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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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Fed Up with the Actions of Our Village Trustees? You Bet You Are! And You Are Not Alone

June 6, 2012

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Click here to order your yard sign

We’re all fed up with the direction the Winfield Village Board has taken over the last year; fed up with everything from the theft of residential value through targeted rezoning, to the outrageous and disrespectful personal behavior exhibited at public meetings. Recently the majority of our Trustees recently gave Winfield the dubious honor of being the first municipality in Illinois to allow video gambling in bars. This was just the warm-up.

It has recently been revealed that for the past year several Trustees have been meeting in secret and concocting a plan to eliminate the Winfield Police Department. Absolutely astounding, isn’t it?

Winfield United for a Better Community has ordered yard signs designed to send a clear message to our Trustees: STOP! Closing the Police Department will lead to diminished property values and leave us all less secure.

These signs also let our local police officers know that you appreciate all that they do to help make Winfield the lowest-crime community in DuPage County.

Winfield United is offering these signs at the under-cost donation price of $5.00 each.

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How Can We Save Our Police Force and Get Our Town Back on Track?

June 6, 2012

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New Districting Referendum Information Center Activated

January 26, 2012

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Winfield voters will be asked via referendum in the March 20 primary election to decide whether the village should be divided into voter districts.

In order to educate and enable voters to make an informed decision on the referendum question, a new Districting Referendum Information Center has been added to the Positive on Winfield website. The Information Center includes links to Positive on Winfield articles on the referendum and articles about the referendum that have appeared in the local media.

The Information Center also includes access to several different documents and resources on the topic of dividing Winfield into voter districts.

To access the Districting Referendum Information Center, please click here.

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