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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Monday, July 13, 2020

Statement from the Chairman

The following statement is attributable to County Board Chairman Dan Cronin:

“I believe it’s necessary and important to refute information that was shared during an automated telephone call to residents on Sunday.

There is no effort underway by any DuPage County Board member to defund police. There is no item on Tuesday’s County Board agenda aimed at law enforcement budgets or manpower. One board member chose to deliberately share misinformation after he was criticized for appearing at a rally, not wearing a mask, and speaking loudly in the face of another protester. He was also criticized for inappropriate language used in an exchange over email, which was then shared on social media. None of those things have anything to do with the business of the DuPage County Board, which is focused on protecting the health and safety of all and helping our businesses and families weather these challenging times. 

I have a duty to make sure the public is accurately informed. As Chairman of DuPage County, I wholeheartedly support our law enforcement. But this board member’s actions have nothing to do with support for police. By circulating a misleading robocall, this Board member has caused unnecessary fear and anxiety. It has caused a situation where people may feel compelled to gather unnecessarily while COVID-19 is spiking, endangering themselves, our staff and the security team that must ensure the health and safety of the public. 

We are dedicated to adhering to public health guidelines and demanding responsible behavior from elected County Board members. Moreover, I will take every action and commit every resource that I can to keeping our community healthy and safe.”