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Reprinted from the Chicago Tribune – 11/29/2011

Aug. 15, 2006: The DuPage County Emergency Telephone System Board announces its intent to “purchase a county-wide radio system.”

Aug. 20, 2006: On behalf of the 32 mayors and city managers in the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference, Naperville Mayor George Pradel writes a letter opposing approval of the no-bid contract with Motorola, saying the project lacks a clear plan.

Sept. 14, 2006: The emergency telephone board votes 6-1 to approve its $7 million contract to build a nine-tower, five-channel radio system to be completed in 10 months.

Oct. 4, 2006: The DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference criticizes the board for approving such a complicated contract too quickly.

June 28, 2008: After Motorola said it needs more time, the emergency telephone board increases the contract total amount to $13.6 million from $7 million – to add more station sites and frequencies to the system.

Dec. 13, 2010: The board again increases the total to $28.6 million. Saying it is no longer affordable to build a new countywide system, DuPage agrees to rent air time on STARCOM, a statewide network Motorola already has built for the Illinois State Police.

Jan. 1, 2011: Motorola misses its first deadline in the new agreement: delivering 1,800 new radios to the county by the beginning of the new year.

Nov. 21, 2011: Emergency telephone board chairman Pat O’Shea reports that the system will not be up and running by its current target date of Dec. 1, 2011. Motorola declines to comment. O’Shea says he hopes the project will be completed by the end of 2012.

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