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Kane County Voters Decide $50-Million Referendum

posted January 12th, 2017

The Kane County Forest Preserve District could add as much as 1500 acres if voters approve a referendum in April. The Kane County Forest Preserve Commission approved a resolution to put a $50-million question on the ballot. The Naperville based Conservation Foundation has backed previous open space questions in Kane and DuPage counties. Brook McDonald is President and CEO of the Foundation. He tells WDCB News there are still opportunities for open space preservation. McDonald says there are a lot of large parcels remaining in Kane County, but the Forest Preserve District there is focused on properties that are adjacent to existing forest preserves. He says that's a more efficient way to take care of current preserves and enhance open space preservation. This is the second smallest open space referendum the Kane County Forest Preserve has put before voters in the past 18 years. McDonald says the district previously won support for questions totaling
$260-million.

Mayors Seek To Block Mysterious Referendum

posted January 11th, 2017

A group of DuPage County municipal leaders went to court this week to block a mysterious annexation petition. Residents in Warrenville, Woodridge, and Lisle were asked to sign on to a campaign to have Naperville absorb the three cities. Warrenville Mayor David Brummel as well as the mayors in the other cities involved asked a court to keep the question off the April fourth ballot. Brummel tells WDCB News the genesis of the petition drive is unknown. He says this isn't something that came from any of the communities, there's no ground swell to consolidate any of the four cities mentioned in the petition drive. Brummel says it appears the petition was presented as some sort of political stunt. He says maybe the mayors will find out who is behind it, maybe not. Naperville didn’t initiate the annexation petition, and Brummel says the county’s largest municipality joined the effort to block the referendum. He says there isn’t any interest among the elected leaders or Warrenville residents to pursue the idea.