April 5th 2011 DuPage County Voter Guide

Does anyone really have time to get familiar with all those ballot propositions that pop up every election season?  We realize that you lead busy lives, and we’ve done the research for you so that you can make an informed decision at the polls on April 5th.  The propositions are grouped by city/town/village below.


CITY OF DARIEN

Proposition: Shall the City of Darien have the authority to arrange for the supply of electricity for its residential and small commercial retail customers who have not opted out of such program?

VOTE NO!

Private businesses and consumers can organize to negotiate their own energy deals. Government is already too big for the good of anyone except itself. How will hiring more overpaid government officials, and adding to the already bloated state pension system without new production of energy going to save consumers on energy costs without that cost savings being offset by higher taxes down the road?


VILLAGE OF DOWNERS GROVE

Proposition: Shall the following term limits be placed on the offices of Mayor and Commissioners for the Village of Downers Grove to be effective for officials elected at the April 5, 2011 Consolidated Election and all those elected thereafter?

a) Mayoral term limited to two (2) consecutive four (4) year terms.

b) Six Village Commissioners limited to three (3) consecutive four (4) year terms each.

VOTE YES!

Term limits are a necessary check on government power, ensuring no individuals become so entrenched in the same position to open possible corruption opportunities.


VILLAGE OF HINSDALE

Proposition: Shall the Village Clerk of the Village of Hinsdale be appointed by the Village President with the advice and consent of the Board of Trustees?

VOTE NO!

Switching an office to an appointed position removes power from the people and gives that power to the already overwhelmingly powerful government. The people must reserve as much power as possible to choose their leaders/representatives.


VILLAGE OF LOMBARD

Proposition: Shall the President and Board of Trustees of the Village of Lombard adopt a resolution to provide for a binding referendum at a future election that limits the terms of office for those persons elected to the offices of Village President, Village Clerk or Trustee in the Village of Lombard, such that no person so elected may serve more than three (3) consecutive full four (4) year terms in the same office?

VOTE YES!

Term limits are a necessary check on government power, ensuring no individuals become so entrenched in the same position to open possible corruption opportunities.

 

VILLAGE OF OAK BROOK

Proposition: Shall the Village of Oak Brook have the authority to arrange for the supply of electricity for its residential and small commercial retail customers who have not opted out of such a program?

VOTE NO!

Private businesses and consumers can organize to negotiate their own energy deals. Government is already too big for the good of anyone except itself. How will hiring more overpaid government officials, and adding to the already bloated state pension system without new production of energy going to save consumers on energy costs without that cost savings being offset by higher taxes down the road?

 

CITY OF WEST CHICAGO

Proposition: Shall the City of West Chicago eliminate the office of City Treasurer and assign the duties and responsibilities of that office to City staff to perform?

VOTE YES!

The elimination of the Treasurer will save tax payers $4,500 a year and the current treasurer admits the office  is nothing more than a status position and was the one to originate the recommendation to eliminate the position.

Proposition: Shall the City of West Chicago impose a real estate transfer tax at the rate of Ten Dollars ($10.00) per transfer to be paid by the seller of the real estate transferred, with the revenue of the proposed transfer tax to be used for the General Fund to offset the administrative costs of debt collection and to assist in the collection of outstanding fines, delinquent fees, and judgments due the City?

VOTE NO!

Taxes are already ridiculously high causing much suppressive pressure to the economy. Further increases will only do more bearish harm to our deteriorating political environment in Illinois.


CITY OF WHEATON

Proposition: Shall the City of Wheaton use public funds not to exceed One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($150,000.00) per year for the restoration and operation of the Wheaton Grand Theatre?

VOTE NO!

This is a private business opportunity. The government should not use taxpayer money to: 1) intervene in the private sector, 2) eliminate a private sector business opportunity, and 3) compete against existing private sector theaters stealing business from taxpayers.

 

CITY OF WOOD DALE

Proposition: Shall the City of Wood Dale have the authority to arrange for the supply of electricity for its residential and small commercial retail customers who have not opted out of such program?

VOTE NO!

Private businesses and consumers can organize to negotiate their own energy deals. Government is already too big for the good of anyone except itself. How will hiring more overpaid government officials, and adding to the already bloated state pension system without new production of energy going to save consumers on energy costs without that cost savings being offset by higher taxes down the road?

Proposition: Shall the City of Wood Dale proceed with the planning and construction of a grade separation at Irving Park Road and Wood Dale Road if the project is fully paid for through federal and/or state funding?

VOTE NO!

State and Federal money should not be used for local expenses. This presents a bigger issue, personally I don’t live in Wood Dale, the majority of the people in Illinois and the United States don’t live in Wood Dale, yet we don’t have the opportunity to vote on this issue even though it would be paid through the allocation of everyone’s tax dollars. So were effected yet have minimal say, this is clearly unfair, towns should have to raise internally their own funds for their own projects.

 

WAYNE TOWNSHIP

Proposition: Shall Wayne Township be authorized to contract, administer or license a refuse collection, disposal and recycling program on behalf of the residents of the unincorporated areas of the Township pursuant to Section 85-13(f) and Article 210 of the Township Code?

VOTE NO!

Government needs to stay out of people’s lives and stop trying to dictate every little thing down to limiting individuals to one garbage collection option. That decision should be left to consumers and businesses not to the government.

 

BLOOMINGDALE TOWNSHIP

Proposition: Shall Bloomingdale Township be authorized to contract, administer or license a refuse collection, disposal and recycling program on behalf of the residents of the unincorporated areas of the Township, pursuant to Section 85-13(f) and Article 210 of the Township Code?

VOTE NO!

Government needs to stay out of people’s lives and stop trying to dictate every little thing down to limiting individuals to one garbage collection option. That decision should be left to consumers and businesses, not to the government.

 

MEDINAH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT 11

Proposition: Shall the Board of Education of Medinah School District Number 11, DuPage County, Illinois, build and equip an addition to the Medinah Intermediate School Building to serve various grades, alter, repair and equip school buildings of said School District and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $8,000,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?

VOTE NO!

No more taxes! School administrators job is to make due with the resources they are given, thats way they get paid the big bucks. These mismanagement problems should not be rewarded at the taxpayers’ expense. Perhaps the proposition should ask about cutting administrative expenses.

 

LEMONT-BROMBEREK COMBINED SCHOOL DISTRICT 113A

Proposition: Shall the Board of Education of Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District Number 113A, Cook and DuPage Counties, Illinois, be authorized to issue $20,000,000 bonds for a working cash fund as provided for by Article 20 of the School Code?

VOTE NO!

No more tax! Plus much of Lemont’s problem is due to mismanagement and possibly corruption. These problems should not be rewarded at the taxpayers’ expense.

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