WHEATON, Ill. -- Aldo Botti, the new board chairman of DuPage County, believes county government needs to make fundamental changes in the way it conducts business to prepare the fast-growing suburban area for the 21st century.

Mr. Botti, a political newcomer who used an "ax taxes" platform last year to defeat a 12-year incumbent for the county's chief executive position, includes among those changes a need to step up county bond sales to fund capital improvements without increasing property taxes. In the past, the county has paid for most capital improvements with cash.

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