Changing of the Guard

After a run for governor and 12 years as DuPage County Board Chairman, Robert Schillerstrom is now going back to life as an attorney and private citizen.

“I’ve spent a good part of my adult life working at the county,” said

Schillerstrom. “I obviously have very fond memories. I’ve had a tremendous number of friends here, so from that point of view, I’m going to miss it and it’s going to be different for me. But, when you hold elected office, one of the things is you don’t own the office. You just sort of pass through it and try to make something good for your constituents, and I think I’ve done that.”

Schillerstrom says despite the nation’s recession, DuPage County is still in strong fiscal condition.

“I think the county board and I have had great many successes over the last 12 years,” said Schillerstrom. “At the end of the day DuPage County is still one of the most desirable places in the entire country, to live and to work and to raise a family. We have really protected and enhanced the quality of life.”

Former State Senator Dan Cronin was recently sworn in as County Chairman, alongside four other elected county officials and six DuPage County Board members, including Naperville’s re-elected board representative John Zediker.

“Bob did a tremendous job and where we’re at financially and as a county is really a tribute to him,” said Zediker. “I look forward to working with Senator Cronin, now Chairman Cronin, I think he’s going to do a great job.”

“It’s a special time,” said Cronin. “A lot of hard work went into the whole effort to get here and it’s sort of funny because now the hard work begins.”
Chairman Cronin has no time to celebrate after his inauguration; it’s straight to work in DuPage County.

Some of the top items on Chairman Cronin’s agenda include filling seven seats on the Water Commission and finding a new DuPage County State’s Attorney to take over for Joe Birkett.

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