Jim's Record

Fiscally Responsible

As vice-chair of the county’s Finance Committee,
Jim’s fiscally responsible approach to taxpayer money

Can be proven by the following:

Jim Zay for Dupage County Board
  • Voted for $37 million in budget cuts resulting in no increase for the past four years in the County portion of your property tax bill.
  • Eliminated the quarter-cent sales tax collected by the DuPage Water Commission, saving taxpayers $35 million annually.
  • Fostered an economic environment that created thousands of new jobs in DuPage County.
  • Led the Water Commission’s efforts to pay back $70 million in bonds 18 months early, saving taxpayers $10 million in interest payments.
  • Expanded homestead exemptions, saving property tax dollars for 270,000 DuPage County households.
  • Supported the DuPage ACT Initiative (Accountability, Consolidation, Transparency) which is projected to save taxpayers $120 million through shared services and collaboration between government agencies.
  • Restructured county employee benefits through changes to sick and vacation policies, which is estimated to save $20 million over 20 years.
  • Voted for sweeping ethics and purchasing reforms that are among the toughest in Illinois.
Jim Zay for Dupage County Board
Jim Zay

Thriving Economy

By fostering a thriving economic environment, the county’s unemployment rate was lowered to 5.1 percent, the lowest rate in the area.

Through a public-private partnership with Choose DuPage, more than 24,000 jobs  were secured through 380 new projects since 2012.

Flood Mitigation

As chairman of the Stormwater Management Committee, Jim secured millions of dollars for flood prevention relief throughout District 6 and DuPage County, including:

  • West Branch DuPage River flood control and restoration
  • Brewster Creek storm sewer improvement and wetland construction
  • Klein Creek/Armstrong Park flood control reservoir system
  • Fawell Dam flood control facility upgrade
  • Busse Woods dam modification
  • Oak Meadows dam removal and stream restoration
  • Springbrook Creek flood water reduction project
  • Graue Mill flood control infrastructure improvements

In addition, DuPage County was awarded $3.3 million through FEMA to acquire more than 30 properties that are currently listed on the county’s voluntary buyout program, damaged from recent flood events or on FEMA’s repetitive loss list.

Jim Zay

Jim Zay

Public Safety

  • Voted for funding to expand the courthouse, crime lab and county jail to quickly get criminals off the streets.
  • Increased drinking water standards.
  • Assisted West Chicago to secure federal funding for Kerr-McGee factory clean-up.
  • Fought for hundreds of millions of dollars in area road improvements.
  • Endorsed senior services programs that helped 78,000 DuPage County residents.

Responded to Heroin Crisis

As a member of the DuPage Coalition Against Heroin, Jim supported four programs to combat heroin and opioid addiction in DuPage County:

  • The DuPage Narcan Program has put Narcan in the hands of law enforcement officers throughout the county who have recorded nearly 200 opioid overdose reversals.
  • Through the Heroin/Opioid Education Program, the county partnered with the Robert Crown Center to educate 4,800 students, teachers and parents in 13 schools.
  • The Project Connect Program helps opioid addicts and their families get assistance from support networks. Five DuPage County hospitals have referred more than 20 individuals to the program to help them overcome their addictions.
  • The RxBox Program, which has collected 70,000 pounds of unused or expired prescription medication has been expanded to more locations throughout the county.
Jim Zay and States Attorney Bob Berlin