Students spend the night at Willowbrook during Relay for Life event
Fundraiser yields about $70,000
About 600 people participated in the eighth annual Relay for Life of District 88 All Youth, which took place Saturday evening at Willowbrook High School. The event raised about $70,000 for the American Cancer Society. Students from District 88’s two schools—Willowbrook and Addison Trail—spent Saturday night in Willowbrook’s field house to raise money to fight cancer. The students arrived at about 6 p.m. on Saturday and spent the next 12 hours at the school. Throughout the event, members of each Relay for Life fundraising team took turns walking around the track of the field house. Each team was instructed to have at least one of its members walking on the track at all times during the event to note that cancer never sleeps. The opening lap of the event is reserved for cancer survivors. The Relay for Life participants formed a ring around the inside of the track as survivors walked the opening lap. Caregivers joined survivors for the second lap around the field house’s track. The student participants then took to the track for the third lap. In addition to walking around the track, the students who took part in the Relay for Life event spent the night in a variety of activities in the field house and the main gymnasium. Those activities included: dodgeball, ping pong, karaoke, yoga, volleyball and basketball. The District 88 Relay for Life is the culmination of Willowbrook’s Brook Olympics—a weeklong series of events and challenges created to enhance tradition, pride and class spirit at the school. The Brook Olympics events, along with some February events in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, generated money for the Relay for Life. The event’s top fundraising team, named Alpha Pi Omega, consists of about 85 Willowbrook sophomores. Those members of the school’s Class of 2020 raised over $10,000.
Emergency professionals now have a new tool to combat opioid epidemic in DuPage County
DuPage County now has a new tool to fight the growing opioid epidemic in Illinois. State Sen. Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) has announced a standing order has been issued to make the lifesaving drug, Naloxone, more readily available to first responders and community members. “We can’t rest until the opioid crisis is eliminated from our communities,” Cullerton said. “Allowing emergency professionals to have quick access to this life saving tool will help us fight this nasty epidemic.” Naloxone is a non-addictive prescription medication that, if used while someone is having a heroin overdose, can save the person’s life. It is more commonly referred to as Narcan. The Naloxone Standing Order allows eligible organizations, mostly pharmacies and opioid overdose education and naloxone distribution (OEND) programs to provide naloxone to any person without a direct prescription. With Illinois’ standing order, insurers, such as Medicaid and Medicare, can be billed. Eligible individuals must complete appropriate training on naloxone administration to use the program. Cullerton believes this standing order puts a missing link in place to provide the lifesaving drug to emergency professionals to save DuPage County residents’ lives. “Thirty-eight percent of Illinoisans have never heard of naloxone,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. “We are paying for that lack of awareness with lives lost. We applaud Sen. Cullerton and his colleagues for making naloxone available via a statewide standing order. Efforts like these will save lives.” Since 2014, over 3,143 individuals have been trained to administer Narcan among 60 program sites across DuPage County and the northern Illinois area. The DuPage County Narcan Program was the first countywide overdose prevention program approved by the state Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. Approximately 145 lives were saved in DuPage County in 2016. However, the increased use of the deadly drug fentanyl with heroin is believed to have led to an increased number of overdose related deaths. In 2016, Cullerton worked to address heroin and opioid abuse and addiction through House Bill 1. The law combats the opioid epidemic in a variety of ways, by training public safety entities in administering Narcan, requiring state agencies to develop a three-year heroin and opioid drug prevention program and expanding state-funded treatment to include addiction treatment and prescription costs. “Our work to end the opioid overdose epidemic in Illinois and across our nation is far from done,” Cullerton said. “We cannot rest until this crisis is eliminated from our communities. Until then our top priority will remain putting protections and precautions in place to save lives.” Cullerton urges DuPage County residents to give his Villa Park office a call at 630-903-6662 with any questions regarding where to receive help fighting opioid addiction.
The Lombardian-Villa Park Review’s election guide: Candidates
This is the Lombardian-Villa Park Review’s guide to the candidates in the upcoming General Primary Election to be held Tuesday, March 20. The candidates who win in the March 20 election will be on the ballot in the general election in November. Due to space limitations, only the primary races that are contested for each office below are listed.
Governor, Republicans Those seeking to be the Republican nominee in the general election in the race for governor are Jeannie Ives and Bruce Rauner. Rauner is the incumbent. (Vote for one).
Governor, Democrats Those seeking to be the Democratic nominee in the general election in the race for governor are JB Pritzker, Chris Kennedy, Daniel Biss, Bob Daiber, Tio Hardiman and Robert Marshall. (Vote for one)
Attorney general, Republicans Those seeking to be the Republican nominee in the general election in the race for attorney general are Erika Harold and Gary Grasso. (Vote for one)
Attorney general, Democrats Those seeking to be the Democratic nominee in the general election in the race for attorney general are Pat Quinn, Renato Mariotti, Scott Drury, Nancy Rotering, Kwame Raoul, Jessie Ruiz, Sharon Fairley and Aaron Goldstein. (Vote for one)
U.S. Congress, 6th Congressional District, Democrats Those seeking to be the Democratic nominee in the general election in the race for U.S. Congress, 6th Congressional District, are Kelly Mazeski, Amanda Howland, Sean Casten, Jennifer Zordani, Becky Anderson Wilkins, Ryan Huffman and Carole Cheney. (Vote for one). The winner will face incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam.
State representative, 46th District, Republicans Those seeking to be the Republican nominee in the general election in the race for the 46th District state representative are Gordon (Jay) Kinzler and Roger Orozco. (Vote for one) The winner will face incumbent Democrat State Rep. Deb Conroy.
DuPage County Sheriff, Republicans Two persons are seeking the Republican nomination to run for DuPage County Sheriff. They are Frank Bibbiano and James Mendrick. (Vote for one)
DuPage County Board District 1, Republicans There are three persons seeking one of two seats available on the Republican ballot to represent District 1 on the DuPage County Board. They are: Sam Tornatore, Dino Gavanes and Paul A. DeMichele. Tornatore is an incumbent.
DuPage County Board District 2, Democrats Three persons are seeking one of two seats available on the Democrat ballot to represent District 2 on the DuPage County Board. They are: Elizabeth (Liz) Chaplin, Arlene Kendorski and Claire Goldenberg. Chaplin is an incumbent.
DuPage County Board District 4, Republicans Six persons are seeking one of two seats available on the Republican ballot to represent District 4 on the DuPage County Board. They are: Grant Eckhoff, Ron Almiron, Paula, McGowen, Christopher J. Zaruba, Craig R. Chinchilla and Elizabeth “Beth” Tatro. Grant Eckhoff is the incumbent.
DuPage County Board District 4, Democrats Three persons are seeking one of two seats available on the Democratic ballot to represent District 4 on the DuPage County Board. They are: Trevor J. Orsinger, Hadiya Afzal and Mary FitzGerald Ozog.
Judge of the Circuit Court, 18th Judicial Circuit, Democrats Three persons are seeking to fill the vacancy on the Democratic ballot of the Honorable Blanche Hill Fawell. They are: David Stevens, Jeffrey M. Jacobson and Raleigh D. Kalbfleisch. (Vote for one)
The Lombardian-Villa Park Review’s election guide: Referenda
This is the Lombardian and Villa Park Review’s guide to the upcoming General Primary Election which will be held Tuesday, March 20.
York Center Fire Protection District referendum One of the items on the ballot in DuPage County will be a proposition to create a new tax rate for emergency and rescue fund purposes for the York Center Fire Protection District, which serves unincorporated areas of Lombard, Villa Park, Oak Brook and Oakbrook Terrace. Shall the York Center Fire Protection District , DuPage County, Illinois, be authorized to levy a new tax for emergency and rescue crews and equipment purchases, and have an additional tax of 10 percent of the equalized assessed value of the taxable property therein extended for such purposes? 1.) The approximate amount of taxes extendable at the most recently extended limiting rate is $2,114,317, and the approximate amount of taxes extendable if the proposition is approved is $2,353,276. 2.) For the 2018 levy year, the approximate amount of the additional tax extendable against property containing a single-family residence and having a fair market value at the time of the referendum of $100,000 is estimated to be $33.33.
Advisory referendum Another item on the ballot in DuPage County will be an advisory referendum on the Election Commission Consolidation. An advisory referendum, versus a binding referendum, serves to gain the electorate’s opinion on a certain issue. If the issue garners a majority of votes, it does NOT mean it automatically becomes law. It is only a way for officials to gauge the voters’ feelings on a certain matter, in this case, the DuPage Election Commission. An explanation follows:
About the Election Commission Consolidation referendum DuPage County is proposing the consolidation of the DuPage County Election Commission, a separate governmental agency, with the County Clerk’s Office. Placing the responsibility for the Election Commission under a countywide elected official, versus an appointed body, will improve accountability and result in many operational efficiency, saving taxpayers significant resources. Prior to 1974, the County Clerk assumed the responsibility for the administration of local elections, as does every other County Clerk in the state except for seven municipal election commissions (Aurora, Bloomington, Chicago, Danville, East St. Louis, Galesburg and Rockford) and one county election commission (Peoria). On the March 2018 primary ballot, the DuPage County Board has placed an advisory referendum question asking voters the following: “Shall the DuPage County Election Commission be dissolved and its functions consolidated with the Office of the County Clerk?” DuPage County lacks the authority to place a binding referendum question on the ballot unless citizens gather more than 61,000 signatures to formally place the initiative on the ballot. (State statute requires the signatures of 10 percent of the registered voters in the county).
The background for this information was provided by the League of Women Voters, which received it from the offices of the DuPage County Board.
Conroy looks to pass gun ownership reform
State Rep. Deb Conroy, D-Villa Park, recently voted to pass a series of gun safety measures out of the House. “I applaud my colleagues for putting the safety and well-being of our families and children first by voting for responsible gun reform,” Conroy said. “As a state, we can and should do better to protect our communities from gun violence. “I urge the Senate and the governor to join the House in standing up to the powerful gun lobby and do the right thing before another tragedy occurs. These are very reasonable commonsense measures that represent significant steps towards improving gun safety while not infringing on law-abiding gun owners’ rights.” Conroy supported a package of bills that would require gun dealers to be licensed by the state, raise the age to purchase assault-style weapons from 18 to 21, extend the “cooling off” waiting period for assault weapon purchases from 24 to 72 hours, and ban bump stock trigger modification devices. Bump stocks were used by the Las Vegas shooter to turn a semiautomatic rifle into an automatic weapon capa- ble of shooting hundreds of rounds a minute. Conroy also introduced House Bill 1664 to strengthen mental health provisions for obtaining a Firearm Owners’ Identification (FOID) card and create a statewide hotline to report potentially dangerous persons. “Our work is far from over and I will continue to work with my colleagues to pass legislation to prevent gun violence in Illinois,” Conroy added. “Today we took a step forward by showing our constituents that we are willing to put aside our political differences and prioritize our commitment to keeping our children safe from the senseless gun violence in communities across the state.”