Julie Renehan is a wife, mother of three, an attorney, dedicated advocate and a longtime Democrat. She began her law practice in DuPage County courts and has tirelessly worked to make her community a better place--from PTO to Veterans Benefits appeals, from Public Affairs advocate to Jr. Womens' club legislative chair to voting registrar and election judge. Julie proudly serves as a Board member and pro bono attorney with the Pro Bono Network, an organization that provides free legal aid to low income individuals who would not otherwise be served. She is ready to take public service to next level, serving DuPage County residents with a fresh voice.
It is often said that "When we all do better, we all do better" and that's a reason why Julie wants to represent you. She knows DuPage County-she moved to Lisle's Four Lakes Village fresh out of law school, then lived in Naperville for many years before moving to Hinsdale to be nearer her husband's business in Willowbrook.
As a DuPage taxpayer for so many years, Julie is committed to integrity in decision making and in spending of hardearned citizen tax dollars. She will focus on controlling county spending through vetting contracts thoroughly and working to find creative solutions to fund infrastructure and social services for DuPage residents in need including our seniors, veterans and mentally ill
Join Julie so she can bring fresh ideas and responsible leadership to the DuPage County Board.
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Dan & Julie met in college at Vanderbilt University and married 24 years ago at St. Isaac Jogues church in Hinsdale.
For over 17 years they have made their home in Hinsdale, not far from where Dan grew up with his parents and four siblings.
Sarah, Will and Caroline have all attended public school in Districts 181 and 86 in Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills and were born at Good Sam in Downers Grove.
Dan is President of a Willowbrook company which distributes auto parts.
*Law practice with concentration in Contract and Employment matters
*DuPage County Bar Association member
*Pro Bono Attorney with Pro Bono Network: Divorce, Incarcerated Womens' Project, DACA, ILAO
*Certified Professional in Human Resources (SHRM)
Washington University in St. Louis Law School, J.D.;
U.S. Senate congressional internship, Law Journal
Vanderbilt University, B.A. English & French
*Pro Bono Network Board Member
*Junior League of Kane and DuPage Counties, former Board member, Parliamentarian, State Public Affairs Chair
*Hinsdale Jr. Womens' Club legislative and international chair
*Hinsdale Village Caucus Selection Committee
*PTO committee chair & proud room mom
*Election Judge, Voting Registrar, Precinct Committeeman
*ABA Veteran Claims Assistance Network
*Pi Beta Phi Fraternity Alum
Your donation is an opportunity to be part of something bigger. Isn't it time we had representation on the DuPage County Board that appreciates the changing voices in our County? Julie Renehan thinks it is!
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District 3 includes all or parts of Bolingbrook, Burr Ridge, Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, Hinsdale, Lemont, Naperville, Westmont, Willowbrook and Woodridge. Each County District is represented by three Board members.
Of 19 elected County Board positions, only one seat is occupied by a Democrat-Thank you Liz Chaplin-D2.
DuPage County has some of the highest property taxes in the country. These taxes impact our district as residents, even those who have lived in their homes for many years, struggle to keep up with increasing assessments. Would be citizens choose to move to other communities to avoid our tax rate, negatively impacting DuPage businesses. I will work to improve the health of county finances, grow DuPage business opportunities and fight to spare our residents further increase.
DuPage County, like other counties and communities across the country, faces difficulties funding services that support the health and welfare of our citizens. I prioritize structuring an efficient government that supports services that strengthen our human capital. Cutting the fat in existing budgets and bringing creative initiatives to strengthen our sales tax revenue will be an important part of funding resident services. I will fight for an improved quality of life for all of us.
I am incensed. I am heartbroken. I am flat out sick to my stomach over the same horrible story about a school shooter and casualties and lives lost. According to Everytown for Gun Safety, gun violence is the third leading cause of death in American children. Changing how we legislate gun possession is a mandatory step in ending the gun violence epidemic in our schools. The Illinois Senate is considering a bill which would restore the power of local municipalities to legislate gun control. I'm for it and here's why...
Due to a concerted lobbying campaign by the NRA, most states, including Illinois, have pre-emption laws which make state law the final word on gun regulation--preventing local municipalities from tailoring gun control ordinances to local conditions. Pre-emption, only adopted in 2013 in Illinois, is a one size fits all that is not working. For example, it has prevented Chicago from instituting tougher gun laws than what the state allows. And we all know how Chicago is faring with gun violence...
One way to protect children from assault weapons and threats of gun violence in schools is to end pre-emption and put the power of lawmaking and enforcement of gun possession closer to home, to our schools, to our kids, to what makes sense for our communities. Let’s enable local officials to take the temperature on gun possession in their towns and decide the level of regulation that fits local culture. In the interest of safety, I believe many mayors in DuPage County would hear the call from constituents on strengthening gun possession laws in a common sense way and ban assault weapons with large capacity magazines. Highland Park did this during a legislative window and Deerfield is in the court system trying to do so now.
Illinois Senate Bill 2314 will be headed to the floor soon. I believe it is a step in the right direction for DuPage County. It may not end this multi-faceted epidemic of violence in schools, but it can certainly move the dial on toughening common sense gun laws with local action.
Better Late Than Never is Not a Great Motto for DuPage County Board, April 26, 2018
You probably know the chaos that resulted in DuPage County on Primary Day when “ender cards” did not fit DuPage County voting machines: voting machines failed to work, the Election Commission was keeping election judges who called “on hold “ for long waits or even hanging up on them, no clear instructions were being communicated as to how to handle the situation, voting machines had to be literally hauled to Wheaton to try to get them to work, Chicago news stations were showing workers inside County buildings long into the night, but most importantly, this voting system, chosen by the DuPage County Board and paid for by residents, was not tabulating votes and results were not being relayed. If you went to bed before 3 or 4 in the morning, you didn’t know results. Even then, they were not 100% complete.
I, along with Liz Chaplin, DuPage County Board’s sole Democratic member, and Jean Kaczmarek, a longtime watchdog on the Election Commission and Democrat for County Clerk, came out early, urging a strong County Board response to the vendor and Election Commission’s failure to test voting system ender cards-- including damages and immediate termination of contract with the campaign supply vendor. And, yet, at the April 10th DuPage County Board meeting, terminating ongoing contracts with this vendor was not discussed. Board response was pretty much limited to adding a layer of supervision to the Election Commision and considering damages for card defects. The response was weak, slow and lacking the teeth to guarantee the integrity of our County's voting system.
Why did termination of future contracts with a vendor who failed to meet contractual responsibilities take so long? Bid will go out for a new voting materials vendor for the November 6th election. Will the Election Commission and the Board have time to vet a new vendor thoroughly? I urge the Board to select a quality vendor and the Election Commission to test the product and to create a directive to help staff and election judges in the event we have another problem. Leaders should lead and owe an even higher standard to residents given the breakdown that occurred during the primary.
The integrity of our voting system speaks to the integrity our our County. Let’s protect that at all cost.
A Passion to Make Things Better, April 16, 2018
Last night I heard San Juan, Puerto Rico’s Mayor Carmen Julin Cruz give an impassioned speech about the struggles Puerto Ricans endured after Hurricane Maria devastated their island. She spoke of fighting to get rations and water for her people, to find workers to dig out of the rubble and to try to recreate infrastructure where all had been decimated. In short, she displayed an unfailing passion to make things better in her community-no matter the risk- and she did make things better exponentially and everyday she persists.
I see a similar inspiring passion in so many of the people I have met during this election process--citizens united by a burning desire to make positive change in our government and in legislation. They are fired up to write postcards, to talk to legislators, to file witness slips, to go to meetings, to march, to get out the vote, to encourage others to get involved in the democratic process-- all with a deep passion to make things better for all of us.
I ask myself, is the makeup of the County Board similarly impassioned to improve our County when things go wrong or need improvement? When the Election Commission failed to test ender cards which caused election judges to physically transport 268 voting machines to Wheaton late into the evening of the March primary, where was the outrage, beyond one meeting, to protect the integrity of our election process and voting? Where was the demand for immediate change in vendor or in oversight? No passion to make things better in any permanent way was evident. Really nothing much happened at all, except for a couple of newspaper articles, an extra meeting or so and adding an assistant to help the Commission. Passion requires a loyalty to get things done and force change.
I understand that. I have a passion for public service and a sincere desire to improve the quality of life in DuPage County for ALL of us. At the top of my list is focusing stronger attention on the County’s aging infrastructure and drilling down into the budget to find ways to fund necessary overhauls. This winter and spring has caused flooding in our County that cannot be ignored. The integrity of a number of DuPage bridges has been cited as a safety concern. The roads - well- to be gentle-they are just not up to DuPage County standards. And the water and sanitary districts are aging and need attention. These are the basics that our residents deserve in more than just a “good enough” way. I have an absolute passion to make things better here in DuPage, to maximize tax dollars and to ensure essential services are up to standards and benefit residents, respecting their needs and sparing them from harm.
Send me an email. I’d like to know what you’re passionate about in our County. email@example.com
Thank You! WE did it! 9,538 Votes Strong!, March 22, 2018
A heartfelt thank you to all of you who have supported my campaign during the Primaries- We did it! Just think, District 3 has never elected a Democrat to the DuPage County Board and we just garnered more votes than any Republican candidate did in yesterday's primary! DuPage County is changing and this voter turnout and tallies surely showed it off! I can hear many of you saying "Blue Wave" and I surely hope that will be the case this fall. But for today....
To everyone who hosted a sign, held an event, talked to neighbor, wore a button, handed out literature, fundraised, knocked on a door, encouraged a new voter to register to vote or punched a ballot-- I cannot thank you enough and I ask for the strength of your continued support as I fight on in the general election on November 6th. I will need your help as we go along-both in man(and woman)power and in hearing the issues that are important to you.
Thank you to fellow candidates, Mehr and John, for elevating the discussion, to our PC's for getting out the vote and to our Township and County organizations for paving the way.
Lots of work to do and plans to make to get a win in November. I promise to work hard to get there.. for ALL of us. Let's do this!!
Blue Waves on DuPage Shores, March 13, 2018
The March 20th Primary is only a week away. It is an exciting time for a candidate, let me tell you! I have met so many energized and activated voters and so many committed and passionate candidates and organizers! Thank you! All of this in DuPage County. Never before have I been to large Democratic gatherings in homes or seen so many neighbors with Democratic candidate signs in yards! It really is a testament to community organizing and the grassroots efforts of people to get some Dems elected this cycle. High Fives all around.
How can it be that Hillary Clinton won the majority of votes in DuPage County in 2016 but Democrats on the DuPage County Board only account for 6% of the seats? To be exact, 1 out of 18 elected positions are held by a Democrat. Politics need to start locally and that means taking our energy and registering it at the polls. Every single vote counts and we need them all to make change locally. I am committed to representing the great people of DuPage County. I am committed to holding the County accountable for maximizing our hard-earned tax dollars. I am committed to serving as a Democrat...for ALL of us.
Grab a friend, or 10, and make an appointment with them to get to the polls next Tuesday, March 20th! We are laying down bricks!
Now Let's Get Out the Vote! February 23, 2018
DuPage County has changed quite a bit from when I first moved to Lisle in 1993. We need only to look to the 2016 election results in our county to see that Democrats are here and they are voting and they appear ready to make a move on what has been a staunchly Republican enclave. It is time for representation that listens to these residents and brings forth initiatives that share their values. As a Democrat, I will bring a progressive view to the Republican board. I look forward to working with them on a common sense budget that reduces waste by streamlining productivity, eliminating duplicative services and bringing cost/benefits analysis to our contract process that has weighed down DuPage government for so long.
Government needs checks and balances but when 17/18 of your County Board members line up on the same side of the scale, that just doesn't exist. Please vote the whole ballot and get your friends to vote -early voting as started. The Democrats are ready to lead like never before in DuPage County- come be a part of it!
Narcan not reversing the epidemic, February 14, 2018
In 2014, DuPage County was a leader with its early adoption of a Narcan (the drug that can reverse opioid overdose) program. Since then, Lake, Kane and Will counties have followed suit and that is good news; however, the epidemic is growing and more work at the County level will save lives. The DuPage County Health Department reports 174 successful uses of Narcan in 2017, with 33 unsuccessful uses. According to the DuPage Health Department, DuPage has seen a 187.9% increase in opioid deaths from 2014-2017, yet the 2018 budget shows a modest $100,000 budgeted toward the crisis.
If we cull County budgetary waste vis-a-vis instituting objective cost-benefits analysis on contract awards and downsize other wasteful expense, we can afford to provide real tools to those affected by addiction - not just a life preserver. And it's not just the addicted person we can impact- it is their families that need support as well. Money toward better social services for opioid addiction rights the ship for whole families. I am willing to find the budget savings to save lives and get DuPage to lead on this issue again.
#ThankaVeteran means better mental health services, February 4, 2018
Veteran suicides from those returned from the Middle East are at an all time high and according to a recent study, Veterans are not accessing the mental health care to which they are entitled. cnn.it/2GLaAFU The U.S. cannot disappoint those who have sacrificed for our country when they come home and are in need. DuPage County sponsors the Veterans Assistance Commission which employs 3 employees and has a modest budget. I support increasing services as this is often a last resort for our neighborhood servicemen and women. If we cut the fat in County expenditures, we can better use County resources to benefit community needs. #thankaveteran
Women Marching for Representation...Still, January 21, 2018
I proudly marched in the Women's March this weekend in Chicago. This year the March was dubbed "March to the Polls" and it will certainly be a pivotal year for women to get out the vote for the March 20th primary election and beyond.
Women are most often the first responders in our homes and communities--the ones that know, feel and get involved in local issues whether it be family, school, medical, business or voluntarism and it is vital for women to participate in setting the agenda in local government as well.
Fact-of 19 elected positions on the DuPage County Board, only 4 are held by women. Women supporting women in the coming elections will make a difference....Join me in heading to the polls in supporting women running for office.
DuPage Winter Recreation Opportunities Impressive, January 6, 2018
DuPage parks and forest preserves really contribute to the quality of life here during our cold months-from winter walks, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, ice fishing and sledding- people can have fun all year round outdoors. Kudos to the Village of Hinsdale for getting their ice rink up and running! The warming house has a couple of fireplaces and provides free hot chocolate on weekends.
Priorities Out of Order, January 1, 2018
The DuPage County Sheriff's Office will lose 16 full time Sheriff's Deputies (whose service supports over 900,00 DuPage residents) under County Board vote. With an opioid crisis that saw a 53% increase in heroin-related deaths from 2015-2016, this is not the right decision. That makes 16 fewer Deputies carrying Narcan to reverse drug overdose. We must find budget cuts in places that don't compromise health and safety. Let's cut the fat first....
Ongoing-Campaign Volunteer Roundup and Training. Contact info@JulieRenehan for details.
May 22, 2018, Democratic Women of DuPage County Tinker Harvey Founders Day Celebration, Downers Grove, 1 p.m.
July 4th- Who doesn't love a parade? Come march with Julie and other Democratic candidates. Details to follow.
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