Bachelor's Degree, Psychology/Criminal Justice, MacMurray College
See recent video below of Kelly Given talking about the issues.
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
During my 15 years of Law Enforcement, I have demonstrated leadership skills, the ability to be an advocate to the people I serve and have built strong relationships within my community.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
To institute a community forum which will provide an atmosphere of communication as a tool to respond to the needs expressed by the residents of McCullom Lake. To seek opportunities for business growth within our community.
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
As a tax paying resident, freezing the tax levy would be ideal. However, our small village depends on the help we receive from the tax levy. If our village does not request the money from the levy, the funds will go somewhere else considering the levy is from taxes already previously paid.
What one decision by the village board do you most disagree with and why?
In 2011, the village board made a decision to keep the beach house that was attached to the existing village hall. The committee that was formed to help make decisions about the new village hall building had also decided to keep the beach house as a museum of village history. Without the board\'s knowledge, the construction manager was ordered to tear down the beach house. The last minute decision by another authority to dissolve a large part of this communities history was improper.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
There have been many drainage issues in this village for many years. Having secured grant money through HUD with one phase left to complete has been a large accomplishment over the past year.
Why should voters elect you to office?
I should be elected because I am a candidate who has not only been a resident for ten years, But I also have proven leadership skills that I’ve utilized in police departments for fifteen years. I’m genuinely dedicated to the safety, well being and financial status of McCullom Lake.
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