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Linda Painter: Candidate Profile

DuPage Forest Preserve District 3 (Republican)

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  • Linda Painter, running for DuPage Forest Preserve District 3

      Linda Painter, running for DuPage Forest Preserve District 3




Note: Answers provided have not been edited for grammar, misspellings or typos. In some instances, candidate claims that could not be immediately verified have been omitted.

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City: Hinsdale


Office sought: DuPage Forest Preserve District 3

Age: Candidate did not respond.

Family: Married, three adult children

Occupation: DuPage Forest Preserve Commissioner - District 3, Registered Nurse - Pediatrics

Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Civic involvement: Timberlake Civic Association, President Kiwanis, Board Member Argonne National Lab Community Leaders Round Table Downers Grove Township Republican Org., Secretary Timberlake Women's Club South DuPage Women's Republican Org. DuPage Mother of Twins Club

Elected offices held: Forest Preserve Commissioner - Dist. 3, 2008 - present Downers Grove Township Precinct Committeeman, Precinct 24

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Open space - Open space is vital to DuPage County.

Our forest preserves are one of DuPage County's greatest assets.

We need to preserve and protect them for future generations.

Key Issue 2

Communication and Education - We need to promote good communication between the Forest Preserve District and the residents.

There are wonderful programs that the District provides.

We need to continually get the word out about these programs and events so the DuPage County residents can utilize their preserves.

Key Issue 3

Accessibility - It is important to make our preserves accessible to the residents of DuPage County.

Encouraging individuals and families to utilize the preserves can have a direct impact on the health and well-being of DuPage County residents.

Questions & Answers

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

This is a very complex issue.

I don't believe we have enough information to make an informed decision at this time.

We are waiting for a clarification regarding the recent Illinois Supreme Court decision.

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'

One part of the FPDDC mission statement is to provide recreation for the citizens of DuPage County.

Golf is just one of many recreational opportunities provided by the District, such as biking, fishing, archery, hiking, boating, picnicking, camping and many more.

The golf courses are less than 2% of the land holdings.

The existing golf courses provide recreation as well as holding storm water run off for many DuPage County residents.

The District can not legally sell the land to any private owner.

No, the District can not and should not sell its holdings unless there are exceptional circumstances.

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

In 2007, the tax payers voted overwhelmingly to approve a bond referendum to purchase open space.

Over the past several years, the District has been carefully and thoughtfully purchasing beautiful pieces of land for the citizens of DuPage County to enjoy.

At this time, the money has almost been entirely spent.

The focus of the Forest Preserve District will change from purchasing land to improving the current holdings of the District.

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