Downers Grove News – Dupage County and the “STATE” of Illinois

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DG Gabber - Downers Grove Community Website

Rain Delay! Due to the weather we have postponed our outdoor movie night screening of Monsters U until next Thursday, Aug 28 at Fishel Park at dusk. Bring your lawn chairs next week for our Back to School movie night - and bring an item to donate for the Downers Grove Junior Woman's Club school supply drive. The movie will be free, snacks will be available for sale from Wells Street Popcorn. ... See MoreSee Less

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DG Gabber - Downers Grove Community Website

District 99 expands '1:1' program DOWNERS GROVE – About 1,500 students at Downers Grove North and South High schools will be greeted with new Google Chromebook laptops when District 99 returns to class Monday. Students will get to keep the devices throughout the school day and take them home as part of the expanded 1:1 pilot program. read more: ... See MoreSee Less

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DG Gabber - Downers Grove Community Website

DG Gabber - Downers Grove Community Website added a new photo. ... See MoreSee Less

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DG Gabber - Downers Grove Community Website

Police reports: Downers Grove for Aug. 20 read more: ... See MoreSee Less

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DG Gabber - Downers Grove Community Website

Downers Grove eyes $594,877 sewer and streets project on Forest Avenue DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Village Council is considering a $594,877 project to improve drainage and reduce flooding for buildings on Forest Avenue. read more: ... See MoreSee Less

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DG Gabber - Downers Grove Community Website

WEATHER FOR DOWNERS GROVE: Looking Rainy! Bring an umbrella. Here's the next 5 day forecast: ... See MoreSee Less

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2 thoughts on “Downers Grove News – Dupage County and the “STATE” of Illinois

  1. In every county in Illinois, the electoral process is carried out by the county clerk’s office, with one exception – DuPage. We are the only county with an independent county-wide electoral process. I’ve been critical of this structure while witnessing years of conflicts of interest, patronage appointments, and massive overspending.

    A conspicuous and strangely overlooked chunk of this overspending has been the bloated salaries at the top.

    I’ve compiled the clerk salaries of the top 10 most populated counties in Illinois aside from DuPage; they range from $81,500 to $121,700. The average salary is $99,700. If you ask any of these county clerks what their number one responsibility is, he or she would say administering elections.

    Our county clerk has nothing to do with elections, yet he receives $143,000. That’s 43 percent above the average, with the least amount of responsibility. Our election commission director makes $135,561.

    The Lake County county clerk told a local newspaper, “I’ve always joked that it takes two highly-compensated men in DuPage to do what I do.”

    Our county clerk was quoted in the media last year, “I’m glad I don’t have to worry about elections.”


    If our county clerk doesn’t want the headaches and workload of the other 101 county clerks in Illinois, then he shouldn’t be paid so well. He shouldn’t be allowed to have it both ways.

    This month, the DuPage County Board will be voting on the salaries of elected officials. If there is no willingness for the office of DuPage County Clerk to conduct the electoral process, then the salary should be cut in half. If the board disagrees, they must justify to taxpayers why they should pay more for the same services other counties receive for a lot less.

    Half the job, half the salary.

    Jean Kaczmarek

    Candidate, DuPage County Clerk

    Glen Ellyn

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