Yes, Democrats Do Deliver! – DuPage County Board

by Julie Renehan
Dems deliver! This is certainly true on the DuPage County Board. As Chair of both the Judicial and Public Safety and the Health & Human Services Committees, I’m proud to share the achievements of the first ever majority Democratic County Board.Our Board exerted tremendous effort judiciously allocating $179M in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grants under the leadership of Finance Chair Liz Chaplin. In addition to supporting struggling businesses, we chose to support impactful projects that will benefit the County for years to come.

On Human Services, made up wholly of Democrats, we won bipartisan support for $10.8M funding for mental health and substance abuse programs, food insecurity, and preventing homelessness. Prioritizing preventing homelessness, HHS collaborated with PADS, committing $5M, renovating a hotel into a homeless shelter. While we wish residents would never experience the difficulties of homelessness, we recognized early on in the pandemic that a hotel room was preferable in privacy, health, and safety to mobile shelter, especially for families.

As a pro bono attorney, it was a priority to assist pro se clients during eviction processes. Our Community Services division added outreach to educate residents on options and funded Prairie State Legal attorneys, and DuPage Bar mediators as advocates in the eviction court. I can report that, according to Illinois Department of Housing figures, DuPage County leads the state in court-based rental assistance. DuPage has administered $24.5M in federal grants toward rent assistance, preventing eviction for over 2,500 residents.

The DuPage County Care Center takes wonderful care of our seniors and vulnerable residents, largely low-income residents, and will receive $20M for much-needed structural and aesthetic improvements. The goal? Attracting and serving as a valuable nursing resource for more County residents.

And despite Republican aspersions, Democrats strongly supported law enforcement with millions spent funding criminal justice supports such as body cameras, officer training, and wages. In Judicial and Public Safety, we approved funding for a much-needed build-out of the Judicial Center. Our bipartisan team worked with the Chief Judge, Probation, State’s Attorney, Public Defender, selecting a $19 M plan to address long-standing space challenges and newer legislative requirements. When the county-wide MERIT task force requested a command center and armored vehicle, I urged JPS members to consult law enforcement partners. The result? Democrats unanimously approved MERIT’s request.

So, if anyone asks- Yes, Democrats do deliver.

(Virtual) Happy Hour Thursday, January 20, 5-7pm

We’re in the thick of Omicron, so no in-person Happy Hour this month, but we’ll be having a Happy Zoom (?) this coming Thursday, January 20th, from 5pm to 7pm. Come hang out with us! Drink, don’t drink, lie about drinking — we don’t care!

Join Zoom Meeting
https://cod.zoom.us/j/87435054465?pwd=VzVXOEZlQjFWOHAvdW1NT0M1WmVMQT09

Meeting ID: 874 3505 4465
Passcode: 841311
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Please note that from now on, Happy Hours will be held on the third Thursday of each month.

Martin Luther King Day of Service

Kind Day: It Starts With Me

From President Biden’s Proclamation:

 

Living up to his legacy, and what Dr. King believed our Nation could become requires more than just reflection — it requires action.  We must protect the hard-fought gains he helped achieve and continue his unfinished struggle.  That is why the Congress must pass Federal legislation to protect the right to vote — a right that is under attack by a sinister combination of voter suppression and election subversion.  We must confront the scourge of racism and white supremacy — a stain on our Nation — and give hate no safe harbor in America.  We must strive to achieve not just political equality but also economic justice so that workers can earn a decent living, students can learn safely, the sick can access health care, the poor can climb out of poverty, the elderly can age with dignity, and everyone in America can live without discrimination or fear.

MLK Day of Service (Americorps)

 

Special Chair Chat
with Ken Mejia-Beal

Chair Democratic Party of DuPage Co
featuring
State Rep. Anne Stava-Murray State
Central Committeeman Patrick Watson
moderator
Dianne McGuire Indivisible Naperville

Preregister at the link below
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsd-2pqj0oE9HxXWt3BHb0VM0i4CJOOkBO

2021 Holiday Party!

When LTDO throws a Holiday Party, it does not fool around! The festivities at Meson Sabika featured an elegant setting, great food, and lots of quality schmoozing. Thanks to our Events Chair Urzula Urzua for conceiving and planning this (and coping with late responses and no-shows)!

Heads up — next year, the Holiday Party will be a fundraiser via advance ticket sales only Start saving your pennies!

Chili Cookoff Fundraiser

The Chili Cookoff Fundraiser is returning!  We hope to hold the event sometime this Spring, but we don’t know yet when it will be safe to do so. Admission will be $30 per individual, $60 per family, and $5 off if you bring a dish.

We’ll hold four competitions:
1. Chili – any kind     2. Chili – vegetarian     3. Cornbread     4. Dessert

We are still seeking a site for this event, so if you have any ideas or connections, PLEASE let us know at urzula@gmail.com.