“A nice place to live” as advertised on its online portal, the city of Darien, IL has lived up to this reputation in one sense. That is, it denied a citizen’s complaint legal traction for a suit with regards to banning panhandling. On February 18, 2020, the city council voted not to ban panhandlers from city streets.
The decision allows panhandlers to live freely in this nice community based on a Supreme Court ruling. This ruling upheld the rights of men on the streets to panhandle based on the First Amendment. This said, complaints against vagrants soliciting money from others are not uncommon in any city, and the current city council has given itself the reputation for being liberal and generous to the less fortunate.
The government has other progressive programs that will prove beneficial to most if not all residents of Darien. It has enrolled in a Green Electric Aggregation Program, specifically for wind power generation that will earn it credits with the EPA. This is tasked to reduce the carbon footprint the city generates over a number of years.
For the young, the place provides good education with a mix of public and private institutions. The latter institutions are run by Catholic organizations. Charity begins at home in this city, and certain city government programs are made to provide equity to residents, especially those belonging to low income families.
Besides the government, organizations like the DuPage Legal Assistance Foundations runs a pro bono program for those needing legal assistance for non-profit startups, family law and chapter 7 bankruptcy cases, where the cause of financial difficulty is related to medical expenses. For those in urgent need of lawyers, there is a quick, effective attorney matching service provided by LegalMatch.
LegalMatch also helps people to understand how law works in the United States with its online Law Library composed of thousands of legal articles. Legal research, whether personal or for work purposes, is supported by the government, with its records and resources found in the local library. They can, for instance, learn the circumstances of a 2014 lawsuit filed in DuPage County Circuit Court against Hinsdale Hospital by Darien resident Charlene Basile for negligence that led to permanent injuries.
Many Darien residents commute to work, with jobs in nearby Chicago and the many places around it with large company headquarters or operational branches. Local businesses and companies in Darien also provide employment to its citizens.