Friday Wrap for April 28th, 2017

Friday Wrap for April 28, 2017(Re: Trustees, Springfield Lobbying, Gun Club, etc.)

Re: Trustee's Final Meeting, Springfield Drive Down, Gun Club, etc.

 Welcome to the Friday Wrap for April 28th, 2017.  It seemed a little quieter this week around the village, but that may be because I was out of town more than in it? The Friday Wrap was actually filmed in Galena which I actually attempted to do outside the home of one of our presidents, that of President Ulysses S. Grant.  After some technical difficulties, it was filmed in the woods with the birds chirping in the background and here’s the link:

Trustees’ Final Village Board Meeting:
The meeting was relatively short on Monday, but we did clear the way for the Hampton Social to be built in the old Coldwater Creek space and it is already well under way.  It was a bit of a somber feeling at Monday’s Board Meeting as we thanked Trustees Janet Grasso and Diane Bolos for their service as they attended final Board Meeting.  Neither chose to run for re-election as they both looked forward to spending more time with their families and pursue other interests.
Dupage County Mayors Lobby in Springfield:
Our soon-to-be Village Administrator, Doug Pollock, and I made the annual trip to the state’s capitol this week to lobby on behalf of the village, county and state.  It was my fifth year and his first to participate in the Springfield Drive Down sponsored by the Dupage Mayors and Managers Conference (aka, DMMC). 
The first official event was a lunch at the Wyndham to hear from our keynote speaker, Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti and our trip ended with a lunch with State Treasurer Michael Frerichs. In between, we met with Governor Bruce Rauner, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno, House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie, Deputy Minority Leader Patti Bellock, Senator Michael Connelly, Representative Kathleen Willis, Representative David Olsen, Representative Mike Fortner, Senator Tom Cullerton, Senator Pam Althoff, Senator Cristina Castro and many others.  I also had a separate meeting with Representatives Mary Flowers and Chris Welch and Doug Pollock took a picture with the Police Chief of Riverside where Doug also serves as a Trustee!
The main issues we discussed with the legislators were:  the state budget, the need for appropriations of state-collected local revenue (including LGDF and MFT), and potential property tax freeze legislation.  The other fact sheets we broached had to do with everything from municipal authority to regulate the location of wireless facilities to reforming Public Safety Pension Systems.
Willowbrook Considers Pros/Cons of Exclusive Gun Club & Shooting Range:  Ashton Place was the scene of a packed house as interested neighbors from primarily Willowbrook and Burr Ridge packed the ballroom to hear from a petitioner looking to pioneer a high-end Gun Club, Shooting Range and Safety Center in Illinois. Details are still unfolding, but so far I’ve been able to learn that the company has similar facilities in Texas and Michigan, includes a private club that would serve alcohol (to members forking out $5000 and a $250 per month in dues), a shooting range for members and police departments, plus the sale of Jeeps or similar off-road vehicles, etc.   I was also told that after intense concerns over potential gun violence were expressed from opponents, as well as a few threats to board members, the topic was tabled until May 22nd pending more details and discussion.
CROWNE PLAZA Opening Delayed: The CROWNE PLAZA is now expected to officially open on May 18th with a Grand Opening Event scheduled for August. I’m not surprised at the delay considering the extent of their renovation and expansion.
On a Personal Note . . . 
It was a bitter-sweet feeling to attend our daughter’s final college tennis match and the end of her ten year tennis career!  Even my oldest brother, Larry, who is himself a lifetime tennis player, came in from Arlington, Virginia to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, to watch Alysa play for the UWM Panthers one last time.  She did well in her final matches against both Cleveland State University and Youngstown State University, but the team did not advance to Regionals.  But I did learn, just yesterday, that Alysa won two coveted titles: Sportsmanship Award for the Horizon League and All-Academia Horizon League Award.  That brings a smile to this proud dad’s face…and a few tears! 
That’s a Wrap…have an awesome week, Mickey
Mayor Mickey Straub

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