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Sam Tornatore: Candidate Profile

DuPage County board District 1 (Republican)

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  • Sam Tornatore, running for DuPage County board District 1

    Sam Tornatore, running for DuPage County board District 1




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City: Roselle

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: DuPage County board District 1

Age: 62

Family: Wife Marcia, Daughter Alison

Occupation: Attorney: Principal of the Tornatore Law Office, 236 West Lake Street, Suite 100, Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Education: J.D. -- The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL - 1974 Bachelors of Science in Commerce -- DePaul University, Chicago, IL - 1971

Civic involvement: Roselle Chamber of Commerce and Industry -- Past-President Terrace Square Homeowners Association -- Past-President Roselle Zoning Board of Appeals - Member Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization -- Past-President Roselle Park District -- Coach St. Walter's Elementary School - Coach Numerous bar association memberships and offices held

Elected offices held: Bloomingdale Township Trustee - 2009-Present Village of Roselle Trustee - 2004-2009

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Demonstrating how county government is relevant and necessary to the residents of District 1 and continuing to make it transparent and cost-effective.

Key Issue 2

Working with the Chairman and the members of the Board to ensure competent appointments to the various boards and commissions of the county.

Key Issue 3

To bring the issues facing county government to the residents of District 1 through town hall meetings and one-on-one visits.

Questions & Answers

Why are you running for this office, whether for re-election or election for the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you? If so, what?

I have always been involved in my community and committed to giving back, either personally or professionally. I hope to continue my service, if afforded the opportunity to serve on the DuPage County Board.

If you are an incumbent, describe your main contributions. Tell us of any important initiatives you've led. If you are a challenger, what would you bring to the board and what would your priority be?

I believe my experience as an elected official, on the municipal and township levels, gives me a sense of what is important to our residents.

As an attorney with over 30 years experience, I have proven to be an effective problem solver and if given the opportunity, I will bring that skill to the County Board.

How can the county best manage its growth, growing diversity?

DuPage County Government must meet the needs of our residents through being fiscally responsible, as well as being open-minded to the changing demographics of our community.

If incumbent, are you satisied your attendance at county board/committee meetings has been adequate? Describe the rough percentage of meetings you've attended. If non-incumbent, are you aware of the incumbent's attandance record and is it adequate?

Although I am a non-incumbent, I am aware of the attendance records of the board members and I believe the adequacy of their attendance is an issue for the voters.

What is your stance on county board members' pay? Too high, too low, just right? Would you propose any changes' Do you think county board members should receive pensions' If not, would be willing to pledge not to take one?

I believe the county board members' pay reflects their responsibility to the community and time expended in the performance of their duties.

I would not propose any changes.

I believe county board members should be allowed the same opportunity to receive pensions that are afforded all county employees. I believe this is equitable, as county board members' pensions are paid at a reduced proportionate rate, based on the amount of money contributed, as well as the amount of time expended in their duties.