Bachelor's Degree, Political Science, University of Illinois Chicago
Substitute Teacher, District 200
Married, Alan R. Hill
Keith Gerald, 33
Garret Alan, 29
Casey Thomas, 28
Alina Polly, 22
On the Record
Why are you running for McHenry County Board, and what qualifications do you bring to the office?
I am running because I believe with the experience I bring to the Board, I am uniquely qualified to bring continuity and historical perspective of the last 10 years. I truly have a desire to serve and was taught in childhood that Public Service was a noble calling. I have been a member on the Board for almost 10 years now. I am currently Chairwoman of the Planning & Development Committee and Vice-Chairwoman of the Finance and Audit Committee. I am past Chairwoman of the Management Services Committee. I have a strong working knowledge of the processes and tools to assess the needs and solutions for current issues facing the County.
The County Board has resisted calls to make its chairmanship popularly elected. Now, a referendum has been placed on the November ballot that seeks to change the county to an executive form of government. What do you think about the referendum and the board’s resistance to allow voters decide whether they want to elect the board chairman at the ballot box?
I think that an Executive Form of Government is not what the citizens of this county want. Those that I speak to do not want to give more power to the Chairman but to ensure that we are evaluating the leadership that is provided and choose a Chairman. To vote for an Executive Form would set up an adversarial relationship with the Board with the Chairman having power to hire and fire and give out raises without the consent of the County Board.
Do you support county government using taxpayer money to lobby against state legislation that would have protected property taxpayers from tax increases in years when property values declined? Explain your answer.
I would not want lobby groups to fight against protecting taxpayer dollars. But I also get a lot of feedback that as the economy is lagging, they need assistance and want the continued services. I constantly work at balancing those two needs.
The County Board is working this year to not collect the inflationary tax levy increase allowed under state law. Will you agree to support a freeze to the county’s levy again next year? Explain.
Yes, I believe we can balance the service needs, keep qualified employees, and not raise the levy for next year. We are able to do this because of the strong financial condition that the County enjoys currently.
Given the obstacles a local couple have had with turning their vineyard into a winery, how business friendly would you say the County Board and county ordinances are? What changes would you seek if elected?
I was very much opposed to all the hoops they had to jump through. I want us to be business friendly. It is imperative to our economic well-being. I believe with putting in the wine classification and the soon to be revised UDO, we will be much more business friendly when we can allow a variety of agritourism businesses to conduct business here.
Outside of jobs and the economy, what is the biggest challenge facing voters in your district and how would you address it?
Our returning Veterans. We need to ensure that the influx of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have the necessary support systems in place, including jobs, training, education, housing, social and mental health services.
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