With Senator Dick Durbin

Yesterday, Senator Dick Durbin announced a Federal earmark to help clean up the Fox River. The $250,000 will allow the completion of a Corps of Engineers study on Dam removal. Durbin was joined on Walton Island in Elgin by House of representatives Raja Krishnamoorthi, state senator Cristina Castro , state rep Anna Moeller, Kane County Board chair Corinne Michelle Pierog , mayor David Kaptain, Kane county board members Jarett Sanchez and me and many Elgin and IDNR dignitaries.

Reelect Chris Kious

For Kane County Board District 23

Count on Kious – He Gets It Done!

He fights the toll on Longmeadow resulting in $17.5m to reduce or eliminate the toll.

As president of the forest preserve, he initiated the parking lot expansion at raceway.

He works for a green Kane County. He sponsored the county’s green building policy.

He is a chief supporter of the solar farm that will save the county $5m!

Feeding Families

Saturday morning members of the Rotary Club of Carpentersville assembled and distributed Easter meal baskets for 30 families in the village. Thanks to local businesses, Walmart and Meijer, for donating the hams, patrons for donating cash, and Heather Zabski for organizing the event.

At the CISCO Annual Awards

I went to the Construction Industry Service Corporation Annual Awards Breakfast in Schaumburg with madam chair Pierog. TC Wegman was presented a Pride in Construction Award for Kane County’s newly completed Multi-Purpose Building which House the Coroner facilities, Sheriff’s Emergency Equipment and our Facilities Maintenance Department.

With guest speaker Kwame Raoul

And with Illinois comptroller Suzanna Mendoza

An Interesting Day

Yesterday was an interesting day. As President of the Forest Preserve of Kane county I chaired the Executive committee first thing in the morning (8:30). Then joined the 28 or so senior who joined our naturalist, Josh, who led us on the monthly “Senior Stroll” at Johnson’s Mound Forest Preserve Near Elburn. This one was a bit chilly. Hopefully the last cold one.

Later in the day I joined Carl Strathmann, chair of the Elgin Dems, along with Illinois State Senator Cristina Castro at her table at the Chicago Plumbers Union annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner in preparation for the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day parade. The plumbers are the ones that dye the Chicago River green on at Patrick’s Day. A good time was had by all.

Getting Certified

Representing Kane County Forest Preserves

I was honored to represent the Forest Preserves of Kane County as President at the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) annual conference in downtown Chicago, where we were recognized as the first Forest Preserve District to Receive official Certification

Here I am with Executive Director Monica Meyers and PR Director Laurie Metanchuk with our newly minted IAPD Certification plaque.