Bachelor's Degree, B.S. in Finance, Northern Illinois University
Information Technology, Allstate Insurance
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
First, I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve as a Trustee on the Algonquin Village Board for last 8 years. During this time I have been involved in the fiscal management of the village through a very difficult economic period. The village has remained financially stable and maintained a balanced budget without increasing our tax levy. Prior to becoming a Trustee, I held leadership positions in a number of community organizations including Connect 300 – Community Advisory Council and the Village of Streamwood Community Awareness Commission. I graduated in the charter class of the Ted Spella Leadership School, a joint effort of the Village of Algonquin, the Village of Lake in the Hills and the Algonquin/LITH Chamber of Commerce, where I completed full day sessions on Leadership and Ethics, Local Government, Economic Development and Growth Management, and Criminal Justice to name a few. I also organized and implemented Algonquin’s first National Night Out event in 2004, bringing together Police, Fire and community resources in a successful neighborhood event. My professional experience includes project and portfolio management of complex cross-functional teams as well as resource management.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
1) Improving TRANSPORTATION within and through our village, which includes keeping the Western Bypass moving forward, getting a new river crossing via the Longmeadow Parkway Corridor and relieving congestion at the intersection of Randall and Algonquin Roads, 2) Promoting ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT by positioning our corporate campus for marketing and development, defining a clear vision for attracting and retaining businesses, encouraging state legislators to create a more favorable business climate in Illinois, and maintaining open communications with business owners, and 3) Building COMMUNITY by advancing downtown revitalization, continuing positive trends in neighborhood watch group formation, and expanding recreational offerings. Please visit www.BrianDianis.com for more information.
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
Within our village the tax levy has already been flat or decreasing for the last few years and I would not support increasing the levy while property values are still declining. On the revenue side, we need to look towards other sources of revenues with a specific emphasis on our corporate campus to improve our commercial base and reduce our reliance on property taxes. Intergovernmental agreements to provide services to other organizations for things such as building inspection services and vehicle maintenance have helped provide the village with additional revenue and have maximized the utilization of our resources. We should continue to find ways to leverage these agreements. From an expense standpoint, we must continue to look for ways to become more efficient and reduce or eliminate waste from processes within all departments. We continue to expand the services/repairs that we handle in-house versus having to contract out which has yielded reduced expense and we have held the line on staffing such that we are operating with less employees compared to prior years. We must prioritize where expenditures need to be made and live within our means.
What one decision by the village board do you most disagree with and why?
The current board has been very good about discussing topics in detail and reaching compromises when necessary. There is nothing that I can think of where I have not been able to align to a decision even though I may have had a differing perspective. I feel the decisions we have made are in the best long-term interests of the village.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
The ground breaking of the Western Bypass this year was an incredible feat that represents the culmination of years of work by numerous organizations including our village board. This is only the first step in lessening the impacts of congestion and leaders throughout the region must continue to work together to address transportation issues including an additional crossing over the Fox River.
Why should voters elect you to office?
I have taken an active role in helping to shape the future of Algonquin and I still have the passion for continuing this work. I have the leadership experience to bring parties together and the creativity to think outside the box. Throughout my eight years on the Village Board, I have shown professionalism and respect for the office, thoughtfully considering long-term impacts of decisions and prudently managing our tax dollars. I have developed a deep understanding of vital issues and I have the ability to positively impact change. I feel I have been successful in making Algonquin a better place even during these difficult economic times. I also know that this work is never done and I am ready to continue to serve the residents of Algonquin if re-elected.
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