Congratulations County Board Health & Human Services Chair and Judicial & Public Safety Chair Julie Renehan!
The DuPage Democrats would like to formally congratulate County Board Member Julie Renehan on her committee election as Health & Human Services Chair and Judicial & Public Safety Chair of the DuPage County Board.
Renehan was a strong and steadfast advocate for the closure of Sterigenics, fighting for public health and against the company in her District polluting with carcinogen ethylene oxide.
Led fact finding mission and hearings on sexually oriented businesses operating in DuPage as Chair of the Ad Hoc Adult Business Committee and passed bipartisan legislation to mitigate health and safety impacts, such as sex trafficking, increased crime and blight.
Julie sees all the people in her community and led COVID related initiatives to allocate $35,000 grants to 8 neighborhood food banks who have not traditionally received county support, additional funds for mental health and substance abuse prevention and spearheaded a $1.5 million dollar grant to pay for internet for low income students to learn online.
Renehan became Veterans Affairs accredited as a pro bono attorney to help veterans gain benefits and last year was proud to have been part of Veterans Suicide Prevention working group, becoming certified in suicide prevention. (Julie’s grandfather fought in WWII, and she could see that our veterans need supports long after their tour of duty ends.)
Julie saw a serious omission in the County’s Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan and amended it to include LGBTQ safeguards for the first time ever.
Current Term (2020-2022)
As incoming Chair of HHS, ongoing outreach and support to families and individuals hard hit by COVID whether it be through rental assistance, food support, workforce development, or connection to other social services will be a critical part of our planning for the coming year.
As incoming Chair of Judicial and Public Safety, a conversation on how our public safety and judicial system treats those afflicted by mental/behavioral health conditions and disabilities whether that be via mental health and drug court or officer training will be on the agenda. Also, DuPage will create a dedicated Eviction court to deal with COVID related backlogs on eviction. Renehan would like to see a commitment from the County to support legal aid for those facing housing crises.