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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:
  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 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.


Looking a last minute gift idea? A book to read? Find a book that supports a local author. There is something for everyone in this list: 4 authors with a dozen different books. All are written by local authors, many from Warrenville. There are links to purchase each book on Amazon. And if you don't find what you want here, check out the 2015 list of books by local authors.

Shop Local - Buy a Book from a Local Author - 2016 Edition

Women VietNam VeteransWhile we may be familiar with the role of female nurses in the Vietnam War, did you know that over 1200 other women also served as intelligence analysts, flight controllers, clerk-typists, translators, physical therapists, dietitians, communications specialists, photojournalists, finance clerks, and couriers? Come hear these stories and more, inspired by the time the authors spent in Viet Nam.

Warrenville VFW Post 8081 will host a book signing featuring two noted Vietnam veteran authors on Tuesday, November 15th, at 2:00 PM.  The Post Home is located at 3S371 Mignin Drive in Warrenville.  Attendees are invited to bring their own books for author signing.  Extra copies will be offered for sale by the authors at the signing.

Claire Starnes is on tour, traveling here from New Hampshire to promote her book, Women Vietnam Veterans: Our Untold Stories.  Joining her from Arizona will be Harlen Campbell, a writer of science fiction, mystery, and suspense novels which are nobly informed by his Army experiences.  His published titles include Monkey on a Chain, Jennifer's Weave, Sea of Deception, and PLENUM

Claire and Harlen both served in the same unit in Vietnam with former Warrenville Mayor Richard Volkmer.  All three worked together on editing and publishing the 12-page weekly MACV Observer tabloid newspaper, which had an in-country circulation of 110,00 and was printed by Stars & Stripes in Tokyo.  The 11-15-16 book-signing event was arranged in cooperation and with the support of VFW Post Commander Dan Leonard.


claire starnesClaire Starnes from the Maine town of Lewiston.  She enlisted in the Women's Army Corps in 1963 and trained at Fort McClellan, Alabama; and Fort Gordon, Georgia.  In her first five years, she was assigned to Fort MacArthur, California; Camp Zama, Japan; and Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  In 1969, she volunteered for Vietnam.

Over the years of the American war in Vietnam, an estimated 1,200 military staff and line officers and enlisted women served in country.  At the age of 23, Claire became one of them.  Initially assigned to the US Army Engineer Construction Agency-Vietnam at Long Binh, she transferred MACV (Military Assistance Command, Vietnam) in Tan Son Nhut to work on the MACV Observer, a weekly 12-page tabloid newspaper published by the Command Information Division.  There, she hired and trained a staff of Vietnamese Nationals to run a typesetting operation which ultimately supported more than 20 division publications.  Due to Claire's proficiency in the French language and Vietnam's history as a former French colony, she was often called upon to serve as a translator.

Following her Vietnam tour, Claire worked at the Public Information Office at Fort Monroe, Virginia, where she wed Edward C. Starnes, another Army journalist.  The couple both retired from the military in 1973, became civilian employees of the Army, and continued their distinguished careers in the public information service.

In 1999, Claire and Precilla Landry Wilkewitz, a former roommate at Long Binh, co-founded a non-profit organization called Vietnam Women Veterans, Inc. (VWV).  VWV’s purpose was to find all the female staff and line officers and enlisted women who had served in Vietnam throughout the war.  More than 700 (both living and deceased) were located that year, and VWV convened its first reunion conference in Olympia, Washington.

Throughout the years since then, Claire continued searching for her peers, researching and filling in the missing histories of how these women came to South Vietnam and what they did there.  From 1962 to 1973, this hardy group of Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy female personnel left its mark as intelligence analysts, flight controllers, clerk-typists, translators, physical therapists, dietitians, communications specialists, photojournalists, finance clerks, and couriers.

Then, in 2012, a team of some 20 collaborators finalized the search and compiled the information. This compilation of the women’s varied experiences resulted in the publication in 2015 of a comprehensive history, Women Vietnam Veterans: Our Untold Stories.  The book chronicles the participation of American military women (other than nurses) stationed in Vietnam during the war in detail.  Today’s military women serve in fields never previously imagined, thanks to the pioneering efforts and sacrifices of this little-known group of some 1,200 heretofore unsung women who served in every military branch.  The book took 17 years in the making. And now the world can learn about the accomplishments of these remarkable women.


harlen campbellHarlen Joseph Campbell served in Vietnam as a journalist at the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV), working as an editor on the 12-page weekly tabloid Observer newspaper.  He also served as a military radio disk jockey during a tour in Germany. 

He is a writer of science fiction, mystery, and suspense novels, which are nobly informed by his Army experiences, and lives in Cave Creek, Arizona, and Huntington Beach, California.  His interests lie in the nature of the individual's relationship to society and to the world, but he is willing to apologize if they show up in his writing.  In fact, he believes that a writer's primary obligation is to entertain, and that he should only be allowed to fool around with ideas if his readers don't notice what he's up to.

Campbell's first novel, Monkey on a Chain, was released by Doubleday in 1993. The book was introduced the Vietnam veteran character Rainbow Porter, who has been described as a "throwback to the outlaw/heroes of the old west."  In fact, Porter was inspired by a combination of John D. Macdonald's Travis McGee and television's Paladin character, with more than a touch of the pirate thrown in.  In addition to favorable reviews, Monkey was an alternate selection of the Book of the Month Club. It was also released as a trade paperback by Poisoned Pen Press of Scottsdale, AZ, and is available from the Poisoned Pen bookstore and website as well as Amazon.  Both Monkey and the sequel, Jennifer's Weave, are also available as audio books.

His latest novel, PLENUM, is an epic road novel where the road stretches from a fallen time ship deep in the last ice age to a critical meeting of the Polar Council in 7296 AD.

Campbell studied at New Mexico State University and has BA's in English and Journalism and an MA in English Literature.  Following his service as an Army journalist and a short stint teaching college English, he has focused exclusively on his writing career.  Although he admits to no hobbies and energetically avoids most forms of exercise, Campbell enjoys an occasional solitary walk . . . generally preferring beaches to mountains, warmth to cold, and indolence to industry.

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:
  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 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 by Friday Sept 9.

Thanks for your consideration! 
2016 Art on the Prairie Flyer


I wish Warrenville had a gallery or an art store. As far as I know, it does not. One of the closest is Gallery 200 in West Chicago, just 10 minutes away.  If you are an artist looking for a place to display and possibly sell you work, consider Gallery 200. Gallery 200 is moving on Sept 1 to a new location that is bigger. That means there is room for more artists.

What is Gallery 200?

Gallery 200 is a gallery of over 20 artists in many types of media. It runs as a co-op under the umbrella of a non-profit called People Made Visible. People Made Visible coordinates projects in West Chicago, including music nights, Healthy West Chicago, a community garden project, and various cultural events. Gallery 200 is moving because the building where it is currently located is scheduled for major renovations. It is moving just a couple of blocks from 200 Main Street to 103 W. Washington in downtown West Chicago. The new location has much more space, that will be used for many of the People Made Visible projects.

How does the Gallery 200 Co-op Work?

  • Artists are juried in. They bring samples of your work & fill out an application.
  • Once accepted, each artist pays a nominal membership fee (annually in January, and prorated thru the year). If you join in September, the fee would be almost nothing.
  • Artists price and display their work at the gallery. 
  • Each artist is expected to staff the gallery 4 hours / month, and chooses the times they wish.
  • The gallery does not take a commission on sales, so the artist gets 100% of money collected.
  • Each month one of the artists is "featured". They hosts a bigger exhibit of their work, and kick it off with an opening reception. In October and December, there are group shows, where any of the Gallery 200 artists can join the show.

Stop By and Visit Gallery 200

Whether you want to join as an artist, or just check out the art, stop by Gallery 200 for a visit.


  • Thur & Fri: noon - 8pm
  • Sat & Sun: noon - 4pm


  • Before Sept 1, 2016: 200 Main Street, West Chicago, IL
  • After Sept 1, 2016: 103 W. Washington, West Chicago, IL


If anyone knows of an art gallery or store in Warrenville, please reply.  Want to start one?? Now that's in interesting idea! Let's hear what your ideas.

Family Foods

I don't know about you, but I like having a convenient grocery store right here in Warrenville. This week, there is a flyer in the store thanking customers, and asking them to invite friends and neighbors to visit Family Foods. Apparently the store is trying hard to stay afloat and survive the competition of the big chain stores. If you don't use Family Foods regularly, here are some reasons that you might give it a try.

Family Foods Needs Your Support!

Earth Day Aprill 22Happy Earth Day!

Aprril 22 is Earth Day. Also time for spring cleaning. Wondering what to do with unwanted "stuff"? Keep reading ...

How to Get Rid of "Stuff" and Keep It Out Of the Landfill

If you need to sell it,  list it on Craig's list. If not,  donate it and bless someone else or recycle it.  Here's how:

Is it good shape? Find a resale shop. Most resale shops take clothes, shoes, accessories, household goods, sports equipment, dishes, kitchen gadgets, toys, knick knacks, small working household appliances (NOT big TV's or computer monitor, even if they work) Click links for hours and more detailed lists.

Some things just shouldn't go in the landfill. Period. These include old medicine, cleaning chemicals, oil based paints, and weed killers. We're lucky to have a nearby Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) disposal every weekend in Naperville. Learn more at these websites:

  • Naperville Hazardous Waste Dropoff - Jefferson and Forthill (Not in the Fire Station Anymore). They made the drop-off bigger so cars can move thru more quickly - open Sat and Sunday mornings.
  • Medicine Disposal - at many local police stations (not Warrenville), and HHW- Dump all the pills into a ziplock bag. - April 30 is Drug Take Back Day. There additional drop of locations on the DEA website

There's another category of "stuff". Not good for the resale shop, but too good for the landfill. These items are still made of natural resources (e.g. keys, small metal pieces, lawn chairs, books) or are things that someone might be able to use (pens, blank paper, crayons, games, puzzles, yarn, glue, craft supplies, books, file folders, tools, lawn furniture .....). Here are places to get rid of of stuff that's too good to throw away:

  • Warrenville Ace Hardware - Electronics Recycling box in back of store (small items, NO TV's) and CFL light bulbs
  • Warrenville Public Library: Books and DVD's (in good shape), eye glasses (including sunglasses) for Lions club
  • Bike Rodeo - May 15 - Recycle Bikes Here
  • SCARCE in Glen Ellyn has BookRescue, Tools for Schools and Super Crayons projects - Tools for Schools is for any supplies that a teacher might use in a classroom, including any and all books, paper, pens, pencils & crayons, game pieces or groups of other small things for kids to count / manipulate, anything that could be used for craft projects, any office supplies, buttons, sewing machines, sewing supplies and more. See  Tools for Schools List. Also Book Rescue takes all books. Books for kids are distributed to teachers, for classroom use, and SCARCE finds homes for other books, or recycles those that are in bad shape. All Crayons are used by the Super Crayons project.
  • SCARCE in Glen Ellyn Recycles odds and ends recyling - Keys, flags, records, small metal pieces, cell phones, lights & cords (all year), pens (broken or not), crayons (brokens or not)
  • Freecycle- Join the Warrenville Group - post what you want to give away - "one person's trash is another person's treasure" - You make arrangements for them to pick it up
  • Food Panty in Immanual Church - non-perishables that you won't use (that are still good) - open Tuesday mornings
  • People's Resource Center in Wheaton - food, clothes, computers (critial need for working computers), books
  • Sharing Connections - Furniture and Household Items - they will pickup
  • Good shopping bags - Resale shops including Discoveries (above)
  • Bubble Wrap & Peanuts - UPS and other packaging stores (call first)
  • Hangers - return to cleaners (call first)

Just Want to Recycle It? Find a Recycling Extravaganza!

What is a recycling extravaganza? An event, usually sponsored by a community or municipal group, where residents can bring unwanted "stuff" to be recycled. It's a "drive-thru" for recycling.

What can you recycle? Each event has its own list of items. Read the flyer for the event or go to their webpage to get the details. Typical items include:

  • Scrap Metal
  • Eye Glasses (Lyons Club usually collects and distributes)
  • Electronics (Look Carefully! Usually electronics are considered to be anything with a battery or cord, but each event has different requirements. Although old monitors and TVs are illegal to put in the landfill, many events cannot take them either).
  • Old Bikes
  • Garden Tools
  • Medical Equipment
  • Books
  • Pet Supplies
  • American Flags
  • Many More - check your event listings

Where to items go?  Some items go to commercial recyclers (e.g. scrap metal and electronics) , and others are collected by charities, whose mission includes getting the items to people in need (e.g. eye glasses, books, bikes, garden tools, books, medical equipment, pet supplies)

How does it work?  Stations are set up for each type of item.  As you drive thru the parking lot, volunteers unload items at each station. Some events you drive right thru, and some get very popular, so you might get into a traffic backup. It's  hard to predict. Volunteers are needed too.  If you see and event, and you'd like to volunteer, contact the coordinator, or one of the charities collecting items.

When to these events occur? Most events are on Saturday mornings in the Spring and Fall. There are also some communities that have ongoing drop-off locations.

Upcoming Events - Spring 2016

Annual Events

Ongoing Events

  • Wheaton: Second Saturday each month. 9-noon at the Public Works - small electronics, cooking oil, scrap metal and more (no TV's or hazardous waste).

Additional Resources

If you are looking for more information, check out these websites. It is illegal to put TV's into the landfill, it's difficult to find places to recycle them, and the information is always changing.


Warrenville offers the art, books, music, theatre and history to put a smile on your face. From the Warrenville Public Library, to the art work of Ivan Albright, there is a variety of art and cultural opportunities in Warrenville. Don't find what you want here, within an hour, you can find it in Chicago, or other neighboring suburbs. This section will feature cultural  and historic aspects of Warrenville, along with nearby excursions.

We all like to eat, and living well includes sharing meals with our friends and family. This section will restaurant news and recipes, and anything else related to buying or preparing foods and drinks.

In addition to our own parks,  Warrenville is surrounded by the green space provided by forest preserves and Fermilab, and Cantigy.  Studies show that spending time outdoors helps everyone live better.  This section will remind you of opportunities offered in our own backyards.

Download this file (FallFest2016Poster.pdf)FallFest2016Poster.pdf[Fall Fest in Warrenville - 2016]
This section features the neighborhoods and homes of Warrenville, and gives ideas to keep your home efficient, safe, and healthy.

If someone in Warrenville has a problem, others will help. Find volunteer opportunities on this page.

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

This section features the services provided by local businesses.  Although businesses want to make money, they are motivated to provide valuable services to local residents.  Business owners want to make your lives easier. This section will feature local businesses, and show how they can solve your problems or make your life easier.

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