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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: Married to Sylvia for 32 years, three boys, Ryan, Christopher and Michael

Occupation: Attorney in Private Practice

Education: BA History and Political Science, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio 1974 JD The John Marshall Law School, 1980

Civic involvement: Past President, Wheaton-Briarcliffe Baseball St. Daniel the Prophet Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Religious Ed. Teacher, Knights of Columbus Lions Club, Wheaton Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Robinwood Neighborhood Association

Elected offices held: Trustee, DuPage County Regional School Board of Trustees, 2006- Present Milton Township Republican Commiteeman

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Providing responsive leadership on the DuPage County Forest Preserve for fiscal responsibility with taxpayer's money...Preserving the Green...the taxpayer's green.

Key Issue 2

Encourage and promoting strategic planning for the Forest Preserve to define the goals and direction for the changing priorities of preservation and restoration of our green space. Defining the vision of the Forest Preserve District for our future.

Key Issue 3

Helping and promoting a culture of openness and responsivness to the taxpayer's of DuPage County from the Board and staff.

Questions & Answers

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

I tend to support the concept of continuing to acquire green space in DuPage County when avaiable. The Country Lake Golf Club purchase in light of the Illinois Supreme Court ruling will present some interesting challenges that I look forward to being part of the discussion and decision making.

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 and should strive to make all our courses Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Certified to ensure those green spaces are environmental models. That certification addresses proper natural plantings, effective water recycling and usage, bird and wildlife protection all combined with a beautiful place to golf. Cantigny Golf provides our community with a perfect example of this type of environmentally effective use of green space; a good model for the Forest Preserve to follow.

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

The first word in the legislative mission of the Forest Preserve District is "acquire". Acquisition of green space must always be a priority. The history of the acquisition policy has been aggressive over the years, but for good reason. Fully 13%of the acreage of DuPage County owned and preserved by the district. I attribute that fact to a solid land acquisition policy that I will continue to promote as the 4th District Commissioner.

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Preserving the Green...that was my message in the primary and continues to be the message I promote in the general election campaign. The message is to preserve, maintain and restore our 26,000 acres of green space, but to also preserve the taxpayer's money...the taxpayer's green. That is my personal mission while fulfilling the legislative mission of the DuPage County Forest Preserve.

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