The first entry of 2020 from Jim’s campaign diary!

Happy New Year!

We are at a start of a new decade and ready to face the new challenges of 2020.  With the primary on March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day) and the general election on Tuesday, November 3rd, the choice is simple.  The Judiciary in DuPage County, one of the finest in the 102 counties in Illinois, must stay the course. Vote Republican.

The challenge that we face is to send a direct message to the 982,000 citizens of DuPage County that the judiciary is here to serve the citizens with respect and that public safety is of the utmost importance.

In November and December, I served as the Duty Judge working in bond court.  More than 50% of the defendants that appeared in Bond Court before me were from Cook County.  It’s clear DuPage County is under a public safety threat and that DuPage’s Judiciary must be vigilant in addressing crime in DuPage, working with State’s Attorney Bob Berlin, Sheriff James Mendrick, and Jeff York, the Public Defender.

In late December, I was glad to have found time to visit with the Naperville Professional Firefighters, Local 4302 meeting to discuss issues of public safety. On Christmas Day, I served lunch to the senior citizens of Naperville Lisle and Woodridge area, sponsored by Naperville Bank & Trust, the YMCA, and the Naperville Park District.
On January 4, I met Mayor Erik Spande of the Village of Winfield to discuss challenges the Village will have surrounding the new cannabis legislation. 

Later that afternoon, I attended the Kids Matter Community Job Fair at the Fort Hill Activity Center. A great turnout of our youth and companies promoting summer employment. 

Summer employment is a great way of teaching our kids the value of a dollar and keeps their activities in the summer safe and meaningful.  I had a job ever since I was 8 years old, from delivering newspapers to caddying at Oak Park Country Club for five years and working year-round at the Melrose Park Jewel for 10 years.

The first full week of the new decade was a busy one. On Monday, January 6, I presented a seminar on the structure of the judiciary in DuPage County. Tuesday, I spoke at the Timberlake Homeowners Association on the judicial evaluation process, and the following day I attended the State of the County address presented by Chairman Dan Cronin, which was hosted by the Downers Grove Chamber. 

In addition to making my way around the various DuPage County Republican Township Organization meetings, I was especially pleased to have been able to attend the mid-January Indivisible Naperville and Moms Demand Action panel discussion on gun violence prevention.  It was great to see Naperville Police Chief Bob Marshall and the other participants on the panel.

The following day, I attended Elmhurst’s State of the City address, presented by Mayor Steve Morley, and also, later in the day heard Mayor Phil Suess give the Wheaton State of the City address – I am happy to report Elmhurst and Wheaton are doing wonderful with respect to development and promoting their downtown areas. 

Lastly, I attended the DuPage County Bar Association (DCBA) Section Leadership Midyear Meeting. Currently, I am Vice-Chair of the DCBA Section Council of Professional Responsibility.  Essentially, this Section Council is responsible for monthly ethics seminars to the 2500-member strong organization.

On January 14, I attended a public safety meeting with Naperville’s Chinese community leaders, and I look forward to participating in the DuPage County Branch of the NAACP’s Judicial Candidate Forum on MLK Day, January 20, 7:00 pm, at the Cantigny Park Auditorium in Wheaton.

I look forward to seeing you on the trail as we continue meeting the people who make DuPage a great place to live!  
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– Jim