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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: https://www.dupageco.org/VoterLookup/
  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 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.  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!

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!

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

I bet you are ready for the political commercials and phone calls to STOP!

But, are you ready to vote?

VoteIf you’re anything like me, you’d like to know what choices you will be asked to make before you enter the voting booth. In the past, I’ve struggled to get a sample ballot. This year, I found the secret, and I’ll share it with you. 

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 about a dozen different 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) and click submit.
  4. The secret is the "Ballot Style" – 264 in my case, is a link to my ballot. Click this number to get your ballot.

Ballot Style

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

Now I helped you with the easy part of finding the ballot. You have the harder job of deciding how to cast it.

Happy Voting!

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