A Publication of the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference
In This Issue
Save the Date - January 21st          

The Conference is hosting its annual Legislative Reception and Dinner on Wednesday, January 21. The evening will feature a brief presentation of the Conference's major legislative initiatives for the 2015 Legislative Session.




January 21, 2015,

5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


Hilton Lisle/Naperville

3003 Corporate West Drive Lisle, IL 60532


Please reserve this important date on your calendars!

2015 Annual DMMC Golf Outing Location Announcement  

It's never too early to get your clubs ready and practice your swing - This year's event will be held at the Seven Bridges Golf Course in Woodridge on Wednesday, July 15, 2015.

Please visit our Corporate Partner websites via the links below:


Platinum Plus



Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Baxter & Woodman, Inc.
BMO Harris Bank, NA
Call One
Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd.
ESI Consultants, Ltd.
Ottosen, Britz, Kelly, Cooper,  Gilbert, DiNolfo, Ltd
Prescient Solutions
Robinson Engineering, Ltd.



AXA Advisors, LLC.
Azavar Audit Solutions, Inc. 
Burns and McDonnell 
Capitol Consulting Group Illinois LLC
EJM Engineering, Inc. 
ERS (Enterprise Recovery Systems), Inc. 
Ruekert Mielke 
Speer Financial, Inc. 
Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service, Inc. 

Corporate Partners

The DMMC Corporate Partners program provides an opportunity for participation by organizations that share a common commitment to the well-being of DuPage County municipalities. Corporate Partners gain high visibility among member communities through such means as meetings, workshops, publications, annual events, and sponsorship opportunities.

For more information on the Corporate Partners program, contact Suzette Quintell, Deputy Executive Director, at (630) 571-0480, ext. 227 or visit the DMMC website.  

Upcoming Meetings

Board of Directors:

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Thursday, March 5, 2015

DMMC Conference Room


Business Meetings (Full Conference):

January 2015 Legislative Dinner


January 21, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM CST


Hilton Lisle/Naperville


February 2015 Conference Business Meeting


February 18, 2015 from 5:45 PM to 8:00 PM CST

Location and topic TBD       


March 2015 Conference Business Meeting


March 18, 2015 from 5:45 PM to 8:00 PM CDT

Location and topic TBD       




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Member Spotlight -

Kathleen Rush,

Village Administrator

In our recurring In Brief spotlight on members who lead by example and help us succeed as a Conference, we are pleased to feature Woodridge Village Administrator Kathleen Rush.


1.  How did you first become involved with DMMC? 

Back in 1985, I was just out of graduate school and in my first real job with Woodridge, I was assigned to prepare an ordinance so we could sell items at the DMMC auction. It was my first exposure to DuPage communities working together for the common good. The auction proved to be reliable, convenient, and a time saver for those involved. It was the first of many times that intergovernmental cooperation worked.


2.  What DMMC committees have you served on? 

My experience with the Executive Board, and the newly created Manager's Committee along with Transportation Technical Committee, Regulatory Issues Committee, Nominating Committee, and Golf Committee have provided a lot of opportunity for collaboration.


3.  What contribution to DMMC are you most proud of?

Woodridge has a long standing tradition of active involvement in DMMC. We see the benefit of acting collectively on a variety of issues, from purchasing to stormwater to planning transportation. The Woodridge staff is represented on almost every committee of DMMC because without participation, you cannot reap maximum benefits. With our involvement we know that we will get a better result through collective action, as we are helping to guide the process.


4.  Why are you so actively involved with DMMC?

There are many activities that Woodridge could undertake in an independent fashion and be effective. For some activities, like lobbying, transportation planning, and stormwater management, where our collective voice is so much stronger and more effective, DMMC gives us that portal.   We are leveraging others' knowledge, connections, and desires to succeed. Woodridge represents a population of 33,000, approximately; as a member of DMMC, I represent over a million DuPage County residents. If we are tackling an issue in Springfield, I like my odds better with DMMC than playing Don Quixote and jousting at windmills by myself.


5.  Do you have any interesting or funny stories to share?

There is always something funny about our trips to Springfield - getting lost in a cornfield on the bus was amusing for about a minute.


6.  Do you have any advice for newer DMMC managers?

Get involved. Get your staff involved and really encourage your elected officials to participate. The DMMC staff is available to help you - reach out and ask for support.


 7.  How has being involved in DMMC helped your town?

Woodridge has been able to establish and foster great relationships with our neighboring communities as a result of our involvement with DMMC. We also know that we have well respected and knowledgeable individuals to help us with Springfield and legislation.


8.  Is there anything else that you would like to share?

DMMC is a great investment for our community. The investment accrues interest through the involvement of each and every member. I encourage participation at the Board dinner meetings as well as through committees. 


2014 Fall Veto Session                

Mayor Gayle Smolinski (Village of Roselle) and Executive Director Mark Baloga were in Springfield for the first week of veto session, November 19-20, to lobby legislators on several matters of importance to the Conference and its member municipalities, including minimum manning for firefighters, water and sewer tap-on fees, and FOIA reform, and met with Senators Tom Cullerton, Linda Holmes, and Dan Kotowski.


Mayor Smolinski also participated in a press conference with several other downstate mayors to voice opposition to the minimum manning legislation and attended the Senate Executive Committee and floor sessions.  We collaborated with mayors from the Northwest Municipal Conference who also travelled to the Capitol last week.  Thank you to Mayor Smolinski for representing the Conference in Springfield!  

Mayor Gayle Smolinski & Senator Tom Cullerton
Mayor Cunningham Named Finalist for National Leadership Award                

Women in Municipal Government (WIMG), a constituency group at the National League of Cities (NLC) in Washington, D.C., has named five elected officials as finalists for its 2014 Women in Municipal Government Leadership Award. The leadership award recognizes a female local official for her unique and outstanding leadership in local government, including individual achievement in initiating creative and successful programs in local government.


Finalists for the 2014 award are:

  • Gina Cunningham, Mayor, Village of Woodridge, IL
  • Betsy Crossley, Mayor, City of Brentwood, TN
  • Alfred Mae Drakeford, Councilmember, City of Camden, SC
  • Rae A. Sinor, Councilmember, City of Deer Park, TX
  • Lavonta Williams, Councilmember, City of Wichita, KS

"The WIMG Leadership Award finalists are outstanding local elected officials who serve as mentors and models for future female leaders. Each finalist has worked tirelessly to create better cities for the residents they represent, and we look forward to announcing the winner at the WIMG Leadership Award Luncheon in Austin," said WIMG President Mildred Crump, council president, Newark, N.J.

Mayor Pineda Named to Governor-elect Bruce Rauner Transition Policy Committee

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner recently announced the co-chairs of 10 transition policy committees.


The committees range from agriculture to government operations.


"It is essential for us to have the best and brightest and most informed group of talent from around the state providing input on how to make Illinois compassionate and competitive," Rauner said.

Transition policy committee co-chairs will bring insight from both inside and outside state government, providing policy recommendations for how to turn our state around, according to Rauner.

Intergovernmental Efficiencies and Local Government Committee

  • Karen Darch, Village President, Village of Barrington
  • Jim Ardis, Mayor, City of Peoria
  • Chuck Griswold, Mayor, City of Fairfield
  • Ruben Pineda, Mayor, City of West Chicago

In addition to the co-chairs, Conference members Mayor Gina Cunningham of Woodridge and Mayor Tom Weisner of Aurora have been selected to serve on the Committee.

"Illinois is a diverse state with many different points of view," Lt. Gov-elect Evelyn Sanguinnetti, the transition committee chair, added. "It is our hope with these committees and policy input from people from around the state that we will make Illinois great." 

DMMC congratulates Mayor Pineda on his appointment as co-chair of the Intergovernmental Efficiencies and Local Government Committee.

DMMC also wants to congratulate Mayor Cunningham, Mayor Weisner, and Village President Darch on their appointments.

Mayor Pradel Receives Citizen of the Year Award from Illinois Crime Prevention Association 
Photo Caption: (From left) ICPA President David Ratkovich, Naperville Mayor A. George Pradel and Naperville Police Chief Robert Marshall.

Naperville Mayor A. George Pradel received the Citizen of the Year award from the Illinois Crime Prevention Association (ICPA) at its Chief's Appreciation and Awards Luncheon held  in Wheaton. Awards are given to individuals or groups that have proven crime prevention commitment and service to their communities.


Mayor Pradel was nominated by Naperville Police Chief Robert Marshall for the Citizen of the Year award. In Marshall's nomination, he mentioned Mayor Pradel's 48 years of service to the community, his history as "Officer Friendly" visiting schools to educate children on safety, his work with Safety Town and his overall support of crime prevention initiatives. These include the Crime Prevention Calendar, National Night Out, the Public Safety Open House, Crime Prevention month activities, Community Radio Watch and Crime Stoppers.


DMMC Welcomes New Managers Riccardo Ginex, Oak Brook

Mr. Ginex has over 28 years of professional local government executive experience. He served the Village of Downers Grove first as a police officer, moving up the ranks to become Police Chief, then from 2001 to 2005 as Village Manager. Mr. Ginex came to Oak Brook from the Village of Brookfield where he has served as the Village Manager since 2005. He has a Master of Science - Management from National Louis University, as well as a Bachelor of Criminal Justice from Lewis University, and is an active member in a number of professional organizations. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, 176th Session, and a graduate of the School of Police Staff and Command, 28th Class, from the Northwestern Traffic Institute. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at the College of DuPage and currently serves on their Advisory Council. He is a Credentialed Manager through the International City/County Management Association.



Stephen May, Westmont

Mr. May graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago with both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He was hired by the Village of Westmont in 1986 and eventually promoted to the role of Assistant Village Engineer. In 2000, Mr. May took the Village Engineer position with the Village of Lemont. Mr. May returned to Westmont in 2003 to take on the role of Director of Public Works. In addition, he served as the Assistant Village Manager for the past year.


Pietro Scalera, Bloomingdale 

Mr. Scalera, his wife Angela, a lifelong Bloomingdale resident, along with their sons Giuseppe, 13 and Alessandro, 8, have made their home in Bloomingdale for 10 years. The whole family is very involved in Bloomingdale Soccer and are active members of St. Isidore Church.


The Chicago native has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from DePaul and earned his Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Illinois Chicago. Mr. Scalera had been the Village Manager for Riverside since 2009; prior to that he was the Assistant Administrator in Glencoe.


Mr. Scalera's experiences and accomplishments in both Glencoe and Riverside have prepared him well for the issues and challenges that Bloomingdale will be tackling; among them, the redevelopment of the Lake Street corridor, creation of a continuing economic development program, and the revitalization of the Old Town area.


He is also a Credentialed Manager through the International City/County Management Association and is fluent in Italian.



Congratulations also to Amy Marrero, recently appointed as Oakbrook Terrace's City Administrator! Look for more info in an upcoming issue.  

Platinum Partner Corner 

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Gallagher named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for 2014

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. was recently named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for 2014, for the third consecutive year, by The Ethisphere Institute. Gallagher joins a small but distinguished list of companies committed to operating at the highest standards.


Greenwich Associates Ranks Gallagher #1 in Overall Client Satisfaction.

Gallagher ranked #1 in overall client satisfaction among the five largest brokers in Greenwich Associates 2012 Large Corporate Insurance Survey. More than 700 clients were surveyed, and we placed first or second in every category, including #1 in "likelihood to recommend" - which means our clients are more likely to recommend us than any of our competitors' clients.


Gallagher also ranked first in the following 10 categories:

  • In Understanding Clients' Business Needs

  • In Ethicality

  • In Transparency in Compensation & Pricing

  • In Prompt Follow-Up On Requests

  • In Knowledge of Insurance Products

  • In Flexibility

  • In Ability To Innovate

  • In Satisfaction With Visit Frequency

  • In Global Coordination And Management

  • In Thought Leadership 

You manage your business. Let Gallagher manage your risk. Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. operates differently than most insurance brokers. Our expert advisors are ready to get inside your business and truly understand your operations, your thinking, your past experiences and future plans. Only then can we architect solutions that truly support your objectives. 

In Honor of Addison's 130th Anniversary  
A BIT OF ADDISON HISTORY -  Addison was incorporated as a village 130 years ago, on October 6, 1884. That year, twenty-eight voters from Sections 21 and 28 of Addison Township voted to organize certain portions of those sections into a village that would be called Addison. Those sections surrounded what is currently the intersection of Lake Street and Addison Road. 

Founded in 1962, the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference is a council of municipal governments representing over 1,000,000 people. A coalition of cities and villages, the Conference works to voice municipal concerns on local, regional, state, and national issues. It also serves its members and the region by fostering intergovernmental cooperation. The Conference is a not-for-profit organization supported by membership dues and grants.