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Download the November NAHC Newsletter

The November NAHC Newsletter is now available to be downloaded.
This month's edition previews our November 15th General Membership meeting which will be held at the Tavern at the Pre-Emption House in Naper Settlement. At the meeting administrators from School Districts 203 and 204 will provide insights into their upcoming year's budgets.
The November newsletter also includes information on Confederation Stands (and calls to action) on SB 2664 and SB 16.
We proudly publish news and information updates from the Naperville Public Library, DuPage Children's Museum, Naperville Park District, ACTHA, KidsMatter, Naper Settlement, and more.

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Be Safe on Halloween!

This year, Halloween will occur on Friday, October 31, 2014. The City of Naperville has no ordinance determining Halloween hours for children; however the Naperville Police Department has several safety tips residents should follow to make Halloween a fun and festive time for all:
Adults
· Welcome trick-or-treaters with your porch lights and any exterior lights on.
· Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the Naperville Police Department immediately, 9-1-1.
· Do not give homemade or unwrapped treats to children.
Motorists
· Exercise extreme caution when driving a vehicle. Be on the alert for excited youngsters, whose vision may be obscured by masks, darting out into traffic.
Dressing up safely
· Make sure costumes are flame retardant.
· Keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls. Try make-up instead of a mask. Masks can be hot and uncomfortable, and they can obstruct a child's vision, a dangerous thing when kids are crossing streets and going up and down steps. Avoid “terrorist type” costumes and those requiring “weapons” of any kind. Make sure kids wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes. Glow sticks are also a fun way to light the way.
Safety First
· There is safety in numbers. Make sure older kids trick-or-treat with friends and a responsible adult should always accompany young children.
· If older children are going out without you, create a map of a safe trick-or-treating route and set a time limit for your child to be out with check in times. It is always best to keep the activity to your own neighborhood.
· Do not go inside anyone’s home. Remain on the porch at all times.
· Do not accept rides from strangers.
· Children should remember to look both ways before crossing the street and cross at corners only. Use sidewalks, not the street, for walking. Be sure to “Stop, Look and Listen.” Never run between parked vehicles.
· Young children should end trick-or-treating when it begins to get dark. Older children should be in by 8 p.m.
· Do not take shortcuts through back yards, alleys or parks.
· An adult should inspect all candy in a well-lit place and discard any homemade or unwrapped treats. Eat only unopened candies and other treats that are in original wrappers.
· Do not eat any treats until they have inspected.

Parents should know where registered sex offenders live to avoid placing children in a risky situation. Visit the City of Naperville Website at www.naperville.il.us/sexoffenders.aspx for registered sex offender information.


Confederation Board Asks Legislators to Sustain Amendatory Veto of Illinois SB 2664

As originally written, Illinois SB 2664 was a bad law for condo owners current in their assessments. It moved the liability for past due association assessments from the unit owner (or mortgage holder) in a foreclosure to the balance of the assessment paying owners within the Association. Governor Quinn agreed with the NAHC that this was unfair and issued an amendatory veto keeping the onus for past due assessments on sellers and not on neighbors,
The original version of SB2664, if turned into law, may create a dangerous precedent for Common Interest Community Associations (e.g. HOA's) as well. We recently learned that a motion will be introduced in the Fall Veto (lame duck) session to oveturn the Governor's changes and reinstate the original language. We reached out to our area Senators and Representatives and asked that they not support this motion and sustain the governor's Amendatory Veto.
. Here is what we had to say:
It has come to our attention that a motion will be filed in the upcoming November session of the State Legislature to override the Governor's amendatory veto of Senate Bill 2664.
While this proposed legislation initially received wide support from Realtors, bankers, lawyers and creditors, this did not mean that it was a good law for hard working property owners. Many condominium owners will, as a result of this original proposal, find themselves paying for the failures of some of their peers, increasing their own costs of ownership while providing an easy path for speculators and investors to join common interest communities without bearing the costs associated with this privilege. The amendments proposed by the governor reduce these inequities.
Regular assessments to owners in common interest associations go well beyond covering day-to-day costs of the association. Assessments are also the vehicle by which associations manage and maintain the reserve funds used for major projects and property upgrades including roofs, common areas, parking, and more. It is essential that all property owners equitably pay into these funds as all owners benefit from their uses.
The consequence of overturning the amendatory veto and enacting the original version of this otherwise well-meaning proposal is effectively giving a free ride to distressed sale purchasers while unfairly increasing assessments for condominium unit owners who currently pay their operating assessments on time each month. By holding this fiscally responsible group accountable for the failure of some of their peers, an increased burden will be placed on them, exacerbating financial concerns for many who already may be struggling to keep up with their current level of assessments.
This original legislation addressed what is basically a notification and due diligence issue by creating financial burdens on otherwise not-involved parties. A better solution that does not burden hard working citizens, current in their assessments, is needed. For the good of the condominium associations and their members, we urge you to sustain the amendatory veto on SB 2664.
We encourage our members to contact their Senators and Representatives on this as well!

Confederation Board Weighs in on Proposed SB 16

The Confederation Board is concerned about the potential ramifications of SB 16. Here's the letter we sent to area Illinois House representatives on October 13:

Dear Representative,
The Board of Directors of the Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation supports efforts to provide all Illinois Public School students and districts with a baseline funding equivalency. However, we strongly maintain that Senate Bill 16, in its current form, is deeply flawed, misguided, and laden with damaging consequences for many school districts in this State, including all of those in the greater Naperville area.
We realize providing school districts with the resources to properly educate students is not a simple task. Unfortunately, SB 16 attempts to provide a “Robin Hood” approach to school funding and, as a consequence, unfairly punishes locales which have resources (and also typically cost structures) that may exceed those in other districts. All SB 16 accomplishes is a reallocation of current, inadequate, state funding resources without addressing other critical issues within the funding conundrum including performance, efficiency, and the unfunded mandates that inflate school district expenses. A more in depth comprehensive effort is needed to address the education funding woes in Illinois, and SB 16 would only delay this necessary review.
If passed in its current form and signed into law, the effect on your constituents within our area would be either increased local taxes to make up the lost funding, or significant cuts to education programs. Neither are acceptable outcomes. We therefore join with the public school districts in the Naperville Area and ask that this Bill be defeated if presented for a vote in its current form.


Recycle Your Leaves and Yard Waste

Fall means it is time for leaf pickup and yard clean up. The Confederation encourages residents to mulch and compost, but we also recognize that this is not feasible for every resident.
Naperville’s curbside leaf collection schedule provides neighborhoods with three collection opportunities, weather permitting. To participate, residents rake leaves into the street next to the curb in front of the house, avoiding storm drains, at the beginning of each leaf collection cycle.
Leaves must be raked into the street by 6 a.m. on the following 2014 dates to ensure collection in each cycle:
- October 20
- November 3
- November 17
Crews will collect leaves in front of homes once during each two-week period. For example, residents should rake leaves into the street by 6 a.m. October 20, however, crews may not reach your neighborhood to pick-up leaves until November 1.
The city also encourages residents to take advantage of the free bagged collection program. The bagging program, provided through Allied Waste, allows residents to dispose of yard waste bags without yard waste stickers each week on their normal trash collection day. This free bagged collection program is available from November 3 through December 12. 2014 bagged and bundled yardwaste collection will end on December 12! Collection will resume March 16, 2015.
For more details go to http://www.naperville.il.us/yardwaste.aspx
If you live in an unincorporated area, check with your township for details on their pick up schedule and programs.

Watch the NAHC Illinois House Candidates Forum

Our October 1 forum featuring candidates vying for votes in the 41st, 81st, and 84th Illinois House Districts will be replayed on Naperville's Public Access Station WCNC (Channel 6 WOW, Channel 10 Comcast, and Channel 99 AT&T) throughout the month.

Go to http://www.naperville.il.us/emplibrary/WCNCMonthlySchedule.pdf to check the schedule

The video is also available on YouTube at http://youtu.be/JuAC9B0hHVA



Founded in 1979, the Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation believes in connecting people to what matters most - each other, neighbor to neighbor.

We are:
  • A knowledge resource, covering topics of interest to our members and their neighborhoods. We seek out and share information on issues and developments, events, association governance, and property management and maintenance.
  • An advocate for homeowners, voicing community concerns through Public Position statements, advisory groups, and liaison committees.
  • A stage where speakers address what is important to our member associations and Naperville area residents.
  • A conduit bringing government to the people. Our meetings create dialogue opportunities with community leaders.
  • A host for educational, non-partisan forums on issues, referenda and candidates.


  • The Confederation at Work

    The Confederation received the Naperville League of Women Voters 2008 Rosemary Martin Democracy in Action Award for its ongoing commitment to involve Naperville residents in local government and create opportunities for education on public issues important to the quality of their lives.

    "The Confederation receives information from the City and meets regularly with City Staff to review those issues pertinent to all homeowners. Many concerns are solved quickly with the positive communication between the City and homeowners. It's a very constructive and motivated group."
    A. George Pradel, Mayor

    "For the Naperville Park District, the Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation is an important partner in our success. The NAHC has become an increasingly vital conduit to communicate with residents about our programs and events, and their committed efforts in helping us to reach our constituents is invaluable."
    Ray McGury, Executive Director, Naperville Park District

    "Serving in an at-large capacity can be very time consuming to understand the needs of 145,000 people and meet those needs. The salvation of being effective was listening to the (Naperville Area) Homeowners' Confederation, which was my constant source of information and fount of knowledge."
    Former City Council Member Gary von Behren as reported in the Naperville Sun 10/1/2008

    "The role NAHC plays in fostering meaningful communication between residents and decision-makers in government is crucial to our democratic process. It is a role you play well, and we commend you for that."
    Michèle D. Johnson, Former President, ECHO Board of Directors

    "Its our liaison to the City and it keeps us informed. We would not know about certain issues if it were not for the wealth of information disseminated to us by the Confederation."
    Marie Muller, Former Delegate, Maplebrook II

    Join the NAHC!

    If your association is not a member of the NAHC, joining is easy!
    Click Here to download a membership application. NAHC Membership and Associate Membership is available to Homeowners and Homeowner, Condominium, and Tenant Associations in the Naperville area.
    For more information on joining the NAHC, please see our by-laws.

    Contact the Confederation at:

    Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation, Inc.
    PO Box 5245
    Naperville, Illinois 60567-5245

    nahc- naperhomeowners@wowway.com

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