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4 things I’ll do in the next 4 years

Naperville is changing. The days of rapid growth and seemingly endless abundance are over.  We have more people with low incomes, and we have homes and commercial areas that look worn down.  We cannot govern a large, mature city the same way earlier councils governed a booming techno-burb in the late 20th century.

Here’s what I want to work on over the next four years:

*  Keep bringing quality jobs and tax base to town.  This helps reduce your property taxes.  Many commercial areas, like much of Ogden, need to be redeveloped.  Private investment flows to where it’s welcomed.  Let’s get this done.

*  Protect older neighborhoods.  Homeowners have a right to maximize their investment return, but if we replace all the moderately sized homes with much bigger ones on small lots, we will get even more flooding and nobody except rich people will be able to live here.  Encourage people to fix up their existing homes and keep our neighborhoods charming.

* Get more housing, probably townhomes and condos, near the downtown.  We’re way behind on this.  Go visit Wheaton or Arlington Heights, where thousands of people live downtown, which helps keep nearby businesses prosperous. We can–we must–accomplish this while protecting existing neighborhoods.

* Improve our infrastructure.  Years ago we improved our electrical service; now we need an updated water and sewer system. We can’t control Mother Nature but we can control how we respond to it.

Thanks.

Joe McElroy

 

 

What about flooding?

With so many people running for City Council, some important issues are going to get lost in the shuffle.  I understand it but don’t like it.  Especially discouraging is the lack of discussion about flooding. This is really two problems: one is storm water flooding, when water floods your yard and then gets into your… Continue Reading

Early voting info for Naperville residents

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Not a lazy Sunday

Great weather, nice people.  Sunday was a good day.  First I went to a brunch organized by Derke Price and Keri-Lynn Krafthefer, two top flight attorneys from Ancel Glink Diamond, a firm that specializes in municipal law.  Derke and Keri-Lyn have been a big help to me since I got involved in local government. After… Continue Reading

Good service, fair prices

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Protecting trees, saving money

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Busy, busy

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District 204 high school students super impressive

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St. Pat’s Parade – FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the St. Patrick’s parade – Q. Can I march with Joe? A. Yes! Send us an email at joefornaperville@gmail.com Q. Can I bring my dog? A. We love dogs! If your dog loves a parade and is good with crowds and child spectators, please bring your pooch. Please let us know… Continue Reading

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Vote for Joe McElroy April 2
Early voting begins in mid-March

Parade photo by Ron Hume; family photo by Brian Bates

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