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Brenda Rodgers: Candidate Profile

Kane Recorder of Deeds (Democrat)

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  • Brenda Rodgers, running for Kane Recorder of Deeds

    Brenda Rodgers, running for Kane Recorder of Deeds




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City: Elgin

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Kane Recorder of Deeds

Age: 48

Family: One child.

Occupation: Realtor

Education: Bachelor of Arts Judson University

Civic involvement: Past or Current Involvement: Bethesda Community Development Center, Boy's and Girls Club Duck Race, Elgin League of Women Voters, Elgin Junior Women's Club, League of United Latin American Citizens, Community Crisis Center Volunteer, Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association, Elgin Fourth of July Parade-Planning Committee and Elgin Civil Service Commission

Elected offices held: City Council Elgin, Illinois 2003-2007

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

I want to educate the public on the role of the Kane County Recorder's office, educate them on the services that are available and the importance of the Recorders Office in maintaining and protecting the records of their most valuable asset-their property.

Key Issue 2

Fiscal Responsibility and looking for ways to save the taxpayers money is a great concern for me.

Key Issue 3

Candidate did not respond.

Questions & Answers

Is there a technology that would improve the flow of business in the recorder's office and provide easier access to the public? What would the return on investment be?

During these hard economic times it is prudent upon us to always find ways too improve the technology for the constituents while making it cost affective for the residents of Kane County.

How would you go about improving government transparency?

I am a firm believer in transparency and community engagement. It is very important that people understand how the department functions and to engage them in the improvements. Example: Holding quarterly meetings throughout the county and offering late evening hours to better accomadate the public needs.

With the recorder's office being a statutory office with some autonomy from the county board, are you comfortable with the way budgeting is handled? Please explain.

Fiscal Reponsibilty is a great concern of mine; therefore maintaining open communication and working coopereratively will serve the best interest for the residents of Kane County.

Do you believe the county board members and chairman should receive health insurance and pension benefits'

Elected Officials generally put in many hours representing their constiuents from driving to meet with them, doing research, and attending events. Some elected officials have other jobs and opt out of the county insurance, but for those who receive the insurance it is my understanding that there is a cost to them and they pay a portion of it.

Do you support a more stringent ethics ordinance for Kane County governing the conduct of elected officials and county employees' Why or why not? If so, what should the ordinance contain?

The Ethics Ordinance was amended in 2010 and I support that ordinance.