Saturday, April 27, 2013

Elected Officials – Where Can I Voice My Opinion?

Elected Officials – Where Can I Voice My Opinion?
and, a tid-bit of the weeks news
SANDY’S LIGHTHOUSE Edition | by Sandy Gresak
Last week we started featuring the blog and info picked from websites of our Democratic Officials. Our first feature was-The Duckworth Diary. It featured Congresswoman Duckworth’s weekly message.  Although there will be a link attached, I thought It would be helpful to list an address or link to reach all Elected Officials if you have any concerns you’d like to share with them. Also, please go to our DuPage Democratic ELECTED OFFICIALS page here

Governor Quinn
        SPRINGFIELD                   CHICAGO
        Office of the Governor            Office of the Governor
        207 State House                     James R. Thompson Center
        Springfield, IL 62706               10
0 W. Randolph, 16-100
        Phone: 217-782-0244              Chicago, IL 60601
        TTY: 888-261-3336                  Phone: 312-814-2121 
State Senators and State Representatives
If you need to contact your Illinois Elected Official -The Illinois General Assembly Website link is : 
It will give you a list of both Senate and House Members.
United States Senate
Durbin, Richard J. – (D-IL)
Class II
United States House of Representatives (DuPage County)   W=Washington L=Local
District         Name                Party        Phone                        
5            Quigley, Mike             D        W-202-225-4061
8            Duckworth, Tammy     D        W-202-225-3711
              Foster, Bill                D        W-202-225-3515
11                                                     L-630-585-7672
Click on any of the links and open.
Let’s get caught up on some community news.
Democrats on State Pension Plan...
How suburban state Senate Democrats could sway pension argument “As the debate over the state's escalating pension costs burned hot last month, the Illinois Senate took to the floor to debate two competing plans to address the problem. Lawmakers had strong opinions on each, and a middle ground was — and is — hard to find. The stakes are high because the retirement future of thousands of teachers and retirees depends on what Illinois officials decide to do. When it came time to vote, suburban Senate Democrats largely stuck together. Their numbers in Springfield have never been bigger, and the pension plan they liked was approved and sent to the House.
They’re on the Move..
After 45 years in Bartlett, a school that serves special needs students is moving to Wheaton. The Bartlett Learning Center's Clare Woods Academy plans to complete its transition by the end of July and open in time for the next school year, said principal John Utterback. Its graduation in June will be the last in its current location at 801 W. Bartlett Road. The school will be moving into the former St. John's Lutheran School at Seminary Avenue and Main Street in Wheaton. "We're excited about the downtown (Wheaton) location, we're excited to be near Wheaton College, and we see this as an opportunity to engage the community vocationally and to become a part of Wheaton," he said.
DuPage Forest Preserve Commissioners Consider Pay Cut...
Now that state lawmakers have refused to get involved, DuPage County Forest Preserve District commissioners are taking it upon themselves to seek a pay cut. How far they go to reduce their own salaries and benefits remains to be seen. Commissioner Shannon Burns is suggesting the six commissioners cut their annual salaries from $53,500 to $50,079, which is the same amount DuPage County Board members receive. "Our salaries and benefits should be equal (to county board members) because the work we do is equal," Burns said.
Just What Is A Paul Sjordal Newsletter and How Can I Get It?
Often you read information I have picked from a weekly newsletter by Paul Sjordal. I’ll let Paul describe it to you...
started this 7-days-a-week (now 5-days-a- week, Tuesday thru Saturday as of June, 2012) News on September 22, 2008 to help candidates keep up to date on media coverage. The News emphasis is local, but I include city, state, national and international political news when it is of high quality or something you aren't likely to run across or know about. For your privacy, I send my News via blind copy so no one else will see your address. I encourage you to forward it to family and friends and I welcome new email addresses if  you know of someone who wants to receive it. I also welcome links that you want to share.   Thank you, Paul

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