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Philip Stanko: Candidate Profile

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  • Philip Stanko, running for Cary parks

    Philip Stanko, running for Cary parks




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City: Cary

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Cary parks

Age: Candidate did not respond.

Family: Married

Occupation: High School Biology Teacher

Education: Master of Science in Environmental Studies, Northeastern Illinois University, 1994

Master of Science in Biology, Northeastern Illinois University, 1985

Bachelor of Science in Biology, Illinois State University,


Civic involvement: The Land Conservancy of McHenry County

McHenry County Environmental Defenders

Cary-Grove Historical Society

Cary-Grove Food Pantry

Friends of the Prairie

Elected offices held: Cary Park District Commissioner 1989 - present

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No.

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Controlling our debt and limiting our spending.

Key Issue 2

Continuing to provide excellent parks and recreation experiences.

Key Issue 3

Maintaining open space.

Questions & Answers

What programs aren't paying for themselves? Would you keep, eliminate or change them? How and why?

The park district provides services and programs that we believe best meet the needs of our residents. Our staff does an outstanding job of providing programs and services that are generating revenue to support themsleves and we try to make programs and services pay for themselves. Whether a program pays for itself or not is only one facter in determing if a program is kept, eliminated or changed

Is there any additional open space the park district needs to acquire? Please describe.

Whenever open space becomes available, the park district takes the time to investigate the potential of that open space with respect to our needs and available resources.

Are there any unmet recreational needs? If yes, what are they and how would you propose paying for them? Or, should they wait until the economy improves?

I would like to see a teen center and more programming for teens along with an expansion of our senior center. Until we see a stronger, more consistent improvement in our economy major initiatives will have to wait.

Would you support sharing/pooling resources (i.e. printing, vehicles) with other local governments (school districts, village, etc.)? If so, what areas would you consider combining or merging to save money or improve efficiency?

We presently work closely with School District 26 for the use of their facilities. I would support the sharing/pooling of resources with other entities, not just units of local government, provided the money saved or the improvement in efficiency did not critically compromise availability or quality.

If you are a newcomer, what prompted you to run for the park board? If you're an incumbent, list your accomplishments or key initiatives in which you played a leadership role.

Cary Park District Trail System

Supported the remodeling of the Community Center

Supported the Acquisition and Development of Hoffman Park

Supported the Acquisition and Development of Cary-Grove Park

Rewrote the Village of Cary Subdivision Control Ordinace regarding Park Donations

Wrote the first Park District Comprehensive Plan

Spearheaded the Acquisition of Sands-Main St. Prairie