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Posted on: April 8, 2019

President's Message

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Summer slipped by so quickly. Looking back we remember the highlights of another successful Polo season, with teams from all over the world competing on our very own Prince of Wales Field.  I hope you were able to delight in the beautiful improvements made to the B&T Club and had an opportunity to enjoy the live music al fresco on the new Patio area at the Golf Club. This summer was not without its disappointments, it was decided at the last minute to cancel the Taste of Oak Brook and fireworks display. It was a very tough decision, but the safety of our residents and the preservation of the fields were our priority.

The Village Board has been following the serious contamination situation regarding the Sterigenics facility in Willowbrook. Several residents have voiced their concern that the Sterigenics plant remain closed. We have taken an active role in looking at this issue and I have personally met with County Board Chairman Dan Cronin and Illinois House Representative Deanne M. Mazzochi. The Illinois Attorney General and the DuPage County State’s Attorney issued a Consent Order that laid out the circumstances which would re-open the plant. Illinois Representative Deanne M. Mazzochi, Illinois Representative James B. Durkin, and Illinois Senator John F. Curran filed an Amicus Brief with the Court on July 23, 2019 to challenge the Consent Order on numerous grounds. After a brief presentation by Illinois Representative Deanne M. Mazzochi, at our August 13th Village Board Meeting, the Village Board approved a resolution joining with three Members of the Illinois General Assembly who filed an Amicus Brief against the Consent Order to re-open the plant. The Village of Oak Brook supports the full and fair application of the government mandates which do not sacrifice the health, safety, and lives of our residents and neighbors.

The development of our business community remains robust. As you may be aware, the McDonald’s Campus property was purchased by John Paul DeJoria on June 6, 2019. The purchase includes the former campus office building, the Hamburger University training facility and the Hyatt Lodge hotel. Mr. DeJoria is co-founder of Paul Mitchell hair products, Patron Tequila and the House of Blues nightclub. Our staff has had several meetings with the new property owner’s development team to discuss conceptual plans and development approval process. It is hoped that several large corporations will fill the existing vacant buildings. As of this time, no specific companies have been selected.

On Wednesday, July 19th the Hub Group had their groundbreaking for their second building. Several Village Board members and I, along with Clerk Pruss and Manager Ginex attended the ceremony and participated in the ground breaking. The new building will be identical to their present one. It be a 130,000 Sq. Ft., state-of-the-art LEED certified office building. This second building will bring the total Hub headquarters campus capacity to 1,400 employees, which will make the Hub Group, the largest employer in the Village.

Finally, the Table at Crate, a new restaurant in the Crate and Barrel Store opened on July 9th. Several of the members of the business community and Village were invited to attend a “mock lunch and dinner service” on July 5th and July 6th. This is the first ever full-service restaurant from Crate and Barrel and the Cornerstone Group. This is the same restaurant group which opened Michael Jordan’s.

As always, I along with the staff and Trustees are her to serve you. Please feel free to contact any of us with your thoughts, ideas and concerns.

Kind regards,

Gopal G. Lalmalani, MD, MBA

Village President

630-368-5012 or glalmalani@oak-brook.org

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