On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
8 years of elected office as a Village of Huntley Trustee, knowing how to get consensus of a Board of Directors, to get your projects and programs to move forward. I have been President of many, many volunteer organizations, hundreds of hours of volunteer work with seniors & developmentally disabled. A \"connector\" for those looking to help and those that need it. Many networking experiences with other government elected officials and staff. Owning my own small business for more than 20 years, having done payroll, insurance, etc. I founded the Huntley Fall Fest, gathering more than 40 different charitable groups, governments and businesses to bring a quality festival to our town. While working at Grafton Township as the Administrator, for 10 months I got to know the State and County reporting, their budget process and the unique laws that govern Townships in Illinois. I have received 3 separate Community Service Awards
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
Bring Peace and normalcy back to the Township, stop wasting money on lawyers, get all four years of the audits completed, get the files back in order, make Grafton Township something to be proud of, not the subject of jokes and gossip. Help people: Here are a few ideas: but fresh milk at wholesale for the Grafton Township Food Pantry (there will be only one) on Allison Court. Make the Senior Bus schedule user friendly instead of convenient for the office. Senior Bingo should be more fun and less about selling. Dental Program, Diabetes Testing Supplies Program, Eyeglass Assistance, Financial Education, Medical Assistance Vouchers. Let\'s help get people back to work: bring back the Job Center to the Township, work together with other organizations to offer career, clothing, personal grooming, and job counseling at little or no cost to tax payers.
Would you support freezing your taxing district\\\'s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
Not at this time, because of the more than $500,000. In legal costs incurred by the Township in the last 5 years the Township will likely be broke for the first quarter of their new fiscal (starts April 1). They will need a loan to just maintain payroll and other fixed expenses until they receive more tax money in July. Where will this loan come from? How much will it cost? Also, the Township will have increased costs just finishing off the legal battles, finding out just what happened to all the allegedly mismanaged funds of the last 4 years. We will have to see how this new Board gets along- do they want to do programs to help seniors and the working poor? Do they want to get the financials in order? What will their new ideas be?? There is so much unsettled in the Township, these things all have to be worked out.
What one decision by the township board do you most disagree with and why?
The failed sale of the Township property to a church- the whole transaction was handled badly. It gives our Township such a bad name, to ask for a sales price, voted on by the residents at an Annual Meeting, only to have the sale denied by the Township Board. Why? Who knows? These things are handled in Executive session; we will never know the real truth. But it all looks bad. It would be great to have that sale completed- the Township will have a building there- it has too much emotional baggage.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
This is going to sound crazy, but all the bickering and lawsuits and yelling, have shined a light on the fact that the voting public needs to pay attention to what happens in local government. Make sure you go out and vote! Please, be an informed voter! Really get to know what is happening at all levels of government. I have spent much of my time in the past 12 years explaining who does what at all levels of government. Local governments has more say about how you live and your quality of life. Local government can raise or lower your taxes quicker than anyone in Washing or Springfield can. Local government really needs more of a voter\'s attention!
Why should voters elect you to office?
Since I moved to Huntley in 1999 I have tried to make a positive difference in my community. I spent years going to Village Board meetings to learn more about my new town. Early on I put out a neighborhood newsletter to explain all the new growth and explain what an SSA was, to my young neighbors. A Supervisor is not a \"Starter Job\" she should have experience with working on a Board of Directors, as I have for 8 years now. I have been a volunteer leader with Jaycees; have won National, State & District awards, worked on all projects from the Easter Egg Hunt to Christmas for Kids projects. I am the President of the Huntley Historical Society; active in my Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church. I founded the Huntley Fall Fest with $50.00 of my own money and a whole lot of drive. I have lead two separate, large projects at the Green Trees of Huntley, in cooperation with the McHenry County Housing Authority and many local organizations. The voters of Grafton Township have a chance to make a change, a change towards normalcy and cooperation. It is time to start helping people, make a positive difference.
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