Hello…and welcome to the Friday Wrap for September 28th, 2018! Here’s the wrap-up of Burr Ridge news, events and progress for the week. Sorry for the delay, the village related meetings ran into last evening and it takes quite a while sometimes to write the weekly summaries.
Taste of Egypt Festival Held Last Weekend:
The weather was ideal for this year’s Taste of Egypt Festival this weekend and, as always, there were plenty of things for the KIDS to do, plenty of Egyptian items for parents to see or buy, plenty of Egyptian food and church tours for everyone! And, Yes, there was even Free Camel Rides…with an opportunity to purchase a picture of this once-in-a-lifetime (or annual) event with a picture of the pyramids in the background. And for the first time ever, K-LOVE was on hand to tell everyone about their Christian Radio station that that is always Positive and Encouraging! K-Love is now on two channels, 94.3 and 97.9 to reach out to both the younger and older generations. Thank you to everyone at St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church!
Congressman Peter Roskam Fundraiser Held in the Village:
People from as far away as Chicago and Libertyville came to meet and hear from Congressman Peter Roskam last weekend. Top among the topics discussed were the present state of health care in this nation including the out-of-control fraud. It was hosted by Drs. Sreenivas and Lalitha Reddy at their home in Burr Ridge. In typical Illinois gerrymandering fashion, Roskam’s District starts in the northern portion of Burr Ridge and runs northwest representing slices or parts of communities all the way to Crystal Lake!!...55 miles away!!
Mayors Attend EPA Meeting in Chicago about Sterigenics:
Willowbrook Mayor Frank Trilla and I travelled to the headquarters of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) for Region 5 in the federal building at 77 W. Jackson, Chicago yesterday for a 2+ hour meeting. It was the highest level government meeting that I ever attended which included State Representative and Leader Jim Durkin, State Senator John Curran plus representatives from the Offices of Dick Durbin, Tammy Duckworth, Peter Roskam; via phone was Congressman Bill Fosterand representatives from the Illinois EPA and Department of Public Health. Dupage County Board Member Greg Hart and Assistant to the Village Administrator Evan Walter were also present.
There were over six EPA officials from Chicago and North Carolina also in attendance, led by USEPA Assistant Administrator William Wehrum (via close-circuit TV) and Deputy Assistant Administrator Clint Woods who flew in from Washington D.C. to attend meeting in person. While very informative and somewhat calming overall, one of the many things that Asst. Administrator Wehrum said that stuck out in my head was “We don’t live in a Zero-Risk world at the EPA.”
When EPA officials were asked/pressed by Representative Durkin to “shut down Sterigenics until the results are finalized”, they told us they are examining Section 112 of the Clean Air Act to see what authority they have, but have not made any decision.”
As Mayor Trilla indicated in his summary of the meeting, “We were told the EPA has received preliminary results from stack testing done at Sterigenics and staff is starting to analyze the results. EPA officials have committed to sharing results in real time and told us the final report could be up to four weeks away.”
The EPA has committed to perform 24-hour Ambient Air Monitoring and to improve their Community Outreach. I was also assured in a conversation afterward with a top EPA official that “The EPA is now fully engaged.”
The Village staff and I have been monitoring this situation closely and are working with the Village of Willowbrook, the Illinois EPA, the USEPA, and other agencies. In addition, the Village Administrator Doug Pollock and I met with Willowbrook Mayor Frank Trilla and Village Administrator Tim Halik for several hours on this issue this week. I have directed staff to build lines of communication with the community to both gather information and share the most current and accurate information as it is released and to attend any/all relevant public meetings on this topic. Evan Walter will be attending the Senate meeting this week and we will keep you informed.
HARVEST FEST on Saturday!!
The Burr Ridge HARVEST FEST will be held on Saturday from 1:00 - 5:00 PM at Harvester Park with plenty of fun and food for the entire family. The WB/BR Kiwanis is serving the Brats or Hot Dogs!
On a Personal Note . . .
My daughter was involved in a minor accident this week on I-294 when Alysa’s car was hit from behind by a man driving a Chevrolet Tahoe...in a rush to catch a plane at O’Hare. There were no injuries and only minor damage. (On a more positive note, I did include a cute picture of her with one of our cats, Josie.)
Have a blessed week,
Mayor Mickey Straub