Forest Preserve Board

Control over the DuPage County Forest Preserve could change hands in the coming years.

Legislation has been filed to eliminate the DuPage County Forest Board and turn its responsibilities over to the DuPage County Board, beginning in 2018.

House Bill 3099 was introduced by State Representative Deb Conroy, in an effort to save taxpayers money. She says getting rid of the seven board members’ salaries could save $500,000 annually.

The Dupage Forest Preserve had no comment at the time of this taping. However, Suzanne Hart, Commissioner of the Will County Forest Preserve weighed in with her thoughts.

“Everything that works for Will County isn’t necessarily going to work for DuPage or any other, so it’s a case by case. We work very well being on both the County and that in fact on the Forest Preserve and I think the way that’s split right now in DuPage it does work for them,” said Commissioner Hart.

This effort comes weeks after Governor Bruce Rauner signed an executive order to create a task force that will look into consolidating local governments.

DuPage County Forest Board is one of only two in the entire state that has its own governing body.

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