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Rep. Cross appoints Poling to Plainfield Park Board

Posted November 21, 2014 10:12 AM

PLAINFIELD – State Representative Tom Cross has officially announced his appointee to the newly-created position on the Plainfield Park District Board, selecting Ridgley Ann “Mimi” Poling of Plainfield as the board’s seventh member.  

The appointment was necessitated by a new state law increasing the size of the Plainfield Park Board from five to seven members to add increased accountability to the board’s membership under a proposal introduced by Representative Cross this spring and signed into law by the Governor in August.

“I am pleased to announce my selection of Mimi Poling to the Plainfield Park Board,” Rep. Cross said. “Mimi’s impressive community involvement and experience in education, management and finance make her an exceptionally well-rounded and qualified addition to our park board. Mimi is ready to make a positive difference on day one and help restore the community’s trust in the board moving forward.”

A graduate of Miami University with associate degrees from Joliet Junior College, Poling founded her own landscape design and install business in 1994 and has written numerous columns on horticulture for local newspapers in addition to serving as an adjunct instructor in Horticulture, Botany, and Plant ID at Joliet Junior College.

The current members of the Plainfield Park District Board will determine when Poling is to be sworn in. Her seat will be up for election in April 2015.

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Cross, Oswego School District 308 to host Diabetes Screening Nov. 14

Posted October 28, 2014 9:31 AM

OSWEGO— State Rep. Tom Cross (R-Oswego) in partnership with School District 308 and Rush-Copley Medical Center are jointly sponsoring a free diabetes screening for the public from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Friday, November 14 at the District Administration Center located at 4175 Route 71 in Oswego.

“Diabetes can affect everyone and with the number of new diagnoses increasing every day, screening is more important than ever” Cross said. “We are excited to partner with District 308 and Rush-Copley Medical Center and truly appreciate their willingness to help provide this critical screening to members of the community.”

Nearly 800,000 Illinoisans have diabetes, 500,000 of whom are unaware that they have the disease. Yearly, $7.3 billion is spent on both direct and indirect costs associated with the care of diabetes in Illinois and accounts for more than 10 percent of all health care spending.

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Plainfield Park District reform signed into law

Posted August 15, 2014 6:40 PM

PLAINFIELD – Legislation to increase accountability on the Plainfield Park District Board has been signed into law by the Governor today, announced State Rep. Tom Cross (R-Oswego), the bill’s sponsor. Cross introduced House Bill 5593 this spring in response to widespread public concerns following a series of controversial actions taken by the current Board majority over the past 16 months.

Overwhelmingly approved by the General Assembly this spring, the new law adds two new members to the park district board, increasing it from five to seven members. Initially to be filled by appointment, the two new positions would be filled by the voters next year in the April 2015 consolidated election for a two-year term.

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