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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. 6, 2018, to figure out how to vote. Take a look at the choices for local offices, they 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. Just considering Warrenville voters, there are many ballot variations.

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

  1. Go to the Voter Information Page on the Dupage County website:
  2. Search By Address
    Click on the "Search by 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.  This is not an official ballot, and does not contain all the local items.

Besides the usual candidates, Warrenville ballots contain a referendum for Wheaton Warrenville School District 200 regarding the Early Childhood Education Center, and 3 propositions:

  • Shall DuPage County oppose the General Assembly instituting a property tax increase equivalent to 1% of your home’s value to help retire state debt?
  • Shall DuPage County oppose the creation of a statewide Vehicle Mileage Tax (VMT) which would tax DuPage County citizens based upon the number of miles driven annually?
  • Shall DuPage County continue to dissolve and consolidate units of local government to reduce costs, increase efficiencies, and increase accountability? 

Happy Voting!

Art on the prairieArt on the Prairie, Warrenville's fall art and music festival, is coming up on the weekend of Septermber 15 and 16, 2018. The park district is looking for volunteers. Your help will make this event run smoohtly.

Volunteers Needed on September 15 and 16:

  • 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

Thanks for your consideration!

Schedule for Art on the Prairie 2018

Enjoy live music, children's art station, taste Two Brothers beer & products and shop for art as you stroll through Warrenville City Hall Complex. This juried art fair features photography, wood work, jewelry, ink prints and much more from Midwest artists.

Saturday, September 15
12:00pm - L.J Slavin
1:00 - 3:00pm - Face Painting & Ben’s Bubbles - FREE
1:15pm - Real Steel Island Band
3:00pm - West Chicago Schools D33 Ballet Dancers
4:00pm - Ashley Lewis & Legacy
5:00pm - Tin Fiddle Band

Sunday, September 16
11:30am - Paul Botts
1:00 - 3:00pm - Face Painting - FREE
1:00 - 3:00pm - Chris Fascione - Strolling Juggler - FREE
1:45 pm - Robert Rose Celtic Folk Music
3:00pm - Banjo Buddies

Sponsored in part by the City of Warrenville Hotel Motel Tax Fund.
Funded partially or wholly by the City of Warrenville.
Thank you to our sponsors NorthStar Credit Union, Daniel and Associates Real Estate, Warrenville Public Library District, East China Inn, Two Brothers Brewing Co., Art Works IL Arts Council, Edward Jones, Daily Herald Media Group, Chiro One, Ed Hoy's International, Ball Hort.

Earth Day Aprill 22Happy Earth Day!

Aprril 22 is Earth Day. Also time for spring cleaning. It is a  time to think about the 3R's: REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE. Keep reading to learn how to get rid of your unwanted "stuff" and keep it out of the landfill. 

Sell It

To sell your "stuff",  list it on Craig's list. or the Warrenville Garage Sales and Exchange Facebook group. If not,  donate it to bless someone else or recycle it. 

Donate It

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 (NO big TV's or computer monitors, even if they work) Click links for hours and more detailed lists.

  • Discoveries Resale Shop and Furniture Annex in Warrenville: Pickup can be scheduled for furniture. Benefits Warrenville Youth and Family Services.
  • ReStore for working appliances, light fixtures, and other building supplies. Nearest one is by Fox Valley (4100 Fox Valley Ctr Dr Aurora, IL 60504). A division of Habitat for Humanity.
  • Jubilee - A bigger furniture store than the Discoveries Annex - located at 730 E. North Ave. Carol Stream, IL 60188 - 630.784.2890 - Benefits Outreach Community Ministries

Recycle It

Upcoming Recycling Events in Warrenville

  • Paper Shredding and Electronics Recycling - April 21, 2018 from 9 am  - 1 pm at Northstar Credit Union at 3 S 555 Winfield Road.  Limit 2 bankers boxes of paper per person, and any electronics except TVs and computer monitors
  • Bike Rodeo - May 19, 2018 from 9-noon in City Hall Parking Lot. Collecting Bikes to be donated and fixed for use by those in need.
  • Warrenville Paper Shredding and Electronics Recycling Event - May 19 from 9 am to noon at the Warrenville Public Works facility, 3S346 Mignin Drive.  Limit 3 bankers boxes of paper to be shredded. Items accepted for electronics recycling include computers, laptops, servers, switches, modems, routers, batteries, UPS systems, printers, copiers, fax machines, circuit boards, cords, wires, toys, small appliances, stereo equipment, office equipment, telephone systems, cell phones, games, PDAs, and banking/financial/medical equipment. Larger items are accepted for a fee paid in advance. More info in the "April Hometown Happenings" newsletter.
  • Book Drive at the Park District from May 1 - May 31:  Your books can help  Bernie's Book Bank.  Please donate new and gently used children's books, aged birth through 6th grade. (Please, no workbooks, textbooks or reference books.)

    Drop box will be located in the Park District Recreation Center lower level lobby from May 1 - May 31. Goal: To collect 1,500 books.

Ongoing Recycling Events

Remember that most items items are made of natural resources - better to find a way to re-cycled even after the item is no good (e.g. keys, small metal pieces, lawn chairs, books). There are also things that the right person 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  and CFL bulbs - Take electronics to a box in back of store (small items, TV's for a price) and CFL light bulbs (bring to cash register).
  • Warrenville Public Library: Eye glasses (including sunglasses) for Lions club - in between doors at back entrace. 
  • Warrenville Park District - Bins at the back entrance for ink jet cartridges, old cell phones, batteries, gym shoes, eye glasses, paper, plastic 
  • Warrenville City Hall - Batteries (alkaline, lithium, lithium-ion) - Collection bins by upper and lower entrances. Keep the chemicals that leak out of batteries out of our water supply!
  • St. Irene's - Paper Recycling - includes outdated text books
  • 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. For a bigger audience, there are other Wheaton and Naperville groups too. (Can be all sorts of things. For example,  I got rid of landscape stones and logs (and they came to get it), and old chair cushions.
  • Wheaton Public WorksSecond Saturday each month. 9-noon - small electronics, cooking oil, scrap metal and more (no TV's or hazardous waste).
  • 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 (broken or not) are used by the Super Crayons project.
  • SCARCE in Glen Ellyn Recycles odds and ends  - Keys, flags, records, small metal pieces, cell phones, lights & cords (all year) - Click to see list
  • 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. They help people in crisis that need to setup a household. Also new cleaning supplies and personal care products.
  • Shopping bags - Resale shops including Discoveries in Warrenville re-uses shopping bags and plastic bags in good shape. - If DIscoveries can't use your plastic bags, then take them for recycling next door at Family Foods.
  • Tennis Shoes - Take them to the Nike store in the Aurora Premium Outlet Mall - Nike grinds them for playground surfaces so bring shoes with holes. - if the shoes are wearable, they can go to a resale shop - limit might be 10 pairs (in one drop off). 
  • Bubble Wrap & Peanuts - UPS and other packaging stores (call first)
  • Hangers - return to cleaners (call first)
  • Electronics and more - 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).
  • Garden Tools - Garden Works Project now has a facility in West Chicago is creating a Garden Tool lending library. (103 W. Washington, West Chicago - in the same building as Gallery 200)  Stop by to drop off when the gallery is open (Thur 12-6, Fri 12-8, Sat 10-4, Sun 12-4) Learn more or make arrangements with the Garden Works Project
  • Latex Paint - Usable paint that has not been frozen. is usually collected in June and July at Woodridge Greene Valley Wastewater Treatment Facility - 7900 S. Route 53, Woodridge

Find a Recycling Extravaganza!

These events, usually sponsored by a community or municipal group, provide a "drive-thru" recycling. Each event has its own list of items, and arranges for charties or commercial organizations to take the various items.  Find upcoming extravaganzas and read the flyer for the event or go to their webpage to get the details. ThereTypical 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. Old monitors and TVs may not be collected, or may be collected for a fee).
  • Old Bikes
  • Garden Tools
  • Medical Equipment
  • Books
  • Pet Supplies
  • American Flags
  • Many More - check your event listings

Hazardous Waste

Some things can't be recycled, and shouldn't go in the landfill.  These include old medicine, cleaning chemicals, oil based paints, and weed killers. We're lucky to have the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) disposal site in Naperville that is open every weekend. 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 - Many police stations, including Warrenville Police Station, and the Naperville Hazardous Waste (HHW) provide at drop of for unneeded or expired medications. Dump all the pills into a ziplock bag - there is not enough room to store all the prescription containers. . Drug Take Back Day is April 28, 2018. Find additional locations on the DEA website that are open 10-2 that day.

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.

Will You Ask for a Democratic or Republican Ballot?

VoteThe upcoming election is a primary, so your ballot will not have all the candidates that you see in the commercials. You must choose which ballot you want to vote.

Looking up the ballots, there was one surprising issue on both ballots. This issue is, "Should the DuPage County Elections Commission be dissolved, and it's functions be consolidated  with the office of the Dupage County Clerk."  This question is on the Republican, Democratic, and the only item on the Non Partisan Ballot. It is probably on all ballots in DuPage County.

Candidate Forum for 14th Congressional District

Wondering who to vote for? Come meet the candidates

Most of Warrenville is in the the 14th Congressional District. The Republican candidate, (Randy Hultgren) is unopposed. Now you have the opportunity to choose which of 7 Democratic candidates will oppose him on the November ballot. Come meet these candidates:
D14 Candidate Forum: Sunday March 11 from 6-8 pm at Warrenville City Hall. 

Find Your Ballots

If you are in DuPage County, follow these steps to enter your address and you'll have the ballots. For this election there are Republican, Democrat, and Non-Partisan Ballots.

  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" links to get each ballot.

sample ballot link

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

It's good to look up your own ballot, but for this election, there are few local contests, so if you live in DuPage County Board District 6, and Congressional District 14, these may be your  sample ballots:

Looking a last minute gift idea? A book to read? Find a book that supports a local Warrenville author.  There are links to purchase each book on Amazon. If you don't find what you are looking for here, check out these other ideas:

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 by Friday Sept 8.

Thanks for your consideration! 

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

There's a great line-up of Fourth of July festivities right Here in Warrenville!

Monday July 3

Parade: "Fifty Golden Years"

The parade, lead by the esteemed parade marshalls Emily Larson and Fay Johnson,  kicks off from downtown Warrenville at 6pm. It will travel south on Warren Ave., then west on Warrenville Road, south on Curtis Ave and will disband at Woodland Rd. and Curtis Ave. Judges’ Stand at Curtis and Forestview

Cerny Park

  • 5 - 11 pm - Concessions Open
  • 6:30-8:30 PM Balloon Twisting: (Pavilion) & Ben’s Bubbles (Center Grass Area)
  • 7:30-11 PM Band: The New Odyssey performing with up to 30 different musical instruments.

Tuesday July 4

FireCracker 5K

The race starts at 8 am. Both the start and finish lines are in front of the Warrenville Park District. Even if you are not running, come out and cheer on your friends and neighbors. You can sign up until 7:30 am on race day at the Community Building.

Wellness Warriors

You might see people wearing blue Wellness Warrior shirts. This  group is improving their nutrition and life-style because they want live a long and happy life in a healthy community. This race is the first in-person meet-up of the group. Cheer them on, come to the booth, or join the group of Wellness Warriors.

Children's Parade

Decorate your bike for the kid's parade.

  • 11:45 AM Participants meet at St. Irene Church on Warren Ave. and Warrenville
  • Noon Start Parade travels south on Warren Av to Cerny Park.

Food, Music & Fun at Cerny Park

  • Noon - D. C. Karaoke under the pavilion. Continuing at various times until 7:30 PM
  • 12:30 Opening Flag Ceremony with the V.F.W. Rifle Squad Drill Team
  • 12:30-5:30 Children & Teen Activities: Face Painter, Balloon Twister, Unicycle Performer and Juggler
  • 12:30 - 1:30 Ozzie the Kane County Cougar Mascot visits 3rd Annual Cerny Series and Celebration
  • 1:00 - 3 PM Warrenville Park District Activities:
  • 1:00 PM Sack Races/Stacker Cups Relay
  • 1:15 PM Bubble Gum Blowing Contest
  • 1:30-2:30 PM 2 – Player Team Shooting Contest
  • 1:30 PM Hula Hoop Contest
  • 2:00 PM Water Fights Warrenville Fire Department with Neighboring Fire Departments
  • 2:00-4:00 PM Warrenville’s 8th Annual Horseshoe Contest visit the pits before
  • 2 PM. Ask for Greg or Tom 2:00-3:00 PM Free Bingo & Prizes under the pavilion sponsored by Warrenville Historical Society
  • 2:30-3:30 PM Pickle Ball Demo see the newest sensation for yourself!
  • 2:30-3:00 PM Double Identity Pop Rock Girl Power on the Main Stage
  • 3:30-4:00 PM Braze Warrenville’s Own Burning Up the Main Stage
  • 4:30-7:30 PM Face Painting (Pavilion) 5:00-6:30 PM Centerfold Chicagoland’s Great Roll & Roll on the Main Stage
  • 6:30-7:30 PM D. C. Karaoke under the pavilion
  • 7:30-9:15 PM Hi-Infidelity the Best in Classic Rock Music on the Main Stage

Fire Works

Flag Raising & National Anthem followed by SPECTACULAR FIREWORKS! This is the place to be!

Print or download a flyer of all the events on July 3 & 4 in Warrenville




Time to enjoy local produce! Find it at these local  Farmer's Markets and French Markets:

  • Any Day - Mayneland Farm Stand at Bauer & Mill St. in Naperville - See Hours and available produce
  • Winfield: Wednesday 7am - 1pm at County Farm and Geneva Rd. - Starts June 7, 2017
  • Wheaton French Market -Saturday 8am - 2 pm - Main and Liberty - April 14 -  Nov 11, 2017
  • Naperville Farmer's Market - Saturday 7am - noon at 5th Avenue Station 200 E. Fifth Ave., June 3 - Oct 28, 2017
  • Glen Ellyn French Market - Sunday 9 am - 1:30 pm - Glenwood parking lot at 460 Crescent Boulevard - starts June 4, 2017,
  • Geneva Farmer's Market - Thursday - 7:30 AM – 1 PM at the Exchange Street Parking Lot - June 15- Oct 19, 2017
  • Geneva French Market - Sundays 9AM-2PM - Metra parking Lot NW corner of  South Street and 4th Street  - April 16 - November 12, 2017
  • Batavia Farmer's Market -  Saturday  8am to noon - River St. between Wilson and State St -  June 3rd - October 28, 2017 - 3rd Saturdays features the Artisan Collective where you can shop local from artists and designers.

Join a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and get a basket (aka share) of locally grown produce every week or every other week. Some of the CSA's may be filling up, but there is probably still time. Here are a few:

  • Rustic Road Farm - pickup / sign up Saturdays at Wheaton French Market  - farm in Elburn
  • Green Earth Institute - sign up online - pickup  Tue/Friday in Naperville or Wed in Winfield, near County Farm and Jewel Rd. - farm in Naperville
  • Find more CSA's at Band of Farmers


Earth Day Aprill 22Happy Earth Day!

Aprril 22 is Earth Day. Also time for spring cleaning. It is a  time to think about the 3R's: REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE. Keep reading to learn how to get rid of your unwanted "stuff" and keep it out ot the landfill.

Where to Recycle Stuff - 2017 Update


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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