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City holding public meeting on 87th Street bridge project; DuPage County asking residents to take budget survey; mid-century modern architecture exhibit opens Aug. 22 at NCC – Chicago Tribune

A public information meeting on the replacement of the 87th Street bridge in Naperville will be held from 4 to 7 pm Wednesday, July 27, at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St.

City staff members and representatives from consultant Engineering Resource Associates will share preliminary reports, drawings and maps and answer questions about the need for the project, design options, right-of-way acquisition, environmental impacts and the tentative construction schedule.

There will be no formal presentation. Residents can drop by at any time.

For more details, go to naperville.il.us/87thbridge.

An online survey seeks residents’ opinions on DuPage County’s annual budget and the programs and initiatives that are important to them.

The survey is available at www.surveymonkey.com/r/DuPage2023Budget and will be used to determine spending priorities for the 2022-23 budget, officials said.

Residents are asked to rank services such as public safety, economic development, transportation and flood mitigation, weigh in questions about climate change and environmental initiatives, and offer feedback on county government in general.

The budget plan goes to the county board on Sept. 27 with the new fiscal year beginning Dec. 1.

Edward-Elmhurst Health has awarded nearly $4 million to 14 organizations in Cook, DuPage and Will counties through the first distribution from its Community Investment Fund.

In January, Edward-Elmhurst Health and NorthShore University HealthSystem each committed $100 million to their respective communities to enhance health and wellbeing, advance health equity and support local economic growth, a news release from Edward-Elmhurst Health said.

Organizations were selected based on their alignment with the Community Investment Fund objectives in terms of addressing health care access, food insecurity, job creation, mental health and substance abuse disorders and more.

Recipients include the DuPage Health Coalition ($250,000), Greater Family Health ($400,000), Naperville Education Foundation’s Project RISE ($250,000) and Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project ($250,000).

Friends of Lisle received $250,000 for expanded food storage and distribution and Loaves and Fishes received $325,500 for its mobile food delivery program.

Recipients focusing on housing issues include Bridge Communities ($292,500) and DuPagePADS ($250,000).

Recipients that work on job creation and career development include KidsMatter ($250,000) and VNA Health Care’s Nursing Workforce Pathway Program ($93,000).

Awards for mental health and substance use disorder programs are Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley ($250,000), Indian Prairie School District 204 for mental health and wellness resources ($500,000), Outreach Community Ministries ($333,200) and Stepping Stones ($300,000).

A mid-century modern architecture exhibit showingcasing how the architectural style shaped North Central College’s campus and the city of Naperville will open Aug. 22 at Schoenherr Gallery, 171 E. Chicago Ave.

An opening reception from 1 to 5 pm Saturday, Aug. 27, will include a free trolley tour highlighting mid-century modern homes and buildings in the area and a self-guided walking tour of the North Central College’s campus. A special program will be held at 2:30 pm

North Central College has several examples of mid-century modernism, including the Oesterle Library, the School of Business and Entrepreneurship, the Harold and Eva White Activities Center and several residence halls.

The college is partnering with Naper Settlement and Naperville Preservation Inc. on the exhibit, which will run through Dec. 9.

For more information, go to finearts.northcentralcollege.edu/galleries.

Will County Board member Denise Winfrey has been chosen to be the new president of the National Association of Counties, only the second woman of color to hold the position in the organization’s 87-year history.

Winfrey, a Democrat from Joliet, was elected the second vice president of the association and then served as first vice president. She will be sworn in as president on July 24 at the group’s annual conference in Colorado.

The National Association of Counties represents 3,069 counties, parishes and boroughs across the country and serves nearly 40,000 county elected officials and 3.6 million county employees, a news release said. It lobbies Congress in Washington DC to help advocate for county services, including infrastructure, community health, public safety and more.

Winfrey, a graduate of Lewis University School of Business and the American University School of Public Affairs, has been a Will County board member since 2009 and is currently chair of the legislative and judicial committee.

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