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Office sought: McHenry County board District 5
Family: Husband Alan - 31 years Keith - 29 Garret - 26 Casey - 25 Alina - 19
Occupation: McHenry County Board Member
Education: Bachelor of Science in Political Science - University of Illinois
Civic involvement: ?Republican Precinct Committeeman -- Dorr 7 -- current ?Dorr Township GOP Vice-Chair - current ?Dorr Township GOP Secretary ?People for Woodstock ?District 200 Key Communicator and Dean Street School Volunteer - current ?Worked on various referenda campaigns ?McHenry County Community Foundation Community Works Grant program ?Theta Award -- Highest award given by McHenry County Defenders - 1987 ?Vice-Chairman Dorr Township Planning Commission -- 2001-2002 ?Pioneer Foundation, Board Secretary ?Pioneer Center Advisory Board ?League of Women Voters -- 1985-1990 - President ?PADS, Site Director ?Woodstock Professional & Business Women - current ?St. Paul Episcopal Church -- 1990-1994 / 2002-2003 -- Senior Warden ?St. Ann Episcopal Church member and volunteer -- current ?Crystal Lake Kiwani's Club
Elected offices held: McHenry County Board Dorr 7 Precinct Committeewoman
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: no
Key Issue 1
Jobs - McHenry County needs to continue its progressive and successful partnership with the McHenry County Economic Development Corporation, the Workforce Investment Board, MCC, and the Shah Business Center to bring high-tech, manufacturing and green jobs to our County.
We need to encourage various incentives for companies to locate here or in our municipalities.
Key Issue 2
Our returning Veterans.
We need to ensure that there are services in place including jobs, housing, training, and social and mental health services available for the influx of veterans that will be returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Key Issue 3
Ground water protection.
Continue to implement the 2030 Land Use Plan goals and policies through the amendment of the Zoning Ordinance to enhance and protect groundwater quality and quantity.
McHenry County has managed the recession without a budgetary crisis like those in other counties. How do you ensure the county continues on that path and that reserves aren't depleted? Are there specific budget areas that need more attention?
Stay true to our policy of a five month reserve, we must control spending and continually look for ways to more efficiently deliver services with less resources.
Every Department is looked at yearly and must justify any request for an increase.
Does the McHenry County Board have a good transportation improvement plan? Please be specific and suggest whether you think anything is missing or should be scrapped.
We do have a good transportation improvement plan that contains for road infrastructure repairs or reconstruction to a growing public transit availability.
Where I believe we can improve is to utilize waivers on road standards to protect our rural county roads and Natural Heritage Road Corridors.
Does the county need to address its ethics policies' Why or why not? If so, how?
The ethics policies were just revised and contain the most transparent and available information on County Board members and their appointed board members.
I supported these measures and continue to support new technologies to keep county government open and transparent.
Assess McHenry County's efforts thus far in terms of groundwater preservation and protection. What needs to be done now and in the future?
We have done an excellent job of groundwater preservation and protection.
We have over 70 action policies that are being iplemented as a result of the passage of the 2030 Land Use plan under my leadership.
We are amendmending the Zoning Ordinance to allow implementation of the 2030 Land Use Plan goals and policies to enhance and protect groundwater quality and quantity.
Assess how the county health department approached the whooping cough outbreak. What should have been done differently?
I believe the whooping cough outbreak was handled efficiently and proactively.
I heard only positive comments about communication and availability of medical attention that helped keep the number of cases to a minimum.