Thursday, April 11, 2013
County officials said that the amount of traffic caught them by surprise and hampered the ability of the public to access election results.
Officials for DuPage County are saying that the influx of traffic to their election results website, which crashed the page between 8 and 10 p.m. on Tuesday night, has been a wake-up call to necessary improvements, the Chicago Tribune reports. According to the paper, the problem was caused when the available bandwidth was exceeded; page views peaked at 15,000 within a few minutes, 5,000 more than the peak in the 2012 elections. "If you asked me 72 hours ago if the site would peak out 50 percent higher than a presidential election, I would've laughed," Robert Saar, the election commission's executive director, told the paper. "Everybody here had their eyes opened. We're disappointed that it happened, but I'm extremely confident that going …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Veteran prosecutor Greg Vaci joins DuPage County State's Attorney's Office as the new Chief of the Civil Bureau.
Friday, April 5
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin on Friday announced veteran prosecutor Gregory Vaci has joined the State’s Attorney’s Office as the new Chief of the Civil Bureau. As Chief, Vaci will supervise 16 attorneys and support staff responsible for representing DuPage County Government and all of its elected officers in their official capacities, according to a news release from the State's Attorney's Office. Vaci joins DuPage County after serving in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office as Supervisor of the Labor and Employment Unit where he supervised 13 Assistant State’s Attorneys engaged in labor and employment related litigation in federal and state courts, according to the release. He began his career in the Cook County State…
Thursday, March 21, 2013
But moderate rankings in two other categories mean that the county ranks only sixth healthiest overall in the state, a new report shows.
DuPage County is the sixth healthiest of Illinois’ 102 counties and ranks first in three categories, according to a national study released on Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). The study found that DuPage has the lowest rate of premature death, the best heath behaviors and the best clinical care of any county in Illinois. However, the rankings for morbidity (25th of 102) and physical environment (64th of 102) brought the county’s overall rank down to sixth, behind Douglas, Jo Daviess, Woodford, Mercer and Henry. “The County Health Rankings shows that how long and how well people live depends on multiple factors beyond just their access to medical care…
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
DuPage officials encourage residents to participate in Earth Hour 2013 Saturday, March 23 and to share conservation tips through social media.
DuPage County officials are encouraging residents and businesses to participate in Earth Hour from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23 and to share conservation tips through it's Facebook page. “Earth Hour represents our commitment to lessen our environmental footprint beyond this hour of conservation,” DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin said in a statement. “Social media is a great way to interact with residents and to gauge how many of them plan to participate in Earth Hour. The site will also provide eco-friendly tips that all of us can use throughout the year, not just during Earth Hour.” The county has participated in Earth Hour for the last several years by turning off non-essential campus lighting and powering down electronics…
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
With three pedestrian fatalities in less than two weeks across a four-mile DuPage County stretch of the BNSF Railway, we wanted to know: how do we make it stop? Can we?
If you've noticed lately that Patch has been overrun with tragic stories about people being killed by trains along Metra's Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railway, it's not because we just started reporting them—it's because there have been three in the past two weeks within a span of just a few commuter stops. First, it happened in Westmont on March 7, then in Hinsdale on March 18 and in Downers Grove on March 19. All three incidents involved a single person; all three were fatal, all three are still under investigation and none have been officially established as accidents or self-inflicted. We wondered if our readers had any idea how to make this terrible streak go away, and how to help ensure these things happen as infrequently as …
Monday, February 18, 2013
Some government offices are closed today in honor of President's Day.
School is out in honor of President’s Day and, in addition, some government offices are closed today. In DuPage County the following offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 18. The DuPage County Jack T. Knuepfer Administration Building, located at 421 N. County Farm Road in Wheaton, will be closed Monday, Feb. 18. County departments and services will reopen at their regular times on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The U.S. Postal Service will observe the federal holiday with post offices closed and no mail delivery or retail service. Customers are encouraged to still drop their mail in blue street collection boxes, so they can be processed early the next day. For customers depositing mail on Feb. 19, Central IL District Manager Peter Allen advises they …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The school is the largest community college in Illinois. Full-time enrollments are up 3.8 percent over the same time last year.
Enrollment is up overall at the College of DuPage, with the number of full-time equivalent students up 3.8 percent compared with the same time last year. The spring 10th day headcount of students, taken on day 10 of classes, showed that there were 15,348 students enrolled full time. In addition, total headcount was up 1.6 percent. The total headcount of students, including those not seeking credit, is 28,783, according to the College of DuPage. The number of students seeking credit is listed at 27,813, up 2.3 percent, according to the college. “We are thrilled with these numbers, which exceeded our expectations and directly reflect what we have known all along – College of DuPage is the best higher education value around,” College of …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
A man died after hitting a tree early Wednesday morning on Park Boulevard.
A man died after hitting a tree on Park Boulevard near Glen Ellyn early Wednesday morning. The DuPage County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the single car accident that was reported at approximately 7:25 this morning on Park Boulevard, south of Butterfield Road in unincorporated Glen Ellyn, according to a press release from the DuPage County Sheriff's Office. The vehicle, a Mercedes Benz, was traveling southbound on Park Blvd towards Route 53, when it and its sole occupant left the roadway and struck a tree killing the male driver who was pronounced dead at the scene. Sheriff’s Detectives are continuing the investigating into this incident and the roadway is now open. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to…
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Officers now have the option of bringing an on-call phlebotomist to the police department to take a driver's blood to determine his or her blood alcohol content (BAC), speeding up the arrest process. DUI attorney says initiative is problematic.
In an effort to crack down on drivers suspected of driving under the influence, DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced a new protocol Tuesday that will provide law enforcement with the option of bringing in an on-call phlebotomist, someone licensed to draw blood, to speed up the process of determining a driver's BAC. “The average rate of elimination of alcohol in a person is .015 - .020 grams per milliliters per hour,” Berlin said in a statement. “Consequently, in any DUI investigation, time is of the essence in obtaining evidence of a subject’s blood alcohol content or BAC.” Drivers now have the choice to refuse a breathalyzer, and officers have the option of taking the driver to a hospital for a blood draw to determine …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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