J.R. Westberg

Demographics

Independent

41

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Business Development and Sr. Staffing Specialist , Professional Staffing Services

Married, Janet Westberg

Breanna, 9

Isabella, 7

On the Record

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

Family is what drives me to stay involved. I am married with two beautiful daughters and I want to make sure they grow up in a safe and quality environment. I am currently serving on the Village of Huntley Planning Commission board, as well as I am a very active volunteer within the community such as the Huntley American Legion, Trinity Lutheran Church of Huntley, Huntley Area Jaycees, Huntley Fall Fest and Christmas in the Square. Through the leadership roles that I have held within these organizations, I have gained the experience and knowledge of what it takes to get the job done. Huntley is a great place to live and I would like to continue to support our high quality standards. Given the opportunity to serve as Village Trustee, I can make a difference to keep that quality. I will work hand in hand with all residents to make positive, forward thinking decisions for the future of Huntley.

What are your top two or three priorities if elected?

Not in any particular order, but the downtown area needs to be re-vamped and re-vitalized to bring in new businesses. The challenge will be how to make the downtown area attractive to new business opportunities, while maintaining the historical integrity of our existing structures. We need new shops, small businesses that bring visitors and residents to our downtown. Huntley is one of the oldest (pre-Civil War) historical communities in the area and we need to embrace that history while making modern adjustments. Our Square needs to be more family friendly, with better public spaces and facilities. Slight changes can make that space more resident friendly. I am not a knock-it-down-and-start-over guy, I say let\\\'s make what we have better. The Village is going to be overwhelmed with new growth from the I90/Route 47 interchange area and north to Kreutzer Rd. I need to make sure that new growth is paid for by the developers and not the existing taxpayers. We need quality projects that help our tax base such as new restaurants, more commercial growth that creates jobs for our residents and perhaps a hotel. Centegra will need to stay in the forefront in the minds of our board as it develops in Huntley. We need to make sure that infrastructure surrounding the hospital site maintains forward thinking decisions for all of Huntley.

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

I would support freezing the taxing levy. As we pull out of this down economy we have new businesses coming to Huntley. Our marketing department in the Village is very aggressive at going after new business. As a Trustee it will be my job to help them in every way possible and show support to the new businesses as they open. Our Village staff has really trimmed expenses and is a lean-operating entity. We are living within our means and without raising any taxes to homeowners or businesses.

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

One of my more recent wishes was to have had the utility lines buried during the widening construction of route 47. Although America, not just Huntley, was going through a tough economic time, I understand why the board made its decision to not have them buried. I look to the future in hopes that one day my children may see them in the ground, but for now I am glad the route 47 construction is complete and our businesses are starting to get back on their feet.

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

There are too many to list, but most recently Centegra Hospital has been one of the latest accomplishments that the Village of Huntley has secured. With a new 128 bed facility equipped with helipad and a state of the art emergency room, Centegra will be another great service Huntley will have to offer. The board will have plenty of work ahead as it helps design the final product. Some concerns from the residents as well as my own has been parking, future expansion, various road access to the facility and infrastructure upgrades. Although I welcome this project with open arms, I would like to address these concerns as well as any additional concerns that may arise during the various construction phases.

Why should voters elect you to office?

I am dedicated to Huntley. I have learned more about how the Village works as well as I have a better understanding of what our residents care about. I am able to look at the big picture from the perspective of the average taxpayer and will make good fiscal decisions. I am the one to be counted on, the family man, the stable guy looking to make good decisions for my family and yours too. I am the guy that gets the job done and the one you can count on to be there each week when the important votes need to be made.