Mark Beeson

Demographics

Independent

48

Wheeling Illinois

Glass artisan - Owner of Attention To Detail Inc., Stained and Leaded glass, Etched glass

Married, Christine, My wife of 20 years

On the Record

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

I have been a resident for 22 years and have kept up to speed on our towns current affairs. I’m a business owner and have been in my trade for 29 years. I have always operated in the black. I deal with small and large jobs including residential and commercial applications. We work with architects, builders, designers, home owners and municipalities. I communicate well with all levels of people. Recognizing peoples talents and showing trust in there ability and delegating the work load is my passion. When the results are positive, it makes all involved feel as part of a team. I can bring our town together with positive leadership.

What are your top two or three priorities if elected?

First, We need to halt any progress on the construction of the proposed new municiple complex until we know where the money is going to come from. I would make any needed repairs to the current facility which suits our current needs at a considerable savings to use towards more pressing issues. Second, I would remove the current law firm and replace them with one that works for the people and not the Mayor. We currently spend 7 times more in legal fees than when Charlie Amrich was Mayor. Third, I would bring back transparancy to the residents. Presently we do not allow dialog or questions to be answered at public meetings. Comments Only. Also we need a vastly more informative VOIL website. All village meetings should be videotaped and posted on this site. Plus we need to load as much public information as possible on the VOIL site as to alleviate the burden of FOIA request on the clerk and office staff over info that is readily available on other community websites.

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

Yes, The local governments need to operate in the black sometime. Why not start now. Show the people that they can make the hard cuts that all tax payers are making. They need to prove their worth. I can not run my business like my local government does. If I did, I would already be out of money and out of business. We need commonsense approachs to spending within the proposed budgets.

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

The recent decision to amend the ordinance on public comment. They now have removed the ability to comment at the end of the public meetings to address any concerns over any agenda items discussed. It also includes more language that limits what you can comment about. Not good. First they sit silent when you address them and now they wish for you to sit silent.

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

I can’t name one. I suppose it would be to remove police dispatch from our police department, but I don’t fully agree with that decision. I seems to be all about the money and that has yet to be determined. I am concerned for our degree of future public safety due to this choice they made without public involvement.

Why should voters elect you to office?

I’m for the people. I want to here from all the residents all the time. I want to bring back the friendly community we once had. I want to spend money on better streets and park preservation and cleaning up the lake that is our name sake. Not spend it on a new village hall that only serves those that work there. I would bring back transparancy in every way possible so that residents will know what is going on and how they too can get involved. The people in charge want to create a new village that is something most people in town moved away from. I would bring back the small town community we need back in our lives. We don\\\'t need to copy surrounding areas that are falling into an endless debt stream. I would focus on fiscal reponsibility, Cooperative management, parks and lake preservation and infratructure improvements. When the residents see a better village and business recognizes reasons to come in, we can then enjoy the fruits of our efforts with added revenue and residential growth. Then we can expand and build newer facilities for our needs. Most likely with the support of the community.