Village of Lakewood
Bachelor's Degree, Accounting , Northern Illinois University
High School, College Prep, Carl Schurz
Semi-Retired/Financial Consulting , Self-Employed
Married, Sharon Wilbeck
Thomas Wilbeck II, 37
Lindsay Wilbeck, 32
Corrie Wilbeck, 31
Natalie Wilbeck , 30
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
I am a concerned citizen who believes strongly in the community college system. I feel strongly that the taxpayers of Mc Henry County need a representative voice. I have spent most of my business career in the financial services sector in sales and sales management. I am a trained listener and problem solver.
Do you support the college’s long-term expansion plan? Explain.
No. I believe that all resources and assets should be fully utilized prior to contemplating any type of expansion. MCC currently utilizes 45% of classroom space. General population projections and future student enrollment does not support expansion. The current $42 mil project, as proposed, does not require tax payer approval. Any project that subjects the tax payer to payment liability should be approved by the tax payers.
Would you support freezing the college’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
I would definitely support a freeze. A housing or a population rebound is a way off. Elected officials have a fiduciary responsibility to the people who elect them. The current trend of government bodies taxing to the maximum allowable levels must stop. It is not sustainable. These economic times call for much needed practical leadership.
What one decision by the board do you most disagree with and why?
The current board is contemplating a $42 mil expansion which includes a “for Profit” health club. In order to justify this expansion the board has approved 2 costly feasibility studies. These studies are questionable and are subject to conflicts of interest. A public entity like MCC should not be contemplating a “for profit” business venture. If bonds are issued (without referendum approval) for this project, the tax payer is on the “hook” if it is not financially sustainable.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
The board is showing some contemplative caution before moving forward with this $42 mil expansion plan.
Outside of any issues already discussed, what one or two things would you try to accomplish if you are elected?
Transparency of board meetings should be considered. Video broadcasts of meetings should be available to the public. Community colleges must continue to provide affordable education. d Improved usage of technology should be promoted for the benefit of the students. This should aid the student experience and to keep tuition at affordable levels.
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