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Office sought: Lake County board District 13
Family: I am a divorced father of two children. Currently I am in a committed relationship with my partner of 8 years. Together we share a blended family of 5 children in total ranging in age from 19 to 24.
Occupation: Recently completed a contract with Avon Township filling the role of Interim Assessor. Currently, I am working as a Illinois Licensed Managing Broker in Residential Real Estate.
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Industrial Organizational Psychology, North Central College, Naperville, IL 1982
Civic involvement: Member: Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Church - Gurnee, Illinois Certified Illinois Assessing Officer (CIAO) Designation 9/2009 - Current Illinois Department of Revenue - passed 3/27/2008 Statewide Board of Review Examination Licensed Illinois Real Estate Managing Broker National Association of Realtors Member Main-street Organization of Realtors (MORe) Member Professional Standards Hearing Panel Chairman with MORe Former Grievance Committee Panel; Member with Realtor Association of Northwest Chicagoland Vice President of The Asters On Almond Homeowners Association Former Involvement in? The Society of Plastics (SPI), National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), Midwest Roofing Contractors Association (MRCA), The National Credit Managers Association, Treasurer - Villa's of Stone Brook Condominium Association.
Elected offices held: My candidacy to represent the newly formed 13th district of the Lake County Board is my first attempt at an elected position.
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: I have never been arrested for or convicted of a crime.
Key Issue 1
Making fiscally responsible decisions.
All of us and our families in some way
have been effected by the economic downturn of the last several years.
We've all had to make sometimes difficult decisions in terms of spending.
County government should review expenditures in the same way we as residents have had to review our own spending.
Key Issue 2
Representing all of the people of the 13th District.
The 13 district includes sections of Libertyville, Warren, Waukegan and Shields Townships.
Addresses in this district include Wildwood, Gages Lake, unincorporated Grayslake, Gurnee, Libertyville, Waukegan, North Chicago and The Village of Lake Bluff.
Communication backed by a personal commitment on my part to respond to residents comments and concerns either by phone, email or in person.
Key Issue 3
Improving Job opportunities for the residents of this county by devoting time to listening to business owners needs and concerns as employers here in Lake County.
The county remains in the black, but property taxes across the region are high. Should programs be cut to save taxpayers money? If so, which ones and why?
Lake County Property Taxes are HIGH!
All programs should be reviewed in terms of the benefit of the program provided veers that programs cost.
It would be irresponsible of me or any candidate to identify specific programs that should be reduced or eliminated.
We have not been provided the opportunity to review the details/analysis's of these expenditures.
We must take a 'fresh look' at all the programs, in the same way we all have had to look at our personal finances.
What should be done with the Fort Sheridan golf course? If no building or management proposals come back from vendors, do you propose abandoning golf? If so, are you concerned about a lawsuit? If you propose building a course, how should it be funded?
I am personally in favor of developing a traditional forest preserve with no golf course on the Ft. Sheridan property.
I support the Advisory Committee in its agreement to attempt to find a compromise scenario.
In the event that there are not any outside bidders, or that the bids presented are higher than the budget allowed, I would support continued talks and negotiations in an attempt to minimizing the real threat of lawsuits over this issue.
The Winchester House nursing home recently was turned over to a private company for operation. Should other county or forest district departments be privatized to save taxpayers money? Please explain.
All districts and departments be reviewed in terms of the service provided and at what cost.
This concept of reviewing cost savings options is no different than the action any successful private business entity has done.
Is there a specific type of service or amenity that is lacking in your district? If so, how do you propose to provide and fund that?
Candidate did not respond.
Should the county continue to pursue open space policies' Why or why not?
I believe the county should, in the form of a ballot referendum, present to the residents the question of continuing open space policies.
Clear information should be presented to residents in terms of the reduction in assessed value in a particular area by the properties purchase, leading to the elimination of that value from the tax rolls, and its effect on the remaining properties tax rate.
The Forest Preserve District should continue to choose the land purchases with a master plan in mind, but funding for those purchases in bulk, should be a voter decision.