A Publication of the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference
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Save the Date

Wednesday - Thursday, May 13 - 14, 2015


The Conference is holding its annual overnight Springfield Drive Down on Wednesday -Thursday, May 13-14!   

Save the Date Friday, May 29        


The Conference is hosting its Annual Dinner and Recognition Ceremony on Friday, May 29, 2015.

Save the Date

Wednesday, July 15

The DMMC 2015 Annual Golf Outing will be at the Seven Bridges Golf Course in Woodridge on Wednesday, July 15, 2015.
For sponsorship information, please contact Suzette Quintell at

Please visit our Corporate Partner websites via the links below:


Platinum Plus



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.
FER-PAL Construction LLC



Arthur J. Gallagher & Co
AXA Advisors, LLC 

Azavar Audit Solutions, Inc. 

Burns and McDonnell  
EJM Engineering, Inc. 
ERS (Enterprise Recovery Systems), Inc. 

J. Alexander Hunt, Inc.

Ruekert Mielke 
Speer Financial, Inc. 
Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service, Inc. 
Connor & Gallagher Insurance Services, Inc.

Upcoming Meetings

Board of Directors:

Thursday, May 7, 2015

**Please note time changed to 9:30 a.m.**


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Thursday, July 2, 2015


DMMC Conference Room 

A Letter from Mayor A. George Pradel 

It has been such an honor to be a part of DMMC. Mayors Bill Murphy from Woodridge, Bill Mueller from Lombard, and Larry Hartwig from Addison urged me to be actively involved in representing Naperville back in 1995, when I was elected Mayor. Each city has similar concerns and as a body of communities, we have become stronger and very effective in getting our message to Springfield.


As I meet all of you Mayors and Managers, I truly realize we have outstanding leaders in DuPage County and I am so proud you are all my friends. Thank you all for your dedication to DMMC and your willingness to share your experience and expertise to help us be the most successful COG in Illinois.


Our DMMC office is run well with great efficiency by our highly motivated and dedicated staff and we have all benefited from their hard work. (And so I say, thank you, thank you, thank you.)


The biggest thrill in my time with DMMC was the year I served as President. Thank you for your confidence and support. Naperville is a better city because of working together as a member of DMMC.


Keep pushing forward for excellence in working together to enhance our purpose for running our cities in the best possible way.


I hope to have some part in DMMC for the rest of my life even if it is serving you coffee or sweeping the floor. I love you all.


Thank you, God Bless you!


A. George Pradel




2014 Governmental Leader of the Year

The Conference presented Aurora Mayor Thomas J. Weisner with the 2014 Governmental Leader of the Year award during the annual Legislative Reception and Dinner. Mayor Weisner was recognized for his leadership on the regional, state, and national level. He has set a strong example for his fellow municipal officials with his innovation and efficiency in Aurora, recently served as a very active Chairman of the Chicago Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, and brought greater focus to public safety pension reform, construction of the O'Hare Western Bypass, and the DOT-111 tank car and rail safety issue.  


Since 1993, the Conference has annually recognized a governmental official who has significantly supported DuPage municipalities. The Governmental Leader of the Year is a person who understands municipal burdens, supports important municipal legislation or initiatives, and seeks solutions to municipal concerns.  

2015 Legislative Reception and Dinner


The Conference held its annual Legislative Reception and Dinner on January 21, 2015. The event drew approximately 150 people, including House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, Representatives Andersson, Bellock, Conroy, Fortner, Ives, Kifowit, Mussman, Sandack, Wehrli, Wheeler, and Willis, and Senators Connelly, Harmon, Holmes, Kotowski, and Nybo.


During the evening, Mayor Rich Veenstra (Addison), Mayor David Brummel (Warrenville), Village Manager Joe Block (Addison), Village Manager Brian Townsend (Schaumburg), President Eileen Phipps (Wayne), President Jeff Pruyn (Itasca), Mayor Nunzio Pulice (Wood Dale), President Gopal Lalmalani (Oak Brook), and Mayor/DMMC President Martin Tully (Downers Grove) presented the Conference's eight legislative priorities for the year. The legislators in attendance were then invited to comment on the Conference's priorities and the upcoming legislative session.


Thank you to all who attended the 2015 Legislative Reception and Dinner!

2015 Springfield Drive Down


The DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference is holding its annual overnight Springfield Drive Down on Wednesday - Thursday, May 13 -14! Bus service (with Wi-Fi) will be provided to take members to and from Springfield. All elected officials and staff members are encouraged to join us.


The bus will depart promptly at 8:00 a.m. on May 13 and take members to Springfield for a luncheon, lobbying at the Capitol, and an evening reception with legislators. After breakfast the following morning, members will lobby their legislators at the Capitol, then return to the hotel for a debriefing and lunch before departing for DuPage.


Click here for more information and to register.


Should you have any questions, please contact Kate Buggy.

Targeted Springfield Drive Down Events 2015             


The Conference held its first small group Targeted Springfield Drive Down of the 2015 Legislative Session on February 17-18. The members spent Tuesday and Wednesday morning lobbying at the Capitol and met with over 15 legislators, including Senate President John Cullerton, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno, Senate President Pro Tempore Don Harmon, and Senate Deputy Republican Leader Matt Murphy. The members also met with Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti and attended Governor Rauner's Budget Address.


The second Drive Down was held March 25-26. During this very busy deadline week, Mayor Nunzio Pulice and Executive Director Mark Baloga lobbied for the protection of LGDF and met with a number of legislators, including Senate President Pro Tempore Don Harmon, Senators Connelly, T. Cullerton, and Nybo, and Representatives Bellock, Breen, Wehrli, Willis, and Winger.  


Thank you to Mayor David Brummel (Warrenville), President Deborah Bullwinkel (Villa Park), President Rodney Craig (Hanover Park), Mayor Nunzio Pulice (Wood Dale), and Mayor Rich Veenstra (Addison) for carrying the Conference's legislative priorities to Springfield.


We are still seeking members to attend our April Targeted Springfield Drive Down on Tuesday-Wednesday, April 21-22. Please let Kate Buggy know if you are available to attend. 

DMMC Welcomes New Manager

Kevin Barr, Clarendon Hills    

After a four-month, national search process, Kevin Barr was appointed Village Manager by the Clarendon Hills Village Board. Mr. Barr is excited to start his tenure with the Village stating, "I am excited by the opportunity to work for a beautiful community like Clarendon Hills and am anxious to do all I can to maintain the commitment to quality professional management that the community has come to expect."


Mr. Barr's professional experience includes twenty-eight years of experience working in the municipal field for three different municipalities. Kevin Barr previously served as Village Manager for the Village of Schiller Park starting in 2000. His accomplishments include attracting millions in grant funding for public improvements, negotiating ten union contracts and presenting a balanced budget for fifteen straight years as Village Manager. Mr. Barr has a wide breath of skills in economic development, human resources, budgeting and finance. He also has a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana where he also attended as an undergrad.
DMMC Welcomes New Corporate Partners


DMMC welcomed two new Corporate Partners at the April Board of Directors Meeting.  FER-PAL Construction LLC, based in Elgin, restores deteriorating pipes by creating a new pipe within a pipe in order to provide municipalities with safe, clean drinking water while being ecofriendly and community conscious. 


Connor & Gallagher Insurance Services, Inc., based in Lisle, offers solutions uniquely designed to help business owners of all sizes with insurance issues, from start-up to franchise and all growth phases.


We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with FER-PAL Construction LLC and Connor & Gallagher Insurance Services, Inc.

Village of Hanover Park - Department of Public Works Wins National Safe and Sustainable Snowfighting Award


The Village of Hanover Park's Department of Public Works has won a Safe and Sustainable Snowfighting award from the Salt Institute for excellence in environmental consciousness and effective management in the storage of winter road salt.


Clear winter roads protect lives and commerce. Every winter, more than 116,000 Americans are injured and over 1,300 killed as a result of pavement that is snow, slush or ice covered, according to the federal government. But a study of highways in Snow Belt states showed that road salt reduces crashes by 88 percent.


When the direct and indirect impact of road shutdowns on the broader economy is factored in, road salt becomes even more valuable. A one-day major snowstorm can cost a state $300-$700 million in direct and indirect costs, lost commerce, and productivity. In fact, deicing pays for itself within the first 25 minutes after the salt is spread, making proper salt storage and timely deicing a smart investment.


"These facilities have cleared a high bar," said Salt Institute President Lori Roman. "For example, in minimizing salt runoff alone, 10 specific recommendations must be met."


About 17 million tons of deicing salt is applied to roadways in the U.S. each year and another six million tons are spread in Canada. Having enough road salt on hand before storms hit requires advance planning and facilities that provide safe and efficient storage. Winners must also display proper maintenance and good housekeeping practices.

Ad Hoc Public Works Directors Working Group 


The DMMC Ad Hoc Public Works Directors Working Group met for the first time on January 29 for a very productive meeting. The Working Group has been established to formulate solutions to issues affecting Conference members. Members of the Working Group will candidly discuss items of common interest, establish dates and times to invite department personnel and others, and oversee work groups to ensure projects are completed in a timely manner. The Working Group will meet quarterly.

CMAP CMAQ/TAP Call for Projects  


DMMC received 18 applications for CMAP's FY 2016-2020 CMAQ/TAP call for projects.  Among the applications submitted are 14 for the bicycle facilities category, three for the access to transit category, and one for the traffic flow improvement category.  The total amount of CMAQ funding sought is approximately $19.1 million. Project sponsors who have been awarded CMAQ funding will be notified in November.

CMAP Releases 2010 Parcel-Based Land Use Inventory


CMAP periodically conducts a survey of the region's land use, publishing the results in a geographic information system (GIS) format as an inventory categorized into 60 land uses. The inventory provides essential input to CMAP's land use and transportation research and is also useful to county planning departments, regional transportation agencies, federal & state agencies, environmental consulting firms, and civil engineering firms among others. In this recent iteration, CMAP derived its land use polygons from parcel and assessor files provided by the seven counties in the CMAP region.  Switching to a parcel base allows for greater accuracy as well as faster turnaround times for updates. For more information see

CMAP Redesigned Local Technical Assistance (LTA) Program Funding Scheme


CMAP has redesigned the funding scheme for its Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program to include a local match requirement by participating communities. The amount of local match will be determined using a sliding scale formula that combines median income, tax base and other economic factors that reflect a community's ability to pay. Most communities will pay 20 percent of program cost whereas communities with lower capacities may pay as little as five percent. Given that the average LTA project cost is $100,000, municipalities can expect to contribute between $5,000 and $20,000 for their involvement in the program. There is a process by which financially distressed communities can work with CMAP to waive the local match requirement entirely. The motivation for requiring local financial commitment is not driven by revenue generation but rather to ensure local commitment to project implementation. The changes are due to roll out May of this year. 

Impact DuPage Community Health Website Unveiled


The DuPage County Health Department unveiled their highly interactive Impact DuPage Website last month. The website,, was developed on the Health Communities Institute (Berkeley, CA) Platform and acts as a central repository for sharing regional health information and evaluating the County's performance relative to numerous community health benchmarks.  Data can be analyzed geographically by county, zip code and census tract but not by city at this time.

Model City Complete Streets Legislation Recognized

Smart Growth America's National Complete Streets Coalition released the latest issue of its annual report, The Best Complete Streets Policies, 2014. The report highlights 11 communities--including Lakemoor, IL--that led the nation in creating comprehensive Complete Streets policies last year.  These laws, resolutions, and planning and design documents encourage and provide for the safe access to destinations for everyone, regardless of age, ability, income, or ethnicity, and no matter how they travel. DuPage (2004), Cook (2009), and Lake (2010) Counties are among the nearby jurisdictions that have adopted such legislation. For more information go to

energySMART - A Nicor Gas Program


Our Corporate Partner, Nicor has sent the following information for our members and encourages sharing this information with your residents.


Help reduce water and natural gas usage with a free kit from Nicor Gas


Looking for ways to reduce your energy and water use? energySMART, a Nicor Gas program, offers a free energy-saving kit to each Nicor Gas customer household.*

The kit includes:

  • Massage showerhead (up to 2 per household) that conserves 40 percent more water and energy** while enhancing pressure, performance, appearance and luxury

  • One dual-spray kitchen faucet aerator, saving 30 percent more water and energy**

  • Two bathroom faucet aerators that save 55 percent more water and energy**

  • One roll of plumber's tape


Energy-saving kits are a great way to save on energy-and not just when the weather's cold. The year-round savings help reduce both water and natural gas consumption, saving energy and money.


To order a kit, visit or call 877.886.4239. If you've already ordered a kit, take the next step and visit and learn about more ways to help you save energy and money in your home. 

*One kit per household

**Energy and water savings based on Department of Energy (DOE)/Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) calculator data. 

SPC Updates


Ford Explorer Factory Order Cutoff Date

The Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC)was notified this week by Bredemann Ford of Glenview that the factory order cutoff date was January 30. The SPC contract for this vehicle is good through May 31, 2015, so the SPC has requested that Ford Motor Company roll over the agreement to the 2016 model year and is awaiting their response. For questions or additional information, please contact staff or Duey Schroeder, 847-510-5335 or


SPC Awards New Ford F-150 Contract 

The Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) Governing Board is pleased to announce the award of the SPC 2015 Ford F-150 XL 2WD, 2-Door Regular Cab Truck Plus Option Packages and Other Options (Contract #148) to Roesch Ford of Bensenville based on their submission of the lowest responsive, responsible bid.


Two bids were submitted in response to RFP #148 as follows:

Curie Motors, Frankfort, IL $18,220.00

Roesch Ford, Bensenville, IL $18,070.00


The duration of the contract is January 14, 2015 through January 13, 2016 with the SPC reserving the right to extend this contract for up to three (3) additional one-year terms upon mutual agreement of  both the vendor and the SPC on a negotiated basis. For questions or additional information, please contact staff or Roesch Ford Fleet Manager Brian Kilduff, 630-279-600, ext 2245 or 


SPC Ford Police Interceptor Contracts Rolled Over to 2016 Models!

We are pleased to announce that Currie Motors, Frankfort, IL has informed the Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) Governing Board that Ford Motor Company has approved 2016 vehicle year rollovers on the Ford Interceptor Sedan (Contract #121) and for the Ford Interceptor Utility Vehicle (Contract #122) without price increases. Contract extensions for these two police chase vehicles run through November 8, 2015. For information or questions, please contact staff or Tom Sullivan, 815-464-9200 or


SPC Extends Thermoplastic Lane Marking Contract Extension at 2014 Prices!

The SPC Governing Board has awarded Superior Road Striping of Melrose Park the third of three possible one-year contract extensions on Thermoplastic Road Striping (Contract #123) from April 12, 2015 through April 11, 2016. Superior Road Striping has agreed to hold prices for the coming year.

Description UOM Unit Price

4" Line LF $0.54

6" Line LF $0.81

12" Line LF $1.63

24" Line LF $4.09

Letters & Symbols SF $4.09

Removal SF $0.75

This marks the 12th year in a row that Superior Road Striping has been awarded the SPC contract. For questions or additional information, please contact Joan Yario or Sandy DeHoyos at 708-865-0718 or


SPC Awards Janitorial Supplies Contract Extension

The Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) Governing Board has approved the second of three (3) possible one-year contract  extensions  for  Janitorial  Supplies  (Contract  #135) to  Warehouse  Direct  Workplace Solutions of Des Plaines. The contract extension runs from February 21, 2015 through February 20, 2016. Warehouse Direct also holds the SPC Office Supplies Contract through Independent Stationers utilizing the U.S. Communities national contract through August 30, 2015.


The office supply program has fixed prices on 1,300 quality core products and over 28,000 non-core products, plus electronic data management and merged print services. In addition, SPC members are eligible to receive up to a1%e-commerce rebate paid in the form of a credit towards future purchases.  Orders for office supplies and janitorial supplies maybe consolidated or placed separately.  There are no minimum order requirements and standard next day delivery is free.  For questions or additional information, please contact staff or Senior Procurement Analyst Spencer Touchie, or 847-631-7188 or Account  Executive Rick Schackl or 847-631-7428.


SPC Chevy Tahoe Patrol Package Contract Update

The Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) contract for the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Patrol Packages (Contract #147) with Currie Motors Chevrolet of Forest Park runs through April 11, 2015. The SPC Governing Board submitted a request for the first of three possible contract extensions, but is awaiting General Motors' decision, which won't be announced until sometime in April. In the meantime, Currie Motors has agreed to honor pricing through March and April during the application process.

There are three possible outcomes:

1. GM will grant the contract extensions and rollover pricing to 2016 models

2. GM will agree to the contract extensions with justifiable price increases that will need to be approved by the SPC Governing Board

3. GM will not agree to the contract extensions and the vehicles will need to be rebid


Staff will keep members informed of GM's decision. For questions or additional information, please contact staff or Tom Sullivan, 815-464-9200 or

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.  

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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.