DuPage Greens Office Equipment Fundraiser

The DuPage Greens are finally moving into the 21st century and we need your support and generosity! We are upgrading our conference room to start using a flat panel TV screen to project our meeting information.  This will make our meetings much more effective and be more green as we will be able to avoid printing costs.

All we need is another $250 in donations for the flat panel TV screen to make this happen.  We have already received donations to cover the cost of the flat panel wall mount, Chromecast, and a long HDMI cable in case a presenter encounters Chromcasting issues.  If you can contribute $100, $50, $25, $10, $5, or more or less to help us achieve our goal it would be greatly appreciated! Simply go to our donations page and take a pause for the cause to contribute at the level best for you!

Fundraiser Duration: May 13, 2019 at 7 AM – May 27, 2019 at 7 AM

We’ll keep you posted here regarding our fundraising status!

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Contact: Steve Alesch, DuPage Greens Political Director, steve.alesch@dupagegreens.org, 630-779-8295

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DuPage Greens May Meeting

Do you want to make a difference in your town and state government? Come learn about how you can help elect local Green candidates so we can change how our local politics are run.

On Wednesday, May 8th at 7pm at the Wheaton DuPage Greens Office (213 S. Wheaton Ave, Wheaton, IL), in the Main Floor Conference Room, we will hold our DuPage County Green Party Monthly Meeting.

Proposed Meeting Agenda:

  • Introductions
  • Assign Notetaker
  • Approve Agenda
  • Elections
    • Review of 2019 Steve Alesch for Warrenville Park District
      Commissioner Campaign
    • Open Spots for 2020
    • 2021 Election
  • Review of 6th Annual DuPage Greens Great Western Trails Cleanup
  • ILGP/GPUS News
  • PECPAC Canvassing Tool Project
  • Treasurers Report
  • Other Officer Reports
  • Other Upcoming Events
  • Adjournment

Note that our meetings are always held at 7:00pm on the second Wednesday of the month.

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After the meeting, about 8:30pm, we will head over to Muldoon’s Irish Eatery and Pub located at 133 W Front St., less than 2 blocks from the DuPage Greens Office, for additional conversation.

If you cannot make it, please send an email to the DuPage Greens to get an update.


Also, please consider donating to the DuPage Greens. It takes lots of small individual donations from people like you to cover the expenses required to support candidates and grow the Green Party in DuPage County, since as I’m sure you know, we don’t take any big money special interest contributions so we can fight for economic, social, environmental, racial and democratic justice for everyone in DuPage County.

Steve Alesch
Political Director, DuPage County Green Party

630-779-8295
steve.alesch @ dupagegreens.org

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6th Annual DuPage Greens Great Western Trail Earth Day Clean Up

Join us for the DuPage Greens 6th Annual Great Western Trails Cleanup in celebration of Earth Day!

9AM Saturday April 27th
Swift Road and the Great Western Trail
Lombard, IL

The DuPage Greens along with the Friends of the Great Western Trails will come together to assist in the annual volunteer trail clean-up.

We will be cleaning the busy- and as a result, dirty- section of the Great Western Trail (GWT) immediately east of Swift Rd. to the bridge over I-355 in Lombard.

Parking: There is adjacent parking available on the Southeast corner of Swift Road and the Great Western Trail.

Map of where we will start

We welcome other trail users, supporters and neighbors to join us. The event will be from 9 AM to Noon, rain or shine.

If you want to join us, please indicate by saying you are going via this Facebook event page.

Be careful out there so you can enjoy the trails year around. Here are some basic suggestions to help make the cleanup safer.

1. We suggest that you wear gloves, long sleeve shirts and long pants to protect you from thorny bushes and/or broken glass along the trails.
2. Bring trash bags and a wagon or cart, if possible, to haul the filled trash bags out to the trail crossing where we started the cleanup.
3. Please do not leave the filled bags along the trails.
4. If you want to recycle bottles and cans you’ll have to separate them and take them to your home or local recycling bin. The local authorities and waste pickup companies do not accommodate recycling along the trails. Unless you see a recycling container do not assume it will be recycled.
5. Be careful and if you see something too big or hazardous to pick up please advise us of the approximate location like north side of trail 1/4 mile east of the closest cross street by sending an email to frndsgrtwstntrl@aol.com. With that information we can get the appropriate authorities with the appropriate equipment to safely remove the items dumped along the trails.
6. Finally, have fun, get some exercise and be sure to take lots of pics and post them to this event page!

More information about the Great Western Trails and this year’s cleanup may be found at friendsofthegreatwesterntrails.com.

Don Kirchenberg, Voluntary Chairman of the Friends of the Great Western Trails, states that, “we are very pleased to have these dedicated volunteers that are working hard for good and clean government to take the time to cleanup this important asset in our community! All are welcome to join the Greens or go to any part of a nearby trail to help clean them up.”

Thanks for your interest in the trails. We definitely need volunteers along the GWTs all year around.

See you there?

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If Facebook is not your thing, please RSVP here.

Contact: Steve Alesch, steve.alesch@dupagegreens.org, 630-779-8295

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DuPage Greens April Meeting

*****Note: Meetings have moved to the 2nd Wednesday of the month*******

Do you want to make a difference in your town and state government? Come learn about how you can help elect local Green candidates so we can change how our local politics are run.

On Wednesday, April 10th at 7pm at the Wheaton DuPage Greens Office (213 S. Wheaton Ave, Wheaton, IL), in the Main Floor Conference Room, we will hold our DuPage County Green Party Monthly Meeting.

Proposed Meeting Agenda:

  • Introductions
  • Elections
    • Review of 2019 Steve Alesch for Warrenville Park District
      Commissioner Campaign
    • Open Spots for 2020
    • 2021 Election and beyond
  • Proposal to once again participate in the Great Western Trails Cleanup
    • Saturday April 27th, 9am – noon, rain or shine
    • This would be the 6th Annual DuPage Greens cleanup of the Great Western Trails from Spring Rd. to I-355 in Lombard, IL
  • PECPAC canvassing tool project
  • Sat. April 13th, ILGP Spring Convention, 9am – 6pm, Citalin Gallery, 2005 S. Blue Island, Chicago, IL, http://www.ilgp.org/spring2019
    • Followed by a fundraiser dinner that evening: 6:30pm – 8:30pm at same location, keynote speaker Howie Hawkins, one of the originators of the Green New Deal (the real one, from the Green Party), cost $30; $20 for low-income or children, http://www.ilgp.org/2019_spring_fundraiser
  • Other upcoming events
  • Adjournment

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After the meeting, about 8:30pm, we will head over to Muldoon’s Irish Eatery and Pub located at 133 W Front St., less than 2 blocks from the DuPage Greens Office, for additional conversation.

If you cannot make it, please send an email to the DuPage Greens to get an update.


Also, please consider donating to the DuPage Greens. It takes lots of small individual donations from people like you to cover the expenses required to support candidates and grow the Green Party in DuPage County, since as I’m sure you know, we don’t take any big money special interest contributions so we can fight for economic, social, environmental, racial and democratic justice for everyone in DuPage County, not just the fat cats.

Steve Alesch
Political Director, DuPage County Green Party

630-779-8295
steve.alesch @ dupagegreens.org

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March with Greens in the Naperville St Patrick’s Day Parade

Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 9 AM – 12 PM
Naperville North High School
899 N Mill St, Naperville, Illinois 60563

Join our Green Party Marching Band for its inaugural performance. Bring a percussion instrument or your favorite slide trombone, trumpet, maracas, castanets, or kazoo! We march with our peers to spread the word of the 10 Key Values. Wear your Green Party t-shirt. Don’t have one? No problem. We will provide you a t-shirt. Bring balloons if you have them to bring a smile to the spectators. Individually wrapped candy for the kids is appreciated too!

PARKING SUGGESTIONS

– There are two events occurring at the same time as the St. Patrick’s Day Parade so parking will be a challenge.
– Parking at Naperville North High School is very limited, so if possible please carpool or have someone drop you off at the school.
– There is NO PARADE PARKING IN THE WEST LOT of the school. Please park in the lot in the Northeast corner of the school, but that will be very limited, so be sure to arrive between 8:30am – 9am or earlier if you want a chance of parking in the lot. You can only enter the school from Mill St heading south. You can only exit on Ogden Ave.
– Your second best option is to park on the street in the neighborhood east of Naperville North High School.
+ Enter this neighborhood at Ogden Ave and Eagle Street. Turn south onto Eagle Street and then take the first right on 8th Avenue. Then take the first right on Morningside Drive. Morningside Drive then turns into Pearson Circle. Park anywhere along Morningside Drive or Pearson Circle. There are no parking restrictions on these streets because it’s not a school day. Map link: https://tinyurl.com/y365775g.
+ You can then walk south from Pearson Circle and Morningside Drive to 6th Ave. Then walk west on 6th Ave to Mill Street and you will see Naperville North High School to the north. Map link: https://tinyurl.com/y3t4h4ss.
– You could also park at the Van Buren Parking Facility on Van Buren Ave or the Central Parking Facility on Chicago Ave but that’s a bit of a walk to the staging area. Downtown Naperville Parking Map: https://www.naperville.il.us/globalassets/media/maps/public-transit-and-parking/downtownnapervilleparkingmap.pdf

WHERE TO LINEUP BEFORE THE PARADE

The staging area is in the Naperville North High School south parking lot. Our assigned lineup number is 98. Here’s the staging area map: http://www.wsirish.org/parade-lineup.html. We are lining up in row 9 of the staging area.

PARADE ROUTE, PARADE DAY ROAD CLOSURES, PARKING RESTRICTIONS, AND HANDICAP PARKING AREAS

The Parade starts at Naperville North High School on Mill Street, then proceeds south on Mill Street to Jefferson, then east on Jefferson to Main Street, then south on Main Street, ending at Water Street.

Maps of the parade route, parade day road closures, parking restrictions, and handicap parking areas: http://www.wsirish.org/parade-route.html

PARADE GUIDELINES

– Please arrive at Naperville North High School between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. The parade steps off at 10am.
– Cars, floats, trucks, etc., can only enter Naperville North off of Mill Street, heading South from Ogden Avenue.
– Please respect the directions given by Naperville Police officers and West Suburban Irish volunteers at the staging area.
REMINDERS: the Parade is a family event, and takes place on public property. Please conduct yourselves appropriately. Please no alcohol before or during the Parade. Please do not throw candy or other objects. You may hand out candy, literature, or other objects to persons along the Parade route.

AFTER PARTY

The after party for the parade will take place in the Warrior Room at bd’s Mongolian Grill at 221 S Washington Street, Naperville, IL. We have a reservation under the name “DuPage Greens”.

Walking map from the end of the parade to bd’s Mongolian Grill: https://tinyurl.com/yydvb5so

Contact:
Steve De La Rosa
Co-Chair, DuPage Greens
steve.delarosa@dupagegreens.org
630-344-2611

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DuPage Greens March Meeting

*****Note: Meetings have moved to the 2nd Wednesday of the month*******

Do you want to make a difference in your town and state government? Come learn about how you can help elect local Green candidates so we can change how our local politics are run.

On Wednesday, March 13th at 7pm at the Wheaton DuPage Greens Office (213 S. Wheaton Ave, Wheaton, IL), in the Main Floor Conference Room, we will hold our DuPage County Green Party Monthly Meeting.

Proposed Meeting Agenda

  • Introductions
  • Elections
    • 2019 Steve Alesch for Warrenville Park District Commissioner Campaign
      • See our calendar for several opportunities to join Team Steve and knock on doors to Get The Vote Out for Steve! We are canvassing every Saturday and Sunday until the election.
    • Open Spots for 2020
    • 2021 Election
  • Resignation of Jim Weihofen as Treasurer – Thanks Jim for all your hard work!
  • Nomination and Approval of a new Treasurer – Anna Schiefelbein has accepted the nomination, the floor is open for other nominations until we move on this agenda item
  • Saturday March 16th (9am-noon) Naperville St. Patrick’s Day Parade planning, Facebook Event
  • PECPAC canvassing tool project
  • Other upcoming events
  • Adjournment

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After the meeting, about 8:30pm, we will head over to Muldoon’s Irish Eatery and Pub located at 133 W Front St., less than 2 blocks from the DuPage Greens Office, for additional conversation.

If you cannot make it, please send an email to the DuPage Greens to get an update.


Also, please consider donating to the DuPage Greens. It takes lots of small individual donations from people like you to cover the expenses required to support candidates and grow the Green Party in DuPage County, since as I’m sure you know, we don’t take any big money special interest contributions so we can fight for economic, social, environmental, racial and democratic justice for everyone in DuPage County, not just the fat cats.

Steve Alesch
Political Director, DuPage County Green Party

630-779-8295
steve.alesch @ dupagegreens.org

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DuPage Greens February Meeting

*****Note: Meetings have moved to the 2nd Wednesday of the month*******

Do you want to make a difference in your town and state government? Come learn about how you can help elect local Green candidates so we can change how our local politics are run.

On Wednesday, February 13th at 7pm at the Wheaton DuPage Greens Office (213 S. Wheaton Ave, Wheaton, IL), in the Main Floor Conference Room, we will hold our DuPage County Green Party Monthly Meeting.

Proposed Meeting Agenda

  • Introductions
  • Elections
  • PECPAC canvassing tool project
    • Status
    • Testing Volunteers
  • Upcoming parade planning
  • Other upcoming events
  • Adjournment

Facebook Event

If Facebook is not your thang, you can RSVP here.

After the meeting, about 8:30pm, we will head over to Muldoon’s Irish Eatery and Pub located at 133 W Front St., less than 2 blocks from the DuPage Greens Office, for additional conversation.

If you cannot make it, please send an email to the DuPage Greens to get an update.


Also, please consider donating to the DuPage Greens. It takes lots of small individual donations from people like you to cover the expenses required to support candidates and grow the Green Party in DuPage County, since as I’m sure you know, we don’t take any big money special interest contributions so we can fight for economic, social, environmental, racial and democratic justice for everyone in DuPage County, not just the fat cats.

Steve Alesch
Political Director, DuPage County Green Party

630-779-8295
steve.alesch @ dupagegreens.org

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DuPage Greens January Meeting

Do you want to make a difference in your town and state government? Come learn about how you can help elect local Green candidates so we can change how our local politics are run.

On Thursday, January 3rd at 7pm at the Wheaton DuPage Greens Office (213 S. Wheaton Ave, Wheaton, IL), in the Main Floor Conference Room, we will hold our DuPage County Green Party Monthly Meeting.

There will be many things to discuss including:

  • A proposal to change the standing monthly meeting day
    • The primary proposal is to change the monthly meeting day to the second Wednesday of the month.  The time and location will not change. Please check your calendars and offer alternative days if this does not work for you.
  • 2019 and 2020 elections
    • The 2019 Steve Alesch for Warrenville Park District Commissioner campaign is seeking volunteers to help manage and canvass the campaign – the election is April 2nd
  • PECPAC canvassing tool project
  • Upcoming events

Facebook Event

If Facebook is not your thang, you can RSVP here.

After the meeting, about 8:30pm, we will head over to Muldoon’s Irish Eatery and Pub located at 133 W Front St., less than 2 blocks from the DuPage Greens Office, for additional conversation.


Also, please consider donating to the DuPage Greens. It takes lots of small individual donations from people like you to cover the expenses required to support candidates and grow the Green Party in DuPage County, since as I’m sure you know, we don’t take any big money special interest contributions so we can fight for economic, social, environmental, racial and democratic justice for everyone in DuPage County, not just the fat cats.

Steve Alesch
Political Director, DuPage County Green Party

630-779-8295
steve.alesch @ dupagegreens.org

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DuPage Greens Holiday Party

12/3/18 Update:

The following Green officeholders have confirmed that they will be joining us!

– Steve Alesch, Warrenville Park District Board Commissioner (Vice President)
– Steve De La Rosa, Villa Park Library District Board Trustee
– Holly Scholz, Fox Valley Park District Commissioner, District 3


DuPage Greens Holiday Party
7PM Thursday, December 6th
Muldoon’s Irish Eatery and Pub
133 W Front St., Wheaton, IL

It’s the holidays and time to celebrate with the DuPage County Green Party and several of our elected officials and candidates.

We usually meet on the first Thursday of the month at 7pm at the Wheaton Green Party office, but in December we are changing things up.  We will still be gathering on the first Thursday of the month at 7pm but we are taking the celebration to Muldoon’s Irish Eatery and Pub which is only two short blocks from the Wheaton Green Party office.

Party with the Green Party!

Cash meal and bar.

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If Facebook isn’t your thang, please RSVP here.


Also, please consider donating (dupagegreens.org/donate) to the DuPage Greens. It takes lots of small individual donations from people like you to cover the expenses required to support candidates and grow the Green Party in DuPage County, since as I’m sure you know, we don’t take any big money special interest contributions so we can fight for economic, social, environmental, racial and democratic justice for everyone in DuPage County, not just the fat cats.

Contact:
Steve Alesch

Political Director, DuPage County Green Party
steve.alesch@dupagegreens.org
630-779-8295

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DuPage Greens Election Recommendations

Feeling disenfranchised because you don’t see any Greens on your DuPage County sample ballot? You are not alone. Here’s why that happened.

We do have some recommendations for the following countywide non-binding propositions on the ballot.

Countywide Ballot Proposition Recommendations

  • The first countywide proposition says, “Shall DuPage County oppose the General Assembly instituting a property tax increase equivalent to 1% of your home’s value to help retire state debt?”

Note the deliberately confusing language.  If you vote yes, you are actually voting no to the tax increase. If you vote no, it’s a double negative and you are actually voting yes for the tax increase.  Confused?  That’s what the Two Party Tyranny controlled DuPage County Board, who unanimously put this on the ballot, is counting on.

The DuPage County Green Party recommends that you vote YES, meaning we oppose this tax increase because property taxes are unfair regressive taxes.  Instead, the budget and pension problems should be easily resolved via a graduated Illinois income tax and the LaSalle Street Tax. It’s about time the rich started paying their fair share in Illinois.

  • The second proposition says, “Shall DuPage County oppose the creation of a statewide Vehicle Mileage Tax (VMT) which would tax DuPage County citizens based upon the number of miles driven annually?”

This is another deliberately confusing question unanimously placed on the ballot countywide by the DuPage County Board.

The DuPage County Green Party recommends that you vote NO, because the looming existential threat of global warming makes it imperative that we do everything we can to limit the burning of fossil fuels.  This is a step in the right direction because it will provide incentives to reduce the the number of fossil fuel burning vehicles on Illinois roads.

  • The third proposition says, “Shall DuPage County continue to dissolve and consolidate units of local government to reduce costs, increase efficiencies, and increase accountability?”

You guessed it, this was also unanimously placed on the ballot by that same DuPage County Board which is 100% controlled by the two party tyranny.

The DuPage County Green Party recommends that you vote NO, because this question is too vague.  Some consolidation proposals are good ideas, like the recent consolidation of the DuPage County Election Commission to be under the County Clerk’s office, but other consolidation ideas are not such good ideas.  We need to consider the merits of government consolidation proposals on a per case basis.

Judicial Retention Recommendation

For the judicial retention question, “SHALL PATRICK J. O’SHEA BE RETAINED IN OFFICE AS JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, EIGHTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT?”

The DuPage County Green Party recommends that you vote NO, because we oppose judges that lie to police investigators and judges that retaliate against multiple employees because they filed sexual harassment charges against the judge. We need DuPage judges that do not bring the judicial office into disrepute.

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