The DuPage County Stormwater Management Department Shared Services Program helps municipalities and townships meet water quality and stormwater management goals. Through intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) with 41 municipalities and townships, the program saves local communities an estimated $1.56 million annually. Over nine months, all municipalities and townships signed on to the shared maintenance work. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized the shared services program as a permit holder under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), which regulates pollution in municipal storm sewer systems. The EPA’s regulation served as the catalyst for the shared services program. Jim Zay, chairman of the DuPage County Stormwater Management Planning Committee, said about $4.4 million is saved annually by working together on the program. The county received approval from the Illinois EPA to enter into a single NPDES permit, which the EPA approved, creating the countywide water quality program. The shared maintenance work generated more than $300,000 in revenue for the Stormwater Management Department while simultaneously reducing the need for equipment and full-time staff for municipalities. The program earned a national award from NACo (National Association of Counties).
Illinois State Police troopers have issued nearly 2,500 tickets for drivers going 100 miles per hour or faster on Illinois roadways. Spokeswoman Mindy Carroll said that’s actually down slightly from last year, when troopers had written at least 100 more than that. Carroll, who is a state trooper herself, said it’s dangerous for everyone on the road if someone drives that fast. “You could have a pipe or anything in the road that could blow a tire, and if you blow your tire and you’re going 100 miles an hour, you’re very likely not going to be able to control that vehicle," she said. It would take an average car going 100 miles per hour at least twelve seconds and the length of two football fields to come to a complete stop. Carroll says she’s been called to accident scenes where someone lost control of a speeding vehicle and ended up dying from their injuries. Illinois state police have also been clamping down on those who don’t move over for emergency vehicles, as more than two dozen troopers have been struck by vehicles this year. Four state troopers have died in the line of duty so far this year. Carroll said the Illinois State Police will be stepping up enforcement heading into the holiday season, and will continue to educate the public about reckless driving. The department encourages anyone who sees a driver going excessively fast to report it to 911.
Illinois Extension will offer State and Federal Legislative Updates in January 2020. These Local Government Education webinars will feature legislative experts from the Illinois Association of County Board Members and the National Association of Counties. The Illinois State Legislative Update will air at Noon CST on Thursday, January 23, 2020. The Federal Legislative Update will air at Noon CST on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Experts will discuss recent and potential changes in legislation that will affect Illinois governments. You’ll have a chance to ask questions and discuss how to plan for expected changes. Please register to attend one or both of the webinars, and receive information from each presentation.