Excitement about the launch of GlenEllynLife.com

Thanks for sending me the message about the Glen Ellyn Life website. I think it’s an excellent idea and I hope it’s successful. I already found it very helpful in trying to learn the facts behind the ‘personnel issue’ about two Village department heads.

In participating in the Ackerman Woods and the dept. heads issues, I was struck by the difficulty an elected official must have trying to hear the real voice of the community. There are no public opinion polls at the local level to provide feedback. Those appearing at board meetings may indeed be only a “noisy minority” or they may be the tip of an iceberg reflecting the consensus or at least the majority opinion of the village. It’s a real challenge for the board members to understand what residents think.

I chatted with a former village president about the community feedback issue. He pointed out that in the old days (perhaps only twenty years ago) one could get a good sample of village opinion by talking to the firemen and to the barbers in town. Since most of the firemen owned or worked in local businesses, they and the barbers had constant contact with many residents every day. A trustee or anyone else wanting to sample public opinion could do so by spending a bit of time with these people. Unfortunately this mechanism is not as useful any more as Glen Ellyn has become more of a bedroom suburb and less of a self-contained economic/social unit. At the same time changes in the communication business have resulted in the Glen Ellyn News and other publications becoming much less a real source of community news and views at the village level.

The internet is probably the best solution to the “How do we give feedback to the village officials?” question. I have been using the Village’s website to send messages expressing my views to the Board and the Village Manager. Individual trustees might set up their own website to encourage feedback and develop their own mailing list to ask for residents’ opinions on specific issues or just to invite comments. Maybe the village website could be used to invite such feedback.

Glen Ellyn Life seems a logical fit and contributor as an electronic communication process evolves to replace the “What are the merchants and firemen hearing?” network of days past.

Keep up the good work!

Lyn Whiston

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Good effort. Build pertinent content and community interaction and you’ve got critical mass. Looks interesting. Did fwd to several GE friends.
Regards, BC

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Very cool site! I'm forwarding your email to our PR person for the Glen Ellyn Newcomers Club. She publishes press releases for all of our events, etc. GlenEllynLife.com would be another great outlet for this information.

I'm the Welcoming Chair for Newcomers. We have a monthly 'Welcoming Social' to introduce new female residents to Glen Ellyn & the club, or any woman that wants to learn more about our club. Once you get the calendar going, we'd love to have this event logged with information to contact our Newcomers 1-800 number to get location details.

Thanks,
DM

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