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Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills Get $70,000 Grant for Police Merger

The awarded dollars would go toward legislative and contractual needs.

Hinsdale Village President Tom Cauley announced Tuesday that the villages of and have received a $70,000 grant from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) to assist the municipalities with the preliminary steps of merging their police departments.

Cauley said at the Village of Hinsdale Board of Trustees meeting that the grant money will go towards completing “Phase One” of the merge, which is the passage of state legislation to allow the unprecedented full consolidation to move forward.

The resolution of pension issues and the establishment of an intergovernmental agreement between Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills are among the preliminary needs, Cauley said.

“[The grant] basically means that, for the foreseeable future, we will not be out of pocket in connection with the need of legislation and contractual drafting,” he said.

If Phase One goes as planned—Cauley said he’s confident it will—Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills would likely seek another ICJIA grant for implementing the merge. Because the merge would be the first of its kind in Illinois, the ICJIA has been very supportive, Cauley said.

Citing an already close working relationship and demographic similarities, Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills . The two villages would benefit fiscally from combining service by saving on operational costs and reducing manpower in the future. 

Officials from both villages have said no layoffs would be the result of the merge. Manpower reduction would result from attrition only.

Tom Wich January 11, 2012 at 01:26 PM
This looks good on paper but the police department is half our budget in Clarendon Hills. How will this affect our ability to negotiate wages and benefits? So far we have not done a very good job in that area. Out of control pensions are bankrupting our state and that squeezes the local budget. That is why Clarendon Hills is proposing home rule, which will allow them to raise taxes and fees without a referendum. Home rule will be on the ballot 20 March and we must vote no. Force them to deal with the pension problem. Raising taxes is not the solution For more information on home rule for Clarendon Hills visit the Voice of Clarendon Hills https://sites.google.com/site/vochbd/your-link-here/home
Mary January 11, 2012 at 08:10 PM
For the accurate info on Home Rule why not attend the Public presentations by the Village Board and staff at Prospect School in Clarendon Hills at 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday Jan. 18th or Wednesday Feb. 5th. Bring all your questions so you can be an educated voter and not swayed by emotional rhetoric. Support your community by knowing the facts then be sure to vote on March 20th!
chet everett January 12, 2012 at 09:38 PM
The real threat to Clarendon Hills or ANY town to be able to "negotiate wages and benefits" is NOT "home rule" but the IRONCLAD LOCK that Speaker Madigan and President of the State Senate Cullerton have on public employee unions. When changes were proposed to allow towns to combine the roles of firefighter/paramedic/ peace officer those public employee unions called on their political benefactots to craft legislation to BLOCK this wise and prudent policy that is successully used in places like Palo Alto CA to help provide better service at lower cost. It is my supposition that as soon as public employee unions imagine the consolidation of duplicative services as some imaginary threat to their employment they will get legislation written to prevent any such changes, though I applaud the efforts of Hinsdale to come up with a way to tap into funds to allow for lobbying toward this end WITHOUT directly burdening residents. Perhaps the horse trading that happens in Springpatch will squeak this cost saving idea into being... Towns that have home rule are mostly in the same boat as those do not under the dysfunctional system that ill informed voters allow to continue. The possibility to engage in innovative restructuring and spread the burdens of falling state revenue on to a wider base than their mere backs of home owners should be reason enough to encourage the adoption of home rule.

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