Agency Owner, Self Employed
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
I have been an elected official in Island Lake for 16 years. Prior to being elected I served on many boards for community organizations.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
1. Continue to work with developers in bringing viable businesses to our community. These types of businesses will increase our retail sales tax allowing us to more rapidly repair our village infastructure and provide tax relief to our residents.
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
I do not support freezing of the levy. Until we increase the retail sales tax dollars received in the village, we rely on these levys. In order to operate the village in an effective manner, it is important that levys be in line with the rate of inflation.
What one decision by the village board do you most disagree with and why?
The current village board works very well together. For the most part, they have worked collectively and made great strides in completing what had been derailed in the early months of 2011 by the previous board. I am proud that we as a board have been able to overcome the adversity of the past and make well rounded decisions for the residents and businesses of our community.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
We successfully negotiating and finalized our contracts with Local 150 for our Public Work and Water Department as well as full time support staff. Additionally, our Patrol Officers and Seargents voted to replace ICOPS with FOP for their union representation. Those contracts were also successfully negotiated and approved this past fall.
Why should voters elect you to office?
I should be elected because the people of Island Lake deserve to have a spirited leader with a vision for the future. A leader able to make informed decisions that are in the best interest of all our residents not just a select few. A leader willing to pave the way for future commercial development and work to enhance already established businesses ultimately bringing in more retail sales tax and lowering property taxes paid to the village by our residents. These wheels are already in motion; let’s keep Island Lake on track!
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