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Robert Flesvig: Candidate Profile

DuPage Forest Preserve District 4 (Democrat)

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  • Robert Flesvig, running for DuPage Forest Preserve District 4

    Robert Flesvig, running for DuPage Forest Preserve District 4




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City: Wheaton


Office sought: DuPage Forest Preserve District 4

Age: 71

Family: Married to Ann. 5 children and 4 grandchildren. Live is district 4 over 40 years.

Occupation: Chartered Financial Consultant Over 40 years with Mass Mutual Life Insurance Company

Education: Bachelor of Arts, Depauw University 1962 Economics and accouting major Chartered Financial Consultant, American University

Civic involvement: Worked and trained with Nature Conservancy Volunteer Stewardsip network. Led work and interpretive sessions for 10 years at Meacham Grove removing invasive plants. . This 360 acre site has now recieved the coveted title of Nature Preserve from the state of Illinois.

Elected offices held: Elected Glen Ellyn Park District Commissioner. Served full term without pay.

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: Candidate did not respond.

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Cut the $110,000 pay package that commissioners get for part time work and use those funds to purchase more open forests, prairies and wetlands. There are 6 commissioners for an approximate total of $700,000.00. We can't afford big government anymore

Key Issue 2

Promote volunteerism. I am a former steward at Meacham Grove donating over 360 hours of volunteer work to the forest preserve. I have done volunteer work at amost every site in the Dupage county forest preserve.I come from Glen Ellyn, a village of Volunteers. Even the fire dept is staffed by volunteers They and many others put in many more hours than the forest preserve commissioners without pay.

Key Issue 3

Find our why the Forest Preserve District is being investigated by 2 District attorneys and the FBI. Is someone not minding the store? I think the voters and taxpayers deserve an explanation and they deserve better.

Questions & Answers

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

The Name on the door says Forest Preserve. To me that inclues Prairies and wetlands. I am trained by the Nature Conservancy volunteer stewardship network. I would like to get back to the basics and unless there are very good reasons (like someone wanting to donate property) stick to Forests, praires and wetlands. The cost is less than buying businesses

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?

Golfing is declining by 15% a year. It is a great sport but most taxpayers do not play golf. Most tax payers walk, ride and bike in the woods and breath clean air from the forests. I think sticking to Forests, prairies and wetlands is the best policy. There may be unusual reasons but usually the answer is no, we should not be in the golf business. We have financial problems in the state that mean problems with our real estate tax bills. We cannot afford expensive projects like golf courses. It is not just the cost of the project but the ongoing cost of the staff in salaries, pensions and health care. We cannot afford big government anymore.

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

Open space, forests, prairies and wetlands is what a forest preserve district should be emphasizing. There seems to be an attitude in the district that all the land has been purchased. I disagree. I think there should be a new emphasis on the puchase of open prairies, forests and welands at the right price. When 80% of the budget goes to 20% of forest preserve then our emphasis is misdirected. We need to go back to the basics and purchase more Forests praires and wetlands. Lets get back to nature.

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