Bachelor's Degree, Business, DePaul University
Other, Business, Stanford University
Retired Corporate Vice President, W W Grainger, Inc
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On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
A solid background in business, education and government provide me with the needed experiences to be re-elected as Mayor. I started as a clerk and 36 later retired from the same company (Grainger, Inc.) as a Corporate Vice President. In that time, the company grew from $25 million to over $7 billion. I was able to grow professionally and personally. My education at DePaul and Stanford Universities also provided me with necessary tools in management for both business and government. After I retired, I have served as a Village Board Trustee for 8 years and currently I\\\\\\\'m in my fourth year as Mayor of Fox Lake. Added to this, I have a firm family foundation consisting of my wife , 5 sons and 9 grandchildren.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
My top priority is to continue to actively market Fox Lake as a destination point for visitors and a good place to do business. In June 2011, I spoke at a conference in Chicago to over 90 investors, business owners and developers on the subject \\\\\\\"Municipal Development Opportunities\\\\\\\". The result was interest from 4 hotel developers and 2 restaurant groups. We since have received letters of intent to locate both a hotel and a restaurant in Fox Lake. My second priority is continuing to work with staff and the Village Board monitoring and keeping tight control of our finances. It was my first priority in my last campaign. At the end of 2010 we had fund balance of $175 thousand. As of December 2012 we had increased it to $3.9 million or 2 1/2 months of payroll and operating costs. We had a balanced budget for the past 2 years and will have one for the next year. The third priority is to continue expanding communication in the Village. We\\\\\\\'ve conducted 5 open meetings, attended by over 50 people each, including residents and business owners seeking their input on concerns and how to improve the Village.
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
Yes, I support a freeze on our taxing district’s levy. Fox Lake has both a high unemployment rate and a high rate of foreclosures. Until the overall National and State economies start to improve and is reflected in Fox Lake , I’m not supportive of any tax increase.
What one decision by the village board do you most disagree with and why?
I cannot say I disagree with any of the Village Board’s decisions in the past. The issues are thoroughly thought out and openly discussed. While I may have a different opinion on one or two issues, I respect and support their majority votes.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
As discussed in priority number 2 above, getting our finances in order, in my opinion has been our biggest accomplishment. As a result, the Village has been rewarded and recognized by Moody , an independent rating company, with an upgrade to A1. This confirms and indicates to me that we are on the right financial track .
Why should voters elect you to office?
I’d like the voters to continue to vote for me because of my love of this town and personal commitment to see it grow and prosper. I’ve been either living or visiting in Fox Lake along with my family almost 50 years. I’d like to see some of the thousands of people who pass through Fox Lake on their way primarily to Wisconsin make this their destination point. In order for this to happen, it’s been my goal for 12 years to have our town recognized as a friendly community with a small town character, along with a healthy business climate to be a be a good place to visit and call home.
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