4th Annual DuPage Greens Great Western Trail Earth Day Clean Up

Saturday April 29, 2017
9am – 12pm
Great Western Trail
Swift Rd and Great Western Trail
Lombard, IL

Join us for the DuPage Greens 4th Annual Great Western Trails Cleanup in celebration of Earth Day! 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.

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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 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?

CONTACT
Rita Butler · nordicrox@gmail.com · 630-231-2239

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2017 Unofficial ILGP Election Results as of April 5, 2017

Seven out of eleven Illinois Green Party 2017 endorsed candidates across the state from McHenry County to Carbondale won their April 4, 2017 races!  Three of the winning highres_7692425.jpeg_400x400candidates finished first and two finished second. The Illinois Green Party continues our trend of winning the majority of our campaigns for local offices.

Congratulations to all of the candidates and their volunteers for a tremendous effort and these inspiring results!

With De La Rosa’s, Scholz’s and Taylor’s victories the DuPage Greens have won 5 local races in a row since 2011!

Here are the per race details:

  • Jessica Bradshaw for Carbondale City Councilperson – Incumbent  – ELECTED – 1,037 votes (24.39%) – finished 2nd in a 4 person race for 3 seats
  • Don Crawford for St. Elmo Library Board Trustee – Incumbent  – ELECTED – 494 votes (70%) – finished 1st in a 3 person race for 2 seats
  • Steve De La Rosa for Villa Park Library District Trustee – ELECTED – 2,026 votes (24.65%) – finished 3rd in a 4 person race for 4 seats – only 3 votes short of 2nd place
  • Michael Drennan for Ridgeville Park Board Commissioner  – Incumbent  –  Defeated – 902 votes (25.03%) – finished 2nd in a 3 person race for 1 seat
  • Charlie Howe for Carbondale Township Trustee – Defeated – 887 votes (16.74%) – finished 5th in a 5 person race for 4 seats
  • Russ Kramer for Carbondale Township Highway Commissioner – Defeated – 681 votes (35.84%) – finished 2nd in a 2 person race for 1 seat
  • Bruce Samuels for Oak Park Library Trustee – Incumbent  – Defeated – 2,390 votes (7.63%) – finished 6th in a 10 person race for 4 seats
  • Holly Scholz for Fox Valley Park District Commissioner, District 3 – ELECTED – 2,874 votes (35.67%) – finished 1st in a 4 person race for 2 seats
  • Gary Shepherd for Carbondale Elementary School Board Member, District 95 – ELECTED – 700 votes (12.33%) – finished 4th in a 8 person race for 4 seats
  • Scott Summers for McHenry County Regional Board of School Trustees – ELECTED – 15,807 votes (49.03%) – finished 2nd in a 2 person race for 2 seats
  • Kyle Taylor for Kane County Regional Board of School Trustees, St. Charles Township – ELECTED – 24,506 votes (65.37%) – finished 1st in a 1 person race for 1 seat
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DuPage Greens March Meeting

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Note that the Monday Mar. 13, 2017 meeting has been rescheduled to Monday Mar. 20, 2017 due to an expected snowstorm on Mar. 13th.

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On Monday Mar. 20, 2017 at 7pm at the DuPage Greens Headquarters (213 S. Wheaton Ave, Wheaton) we will hold our DuPage County Green Party Monthly Meeting.

There will be many things to discuss including:
– Getting involved in Holly Scholz’s campaign for Fox Valley Park District Commissioner (District 3) (http://www.hollyscholzfvpd.org/). The April 4, 2017 election is in just a few weeks!
– Media, Events and Outreach/Recruitment/Membership Committees activities
– Upcoming Illinois Green Party Spring Meeting and other events

Progressive candidates for the April 4th consolidated election seeking endorsement by the DuPage Greens are welcome!

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 Headquarters, for additional conversation.

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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.

In these trying times with a neofascist takeover of the leadership of the most powerful nation in the world, it’s our duty to the 99% to provide a vigorous opposition to the two party tyranny, so…

Don’t Demoralize, Organize!

Steve Alesch
Chair, DuPage County Green Party

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DuPage Greens February 2017 Meeting

dupagegreensteamOn Monday Feb. 13, 2017 at 7pm at the DuPage Greens Headquarters (213 S. Wheaton Ave, Wheaton) we will hold our DuPage County Green Party Monthly Meeting.

There will be many things to discuss including:

  • Getting involved in Holly Scholz’s campaign for Fox Valley Park District Commissioner (District 3).  The April 4, 2017 election is in less than 8 weeks!
  • The formation of a DuPage County area “Prepared and Rapid Response Team” to proactively deal with instances of hate, hostility and/or violence towards all groups (blacks, latinos, muslims, immigrants, LBGTQ, etc.) that are on the receiving end of growing extreme right wing intimidation being fomented by the Trump regime.
  • Upcoming Illinois Green Party Spring Meeting and other events

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 Headquarters, for additional conversation.

Facebook Event

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.

In these trying times with a neofascist takeover of the leadership of the most powerful nation in the world, it’s our duty to the 99% to provide a vigorous opposition to the two party tyranny, so…

Don’t Demoralize, Organize!

Steve Alesch
Chair, DuPage County Green Party

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Kyle Taylor Endorsed by Illinois Green Party

KyleTaylorThe Illinois Green Party Executive Committee decided to recognize and endorse Kyle Taylor for Kane County Board of School Trustees (St. Charles Township) for 2017 by unanimous consent!  Congratulations to Kyle!

Complete list of candidates recognized and endorsed by the DuPage Greens

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2017 Candidates Endorsed by DuPage Greens

The DuPage Greens agreed by consensus to recognize and endorse the following 2017 candidates:

  • Holly Scholz for Fox Valley Park District Commissioner, District 3
  • Steve De La Rosa for Villa Park Library District Trustee

Congratulations to Holly and Steve!  Steve is running unopposed.

Holly Scholz is running a contested election, 4 candidates for 2 seats.  Holly will be holding Holly Scholzher first campaign meeting this Tuesday, Jan. 17th at 7pm at Green Party Headquarters, 213 S. Wheaton Ave., Wheaton.

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DuPage Greens Jan. 2017 Monthly Meeting

dupagegreens4jillteamOn Monday Jan. 9, 2017 at 7pm at the DuPage Greens Headquarters (213 S. Wheaton Ave, Wheaton) we will hold our January DuPage County Green Party Monthly Meeting.

An important agenda item will be recognition and/or endorsement of 2017 candidates.

The following candidates have requested recognition and endorsement by the DuPage Greens:

The membership will decide whether to recognize and/or endorse the above candidates based on the DuPage Greens Candidate Recognition and Endorsement Criteria and Benefits document and the candidates’ completed questionnaire.

In order to have a vote in the candidate recognition/endorsement process meeting attendees need to be an ILGP member. The DuPage County Green Party is a chapter of the Illinois Green Party. If you are not a member and would like to join, please do so at ilgp.org/join.

Joining the Illinois Green Party guarantees that you will receive newsletters from the Illinois Green Party and gives you voting rights at DuPage Greens and Illinois Green Party membership meetings. No donation is required to become a member, all we ask is that you support our ten key values.

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 Headquarters, 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.

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In these trying times with a neofascist about to takeover the leadership of the most powerful nation in the world, it’s our duty to the 99% to provide a vigorous opposition to the two party tyranny, so…

Don’t Demoralize, Organize!

Steve Alesch
Chair, DuPage County Green Party

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DuPage Greens Holiday Party

dupagegreensteamThe December Monthly Meeting of the DuPage County Green Party will be a Holiday Party at Muldoon’s Irish Eatery and Pub located at 133 W Front St, Wheaton, Illinois. The party will be on Monday December 12th from 7pm – 10pm. Meet our 2017 candidates and celebrate the holidays with fellow DuPage area Greens! Two of our candidates will be filing the morning of the 12th!

It is the season of generosity.  We will have our donation box with us.  Please plan to give a donation to the DuPage Greens, if you are able.  As you know we only accept small individual donations from supporters like you.

The restaurant has a full menu. Note that vegans and vegetarians can build their own plate combination by ordering from the “Sides” section of the menu.

Also note the Monday night specials are $3 drink specials and for omnivores, $1 burgers.

Here’s a link to the Muldoon’s website where you can check the menu.

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RSVP at the ilgp.org event

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Dec. 2016 DuPage Greens Upcoming Events

Now that the 2016 election is finally behind us, believe it or not there are only a couple weeks left for candidates to file their petitions to get on the April 4, 2017 Consolidated Election ballot.

The DuPage Greens are busy supporting 2017 candidates, strategizing for future elections and more.

Here’s a list of upcoming December 2016 events:

  • Canceled – 7pm – 8:30pm, Sun. Dec. 11th, Final Petition Notarizing and Turn-In Meeting, DuPage Greens Headquarters, 213 S Wheaton Ave, Wheaton, IL 60187 – The Dec. 11th Petition Notarization and Turn-in meeting is canceled. Instead, the candidates will be meeting with Steve Alesch one-on-one to prepare the final packets. If anyone has petitions to turn in for the candidates please contact the candidate or Steve Alesch to make sure they are turned in before the final package is assembled, which must happen Sunday so they can be filed first thing Monday morning. You’ll need to get the petition sheets notarized before the banks close on Saturday, typically noon and all day Sunday. Probably could go to a currency exchange in a pinch, but they’ll charge per page. Also, a snowstorm is forecasted for Saturday and Sunday.
  • 7pm – 10pm, Mon. Dec. 12th, DuPage Greens Holiday Party, Muldoon’s Irish Pub, 133 W Front St, Wheaton, IL, Facebook Event
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Sun. Dec. 11th Final Petition Notarizing and Turn-In Meeting is Canceled

The Dec. 11th Petition Notarization and Turn-in meeting is canceled. Instead, the candidates will be meeting with Steve Alesch one-on-one to prepare the final packets. If anyone has petitions to turn in for the candidates please contact the candidate or Steve Alesch to make sure they are turned in before the final package is assembled, which must happen Sunday so they can be filed first thing Monday morning. You’ll need to get the petition sheets notarized before the banks close on Saturday, typically noon and all day Sunday. Probably could go to a currency exchange in a pinch, but they’ll charge per page. Also, a snowstorm is forecasted for Saturday and Sunday.

 

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