Archive | June, 2012

The Funding of Our Officers’ Pensions

June 29, 2012

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This post comes to us from Keep the Winfield Police

One of our elected officials had stated many times that our police officers pension fund is only 45% funded. We decided to look at what it means to be funded, when you are required to be funded as a pension program as well as what the current funding level actually is. We found some interesting information in the two reports (CAFR and Actuarial Valuation) mentioned in our previous entry.

Our officers pension fund is not 45% funded, it is actually 50.74% funded as of the end of the report.

Our funding ratio has gone down almost every year since 2002. The funded percentage each year […]

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On the Topic of Police Pensions

June 28, 2012

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This post comes to us from Keep the Winfield Police

There have been many statements and varied numbers offered to us by an elected official regarding our police officer pension system. Most of what has been offered seems to have been in the form of catch phrases and crazy numbers. Not much perspective has been offered and while we understand it is hard to do that with a complicated topic, we expect an honest attempt to do so when a bunch of information is tossed out to the public. A proponent or two for the disbanding our police department has taken issue with the pension system by way of blog as another justification for their efforts. Some of what this elected official has offered is:

  • Our police pension fund is only 45% funded;
  • It will cost the tax payers 8 million to achieve the funded status required by law;

There is more, but for now we’ll stick with these. Both of these statements are untrue. We decided to take a look […]

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Development Issues Cause Village Feuds

June 27, 2012

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This is a reprint of an article that appeared in the Winfield Post. Please click here to read the article and comments.

Zoning & Development Issues Fuel Village Feuds

by Barry Dredze

Zoning and development issues are a common point of friction in Winfield’s political discourse, variably pitting factions in support of revenue-generating development or preservation of an attractive village character, supporters of commercial development of the Roosevelt Road corridor or an accelerated Town Center development against each other.

When Trustee James Hughes resigned from all of the committee liaison appointments […]

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Pick Up Police Petitions at Winfield Train Station

June 27, 2012

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This post comes to us from Keep the Winfield Police

We are looking for any help you can provide collecting signatures for a petition to get:

“Shall the Village of Winfield keep it’s own police department?” on the November 6th ballot.

Anyone that wants to help can pick up a petition packet at the Winfield train station Monday-Friday between 5:30pm and 8:00pm.

They would like the packets returned by Saturday so the sooner you can pick it up the better.

Any little bit helps, even if you can only take it around your neighborhood.

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Daily Herald Editorial on Video Gambling

June 25, 2012

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The Daily Herald featured an editorial in yesterday’s Sunday edition on video gambling in the Chicagoland suburbs.

Click here to read what the Daily Herald had to say

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Winfield Mourns the Loss of Alyce Bartlett

June 15, 2012

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Winfield lost one of its most prolific residents this past Tuesday with the passing of Alyce Bartlett.

Printed below is an email received from Rich Bysina of the Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

From: Rich Bysina
Sent: Friday, June 15, 2012 10:22 AM
To: Rich Bysina
Subject: Chamber News Update–6/15/12: The Passing of Alyce Bartlett

Chamber Members and Friends,

It’s with a great deal of sadness that we’re letting you know of the passing of one of the great ladies of Winfield – Alyce Bartlett. In addition to the newspapers listed in the obituary below, Alyce also wrote a column for the former Winfield Chamber publication, Winfield Stuff.

When I started working for the Winfield Chamber in the summer 1996, Alyce was one of the first people I met. For the next 15 years, I didn’t know of anyone who promoted the village of Winfield, its local organizations and our Chamber in a positive way more than Alyce did. And […]

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