Serving the municipalities of 
Kane, Kendall, and DeKalb Counties
February 5 , 2020

 Metro West Executive Director Lesli Melendy speaks with Representative Sean Casten at his visit last month.
Executive Director Notes

The beginning of the year is off to a busy start. Metro West was featured in several articles regarding our Legislative Breakfast. In case you missed it, here are a couple articles:

I plan on going to Springfield on February 19th to attend the Governor's Budget Address. I look forward to hearing the Governor's plan for implementing the Capital Plan that was passed last  session.
Metro West's Springfield Drivedown will be April 29-30, 2020. I hope our mayors will make an effort to attend as it shows our Legislators that we are engaged in issues that effect our local governments. Invite to come soon!

2020 Metro West Schedule of Events

We are working on the final details for our 2020 events schedule and
have the dates in place. Please click here for the tentative list of events
and look for a final version soon.

Metropolitan Mayors Caucus
The  Greenest Region Compact (GRC) promotes sustainability in Chicago communities across the region with an emphasis on building strong and vibrant communities. The foundation of the GRC are 49 high-level goals that have been reached by consensus; not only are the goals aligned with important local, regional, national and global goals, but they also have support from 126 communities and 3 counties that have adopted the GRC. These consensus goals guide municipal action, support mayors in their role as environmental leaders, and foster collaboration that will have positive impacts on the region. Municipalities adopt the GRC by formal resolution and agree to work to achieve the GRC goals in their community and in collaboration with other municipalities across the region. To date, 129 municipalities and all the area Council of Governments have joined the GRC2. Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns is the Chairperson so please contact him with questions regarding the GRC2.
CMAP Update

Click here for the CMAP update.

From IML
IML recently approved its Legislative Agenda for the
101st General Assembly. It can be found here:

Legislative Corner

The General Assembly returned to session January 28, 2020 with new Senate President Don Harmon. There were changes in leadership and one of our partners, Senator Linda Holmes was named to leadership. The Governor gave his State of the State speech and outlined some successes from last session. You can read his full speech here:

We hosted Congressman Sean Casten in the office on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 and had a productive conversation concerning infrastructure funding, lead line replacement funding, cannabis banking and other issues. Thanks to all who attended. Representative Lauren Underwood has rescheduled again so we are tentatively scheduled to meet on April 14th.

Our Legislative Committee has been busy meeting to review our legislative agenda and bills for this session. We are receiving weekly reports from our lobbyist, Raucci & Sullivan to keep us apprised of bills concerning local government.

Representative Sean Casten visited the Metro West office on January 22.

Upcoming MWCOG Meetings

Thank you to the Village of West Dundee for hosting our January meeting at Emmett's. We had an informative presentation about 5G small cells from HR Green, Inc. Clink here to view the presentation.

Our next board meeting will be at Fireside Grille in Sugar Grove on February 27. Look for our email invitation and remember to register online! 

Business Partners Renewals

Our Business Partner Renewals that have occurred since December 4th are:

Gold Level Business Partners

Mickey, Wilson, Weiler, Renzi, Lenert, & Julien

Sikich, LLP

Silver Level Business Partners

Alliant/Mesirow Insurance Services
Baxter Woodman
Chastain & Associates, LLC
Fifth Third Bank
Metro Strategies, Inc
Waubonsee Community College

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
Mickey, Wilson, Weiler, Renzi, Lenert & Julien
, PC
Nicor Gas
Ottosen DiNolfo Hasenbalg Cataldo
Sikich LLP
Wight & Company

Silver Level Business Partners 
Advanced Disposal
Alliant/Mesirow Insurance Services
Applied Ecological Services
Aurora Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau
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.
Robinson Engineering, Ltd
Signarama, North Aurora
Speer Financial, Inc.
Trotter & Associates, Inc.
V3 Companies
Waubonsee Community College

2019-2020 Metro West Council of Government Officers
President......................................     Kathy Curtis, President, Village of Maple Park
Vice President...............................    Kevin Burns, Mayor, City of Geneva
Secretary......................................     Steve Bosco, Administrator, Village of North Aurora
Treasurer......................................     Dan Di Santo, Administrator, Village of Oswego
Immediate Past President.............    Sean Michels, President, Village of Sugar Grove
DeKalb County Municipal Rep.......   Dawn Wucki-Rossbach, Adminstrator, Village of Maple Park
Kane County Municipal Rep..........   Chuck Nelson, Deputy Mayor, City of Aurora
Kendall County Municipal Rep.......  Troy Parlier, President, Village of Oswego

Lesli Melendy
Executive Director
Cell: 847.226.4876

Karin McCarthy-Lange 
Executive Assistant