Monday, March 4, 2013
The McKee House is one of several examples of how structures on DuPage Forest Preserve land have been allowed to deteriorate.
The DuPage County Forest Preserve District is considering reevaluating its policies for preserving and operating its historic structures, with the McKee house and neighboring building in the Churchill Woods Forest Preserve serving as a key recent example of how Forest Preserve buildings have been neglected, the Daily Herald reports. According to the paper, the District has approved an architectural study in an attempt to save the buildings, which were the District’s administrative office and home of its first superintendent, Robert McKee. Other DuPage structures, like the Kline Creek Farm (West Chicago) or Oak Cottage (Naperville) are also examples of decaying District property. "Historic structures have not had, in my opinion and …
Monday, February 25, 2013
State Rep. Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst) wants to disband the Forest Commission, Conroy wants to get rid of commissioners' pay.
Monday, February 25
State Rep. Dennis Reboletti (R- Elmhurst, 45th) last week sponsored HB 2481, which would dissolve the DuPage County Forest Preserve District Board and transfer the responsibilities of the Forest District to the DuPage County Board in 2016. In response late Friday, the DuPage Legislative Committee scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday, Feb. 26, to discuss the bill. "Before legislation of this magnitude is voted on in Springfield, I think it is important that all sides of the issue are explored," said Legislative Committee Chairman JR McBride in a prepared statement. "While I am open to the idea of a study to analyze a possible merger, I do not believe this bill has any merit until due diligence has been given on the subject." Reboletti …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
A bird recently died from salmonella in the Glen Ellyn area, officials say, adding cleaning feeders helps limit the spread of disease among birds.
Wednesday, January 16
From the Willowbrook Wildlife Center Winter is a busy time of year at backyard bird feeders in DuPage County, and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County reminds residents to properly maintain their feeders to prevent the spread of disease among birds. This reminder comes after the recent confirmed salmonella death of a pine siskin from the Glen Ellyn area. Pine siskins are very small brown songbirds with subtle yellow edgings on their wings and tails. They are similar in appearance to goldfinches and are flock-oriented. Ron Skleney, a naturalist at the District’s Willowbrook Wildlife Center, reminds residents that they should be cleaning their bird feeders year-round to prevent the spread of bird disease. Skleney says, “It’s …
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Last week, two employees and one contractor were charged in DuPage County after attempting to steal funds from the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.
Attorneys for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County filed a civil action in court last week seeking to recover taxpayer dollars related to former employees attempts to steal more than $100,000. The complaint for declaratory judgment was filed in DuPage County Circuit Court as DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced charges against former Forest Preserve employees Mark McDonald and Dave Tepper as well as Arif Mahmood from the computer vendor company Alamach Technologies, Inc, according to a news release from the forest preserve district. The District had withheld filing the suit at the request of Mr. Berlin to allow his office to complete its investigation. “We want to make sure we take every step possible to recover…