also would add community mental health boards and boards established under the County Care for Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act to the program. The bill specifies that moving forward, receiving units of government must honor the exclusive bargaining representation rights of employees working in dissolving [...]
Source: Chicago Tribune June 8, 2017 Gary Gibula, Chicago Tribune "With legislation to dissolve the DuPage County Election Commission stalled in the Illinois House, county board Chairman Dan Cronin is proposing the matter be put to the voters in a spring election referendum. "As we evaluate the current landscape and atmosphere in our state Legislature, we believe it's in the best interest of DuPage taxpayers that we not wait for the House," Cronin said Tuesday." Read full story here.
Source: Daily Herald June 5, 2016 Robert Sanchez, The Daily Herald "Cronin, meanwhile, said he wants a consolidation of the election commission and the clerk's office because it's expected to save taxpayers at least $300,000 a year. The savings would be achieved by combining staffs and finding efficiencies. "My priority is -- and always has been -- savings for the taxpayers," Cronin said. "If we can do the same quality service more efficiently and save taxpayers money, that's the direction we should take." Before taking any steps to dissolve the election commission, Cronin said he first would have a [...]
May 31, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times "The further good news is that other small but successful efforts have been made to eliminate unnecessary units of government, after decades of complete failure. The DuPage County Board has been a leader in this, eliminating local units of government such as a street lighting district that operated just 77 streetlights. The DuPage board estimates its consolidations will save taxpayers about $80 million over three years." Read full article here.
Source: Creative Commons May 13, 2017 Kevin Craver, Northwest Herald "He also, like DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin and Franks during his 18 years as a state representative, is one of the most vocal proponents for whittling down Illinois’ almost 7,000 units of local government – by far the largest number of all 50 states. Local governments’ ability to consolidate, either willingly or by fiat, still is extremely limited under state law. A pilot program in DuPage County – which state lawmakers expanded to the McHenry and Lake county boards at Franks’ and Lawlor’s requests – allows the [...]
May 8, 2017 Chicago Tribune "DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin received the Leadership in the Public Sector Award from the March of Dimes at the 2017 Construction and Transportation Awards. In accepting the award, Cronin thanked the March of Dimes and said healthy families are the starting point for the growth of the county's economic future." Read full article here.
May 4, 2017 Chuck Fieldman, Chicago Tribune "The DuPage County Regional Business Outlook event brings together local business owners, executives, government and education leaders to share insights on the regional and national economic landscape, as well as to discuss best practices and growing potential in today's economy. DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin shared optimism about the economic outlook in the county. He said unemployment and industrial vacancy rates in DuPage are the lowest in the region at 4.19 and 5.4 percent, respectively. Sales tax for the first quarter of 2017 increased by 5.5 percent, Cronin said." Read full article here.
April 28, 2017 Dan Weissmann, WBEZ "Dan Cronin chairs the DuPage County Board and used to run the DuPage GOP, an important base for the state party. He said DuPage went 65 percent for Hillary Clinton last November and thinks voters there will reward politicians who can show that they “are different from Donald Trump.” “If I could start a party-- take the Republican Party in DuPage and rebrand it,” he said, “let’s call us the Reasonable Party.” Read full article here.
April 27, 2017 Illinois News Network "DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin told a gathering at the City Club of Chicago Wednesday that his county is dealing with an epidemic of heroin and opioid overdoses. Seventy-eight county residents died of overdoses last year alone. It's this and other needs of DuPage's residents that Cronin says is the biggest reason to consolidate units of government. Savings from consolidation can be used to fight the drug epidemic and on other community needs. "We do it because we're able to wring value from each dollar we collect and re-allocate those resources to the areas [...]
April 26, 2017 WGN Radio Dan Cronin was first elected DuPage County Board Chairman in November 2010 and reelected in 2014, after serving in the Illinois General Assembly for 20 years. He brings his passion for fiscal accountability and efficient government to DuPage County, where he has reduced the budget by more than $40 million and reformed costly employee benefits that will save $20 million over the next two decades. He has accomplished these significant cost-savings without raising property taxes or compromising service. Listen to full speech here.
April 15, 2017 State Journal-Register "Having numerous, oftentimes redundant units of government that can all levy taxes is a key reason why property taxes are among the highest in the nation. But solutions are within reach, and the state has a guide in DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin. Through the DuPage ACT Initiative (Accountability/Consolidation/Transparency), four units of government have been dissolved. There are efforts to consolidate the offices of the election commission and the county clerk. ACT also aims to introduce best practices, improve efficiencies, reduce duplication and encourage resource sharing. These are common-sense decisions that have been carefully thought [...]
Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi Leads Jobs Summit On Economic Benefits Of Completing Western Access To O’Hare
April 11, 2017 Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi Press Release “Western access to O’Hare Airport will transform the economic landscape in DuPage County, much like we’ve seen on the eastern side of the airport,” said DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin, a Republican. “Western development will foster an international corridor of businesses seeking ready access to global markets.” Read full article here.
April 3, 2017 Lisa Marie Farver, Wheaton Patch WHEATON, IL – Citing a commitment to public safety and efficient government service, officials from the DuPage County Board, DuPage Emergency Telephone System Board and DuPage Public Safety Communications (DU-COMM) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Monday, April 3, on the site of DU-COMM’s new communications center. The new center will occupy more than 30,000 square feet of new construction and renovated space at the former DuPage Youth Home on the County campus in Wheaton. DU-COMM, a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) and Intergovernmental Entity, provides 9-1-1 emergency communications to police, fire and emergency medical services [...]
March 8, 2017 The Daily Herald "Access to high-tech infrastructure is a key to economic success now and in the future," said DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin. "Between its technology infrastructure, its local presence and its investment in our communities, Comcast has contributed significantly to our local economy and helped make DuPage County a great place to work and live." Read full article here.
March 9, 2017 Gary Gibula, Naperville Sun for the Chicago Tribune DuPage County and the Forest Preserve District officials announced the consolidation of some services this week. DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin and Forest Preserve District President Joe Cantore labeled the effort a "change in governmental culture." But the consolidation does not necessarily signal a move to combine the two taxing bodies or the boards that govern them. Cronin is "satisfied with the way things are now," DuPage County Spokeswoman Joan Olson said Thursday. "I think this is the new normal," Cronin said at a press conference Wednesday. "There's so [...]
March 9, 2017 CBS Chicago A change in policy for dealing with mosquitoes in the DuPage County Forest Preserves could make recreation in the woods this year a little more comfortable. WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya reports. The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County barely sprayed to kill adult mosquitoes in the woods in the past. Officials thought the action was too much of a threat and could kill other wildlife, including other insects such as butterflies. However, with West Nile Virus being a possibility, the forest preserve plans to spray adulticides in certain situations. “We’re talking about public health. We’re talking about grandma [...]
March 8, 2017 CBS Chicago Top leaders of DuPage County and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County said they have worked together to share some services and combine purchases to save taxpayers $275,000. That amount of money might be viewed as “a drop in the bucket,” but DuPage County Board chairman Dan Cronin said it’s a necessity that units of governments do more to work together. “This is the new normal. There isn’t going to be more money available for local governments to provide services. I think that people are living in a fantasy if they think there’s going to [...]
March 8, 2017 CBS 2 Chicago Two DuPage County governments said Wednesday they have combined efforts for a “win” for taxpayers. Top leaders of DuPage County and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County said they have worked together to share some services and combine purchases to save taxpayers $275,000. That amount of money might be viewed as “a drop in the bucket,” but DuPage County Board chairman Dan Cronin said it’s a necessity that units of governments do more to work together. “This is the new normal. There isn’t going to be more money available for local governments to provide [...]
March 8, 2017 Positively Naperville DuPage County Report On Wednesday, DuPage County Board Chairman and Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore outlined $275,000 in taxpayer savings recently achieved through shared services and joint-purchasing agreements and projected additional savings to grow annually. DuPage County and the Forest Preserve District point to the area of Information Technology, in which significant taxpayer savings demonstrates the value of increased collaboration. Efforts to share software-licensing agreements, Geographic Information System services for mapping and one locale to house hardware for data backup purposes have already realized $246,000 in combined savings. It is predicted that [...]
March 6, 2017 Robert Sanchez, The Daily Herald A massive reservoir in Elmhurst long has been used to keep Salt Creek inside its banks. But while the Elmhurst Quarry Flood Control Facility along Route 83 was doing its job keeping Oak Brook and other downstream towns dry, residents living just blocks away were dealing with chronic flooding. So Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley in fall 2014 reached out to DuPage County, which owns and operates the reservoir, with a straightforward request: He wanted to know if the city could run a pipe directly into the quarry. More than two years later, the [...]
February 17, 2017 Chicago Tribune Choose DuPage has released its findings from their 2016 Economic Indicators Report confirming DuPage County is coming off of a year that ended with strong economic indicators. DuPage continues to maintain a thriving business climate due to its low unemployment, skilled workforce, high quality of life and growing business and industry sectors. The findings reinforce DuPage County's attractiveness for job creators and entrepreneurs during a time when the state struggles with high taxes, pension challenges and a hostile business climate. Read full article here.
February 8, 2017 Chicago Tribune To share the success seen in DuPage County, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) passed Senate Bill 3, which will spread DuPage County's bipartisan government consolidation model statewide. Cullerton passed Senate Bill 494 in 2013, which created the DuPage County government consolidation model used in Senate Bill 3. County Board Chairman Dan Cronin and Cullerton worked to create an innovative government consolidation model that can be adapted to work throughout the state. Through this model, DuPage County is projected to save taxpayers more than $100 million over the next 20 years. The savings allow for lower property tax [...]
Feb. 7, 2017 Robert Reed, Chicago Tribune It's on: Suburbs versus the city. That's among the area's oldest economic development matchups and, right now, an interesting contest is shaping up over who is going to win the headquarters of massive manufacturer Caterpillar, which last week said it was leaving longtime home Peoria for the "Chicago area.”… But real estate and economic development sources say Cat, which sells big machinery and construction products worldwide, is also pretty serious about being near O'Hare International Airport. That doesn't rule Chicago out, but it does open up opportunities for DuPage County and Cook County's Rosemont, [...]
January 10th, 2017 Daily Herald A Naperville activist who was shot and killed last month in Chicago is being remembered as a civic leader, business pioneer, father and friend who had an "unwavering personal commitment to community service." On Tuesday, DuPage County Board members paid tribute to Ronald Allen during the reading of a proclamation for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. "Many of us knew Ron," county board Chairman Dan Cronin said. "He was devoted to his community. He was devoted to his neighbors, his friends and his work as a civic leader." Cronin said Allen was someone "who spent each [...]
January 2, 2017 Daily Herald Merging two county offices, expanding the fight against mosquitoes and avoiding a property tax increase are some of the key issues DuPage County officials expect to face in 2017. County board Chairman Dan Cronin recently shared his view of the coming year, the seventh of his administration, with the Daily Herald. Cronin said 2016 was challenging for DuPage because of the "climate of uncertainty" created by the budget stalemate in Springfield. "Funding sources are always a source of anxiety for us because we don't know what's certain and what's not," he said. "We have to fulfill [...]
A long-gestating piece of DuPage County reform may finally see its day on the voting block in Springfield, as the County Board chairman, clerk and Election Commission have proposed the consolidation of the latter two offices. Chairman Dan Cronin formally introduced the idea during the Dec. 14 board meeting, saying the move could both realize savings for the county as well as keep and expand the appointed, bipartisan Board of Election Commissioners. "When it comes to elections, there's something very sacred about it," Cronin said. "We here in DuPage County want to make sure we have the faith and trust and [...]
September 16, 2016 Chicago Tribune A proposed DuPage County budget for the coming fiscal year calls for decreased spending, fewer employees and no change in property taxes. Board Chairman Dan Cronin outlined his plan for 2016-17 for the county board Tuesday morning. "Once again, this year, our budget is going down," Cronin told board members. "Look around. Who else can say they're getting the job done without raising taxes?" The budget for the new fiscal year, which begins Dec. 1, proposes $433,797,042 in spending, roughly $10.6 million less than the $444.4 million approved for 2015-16. Since Cronin took office in December [...]
September 13, 2015 MySuburbanLife Despite what he called a "disgraceful lag" on payments from the state and a second year without a budget in Springfield, DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin announced a budget proposal that included a flat property tax and $10.6 million in cuts. The $433.8 million proposal, given Sept. 13 to the county board, represents a sixth straight year without a property tax increase since Cronin took the seat in 2010, staying at $66.9 million. Cronin said his budget keeps essential county services intact while still facing the reality of decreased resources. "Here in DuPage, we are a [...]
June 6, 2016 Nathan Lurz, My Suburban Life DuPage County residents will enjoy a drop in their sales taxes starting June 1 after the DuPage Water Commission has officially moved into revenue autonomy. The quarter-cent reduction is estimated to save DuPage County consumers $36 million annually, according to a news release from the county. "I don't know the last time we've seen any governmental unit actually abolish a tax like we have done," DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin said at a county board meeting May 24. The board celebrated the reduction at the meeting with the cutting of a celebratory penny-shaped [...]
June 1, 2016 Gary Giluba, Naperville Sun The sales tax on general merchandise purchased in DuPage County drops by a quarter cent as of June 1. Consumers will pay 7 cents in tax on every dollar spent effective Wednesday, down from 7.25 cents, in a reduction that's estimated by county officials to put $36 million back into taxpayer pockets. The quarter-cent sales tax, in place since voters approved it in 1985, was implemented to help the DuPage Water Commission become a self-sustaining utility. "I don't know the last time we've seen any governmental unit actually abolish a tax like we have [...]
June 1, 2016 NBC 5 Chicago Shoppers will now leave stores in DuPage County with a little more cash as a tax reduction goes into effect Wednesday. Starting June 1, general merchandise purchased in DuPage County will be lowered by a quarter cent, meaning consumers will pay 7 percent sales tax instead of 7.25 percent. The county raised the sales tax three decades ago to help the DuPage Water Commission tackle its finances. "I don't know the last time we've seen any governmental unit actually abolish a tax like we have done," DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin told the Chicago Tribune. [...]
June 1, 2016 ABC 7 Chicago After the elimination of a tax collected by the DuPage Water Commission, the county's sales tax has dropped by a quarter-cent. It is now 7 cents on every dollar instead of 7.25 cents on every dollar. The sales tax cut will save DuPage County consumers a total of $36 million each year, according to a press release from DuPage County on Wednesday. The elimination of the sales tax comes as the Water Commission moves to a self-sustaining utility. The DuPage Water Commission also lowered its water rates by one percent for the upcoming year, which [...]
May 6, 2016 Justin Kaufman, WGN Radio AM 720 Dan Cronin, DuPage County Board Chairman, joins Justin to talk about the needs facing DuPage County, consolidation of government, how the budgeting climate is changing, the importance of Chicago to DuPage County, and the state budget standstill. Listen here.
Jan. 11, 2016 Marwa Eltagouri, Chicago Tribune …The state has the highest number of municipalities and special district governments in the nation, at 1,298 and 3,227, respectively, according to the report findings. The state also has at least 6,000 taxing units of government. "This report shows the efficiencies and inefficiencies within local governments, and provides concepts on how to give the people of Illinois more control over their future and their tax dollars," said Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner in a statement Monday. County Board Chairman Dan Cronin said he was thrilled to see DuPage used as the model for government consolidation [...]
Sep. 10, 2015 Marwa Eltagouri, Chicago Tribune While it's the first time in years that DuPage County is forced to propose a spending plan without a state budget from Springfield, County Chairman Dan Cronin said he doesn't expect taxpayers to take the fall. Instead, he's recommending a budget for fiscal year 2016 that won't increase property taxes for the eighth consecutive year, and will rely on the county tightening its belt by roughly $5.7 million. "The state budget is in dire need of reform," Cronin said during Tuesday night's county board meeting. "While some may wring their hands and complain about [...]
Sep. 2, 2015 Marni Pyke, Daily Herald As the economy sputtered during the Great Recession, innovative transportation projects such as the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway extension sustained and created jobs. Now that the city and suburbs are rebounding, those projects will shape how we drive, live and work in the very near future… And just west of O'Hare, crews are pushing the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway (Route 390) east to the airport. "It's a marvelous project with huge potential for economic development," DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin said. Along with a commercial renaissance in eastern DuPage, the Elgin-O'Hare is a game-changer for getting around. [...]
August 23, 2015 Primera On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, Primera was privileged to host DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin at our Lisle office. Chairman Cronin was joined by Director of Public Works Nick Kottmeyer as well as Deputy Director of Facilities Tim Harbaugh. Our DuPage County guests were welcomed by co-Founder Pedro Cevallos-Candau, Transportation Division Manager Ted Lachus and Power Division Manager Erin Inman. After a tour of the office, Chairman Cronin, Mr. Kottmeyer and Mr. Harbaugh were given a short presentation on Primera’s history and our commitment to DuPage County, and was introduced to more than a dozen employees [...]
April 21, 2015 Robert Sanchez, Daily Herald The cost of water is dropping for most DuPage County towns for the first time since the agency that supplies Lake Michigan water was rocked by a financial scandal more than five years ago. The DuPage Water Commission has cut rates by about 2 percent as part of the agency's roughly $123 million budget for the fiscal year that starts May 1… While the commission has about $12 million in remaining debt, that amount is scheduled to be paid in full by May 2016. "I just think it's a remarkable turnaround," DuPage County Board [...]
Oct. 26, 2014 Editorial Board, Chicago Tribune County Board Chairman: Republican incumbent Dan Cronin earns an enthusiastic endorsement for delivering on his promise to promote lean, effective, and responsive government. The county spends less and has a smaller staff than it did when he took office. His push to eliminate wasteful, unnecessary local governments has seen tangible results. DuPage has had a stronger economic rebound than much of the rest of the state. At the same time, Cronin welcomes the growing diversity of DuPage and recognizes the government needs of an aging population. Cronin is our choice over Robert Peickert of [...]
March 14, 2014 Robert Sanchez, Daily Herald A report prepared by an accounting firm concludes that the DuPage Water Commission has made "significant changes to improve financial oversight and internal controls" since the agency was revamped after squandering tens of millions of dollars in reserve cash. Still, there's additional work ahead for the commission, which is responsible for supplying more than two dozen municipalities and agencies with Lake Michigan water… "Two years ago, the DuPage Water Commission was in crisis," DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin said. "The water commission has made a remarkable turnaround," Cronin added. "This represents how an [...]
March 9, 2014 Kari Lydersen / Better Government Association, Rockford Register Star In the past three years DuPage has saved about $80 million while consolidating and cutting government, according to county officials. DuPage’s focus centers on consolidating and transforming redundant agencies that perform many of the same tasks, including: mosquito abatement, treating and collecting sewage, maintaining street lights, firefighting, even hosting the annual county fair. About 20 miles west of Chicago, DuPage County is the largest regional government in Illinois to make government consolidation a top priority. It hopes to be a model for Illinois but the county’s efforts show that [...]
Feb. 11, 2014 Robert Sanchez / Daily Herald Six months after being granted the power to eliminate 13 local government entities, DuPage County is working to disband one of them. The county board on Tuesday agreed to begin the process to dissolve the Fairview Fire Protection District, which covers an unincorporated area near Downers Grove. "This is a momentous occasion," county board Chairman Dan Cronin said before the vote. "It's the first time this new law has been used in the state of Illinois. This is the demonstration of how you go about dissolving units of local government in a responsible and [...]
Sep. 11, 2011 Robert Sanchez, Daily Herald Last year, 25 DuPage County employees retired -- a number that was dwarfed this year when 104 colleagues who decided to join them in retirement. DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin says it's no coincidence that the number of retirements increased as county board members were making significant changes to employee time-off benefits. "There's a reason why more than 100 employees have left," Cronin told the Daily Herald Editorial Board last week. "I think it's because of the policies. We were talking about reforming and changing the employee benefit packages and scaling them back." [...]