Letter to the Editor: Don Kirchenberg for DuPage County Forest Preserve District 2

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The following was submitted by Downers Grove resident Mark Garrity.

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Dear Editor,

I am supporting Don Kirchenberg for DuPage County Forest Preserve Commissioner in District 2 because he has been working hard as a volunteer for many years to help protect our open spaces, including many of the county-owned properties most of us take for granted. 

For example, he led the fight for the preservation of a unique forest in unincorporated Lombard, which is now the Glacial Ridge Forest Preserve of DuPage County. This site has never been developed or farmed, and flora grows as it was before settlers came to the area. It's a unique and important small ecosystem that isn't available anywhere else, even at the Morton Arboretum.

He has also served as volunteer president of the Illinois Prairie Path not-for-profit corporation for more than seven years, and on the organization's board of directors for nine. He is also the ongoing voluntary chairman of the Friends of the Great Western Trails. He founded the group, and has been leading it for 12 years—benefiting the trails, trail users and surrounding communities.

Most importantly, Don has excellent ideas on how to improve the management of our Forest Preserve District in DuPage County. We need him to help clean up the current corruption that's seen three indicted for defrauding the Forest Preserve District of half a million dollars. 

I encourage you to support Kirchenberg's campaign. You can learn more about him at www.citizensforkirchenberg.org. There aren't many people so perfectly suited for the office of forest preserve commissioner, and his credentials and experience far outweigh his opponent's. If you live in District 2 in DuPage County, Don Kirchenberg for Forest Preserve Commissioner is far and away the best choice. 

Mark Garrity

Downers Grove, IL    

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Ray October 04, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Wow! $50K + benefits for serving a part-time board position is absurd!! His stance that it should be half that is reasonable.
Lindy Sullivan October 04, 2012 at 04:38 PM
The Republicans are going after Cantore's opponent Don Kirchenberg. Kirchenberg has all the qualifications (go to protectourforestpreserves dot org) that Cantore does not. The only way Cantore can be assured of winning reelection this time is to get Kirchenberg off the ballot and harass him with a nuisance lawsuit at the IL Appellate Court. We need to support Kirchenberg and help him pay his legal bills so he can continue to campaign for ethics and much needed reforms at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County! Check out his website then send him a check. We did and you should too!
Lindy Sullivan October 07, 2012 at 03:21 PM
There is more info available about this very highly qualified candidate Don Kirchenberg at http://citizensforkirchenberg.blogspot.com/
Roberto Betancourt October 08, 2012 at 07:54 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAi8tGrF7KI is a 8+ minute video with Kirchenberg asking tough questions. And that empty chair between Commissioner Marsha Murphy on the left and Commissioner Linda Painter on the right in the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAi8tGrF7KI is Cantore's. He was absent again when Don Kirchenberg made this public comment and President Pierotti yelled and insulted him for asking tough questions!
Jerry Logan October 31, 2012 at 01:49 AM
We need someone like Don Kirchenberg on the DuPage County Forest Preserve District Board as Commissioner in District 2. He has shown many times that he is willing to do the hard work and ask the tough questions to help protect our trees, trails and trail users. As our Commissioner he will work hard and will NOT take a pension. In addition he will work to reduce their salaries of over $53,000 to $25,000 for these part time positions. Get more info at citizensforkirchenberg.blogspot.com


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