Bachelor's Degree, Liberal Arts - Biology/Psychology, Marquette University
Juris Doctor, Law, DePaul University
Attorney, Robert J. Wagner, P.C.
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
I served on the Crystal Lake Park District Board of Commissioners from 1991-1995. I also served as Mayor of Crystal Lake from 1995 to 1999. I was the township attorney for Seneca Township for several years, during the 2006-2009 time frame. I understand budgets, levies, the Township Code and Roberts Rules of Order.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
The first priority to dismiss all fo the lawsuits that are draining the townships money in attorney\\\'s fees, which I understand have been over $600,000 in the last 4 years. The second priority is to get the township finances in order. There are several audits that must be completed; the check book has to be balanced; a cash flow analysis has to be performed; and an arrangement has to be reached with unpaid creditors for the payment of their bills over time so that the township can continue to function. The third priority is to do some team building. I would propose to hold several workshop meetings with the new board and other newly elected township officials to get everyone one the same page - identifying the problems; developing solutions; understanding everyone\\\'s respective roles in the township scheme. In other words, getting everyone pulling in the same direction.
Would you support freezing your taxing district\'s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
The reason I am running for trustee is because the township finances are a mess. I was stunned to learn that no one seems to know how much money the township has to pay its bills. The township is at least 2 years behind in completing the auditsw required by law. I would support freezing the levy until we have a good handle on the township cash flow requirements. Township government is supposed to be a model of small government. I think we need to restore the township\\\'s financial integrity. I see no reason to raise the levy to cover the mistakes made in the past. We are going to have to live with those mistakes.
What one decision by the township board do you most disagree with and why?
The lawsuits filed against one another. The Township Code is pretty clear about the rights and duties of the elected township officials. All they had to do was follow it. On top of that, I don\\\'t think any of the parties can claim victory in any of the lawsuits. The money spent in attorneys fees was simply a total waste of taxpayer money by people that we entrusted to spend it wisely.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
When three of the four were smart enough to realize that we needed some fresh faces on the board and decided not to run for re-election.
Why should voters elect you to office?
I think the trustee job is not that complicated - approve a tax levy and budget based on historical known expenses, invest the people\\\'s tax money wisely, pay the bills that have to be paid, and balance the check book. The supervisor and the board should let the assessor and highway commissioner do the job they were elected to do. We are \\\"trustees\\\" of the people\\\'s tax money, nothing more. Townships don\\\'t pass laws and make public policy decisions. It is supposed to be the model of small government. Not a penny wasted. I may or may not be the best qualified candidate, but with 4 seats open, I think my experience puts me in the top 4. I am always willing to learn. All I can say that I have spent 8 years in elected office and I am older and wiser for the experience. I put two children through college, one in college now and one more on his way next year. I know how to save. I don\\\'t waste money.
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