Representative government on the wane as regional government makes in-roads in DuPage County.
In 2014 at a DuPage County board meeting, a couple county residents took time to address the board during public comment. Their issue was an item on that day’s meeting agenda.
CMAP, a non elected regional government was on the agenda for a board vote. At issue: giving CMAP the go ahead to send a number of its staff to the DuPage County Economic Development department to help develop a sustainability plan for the county campus. CMAP employees would have access to county records, files and staff while they developed the plan.
It all sounded so innocent to the board members who would vote to give the go ahead for CMAP to move in and start working. One board member quipped, it’s free, we don’t have to pay them and we get a sustainability plan. What’s the harm?
Therein lies the problem. Most county board members have no idea what CMAP is or what its goals and policies are or who pays for it. If they did, a lot more questions would have been asked before the vote.
What is CMAP? It is the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (or the comprehensive regional planning agency for metro Chicago). It is comprised of seven counties that make up the Chicago Metro area. CMAP is staffed by government employees, paid for by taxpayer dollars. CMAP has a website where its agenda and ideology are clearly outlined. Anyone who goes to the website will soon discover that CMAP’s agenda is far from harmless.
So what is a sustainability plan?
The word “sustainability” entered our vocabulary in a big way in the early 1990’s, when it was brought to the public eye during the U.N. Rio earth conference.
Sustainability was defined more by what was NOT sustainable, than what was sustainable. In short, the western lifestyle and prosperity brought about through capitalism, and private property rights were declared unsustainable and “had to go”.
Looking under the veil at CMAP’s true intentions, we can see this philosophy clearly embedded in CMAP’s agenda.
The website has one section devoted to tax policies and another to land use. A quick read of these will clue you in on what is really up at CMAP.
In short: CMAP advocates the raising of every tax now in place, including real estate, income and sales taxes – all of which they believe are too low. They also advocate creation of new taxes – for example: a sales tax on services and removal of legislated caps on real estate taxes.
CMAP advocates for the redistribution of local tax dollars, removing tax revenues collected by local governments in affluent towns and villages and redistributing them to localities it believes are less economically advantaged. They are pushing for redistribution of tax revenues from collar counties to Cook County and the City of Chicago.
CMAP land use goals are just as radical. Advocating the U.N.’s Sustainable Development agenda which includes using regulatory means as well as tax dollars to end single family suburban development while using tax dollars to promote pack and stack development in urban areas.
So what does this all have to do with a county board vote and a free sustainability plan? EVERYTHING.
The fact is, CMAP is designed to push the Rio sustainability agenda into local governments at the county and city level.
The method for doing this has several components. First CMAP staff is placed into a city or county government and through a methodology called ‘breaking down silos,’ its staff identifies allies and opponents in the local government. CMAP will identify the projects the city or county staff want done, but cannot afford. CMAP will have its grant writers come in and obtain government grants to pay for these projects. Local staff that are already in agreement with the sustainability agenda are encouraged to sell it to the elected officials motivated by grant money. Opponents are either minimized or persuaded to give in for more grants. They are bribing us with our own money – taken from a different pocket. Get the picture. CMAP staff comes in to the county, identifies friends and foe, co-ops who they can with grants while minimizing opponents to its policies. The sustainability agenda now becomes county wide policy and begins to erode property rights, tax limiting protections and creates tax expansion and redistribution policies.
CMAP has just nullified representative government in your county or town using grants and control techniques to do it.
Your local government has just joined the U.N. sustainability plan designed to eventually destroy your property rights and raise your taxes – and your elected officials opened the door to let them in.
Guess what? The board voted yes. No one listened to what the public comment speakers had to say. As bad as all this sounds, there is more.
DuPage County Board chairman, Dan Cronin announced this spring that the 7 county board chairmen for the CMAP counties had formed their own board and will now develop a legislative agenda to be pushed in Springfield at the state government level. Lawmakers will introduce and pass legislation giving CMAP and its non-elected officials the power to enact an agenda through state government sanction of local sustainability and tax initiatives.
In conclusion, DuPage County board chairman Dan Cronin has kicked the door wide open to CMAP and its policies. This will result in property rights erosion, redistribution of local tax dollars, hinder development of new single family homes in favor of ‘pack and stack’ urban housing and increased taxes and fees for all county residents.
Representative government in DuPage County is in danger as long as CMAP is allowed to operate in our county and its municipalities.
CMAP policy is diametrically opposed to everything freedom loving Americans believe in. What does Chairman Dan Cronin think about your property rights? Look at his embrace of CMAP and its policies and figure it out for yourself.