DuPage County News Briefs

Addison officials and the Medinah Shriners are joining forces to host a parade, Addison Celebrates the Illinois Bicentennial. The parade will kick off at 3 p.m. Aug. 26, from Addison Trail High School.


Board approves 3 referenda questions for November ballot

The DuPage County Board has voted unanimously to put three tax-related referendum questions on the November 2018 General Election ballot.

Two of the questions seek voters’ opinions on revenue raising proposals impacting issues debated in Springfield. One asks voters to weigh in on a proposal to help reduce state debt. The other asks voters’ opinions on an alternative method to fund transportation projects. The third question focuses on the County’s Accountability, Consolidation, and Transparency (ACT) Initiative.

The referendum questions will appear on the ballot as follows:
“Shall DuPage County oppose the General Assembly instituting a property tax increase equivalent to 1% of your home’s value to help retire state debt?”

• “Shall DuPage County oppose the creation of a statewide Vehicle Mileage Tax (VMT) which would tax DuPage County citizens based upon the number of miles driven annually?”

• “Shall DuPage County continue to dissolve and consolidate units of local government to reduce costs, increase efficiencies, and increase accountability?”

The 2018 General Election will be held on Nov. 6. To view a fact sheet on the referendum questions, visit dupageco.org/CountyBoard/Docs/57996.


Parade to salute state’s bicentennial

The Village of Addison and the Medinah Shriners will co-sponsor the first villagewide parade since 2008. The theme of the parade is Addison Celebrates the Illinois Bicentennial. The parade will kick off at 3 p.m. Aug. 26, from Addison Trail High School. It will travel down West Army Trail Boulevard to the Village of Addison complex. 

The Medinah Shriners have committed 25 units including flying carpets, clowns, motor corps, big wheels, HIghlanders, fire, police, patrol, military, chanters and shrine clubs.  Local and state dignitaries have been invited to participate.  Addison schools, not-for-profit organizations, community and youth groups, and local businesses are also eligible to participate.

Following the parade, there will be a Bicentennial Bash on the Village Green and Historical Museum grounds featuring food, live music and historical re-enactment. The opening band, The Neverly Brothers, will play music from Elvis to the Beatles.  The featured band will be Hip Pockit, that will perform soul, Motown, rock and pop. 

Costumed re-enactors from the Living Historian’s Guild will portray Illinois settlers from the early 19th century. 

The Bash will be capped off by a fireworks display.


Electronic recycling slated for Aug. 25

Do you have an old printer or TV? Preparing for back-to-school with some updated gear and no longer need the cords, cables or mice? Mark your calendar for the Elmhurst Electronics Recycling Event slated for 8 a.m.-noon Aug. 25 at Elmhurst Public Works Department, 985 S. Riverside Drive.

Fees will apply for TV and Monitor recycling. A coupon and 501c3 tax receipt provided upon payment at the site. Payment can be made in advance at recycle.eworksesi.org/. The collection is sponsored by eWorks ESI. Proceeds will benefit the developmentally disabled.

The fee for TVs and monitors up to 21 inches in size is $25; the fee is $35 for larger pieces.

All other electronics are accepted at no charge; computer, laptop, DVD players, game consoles, mobile phones, VCRs, mice, scanners, fax machines, keyboards, satellite receivers, copiers, printers, digital converter boxes, cable receivers, servers and more.

For more information, call 630-407-6700.

Library prepares time capsule

In honor of the newly renovated Kids’ Library, the Elmhurst Public Library is celebrating the past, present, and future by compiling artifacts for a time capsule. The public is invited to write letters and place them in the capsule. The library is providing letter templates through Aug. 25. The capsule will be opened in 10 years on the library’s 25th anniversary. No registration required.

Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S. Prospect Ave., will host a time capsule celebration at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 25.

Jazz faculty to perform

Members of the Elmhurst College music faculty will give a free concert to mark the opening of another school year.

The Elmhurst College jazz faculty will perform at 11:40 a.m. Aug. 28, in
Irion Hall, Room 041, on campus. For more information, contact Trish Thoren at


Nonprofit groups can apply for funds

The City of Naperville is seeking applicants for 2019 project funding for the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and the City-funded Social Services Grant (SSG) Program.

On Aug. 23, the city will host a pre-application workshop and information session for organizations interested in applying for CDBG and SSG funding. The session will be held in Meeting Room B of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St., from 10 a.m. to noon. Attendance at this meeting is mandatory for organizations interested in applying for 2019 grant funds.

Topics to be covered include an overview of both programs and their priorities along with eligibility, funding criteria, the application process, submission requirements and deadlines. Applications for the 2019 programs will be due by noon Sept. 28.

For more information, contact Ruth Broder at 630-305-5315 or broderr@naperville.il.us. For more information about the Community Development Block Grant, visit naperville.il.us/cdbg or for more information about the Social Services Grant, visit naperville.il.us/socialservicesgrant.


–DuPage County News Briefs–