Fox River Grove
Bachelor's Degree, Economics, Northwestern University
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
All I am bringing to this job is what I consider to be a great work ethic. My family owns a small business, and for as long as I can remember I have always worked six and sometimes seven days a week. I did not need a college degree, because I knew that I was going to run the family business someday, but I wanted a college degree. In my mid-twenties I enrolled at McHenry County College where I received an Associate’s Degree. I then continued on to Northwestern University where I received my Bachelor of Arts with a major in Economics. Therefore, while I do not have a list of organizations that I have volunteered at over the years, I do feel that I have the aptitude to be a good village trustee.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
My three priorities if elected would be improving the parking in the downtown business district, helping attract new retail business into town, and improving our parks to help increase the foot traffic in town to support our new small businesses.
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
Without knowing the entire budget for the year, I could not blindly support freezing the tax levy. If more retail businesses opened up in town, and we could count on new revenue to pay the operating expenses then I could support freezing the tax levy. However, the village’s expenses tend to increase from year to year, and if the minimum amount of money to run the village requires an increase in the tax levy, then I would support that increase.
What one decision by the village board do you most disagree with and why?
While it has not passed yet, I do not agree with the village replacing the vehicle stickers with a road maintenance fee on the water bills. I think that people with five vehicles should be able to afford five vehicle stickers. The new system subsidizes people with more than three vehicles by charging seniors more money, which I do not favor.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
I think the board’s biggest accomplishment last year was finally hiring a new village administrator. The village had operated for several months before hiring Karl Warwick.
Why should voters elect you to office?
I think that voters should elect me to the office of village trustee, because not only have I lived here for the last fourteen years, this is where I spend my days working. My family has owned AD Specialty Sewing in the downtown business district for thirty-five years. I have a vested interest in seeing improvements made in the downtown area. It is easy to complain about how the area looks, but I am willing to invest my time and efforts into helping revive the downtown before it is turned into a pretty new strip mall. I love Fox River Grove’s small town feel, and small town look. I would love to stay in town another thirty-five years. I do not know if I will be able to accomplish the vision I have in my head, but I would like the opportunity to try.
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