Chester Olencheck

Demographics

Independent

58

Chicago

Letter carrier, United States Postal Service

Divorced

Michael, 31

On the Record

What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?

I am proud to boast about my 27 years of full-time service with the United States Post Office. I have also served on the executive board of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) which has a large focus in negotiation between parties. Bringing this experience, longevity and commitment forward as a trustee and possessing many characteristics of a successful leader, a visionary, an active partner, a strong community member and a willingness to improve our community is a successful combination I bring to you. New leaders of tomorrow are visionary; I bring fresh insight and add judgment capability as a function of my experience.

What are your top two or three priorities if elected?

The secret to community involvement is convincing people that something good might happen if they contribute. One of my priorities is to appeal to our community members to encourage their participation. Our village board members must reach out to the community; the offer to attend a meeting is no longer good enough especially in our already busy enough lives. Using a mix of social media, tele-presence and establishing a “Voice of the Voter” open forum are a few of the ideas I have to increase interest in the happenings of our Village. Only an informed community will lead to sustainable changes and building of trust among the various stakeholders. 2. Another one of my priorities is encouraging businesses to establish themselves in our village. I believe we need to focus on implementing a revitalization effort of our village. Improving our Village will help attract new jobs, build/improve public facilities and stimulate consumer interest. We need to collectively assess the pluses of our village, develop strategies to attract businesses and repackage our place as a destination for consumers. We have beautiful parks; we should focus on improvements and holding additional special events that would benefit the village. Increasing people traffic through our village would also bring money to the already established restaurants and businesses.

Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?

Yes, I support freezing taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound. Many of our residents are facing financial challenges in this recovering economy. Freezing the tax levy going forward will be challenging; we know that operational expenses and capital equipment needs will require the Village leaders to work smarter and harder to create a responsible budget in a very difficult economic environment.

What one decision by the village board do you most disagree with and why?

The decision I disagree with the most was the purchase of the vacant property located near Route 22 and County Line Road in unincorporated Fox River Grove. The purpose for its purchase was to incorporate the land into our village; since the Village administrators were unsuccessful in the endeavor, it remains costing the tax payers significant dollars. The land remains vacant yet the village must continue to pay property taxes and interest on the loan for vacant property.

What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?

No comment.

Why should voters elect you to office?

Simply, I believe in our community and I have heard your voices. I believe that the village board has an obligation to properly plan for our future; I want to help define a vision that unites and captivates our community. I have had many opportunities to talk with community members about their visions, ideas for growth and strategic planning and need for transparency. I will work for you and with you building a partnership that provides an avenue for your voice to be heard. Through this partnership, the betterment of our village will be realized within the power and the resources of our village.