Serving the municipalities of 
DeKalb, Kane and Kendall Counties
August 5, 2019

Pictured on the left, Karin McCarthy-Lange,
MWCOG Executive Assistant. On the right,
Lesli Melendy, MWCOG Executive Director.
New Faces!

By now you have most likely seen a couple new faces at the events and meetings. Our new Executive Director, Lesli Melendy, took the reins on June 1 st . She comes from the Illinois Senate and has vast amounts of legislative knowledge and organizational experience.  Lesli's email is: [email protected]

We also welcomed Karin McCarthy-Lange as
Executive Assistant on July 8th. Karin is from
Oswego where she just finished a term as a
Village Trustee. She has a wealth of knowledge
of graphic arts and website design. Karin's email is:  [email protected]

Golf Outing Success 

Our annual golf outing at Top Golf was a success. We had over 100 participants and some wonderful raffle basket donations. Thank you to all our sponsors and participants. Tentative date for next year is July 23, 2020. 
MMC Executive Board Update

The Metro politan Mayors Caucus Executive Board met on July 8th. Both Mayor Scheilke and President Berman were in attendance. Topics to note:
  • The Caucus is working towards performance- based project selection awards (an item that was not in the Capitol Project legislation)
  • Cannabis enforcement task force- will work with stakeholders to possibly create some addendums to the bill to address law enforcement concerns
  • Mayor Burns spoke about environmental issues including the Greenest Region Compact (GRC). Many communities are using the GRC Framework to assess their sustainability efforts and there are many programs you are already doing. This collective work can accelerate your progress towards your GRC goals. 
  • For more details, explore the website at:
  • 2020 Census: Secretary of State has awarded the Caucus $71,000 for the 2020 census and will offer peer-to-peer workshops. More details to come.
  • Do you have sites or structures in your community that you'd like to preserve for future generations because they are of historical or architectural significance, but are under threat of demolition or imminent deterioration? If so, Landmarks Illinois may be able to provide some grant assistance. Please check out the following site to learn more about the programs it has available as well as expenses it is willing to cover: The site provides extensive info on two grant programs in particular. Upcoming application deadlines for the Preservation Heritage Fund Grant Program are August 15 and November 15. Applications for the Barbara C. and Thomas E. Donnelley II Fund are due November 15.
Upcoming MWCOG Meetings

Our next board meeting will be on September 26 th hosted by The United City of Yorkville at Lakeview Grille, 604 Veteran's Parkway.  Hope to see you there!

Annual Business Partner Recognition Dinner and Installation
of Officers will be at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora
at 6pm on October 24th.

From IML . . .

Illinois Municipal League's
106th Annual Conference
September 19-21, 2019.

The conference provides more than 50 educational and networking opportunities over three days to more than 2,000 elected officials from cities, villages and towns of all sizes throughout Illinois.

Educational Opportunities
The IML Annual Conference provides attendees the opportunity to attend the educational sessions most beneficial to them through our 11 specially-designed session tracks. Attendees are encouraged to attend sessions in other (or multiple) tracks to gain even more knowledge about different issues impacting their communities.

This year's tracks are: Clerks, Communication, Economic Development, Finance, Human Resources, Managers, Newly Elected Officials, Public Safety, Public Works, Risk Management and Students.  To view all the sessions within these tracks, click here .
Attendance at the IML Annual Conference is an investment in your city, village or town, and we work to keep the event affordable by offering an IML member discount and no price increases since 2016.

Northwest Water Planning Alliance News

Metropolitan Planning Council hosted a Drinking Water 1-2-3 Academy in Elgin on July 23rd where Mayor Kaptain spoke about the challenges of our water resources in the future. We also hear from Jeff Freeman, Engineering Enterprises, Inc. in which he highlighted the benefits of demand management for extending the life of infrastructure systems and saving communities money. There will be one final Academy in Barrington on September 12th from 8am-noon at the Barrington Park District. Click on the link below to register.

Register for Barrington here!

Legislative Corner

At our Legislative BBQ, Curt Fiedler presented the 2019 Legislative Session Update. Click here to see the presentation.

Senate Bill 690 was signed on June 28th, Public Act 101-0031. It expands video gaming opportunities, adds casinos in a number of communities, allows horse racing tracts to add casinos, increases the cigarette tax by $1 a pack and other changes. The intent is to help support billions of dollars in the capital plan for schools, hospitals and other vertical projects.
MWCOG's Legislative Committee will begin to plan for next session's legislative priorities so stay tuned for more information.

Thank You to the following valued Business Partners who have renewed since April:
Gold Level
Aqua Illinois
Azavar Audit Solutions
Nicor Gas
Silver Level
The Concord Group
V3 Companies
Welcome to our new Silver Level Member
Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd.

Thank you to our loyal Business Partners!

The Metro West Council of Government Business Partners Program provides marketing and networking opportunities for businesses, non-profit organizations and units of government that share a common commitment to the well-being of municipalities in DeKalb, Kane and Kendall Counties. Business Partners enjoy heightened visibility among member communities' elected officials and staff by participating in annual events, workshops, publications and sponsorship opportunities.

Gold Level Business Partners  
Azavar Government Solutions                                             
Engineering Enterprises Inc.
F.H. Paschen
HR Green Inc.
Kathleen Field Orr & Associates
Mickey, Wilson, Weiler, Renzi, Lenert & Julien
, PC
Nicor Gas
Ottosen, Britz, Kelly, Cooper, Gilbert & DiNolfo, Ltd.
Sikich LLP
Wight & Company

Silver Level Business Partners 
Advanced Disposal
Alliant/Mesirow Insurance Services
Applied Ecological Services
Baxter & Woodman
Call One Telecommunications
CDM Smith
Chastain & Associates LLC
Christopher B. Burke Engineering Ltd.
The Concord Group
Fifth Third Bank
First National Bank
Gardiner Koch Weisberg & Wrona
The Horton Group
Klein, Thorp and Jenkins, LTD
Lamp Incorporated
Larson & Darby Group
Metro Strategies Inc.
PMA Financial Network, Inc.
Realtors Association of the Fox Valley, Inc.
Robert Arthur Land Company
Robinson Engineering, Ltd
Signarama, North Aurora
Speer Financial, Inc.
Trotter & Associates, Inc.
V3 Companies
Waubonsee Community College

2018-2019 Metro West Council of Government Officers
President......................................     Sean Michels, President, Village of Sugar Grove
Vice President...............................    Kathy Curtis, President, Village of Maple Park
Secretary......................................     Steve Bosco, Administrator, Village of North Aurora
Treasurer......................................     Dan Di Santo, Administrator, Village of Oswego
Immediate Past President.............    Steve Ward, President, Village of South Elgin
Past Presidents at Large...............    Matt Brolley, President, Village of Montgomery
   David Kaptain, Mayor, City of Elgin
                                                           Stephan Pickett, President, Village of Sleepy Hollow
DeKalb County Municipal Rep.......   Open
Kane County Municipal Rep..........   Jeff Walter, President, Village of Elburn
Kendall County Municipal Rep.......   Jeff Zoephel, Adminstrator, Village of Montgomery

Lesli Melendy
Executive Director
Cell: 847.226.4876

Karin McCarthy-Lange 
Executive Assistant
630.859.1331 [email protected]