Jim Roden

Demographics

Democrat

Crystal Lake

High School, Crystal Lake Central High School

Other, No degree, Southern Illinois University, 2 years

Owner of The Framery, Self employed

Divorced

Three children, six grandchildren

On the Record

Why are you running for McHenry County Board, and what qualifications do you bring to the office?

1. Leadership 2. Organizational ability 3. I will be a strong voice for transparency on the board 4. As I have lived here since 1956, I have raised a family here, been in business here and like it here. I have a full knowledge of the community. I have witnessed the growth, how it has been handled well, and not well. I think, for me, it’s time to get involved. Anyone who serves the public as an elected official should be applauded, but it should never go to their head. I have ideas of my own for the future of our county and I will eagerly listen to everyone else’s as well.

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?

This one now will be up to the voters. In my opinion, I think the reason is an issue, is because of the present style of leadership of the board. If Mr. Koehler is not re-elected it would not be an issue. But, to answer the question, I am against the idea. At first, it sounds good to popularly elect the Chairman, but it gives too much power to one individual.

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.

No. The county board must stop increasing property taxes on their own. Our citizens can not afford higher property taxes.

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. Again, our property taxes are already too high.

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?

By and large I feel the board is business friendly. But if an ordinance needs to be twicked, then we should do it. I think, however, the vineyard application exposed several concerns. Many were legitimate issues. Having been a small businessman here for my entire life, I certainly am knowledgeable in these matters.

Outside of jobs and the economy, what is the biggest challenge facing voters in your district and how would you address it?

The leadership has to be challenged. Strong willed, principled people must come forward and lead with answers, insight, and integrity.