Continuing her efforts to remain accessible and bring the services of her constituent services offices to every part of her district, state Rep. Deb Conroy, D-Villa Park, is hosting satellite office hours on Friday, June 30 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Oakbrook Terrace Park District Heritage Center, 325 Ardmore Ave. in Villa Park. “I want to make sure that all of my constituents have easy access to our office regardless of their location in the district,” said Conroy. “Satellite office hours ensure that all residents have access to the services that they need and the ability to reach out with the issues facing their communities.” Conroy hosts satellite office hours throughout her district, which includes all or parts of Villa Park, Glendale Heights, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Addison, Lombard and Glen Ellyn. Conroy’s office will be available to answer questions about state issues and assist residents with issues with departments and agencies in the state of Illinois. A representative from the Illinois State Treasurer’s office will be available to help residents search the state’s ICash system for unclaimed property owed to them by the state. The state treasurer’s office holds $2.5 billion in unclaimed property, which can include checking and savings accounts, uncashed wage and payroll checks, uncashed stock dividends and stock certificates, insurance payments, utility deposits, customer deposits, accounts payable, credit balances, refund checks, money orders, traveler’s checks, mineral proceeds, court deposits, uncashed death benefit checks and life insurance proceeds. “Through ICash, the treasurer’s office returns millions of dollars a year to residents and businesses,” Conroy said. “Searching for unclaimed property is free and easy and I am thrilled to have the treasurer’s staff on hand to assist residents in locating and claiming unclaimed cash and property.”
Former employee accused of stealing from Clerk of the Circuit Court
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced last week that Ronald Marcelin, 30, of North Aurora, has been charged with stealing $375 from the DuPage County Clerk of the Circuit Court. On June 12, a $1,000 arrest warrant was issued for Marcelin. Marcelin later turned himself in to DuPage County authorities and was released after posting the necessary $100, or 10 percent of his bond. As an employee of the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Marcelin had access to cash within the Clerk of the Circuit Court. It is alleged that on May 9, Marcelin stole $375 cash of posted bail money received by the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. Marcelin has been charged with one count of theft not exceeding $500 from a government institution, Class 4 felony and one count of official misconduct, a Class 3 felony. “What Mr. Marcelin is accused of doing is, in essence, stealing from the citizens of DuPage County,” Berlin said. “When viewed through this lens, the allegations become particularly troubling and will not be tolerated. I would like to thank officials at the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office for their complete cooperation and assistance in helping us uncover this alleged theft.” “As Clerk of the Court of DuPage County, I take very seriously the stewardship of the taxpayer’s money,” Chris Kachiroubas, Clerk of the Circuit Court said. “When I was informed of possible lost funds after our internal audit, I asked for a comprehensive investigation, taking it wherever it leads. Sadly, the investigation ended with a Circuit Clerk employee as the central target. In light of this unfortunate incident we have taken necessary steps to ensure this situation will not be repeated.”
Church accepting applications for ‘Love Your Neighbor Day’
The Christian Church of Villa Park, along with Calvary United Methodist Church in Villa Park and St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lombard, are hosting the third annual Love Your Neighbor Day on Saturday, Sept. 23. They are now accepting applications from homeowners in the Villa Park/Lombard area who are having difficulty keeping up with repairs or work around their homes because of financial or physical limitations and who could benefit from a group of people volunteering at their home for a day. Work to be done may include minor home repairs, clean-up and yard work. The work will be done by volunteers from the churches and the community. Each of the past two years 50 volunteers came together to provide assistance to 10 area homeowners. The number of applicants accepted will depend on the number of volunteers. Applications and more information can be obtained on the church Web site at www.ccvponline.net, by sending an e-mail to email@example.com, or by leaving a message at 630-833-7262. A video of Love Your Neighbor Day 2016 can be seen on the Love Your Neighbor Day Facebook page. The deadline for submitting homeowner applications is Aug. 12. Individuals interested in volunteering for Love Your Neighbor Day can also obtain volunteer sign-up sheets on the Web site or by e-mailing the above address.
Police to conduct multiple roadside safety checks in June and July The Villa Park Police Department will conduct upcoming roadside safety checks in June and July. The first of five checks took place earlier this month. The upcoming checks will be performed between 8:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. June 23, July 15, July 22 and July 28. According to the department, the checks are being conducted to promote the safety and well-being of the motoring public, and to provide a deterrent for those who might violate Illinois statutes and village ordinances. Police have planned to conduct the safety checks at 807 W. North Ave. The department stated the upcoming checks will be conducted to the guidelines set by the courts.
Pools are available for evening rental during the summer season Villa Park Recreation has announced that Jefferson and Lufkin pools are available for private rentals for parties, fundraisers and other occasions. Both pools are available on evenings when special events aren’t scheduled, from 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, or 8:15 to 9:45 p.m. on weeknights. To reserve a date, contact Jefferson Pool at 630-832-5632, or Lufkin Pool at 630-279-6286.
Swim lessons and aqua fitness classes offered at Villa Park’s public pools Villa Park’s Parks and Recreation Department offers swim lessons throughout the summer at both Jefferson Pool and Lufkin Pool. Lessons are available for all ages and skill levels. The lessons include parent/tot sessions. Private lessons for children as young as 5 years old are tailored to specific needs, such as learning how to swim, improving a certain stroke and overcoming a fear of water. In the aqua fitness classes, participants can pay the drop-in fee of $7 (cash only) at the pool on the day of the class. The Deep Water Workout class meets Saturdays from 8 to 9 a.m. at Lufkin Pool. It’s followed by the Aquacize class at the same location, from 9 to 10 a.m. The Churn the Water class is held at Jefferson Pool on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. The Aqua Zumba class runs from 7:15 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays at Lufkin Pool. For more information, call 630-834-8970.
Life-size battleship event at Jefferson Pool on July 6 Villa Park Recreation invites residents to take part in the upcoming life-size battleship competition. The event for ages 5 and older will begin at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 6, at Jefferson Pool, 341 N. Harvard Ave. Teams will use buckets of water from the pool to try to sink their opponent’s canoe. Teams will move around the pool using their hands, buckets and shields to paddle. All canoes, buckets and shields will be provided. Participants can register as a team of four, or as an individual to be placed on a team. The fee is $15 per team and $5 per individual. Call 630-834-8970 for more information.
Village welcomes submissions for its June photo contest The Village of Villa Park held its inaugural photo contest in May. The contest, which asks submissions from village residents, is continuing in June. This month’s theme is “Wildlife Around Town.” Photos can be submitted by tagging the village on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Residents can also submit photos by e-mail to Kylie Cerk, the village’s public information officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submissions is the end of the day on Wednesday, July 5. The photo must be of something in Villa Park. Additionally, the photographer must be from Villa Park. Submissions of obscene content are not allowed. The first-place winner’s photo will be promoted through the village’s social media channels. There is no limit to how many photos one person can submit.