Ken Nitz




Island Lake, IL

High School, Wauconda High School

Bachelor's Degree, Molecular and Cellular Biology and Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Juris Doctor, DePaul College of Law



On the Record

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

I grew up in Island Lake and I’ve been able to see it grow and progress throughout my life. I want to see it continue to grow and progress. Professionally, I’ve spent time volunteering to help underprivileged people in Chicago. It’s important to me to try and help out as many people as I can. Also, my experiences as an attorney and throughout my schooling have allowed me to communicate with people from all walks of life and with a wide array of viewpoints that differ from my own.

What are your top two or three priorities if elected?

First and foremost, we need to maintain and improve the village’s infrastructure. We have roads that need to be fixed. The lake and parks need to be maintained. We cannot ignore the foundation of the town. It is vital to any growth or progress. Second, we need to continue to attract more viable businesses. More business means more tax revenue that can be used for the benefit of all Island Lake residents.

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

The goal should not be to freeze the levy, but to be as efficient as possible with every dollar so that we don’t have to worry about increasing the tax levy. It’s easy for a candidate to answer ‘yes’ to this question, but that doesn’t solve everything. A town can freeze the levy, but if they don’t budget and spend wisely, it could lead to cuts in important services or higher taxes down the road. We need to look at every avenue to cut costs or generate more revenue so that the taxpayers don’t shoulder the entire burden. Attracting more new businesses to the village is important to generate tax revenue and lessen the burden on the people.

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

The current board is working well together. Although it’s not one decision, my biggest disagreement was with the in-fighting and legal battles in 2011. There will always be disagreements in government, but a big part of being a public official is being able to discuss and debate issues in a civil manner. You won’t always get what you want, and when you don’t, you need to be able to handle that in the proper way. In-fighting between board members only serves to slow the progress of the town and takes time and money away from more important purposes.

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

The decision to transfer dispatch services to Lake Zurich. It was a decision that will save the village hundreds of thousands of dollars. We were able to transfer services to a newer, state-of-the-art facility that will provide great service at a lower cost. Those significant savings can now be used for the benefit of all Island Lake residents. It’s not often that you see a decision that both saves the taxpayers money and provides higher quality services.

Why should voters elect you to office?

I grew up in Island Lake and I want to see the village continue to progress into the future. I can provide a fresh take and a level of passion and energy that can help the village maximize its potential. I’m dedicated to being honest, open, and accessible to all residents at all times to discuss any questions or concerns they may have. I believe that my educational background and experiences can be an asset to Island Lake. I want is what is best for Island Lake, and I’ll work tirelessly to achieve that goal.

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