While I’ve been busy since my update of two weeks ago, I have greatly enjoyed meeting new friends and supporters and find it very rewarding as I am learning how diverse and energetic DuPage County’s citizens and leaders are!
As October came to a close, I attended Milton Township Road Commissioner Gary Muehlfeldt’s annual event in Carol Stream and was thrilled to see a large crowd come out for Gary in a display of local government at its best. Later that evening, I was able to support Naperville Councilman, Kevin Coyne, at his kick-off for DuPage County Board District 5.
I was honored to be invited to Circuit Judge Monique O’Toole, who enthusiastically announced her campaign on October 30th at Danada House. Another highlight of my day came when I was able to attend a senior pizza party at the DuPage Care Center hosted by Lawyers Lending A Hand, a committee of the DuPage County Bar Association. This committee has helped the DuPage community since 2001 when I was DuPage County Bar President.
On Friday November 1st, I was honored to be a guest at the Influential Women in Business Program honoring numerous women from around DuPage, including Naperville’s own Macarena Tamayo Calabrese.
That weekend, I got to meet a number of citizens from the Village of Woodridge at Mayor Gina Cunningham’s constituent coffee. Next up was an event for our nation’s veterans at the Downers Grove American Legion, followed by State Representative Deanne Mazzochi’s Elmhurst fundraiser.
It was my pleasure to attend DuPagePads’ “17th Annual Wake Up Your Spirit Breakfast” in Glen Ellyn last Wednesday. DuPagePads is a wonderful organization helping the County’s homeless. Recognizing much more needs to be done to end homeless in DuPage County, I have met with their Executive Director, Carol Simler, to collaborate on ways the court system may facilitate a referral process to DuPagePads. I capped off this action-packed day by attending an event endorsing Jeanne Ives for Congress.
The Naperville Township Republican Organization hosted a pizza and petition party which I attended as a proud sponsor. The Republican Party in DuPage appears to be coalescing in a collaborative effort to continue the hard work of preserving DuPage County as a highly desirable place to live and work.
Last Friday, I attended the Illinois Right to Life Action Council fundraising dinner, where I am happy to say over 500 people gathered to support the rights of the unborn.
I had a great time on Saturday at the Warrenville Firehouse, where the Warrenville Fire Protection District and Warrenville Lions Club hosted their Annual Turkey Night, a charity event that drew a massive crowd and where I was able to catch up with the many local officials who attended.
Incredibly, this Monday was the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day, and I was honored to attend the Veterans Day Memorial Service at Wilder Park in Elmhurst. The Post Commander of the American Legion John Scudder was in attendance along with U.S. Air Force Brigadier General John Wendel Chaplain. The music provided by Brian Costello and the Shannon Rovers was wonderful and Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley gave an outstanding speech.