West Chicago Mayor, Ruben Pineda, addressed the community on the state of the City, Monday, May 16, 2016. The event was sponsored by the Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.
Themed Our Collective Vision, the Address focused on the process and outcomes of the development of the West Chicago Strategic Plan, which will serve as the City’s roadmap for the near future. Members of the Strategic Plan Advisory Committee were introduced and recognized for their contributions; Doug Domeracki, Dave Sabathne, Alderman Sandy Dimas, Alderman Kurt Meissner, Dona Smith, Gina Steinbrecher, Gladys Proa Santana, Amy Guerra, Merle Burleigh, Drew Cali, Hank Betts, and the late Bob Kosman. The Plan was approved at the City Council meeting immediately following the State of the City Address, and is available at www.westchicago.org.
Also included in Mayor Pineda’s Address were some noteworthy accomplishments of the past year. One in particular, stood out among the many noted, and received a strong round of applause from the more than 80 people gathered.
“After more than 40 years of living under the shadow of thorium contamination in our City, we reached a watershed moment last year. On November 10, 2015, a rail car carrying the last remnants of thorium waste from the former Kerr-McGee factory site, pulled out of West Chicago,” reported Mayor Pineda. For that, he thanked the relentless efforts of local, state, county, and federal representatives who never gave up the fight on the City’s behalf, also commending the group of individuals who formed TAG, the Thorium Action Group, who kept the issue in the forefront.
A number of other successful efforts were also outlined including:
Mayor Pineda also shared his gratitude and respect for members of the West Chicago City Council. “The Aldermen have served West Chicago well with their thoughtful assessment of every item that comes before them, their confidence to question why, and their integrity to always keep the best interests of this City at the forefront of every vote they cast on an issue. I am very privileged and grateful to be working with such a fine group of individuals,” he stated
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Photo courtesy of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.