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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Joan Olson 630-407-6015

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

DuPage County Earns National Award for Innovation in County Management

DuPage County has been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor top county government programs that are innovative and enhance services for their residents.

NACo recognized DuPage County’s ACT Initiative, which stands for Accountability, Consolidation and Transparency.  The countywide effort aims to streamline local government, share services among similar agencies and departments and create a more open, transparent government that is easily accessible to taxpayers.

“Our efforts are saving DuPage citizens a projected $80 million and provide a template for a smaller, more responsive government that works for our changing population,” said DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin.  He continued, “We are proud to be leaders in the ‘smart government’ movement in Illinois.  We believe the ACT Initiative provides real results and we are deeply honored that our peers nationwide acknowledge the significance of this groundbreaking work.”

NACo President Linda Langston, Supervisor, Linn County, Iowa, said, “The National Association of Counties applauds county governments that are finding new and better ways to serve their constituents. The Achievement Awards recognize counties’ outstanding efforts to be more effective and more responsive to the diverse needs of communities across the country.”

Nationally, awards are given in 21 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, environmental protection, information technology, health and many more.

Started in 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Award Program is an effort designed to recognize innovative county government programs. Each nominee is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received. 

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States.  Founded in 1935, NACo assists America’s 3,069 counties in pursuing excellence in public service to produce healthy, vibrant, safe and resilient counties.  NACo promotes sound public policies, fosters county solutions and innovation, promotes intergovernmental and public-private collaboration and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money. More information at: