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Dale Kehr: Candidate Profile

Lake County board District 3 (Democrat)

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  • Dale Kehr, running for Lake County board District 3

    Dale Kehr, running for Lake County board District 3




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City: Lindenhurst


Office sought: Lake County board District 3

Age: 53

Family: Married, three children

Occupation: Trainer

Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Management, University of Maryland, Asian Division, 1993 Masters of Business Administration, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, 2008

Civic involvement: Girl Scouts, Religious Education Program, Lindenhurst Lake Villa Chamber of Commerce, Northern Illinois Business Professionals, Bringing Everyone Strengths Together,

Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

The economy and the impact it is having on individuals to keep their properties and make a decent living.

Key Issue 2

Partnerships in our communities to ensure that businesses have viable options to succeed.

Key Issue 3

Safety for residents as we work on roads and reroute streets. Some of the unincorporated areas are starting to experience higher crime rate as these parts of the county are being developed.

Questions & Answers

Now that golf at Fort Sheridan is a dead issue, what types of amenities should be added to the site?

This area is not part of my district therefore, this topic has not been discussed at this point with the residents of district 3. However, after reviewing the area, make sure that the amenities we add are self-sustaining and can be afforded with in the budget. Currently there are trails for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing. There is a sandy beach area for relaxing, fishing and walking currently you cannot swim, wade or use a boat this maybe something the residents would like to explore and maybe have included.

What, if any, new ethics-related rules are needed for the county board and county staff?

A few years ago the state of Illinois created ethics policies for all state employees and there is a mandatory class every year. This program helps to ensure there is transparency of how decisions are made and that everyone understands the laws /rules concerning appropriate behavior when performing in the best interest of the agency. I believe we should monitor how decisions are made and ensure that they are made in the best interest of all residents. If you hold a public office and your business has a way of benefiting from the decision you should remove yourself from the vote. An ethics committee should be formed to review issues and items to ensure compliance

Government transparency has been an important issue in recent years. Name one thing the county government or forest preserve district should do to improve transparency.

Have local meetings where residents can attend and speak their thoughts without the fear of repercussions. People work various shifts so the times of the meetings should meet the various work schedules. Continue with the electronic media so that people can get information as well as having open forums either on the phone or a webinar setting. As County Board Member we represent our residents of our district we should be their vocal piece to changes that need or are happening in the county.

Should the forest district use eminent domain to acquire the land needed for the final link in the Des Plaines River Trail? Why or why not? If your answer is no, how should officials go about acquiring that land sooner than later?

No, eminent domain allows the government to seize property without owners consent even though monetary value is given to the owner. This is usually done for highways and public safety. Even though I am in favor of connecting the trails I don?t believe you force a person to move out of their home. Officials need to sit and negotiate with the land owner first and look at all options.

What will be the biggest issue facing the county over the next decade, and how do you propose dealing with it?

Property taxes and traffic patterns are issues that need to be addressed now, and I believe in ten years as Lake County continues to grow these same two issues will still be a priority. Some of the solutions to the road patterns that were designed and proposed a few years ago may not be the best solutions of today; as we have built houses or schools along these same roads. I believe that taxpayers should be involved in the process, especially if their land is involved with the rerouting of a road. I believe that we need to look at what each government entity has to offer, and where partnerships can be developed to reduce cost or duplication we review those options and the total impact before a decision is made. To cut a position in one agency and then create a new job in a different agency defeats that purpose. So I?m not in favor of cutting jobs and then realizing we still need that position just to say on paper we are saving money when in reality we are not.