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Tim Whelan: Candidate Profile

DuPage Forest Preserve District 4 (Republican)

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  • Tim Whelan, running for DuPage Forest Preserve District 4

    Tim Whelan, running for DuPage Forest Preserve District 4




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City: Wheaton


Office sought: DuPage Forest Preserve District 4

Age: 60

Family: I have been married to Sylvia Ferry for 30 years. We have three boys Ryan, Chris and Michael. Ryan and Inna were married in May 2011. The boys attended Lincoln and Edison in Wheaton. Ryan and Chris graduated from Benet Academy; Michael is a sophomore.

Occupation: I am a licensed attorney in Illinois. I have a law practice Timothy Whelan Law Associates, Ltd. concentrating in family law, bankruptcy and other areas of civil litigation. I am a Director for the DuPage Bar and an Arbitrator in DuPage.

Education: Bachelor of Arts, History & Political Science, Wright State University, Ohio, 1974 Juris Doctor, John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 1980

Civic involvement: Trustee DuPage Regional School Board of Trustees DuPage County Bar Association Director St. Daniel the Prophet lector,Eucharistic minister,religious ed teacher, Knight Robinwood Neighborhood Assoc. President Milton Township Republican Committeeman Eagle Scout

Elected offices held: Trustee, DuPage Regional School Board of Trustees (2006- present)

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

"Preserving the Green" is my campaign theme to provide new, energetic and dedicated leadership to assure the preservation of our greenspace. New ideas and vision are needed to replace elected officials who have been in office too long.

Key Issue 2

"Preserving the Green" means being a good steward of taxpayers money (...the Green).

That means avoiding wasteful, unnecessary, no bid personal service contracts. It is old time politics to award a $48,000 contract to

'Reverse Spin',a political strategist firm, as proposed by Commissioner Formento to 'spin' FP actions.

Key Issue 3

Provide the committed leadership for a ten year strategic plan for the future vision of green space and forest preserve lands in DuPage County.

Assure this is an open process with input from all citizens, taxpayers, environmental groups,experts and just folks like us on how best to preserve the green for our future.

Questions & Answers

Do you support continuing the effort to acquire County Lakes Golf Club in Naperville? Why or why not?

My tendency is to support the effort to continue to pursue acquision.

The Illinois Supreme Court decision on the jury verdict on this land was only instructive as to the process of valuation and timing of placing a value on the land. The mission of acquisition and preservation of green space of the FP has to be balanced against the real costs and future use of the land.

Should the district be in the golf course business' If so, please explain the benefit. If not, please detail why. Should the district consider selling any of its holdings'

The district is in the golf business with it's current courses and should not abandon the operations.

Having lower, more accessible greens fees is a great benefit to DuPage residents. I do not see any benefit to selling the district lands and green space.

Comment on the forest preserve's current land acquisition policy: Too aggressive? Too passive? Just right?

The policy in the past was aggressive and good for DuPage County.

As a natural consequence of limited land resources now, future acquisition requires a more careful and studied approach.

That is why my theme is Preserving the Green because the focus of the commission now must be on how we preserve, maintain and educate in the use of our green space.