John Piwko

Demographics

Independent

53

Huntley

Bachelor's Degree, Electronics Engineering, DeVry University

Quality Assurance Test Lead, Coventry Healthcare

Married, Cathy

Michael, 17

Thomas, 14

On the Record

What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?

What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office? I have been a Trustee for the past 6 years. I have learned a lot from the Village staff which I feel has made me a better trustee. In addition to this experience my involvement with the various groups in the Village like the Huntley Little League and St Mary’s Church allows me to talk to other people and get their point of view on the issues at hand. Being with them allows me to get a feeling of what the rest of the Village residents want done.

What are your top two or three priorities if elected?

First and foremost I want to continue working on our transportation issues in the Village. This year the I90/Rt. 47 interchange will be completed. Rt.47 has been widened. Our next step is to complete the Kreutzer Road extension from Rt. 47 to Main St. This is an important roadway as it would allow for a bypass around the Village and ease congestion during peak travel times for both the residents and for the school busses. Second on my list is to bring public transportation to Huntley. We experienced a disappointment with the Amtrak route going through a different town. However, we still are working with Metra to get the train to come to Huntley and beyond. While that process is still in the planning stages, we need to work on some type of connector route via bus from Huntley to the train station in Elgin. At least this would allow for less traffic to be on the road. Thirdly I want to see the Village continue with creating bike paths and sidewalks to all parts of the Village. The walkability of the town would be inviting to people to visit our town.

Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?

I would and I have supported the same tax levy for the past three budget years. It’s important for local governments to be fiscally responsible in these hard times. Holding the line on the tax levy allows the residents some relief at least from the Village’s share of the taxes.

What one decision by the village board do you most disagree with and why?

Soon after I was elected to the Village board an ordinance was brought forth to repeal the residential sprinklers requirement. I voted against the repeal because I felt we need to work with the developers to provide a more reasonable product. The issues that prompted the repeal just needed to be addressed with the builders. I disagreed with the majority of the Board and voted against the repeal. Repealing the ordinance was not going to resolve the issues that some residents were having at the time..

What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?

The completion of the Rte. 47 widening, the start of the I90/Rte. 47 interchange and the establishment of the downtown TIF area

Why should voters elect you to office?

I feel that I having six years of experience behind me as well as other qualities that I have makes me qualified to earn another term as trustee. I feel that when I vote on items that I the people in mind. This has been demonstrated by my two different votes against an additional electricity tax that was proposed by one of the other trustees. I felt that adding another tax to the already over taxed residents was not in their best interest. Also I have been involved with various levels of government over the years. I have worked for a Chicago alderman and a state Senator. Prior to being a trustee I served on the Village planning commission for 2 ½ years. I feel that all of this experience makes me the best candidate for the job.