Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The law would call for felony charges for when a hired driver transports passengers while under the influence of alcohol.
Tuesday, May 14
The following release was issued by Tom Cross's office: House Republican Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego) and state Rep. Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst) have partnered with DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin to introduce legislation that calls for felony charges when a hired driver transports passengers while under the influence of alcohol. As previously reported, limousine driver Richard Madison was charged with misdemeanor DUI and reckless conduct after transporting Oswego East High School students to their prom in Glen Ellyn last weekend. Madison’s blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit, but was not charged with a felony. “When hiring a driver, you expect safe travels from a professional who is sober,” said Cross. “This …
The Glen Ellyn Village Board seated three new trustees and appointed Alex Demos to serve as the new Village President.
The Glen Ellyn Village Board Monday seated three new trustees to serve the next four-year term and bid farewell to outgoing trustees, including Village President Mark Pfefferman and trustees Peter Cooper and Phillip Hartweg. At a caucus held by the Civic Betterment Party in December, residents chose the three new trustees, Dean Clark, Timothy Elliott and Timothy O’Shea, and selected Trustee Alexander Demos to serve as the new Village President, Catherine Galvin to serve as the new Village Clerk and Gina Meyers, Randolph “Ran” Sailer and Kelli Christiansen to serve on the Library Board. Demos, 50, is President/CEO of Professional Paving & Concrete Company, Inc. Dean Clark, 66, is President & CEO, Graphic Chemical & Ink Company. Timothy …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Outgoing Village President Mark Pfefferman thanks residents for their confidence and for the opportunity to serve.
Monday, May 13
Patch accepts and publishes letters to the editor sent to Charlotte Eriksen at Charlotte@patch.com. ----------- Dear Editor, Our town is blessed with wonderful neighborhoods, outstanding schools and plenty of nature. Yet it is truly the people who make Glen Ellyn a premiere community. Government must reflect this excellence. Martha, Matt, Mitch and I would like to thank you for the honor of serving Glen Ellyn as Village President these past four years. Thank you for your confidence and giving us this incredible opportunity. With a lot of hard work, tremendous community support, planning, and an incredible team, the village seems to be better off than we were before. I sincerely hope you are proud of your community. Some say it takes a …
Homeowners who sustained flood damage may now apply for FEMA assistance.
Monday, May 13
President Barack Obama on Friday issued a Disaster Declaration for DuPage County, along with several other counties in Illinois. Residents affected by the recent flooding may now apply for assistance online at www.disasterassistance.gov, or by calling (800) 621-FEMA (3362). Key federal disaster aid programs can be made available as needed and warranted under the disaster declaration issued for Illinois. Assistance for affected individuals and families can include: Those in the county designated for assistance to affected residents and business owners can begin the disaster application process by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster …
Outgoing Glen Ellyn Village President Mark Pfefferman reflects on his time serving on the Village Board.
Monday, May 13
The following is a letter from outgoing Village President Mark Pfefferman: What can we do for Glen Ellyn today? That question accurately describes the Village Board’s strategy since 2009. In partnership with our customers (Glen Ellyn’s taxpayers, commissioners and village employees) this board was never happy resting on Glen Ellyn’s considerable laurels, realizing to retain the status quo and grow takes effort. First, we had to stabilize the core. That started with setting the tone and acting like winners. Glen Ellyn’s government must reflect the excellence of its citizens. Winners have nothing to hide and listen more than talk. They put Glen Ellyn’s interests above all others in decision and action. Ground rules were set that valued the …
Request for federal assistance in flood recovery approved for DuPage County.
President Barack Obama approved Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s request for federal assistance to help people in 11 counties—including DuPage County—recover from historic flooding in mid-April. Residents who experienced flooding damage can now apply for federal grants and loans to assist with storm-related losses. The federal disaster declaration makes assistance available to flood victims, including grants to individuals and households to help with temporary housing, home repairs or replacement and other disaster-related expenses, as well as low-interest SBA loans to residents and businesses. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administers this assistance program. To apply for assistance, visit www.disasterassistance.gov or call …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Governor Pat Quinn has been touring affected counties and said that the results of the assessments will be used to request federal aid.
Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and local governing bodies began assessing flood damage in DuPage County (as well as in Cook and Lake counties) this week, according to a press release from the Illinois Government News Network. The assessments are critical to attempts to secure federal government aid for counties affected by the mid-April floods, including grants and low-interest loans for individuals, and such loans for businesses, affected by the rising waters. Next week, assessors will begin discussions with local governments as well, which are eligible for up to 75 percent aid for flood-related expenses. “These …
If the request is approved, residents could apply for grants and federal loans to recover from last month's flooding.
Thursday, May 9
Governor Pat Quinn today asked President Barack Obama to declare 11 Illinois counties major disaster areas following the storms and heavy rainfall that moved through the state in mid-April, including DuPage County. If the governor’s request is approved, residents in the affected counties will be eligible to apply for grants and low-interest federal loans to help recover from the flooding, according to a news release from Quinn's office. Counties included in the request are Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Fulton, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, McHenry and Will. “We must do everything possible to help families impacted by this historic flooding as they rebuild their lives,” Quinn said in a statement. “Today we are making a strong case to …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The Village of Glen Ellyn Community Grant Program supports nonprofits that provide services to Glen Ellyn residents.
The Village of Glen Ellyn in fiscal year 2013-14 will offer up to $25,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations in the area through its Community Grant Program, according to a news release from the village. "The Community Grant Program seeks to enhance the quality of life of Glen Ellyn residents by providing annual funding opportunities to organizations that provide critical services to Glen Ellyn residents," according to the release. Grants could support programs related to education, social services, physical and mental health, safe and positive living environments, environmental and natural resources, community events and arts, according to the release. In order to be eligible for the program, organizations must be nonprofits that …
Glenbard High School District 87 swears in two new board members, two incumbents.
The Glenbard High School District 87 Board of Education on Monday swore in its four elected board members, including two newcomers, Jennifer Jendras and Judith Weinstock and two incumbents, Richard Heim and Robert Friend. Six candidates ran for four seats on the board in the April 9 election, including North Central College student Anthony Schullo and incumbent Tom Voltaggio. Judith Weinstock, who taught high school English for 33 years—32 of them at Glenbard West High School, wrote in her Patch bio that if elected, her top priority would be working to expand or reconfigure the school day to allow students more time to explore electives and classes that interest them. "Since high school is probably the last opportunity for students to …