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5. Peer jury
There was a new development in the ongoing Downers Grove Township peer jury saga in December, which ensured the story will remain in the news in 2018.
Two township trustees agreed to take a further look at alternatives to the peer jury program previously operated by the township. The program was discontinued in 2017 for budgetary reasons.
Township trustees Dave Van Der Laan and Abby Ferguson laid out a timeline at a December township Board of Trustees meeting that includes meeting with police chiefs, school officials, towns that run successful peer jury programs, the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office and supporters of the peer jury program.
The meetings are expected to be held during January, meaning the future of the peer jury program could take shape by spring.
6. Downers Grove Civic Center
At a recent Downers Grove Village Council meeting, Mayor Martin Tully said he saw no reason why the council could not have a conversation about a new Civic Center in early 2018.
Some commissioners appear more eager than others to have that conversation, so it remains to be seen if significant progress will be made on a new village hall and police station in 2018.
Supporters believe the village can no longer delay plans to build a new Civic Center and oppose Band-Aid solutions to repair the current facility, which requires significant upkeep.
The last proposal considered called for the sale of village property on the west end of the village complex for the construction of condominiums. Proceeds from the sale would help fund construction of the new Civic Center.