Social Issues

GEL OUTSIDER'S VIEW: COD, Glen Ellyn should kiss and make up

Now that the drama of the U.S. Congress doing its best to deep six the American economy is over, at least for the time being, we can safely turn our attention to a local issue in which, like the congressional battle, no one is covering himself with glory. I refer, of course, to the pressing question “Will the College of DuPage keep on working to de-annex itself from the village of Glen Ellyn...

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Dear Editor:

As long-time residents and active volunteers in our Village, we would like to express our concern about District 87 plans to install 6 and 7-story light towers on the Glenbard West campus in the heart of our town.  We believe that the potential harm to the quality of life in the community is not an acceptable trade-off for the relatively small percentage of student athletes actually able to use night lighting for spring and fall extra-curricular activities at Memorial Park.

GEL SHARE: Glen Ellyn sets 1-day deadline for College of DuPage

After a heated exchange between a trustee and College of DuPage's attorney, Glen Ellyn has set a one-day deadline for COD to submit certificates of compliance verifying that new buildings on campus were done to code.

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Rev. Dr. Jean Ford, a 25-year resident of Glen Ellyn, was confirmed this year as a representative to the United Nations Geneva/New York with Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status out of the United Kingdom.

She now serves on the Spirituality/Values/Global Concerns, Human Rights, Environment, and Education Committees of the United Nations in New York.

GEL SHARE: Glen Ellyn hires village manager

Glen Ellyn’s village president and board have narrowed down a list of 82 candidates for the open village manager’s position to one.

Mark Franz, the current village manager of Homewood, has been chosen to oversee day-to-day operations of village government in Glen Ellyn, following the board’s 5-0 approval of an employment agreement on Monday.
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A village-hired search firm began seeking applications for the position in January, after Steve Jones had stepped down from the position two months before.

GEL SHARE: Work it out, Glen Ellyn and College of DuPage

Once again, the marriage of Glen Ellyn and the College of DuPage is on the rocks.

A long-running dispute that began with village officials’ concerns about the community college’s signage has escalated into threats of divorce, nearly literally.
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College of DuPage officials say they are pursuing plans to de-annex their 273-acre campus from Glen Ellyn after village officials set aside a negotiated agreement the two sides worked out.

GEL EVENT: Glen Ellyn Community Plant Exchange

Plant Exchange

The First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn Earthlings group is hosting a "Glen Ellyn Community Plant Exchange" on Saturday, May 21 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

The community plant exchange will take place at First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn located at 550 North Main Street, just north of downtown Glen Ellyn.

Event Start Date: 
May 21 2011 9:00am - 1:00pm
Location: 
550 N Main St.
David Garmoe

A former member and longtime treasurer of the Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company has been accused of stealing $260,000 from the fire company and using the money for personal expenses and to support his private business, authorities said Friday.

David Garmoe, 54, of the 600 block of Prairie Avenue in Glen Ellyn, was arrested Friday and charged with eight counts of theft, two counts of forgery, two counts of continuing a financial crimes enterprise, money laundering and financial institution fraud, Glen Ellyn Police Chief Phil Norton said.

GEL REFERENCE: COD Letter Regarding Position on Glen Ellyn Ordinance

College of DuPage Sign

June 21, 2010

Last week, the Village of Glen Ellyn sent a city inspector to threaten our contractors with citations if they continued to erect new electronic signs replacing older ones damaged by weather and time in the same locations. This was unfortunate, as we need these signs to communicate with the more than 30,000 students on our campus every semester.

GEL SHARE: COD seeks de-annexation from Glen Ellyn over tabled agreement

College of DuPage President Robert L. Breuder with his wife Wendy

College of DuPage officials announced that they will pursue de-annexation from the village of Glen Ellyn after the Village Board voted Monday night to table an intergovernmental agreement previously reached by both parties on April 19.

The COD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the agreement at its April 28 meeting. COD President Robert L. Breuder informed Village President Mark Pfefferman in an April 29 communication that failure by the village to act on the agreement would result in COD pursuing de-annexation.

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