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If you are part of an organization looking for volunteers, send an email to sue@warrenville.info to enlist some help. Please specify volunteer details (time and place, jobs, number of volunteers needed) as well how to go about volunteering.


Art on the prairie

Art on the Prairie, Warrenville's fall art and music festival, is coming up on the weekend of Septermber 16 and 17, 2017. The park district is looking for volunteers. Your help will make this event run smoohtly. 

Volunteers Needed on September 16 and 17:

  • 6-8 volunteers to assist artists unloading their cars and setting up (starting at 7:30 on Sat and 8:30 on Sunday)
  • 3-4 volunteers 21+ to assist with ID bands for the Micro Brew Tent (shifts starting at 10 am)
  • Under 21 volunteers to assist with pop & water sales (shifts starting at 10 am)

See the flyer below for the full schedule of events. To volunteer,  call the Park District 630-393-7279 Ext. 307 or email ruthb@warrenvilleparks.org by Friday Sept 8.

Thanks for your consideration! 

Attachments:
Download this file (AOTPFlyer2017FINAL.pdf)Art on the Prairie Flyer[ ]

Don't Be Surprised in the Voting Booth - Check Your Ballot Now!

VoteIf you take a look at your ballot now, you still have a few days before the election day on April 4, 2017, to figure out how to cast your ballot. Local representatives can have a direct impact your life, so take the opportunity to vote. 

I can’t attach your ballot, because even within Warrenville, there are multiple districts at every level of government – each with different boundaries. Hence, just for Warrenville voters, there are ballot variations, so you need to look it up. (Note: someone came knocking on my door with info, including a ballot with recommendations -- it was NOT the correct ballot for my address).

Follow the steps, just a few clicks, and enter your address and you'll have the ballot.

  1. Go to the Voter Information Page on the Dupage County website: https://www.dupageco.org/VoterLookup/
  2. Search By Address
    Click on the Address Tab
  3. Type your address. Note:the house number includes the numbers and letter (e.g. 28w530). The "Suffix" is your street type (e.g. Street, Road).  It has to match exactly -- for mine Ln works but not Lane. Click Search.
  4. Click to "View Ballot" link.

sample ballot link

On this page, you can also see your polling place, all your current elected officials, and what districts you are in.

Some of the important local contests in Warrenville include:

Warrenville Elections

If you live in wards 2, 3, or 4, you don't need to worry about alderman - the candidates are unopposed.

  • Bill Weidner - Ward 2
  • Kathryn Davolos - Ward 3
  • Clare Barry - Ward 4

Beyond the City Council

  • Fire Trustee: 8 candidates for 3 positions
  • Library Board, Park District Board, and DuPage county offices uncontested.

Community Unit School District 200

Winfield Township - All candidates are unopposed

College of DuPage Trustees - 3 Candidates for 2 positions

Election Resources

Warrenville.info does not endorse any candidates, but here are some resources that you can use to make your own decision.

Should Warrenville Annex to Naperville?

On January 26 the courts were supposed to decide if this question would be on the April 4 ballot. No luck, a continuance was requested. The decision is postponed until Feb. 8.  Connie Schmidt attended the initial press conference, and sent the following report:

Annex to Naperville Press Conference"Since the news broke that petitions were being circulated to annex Warrenville (and Lisle AND Woodridge) into the city of Naperville, I have been so very proud of the reactions of our mayor,  and the spirit of our citizens as seen in personal conversations as well as on social media.  The common statement has been, we love Warrenville, BECAUSE it is not Naperville.  I have been following this situation in a number of ways and attended the press conference with Mayor Brummel and the mayors from Woodridge, Lisle and Naperville.  It was Mayor Brummel who called the press conference and has taken the lead in connecting the communities for a united response.  It was Mayor Brummel and the city of Warrenville who prepared a written statement for the press which was available for attendees to read and follow during the event.  And it was Mayor Brummel who started off the press conference with a well crafted speech that this effort is indeed not being initiated by our residents and would not benefit our community.

One point which some of the news outlets are citing incorrectly is that some residents of Warrenville are trying to make this happen.  There is no evidence of this.  The petitions are being circulated by paid individuals who do not live in Warrenville, (some live in Chicago) by an attorney from Chicago, Frank Avila. It was stated that many of the 81 signatures from Warrenville did not appear to be valid.  Mayor Brummel and the other officials are stumped as to why this is being done, but do talk about the time and man/woman hours needed to refute this effort. Mayor Brummel and the mayors from Lisle and Woodridge filed objections to the petition today in DuPage County Circuit Court.

We in Warrenville can all be grateful for the forward thinking actions by our city government to “head this off at the pass” prior to having it on a ballot in April.  At the press conference we were told that a response from the Court on the challenges by the individual communities to these petitions will be determined by January 26…so stay tuned." submitted by Connie Schmidt

April 4 Election for Mayor and Alderman

The following contests will be on the April 4 Ballot:

Unopposed will be:

  • Bill Weider - Ward 2
  • Kathryn Davolos - Ward 3
  • Clare Barry - Ward 4

Republican Township Primary - Feb 28

Did you know there is an opportunity to vote on Feb. 28? This is an election to decide which Republican candidates will be on you April 4 ballot for the offices of:

  • Winfield Township Supervisor
  • Winfield Township Clerk
  • Winfield Township Trustee

Want to see the ballot? Get directions to find your DuPage County Ballot. My ballot looked like this.

 

Don't Be Surprised in the Voting Booth

VoteIf you take a look at your ballot now, you still have time before election day,  Nov. 8, 2016, to figure out how to vote on the more obscure offices and issues. These local representatives might impact your life more than those on the national stage.

I can’t attach your ballot, because even within Warrenville, there are multiple districts at every level of government – each with different boundaries. Hence, just for Warrenville voters, there are ballot variations.

Follow the steps, just a few clicks, and enter your address and you'll have the ballot.

  1. Go to the Voter Information Page on the Dupage County website: https://www.dupageco.org/VoterLookup/
  2. Search By Address
    Click on the Address Tab
  3. Type your address. Note:the house number includes the numbers and letter (e.g. 28w530). The "Suffix" is your street type (e.g. Street, Road).  It has to match exactly -- for mine Ln works but not Lane. Click Search.
  4. Click to "View Ballot" link.

sample ballot link

On this page, you can also see your polling place, all your current elected officials, and what districts you are in.

Finding the ballot is the easy part. Now you have the harder job of deciding how to cast it. If you're still looking for information on that, I just learned of a website ballotready.org. This site has a tab for each candidate on your ballot, along with links to learn their stances on many issues and a newsfeed of artices printed about them. For my address, I also found information on the state-wide "Transportation Lockbox" ballot item, but did not find information on the local referendums (Mosquito Abatement issue for all of DuPage County, and Musselman Property development issue for Warrenville residents only).

Mosquito Abatement

Someone passed along information they received from the Warrenville City Attorney on the impacts of the Mosquito Abatement Issue.

1)     This is a non-binding (advisory) referendum question and will not change anything whether or not it passes.
2)     Regardless of the referendum outcome and any future actions by the Township’s efforts to consolidate mosquito abatement services, the township cannot provide that service within the incorporated City of Warrenville boundaries.
3)     The Township does not have jurisdiction for general services such as mosquito spraying within municipal boundaries. They may only serve the unincorporated areas.
4)     The Township would need specific state legislation giving it such authority, or some type of intergovernmental cooperative agreement specifically with the City of Warrenville, to provide mosquito abatement within the corporate limits of the City.
5)     The City Council has not changed its policy against mosquito spraying within the City and there are no plans or actions to change that direction.

Mussleman Property

There is an article about this ballot item on the last page of the latest Homewtown Happenings

Happy Voting!

Art on the Prairie, Warrenville's fall art and music festival, is coming up on the weekend of Septermber 17 and 18, 2016. The park district is looking for volunteers. Your help will make this event run smoohtly.

Volunteers Needed on September 17 and 18:

  • 6-8 volunteers to assist artists unloading their cars and setting up (starting at 7:30 on Sat and 8:30 on Sunday)
  • 3-4 volunteers 21+ to assist with ID bands for the Micro Brew Tent (shifts starting at 10 am)
  • Under 21 volunteers to assist with pop & water sales (shifts starting at 10 am)

To volunteer,  call the Park District 630-393-7279 Ext. 307 or email ruthb@warrenvilleparks.org by Friday Sept 9.

Thanks for your consideration! 
2016 Art on the Prairie Flyer

The Illinois Primary Election is March 15, 2016.

Since it's a primary, you can vote on either a Democratic OR Republican primary ballot.

I just took a look at the ballots, and the candidates that have dropped out of the race, are not removed from the ballot, so the list of candidates is long, especially for the Republican presidential election. 

Click her to get a Sample Democratic Ballot and a Sample Republican ballot for DuPage County District 6.  Your ballot will probably be a little different, so follow the instructions below. If you are in Warrenville, parts of the city are in district 5, where there is a contested primary on the Republican ballot.

Follow the steps: just a few clicks, enter your address and you'll have your ballot. These instructions should work for anyone in DuPage county.

  1. Go to the Voter Information Page on the Dupage County website: https://www.dupageco.org/VoterLookup/
  2. Search By Address
    Click on the Address Tab
  3. Type your address. Note:the house number includes the numbers and letter (e.g. 28w530) and click submit.
  4. Click the link to view your ballot.

Sample ballot

If the ballot is too small to read, use the zoom keys or print it.

Remember - Election Day is March 15, 2016!
Finding your ballot was the easy part. You have the harder task of deciding how to cast it.

We need your help to make the Williams Road Bridge look like this!

Bridge Flowers

The money is for flowers and watering in 2016. The old planters from the Warrenville Rd. bridge will be re-purposed onto the Williams Rd. bridge.  This is planned as a one-time fundraiser. Hopefully, next year the flowers and watering will be included in a hotel motel tax grant from the city.

Warrenville in Bloom (WIB) is coordinating this project using Go Fund Me. Your gift is tax-deductible.

If we each make a small donation, we'll all drive over a beautiful bridge this summer!

Cathy KimberIt started in 1991 when Cathy Kimber started walking outside in Warrenville for exercise. She noticed that trash, wrappers, bottles and cans littered the sidewalks. She started picking it up -- soon she started organizing groups  to work in their neighborhoods ... from Fox Hollow and Emerald Green to Galusha and Melcher, she organized groups to pick up litter and recycle items as needed. She called them the Adopted Block Club (ABC's).

litterOver time, people have moved, and groups disbanded. This year Cathy, along with the America in Bloom team is re-energizing this program. Of course you can clean up litter and debris any time - whenever you see it. Officially, the ABC urges people to come out, just one hour (or less once it's clean) on the last Saturday of the month, and clean up the debris that has collected in their neighborhood.  Here's how it works:
 
Who: Anyone. This is a good family project. Please walk with the children and keep them safe.
Where: Choose a block in your neighborhood
What to Bring: Bucket, Bag, Gloves
When: Last Saturday of the month (April to October) from 8-9 am
How Long: 1 hour - or less
What to Wear: Red, White, or Blue - so you can recognize the ABC groups
Register: Send an email with your name and the block you are cleaning to theadoptedblockclub@gmail.com
 

Planting Pride LogoThe goal is to get all of Warrenville out at the same time. This small effort shows that we take pride in our community - and that has big benefits for everyone! Organize your neighbors, or go out on your own. Whatever works best for you!

Did you miss the "Make Our City Wonderful" seminar?

I'll fill you on the evening event here.

Evelyn Allemani inspired me to want to improve my community. I'll try to pass her message along to you. 

She was a wonderful representative of the America in Bloom organization, who spoke from the heart. I didn't come away with a new landscape for my yard, but rather, I came away with 3 important and unexpected messages:

  1. Beautifying your community doesn't just make it more pleasant, it can have huge economic impact.
  2. Projects that had significant impact were simple ideas, that people could rally around.
  3. It's more than flowers and landscaping. It also includes preserving your history / heritage, and minimizing your environmental impact, and having a making a good overall impression (e.g. clean, no graffiti, welcoming).

Evelyn demonstrated these ideas with photos and examples from other cities:

AmishQuiltGardens

In the Amish area of Indiana, they planted flowerbeds to look like giant quilts on the hillside. This was a simple idea that featured their heritage. They started the Quilt Garden Trail. Now bus loads of tourists come to see the flower quilts, bringing money to the town, as they stay in hotels and eat at restaurants.

How to Show You Care and Make A Difference

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