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John F. Robinson: Candidate Profile

Des Plaines Alderman, Ward 2

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  • John F. Robinson, running for Des Plaines Alderman, Ward 2

      John F. Robinson, running for Des Plaines Alderman, Ward 2

 

 

 

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Note: Answers provided have not been edited for grammar, misspellings or typos. In some instances, candidate claims that could not be immediately verified have been omitted.

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Bio

City: Des Plaines

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Des Plaines Alderman, Ward 2

Age: 64

Family: Candidate did not respond.

Occupation: Owner of Mr. Windows, a home improvement and remodeling company located in Des Plaines serving the Northwest community

Education: Candidate did not respond.

Civic involvement: Current 2nd Ward Alderman

City of Des Plaines Library Board Member

Member of Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce

Member of Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce

Elected offices held: Alderman

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: Candidate did not respond.

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Improve infrastructure in 2nd Ward

Key Issue 2

Continued transparency in Government

Key Issue 3

Fiscal responsibility to taxpayers

Questions & Answers

How should Des Plaines use its casino revenues? Name your top three priorities.

1) buy down current city debt

2) invest in capital project funds/infrastructure

3) projects that would alleviate flooding

How should the city approach developing the land surrounding the casino?

The city does not own the land around the casino. Private developers should be encouraged to work with the city's economic development director.

Should the city address the question of ethics surrounding the casino, as regards public officials?

Des Plaines has it's own ethics ordinance, that restricts elected officials from self dealing, abuse of position and conflict of interest

What should the city do to improve the performance of its failing tax increment financing districts? Do you see the need for any other TIF districts in the city?

Do to the economic climate, growth in most tif areas has been strangled. The city is currently courting developers for some of the tif districts.

There is no need for any additional Tif districts in the city at this time.

What is the most pressing issue for residents in your ward and how would you like to address it?

1) Decaying infrastructure within the ward.

I am currently working with staff and the engineering department to have streets resurfaced and a sewer rehabilitation project in western part of ward.

2) Flooding from the Des Plaines river is a constant issue for all 2nd ward residents. I plan to continue working for water mitigation up stream related to project 37

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