Bachelor's Degree, Double major -Business Administration and Marketing, Carthage College
High School, Marian Central Catholic H.S.
Sales, sales management; self -employed, Exchange Sales Inc.
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
I have 8 years experience on the McHenry City Council, during that time I have been a member of the Parks and Recreation committee and chairman of the Finance and Personnel committee. I am currently Vice President of the Marian Central Catholic HS Alumni Association and have been an active member and former president for over 12 years. I have been chairman of the annual fund drive at Marian Central that raises financial aid for students in need. I am an active member of the Catholic Order of Foresters Ct. 594, which raises funds and provides community service for local schools, food pantry, veterans clubs and churches. I’m currently a member of school/church building and grounds committee. I am former Vice President and current member of the McHenry Riverwalk Foundation. I volunteer as coach for McHenry Area Soccer Federation, McHenry Pigtail League, McHenry Baseball Association, Montini School, McHenry Instructional Basketball and MACS basketball. I’m a self employed, sales representative to the industrial supplies, facilities maintenance and foodservice industry with a local office in my McHenry home. I have a degree in business administration and marketing from Carthage College, plus over 25 years experience in business, marketing and sales management.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
My top priorities would be the following: See that the roadway construction for Illinois Rt. 120 and Rt. 31 are properly handled by IDOT and City of McHenry to improve flow, traffic safety and ease congestion. Continue to support and find business development that makes sense in the vacant properties within the commercial/industrial sections of town. Continue to work with finance and personnel on maintaining a balanced budget while keeping current services at par or better.
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
Yes, not only would I support freezing the tax levy but I’ve actually voted in favor of that. We have frozen our levy for the city of McHenry, 2 years in a row. The city of McHenry portion of our tax bill represents about 5-7% of the total, we have to be diligent in getting representatives from the other taxing boards to follow suit.
What one decision by the city council do you most disagree with and why?
I disagreed and voted against the Riverwalk condominium project being completed with garages and not a parking garage. I understood the financial hardship that the developer was facing due to slow economy and cost increases, but a parking garage was the important part of the development to improve public parking issues in that area of downtown.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
I am most proud of the fact that we were able to freeze the tax levy for the second year in a row, while maintaining strong city support services with police, public works, community development and parks departments. Even though the economy and revenues are down, we should be very proud of this council and the actions taken to keep McHenry a great place to live, work and play. All departments have done well knowing the citizens want more for less and appropriate cuts have been made to balance the budget.
Why should voters elect you to office?
Experience, dedication, accessibility and involvement are what I hope people see in me. I have a local office out of my house that allows easy accessibility to voice concerns and discuss issues. As a Lifelong, 3rd generation, McHenry resident, I take great pride in this city. As a father of 4 children, it is important to maintain the quality of life we enjoy today and for future generations. I will continue to focus on ways to grow our city with care and good management, while supporting improvements that benefit our community.
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