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City: Villa Park
Website: Candidate did not respond.
Office sought: York Township Clerk (4-year Term)
Family: 3 adult children
Occupation: Attorney/Small Business Owner
Education: Law Degree, University of Illinois College of Law, 1984; Bachelor of Science Degree in Accountancy,University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1981; passed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam;Graduate of Elmhurst Public Schools, York High School 1977
Civic involvement: Township Clerks Association of DuPage, since 2005, Secretary since 2009; St. Alexander Catholic Church: Lector since 1993; Elmhurst Noon Lions Club, Member since 1997, Past President, Lion of the Year 2000-2001; DuPage County Bar Association, Member, Judiciary Committee; Illinois State Bar Association, Member; St. Thomas More Society of DuPage County, Certified (Chair) Arbitrator for the 18th Judicial Circuit, DuPage County, Illinois; Member of both the Villa Park and Elmhurst Chambers of Commerce; Past activities include: Village of Villa Park Planning and Zoning Commissioner, 1999-2010; Villa Park/Lombard Elementary School District 45 Foundation for Excellence in Education: Director 1996-1998;Villa Park Elementary School District 45 Citizens? Advisory Committee on Budget/Referendum 1998-99;Villa Park Vision 2000 Committee Chairperson: (led to new streets and sewers); Villa Park Economic Development Strategic Plan Steering Committee 1999-2000; DuPage County Board Solid Waste (Recycling) Committee, Municipal Member, District 2; Education Advisory Committee: State Representative Dan Cronin 1991-1992; Villa Park Youth Baseball:1992-1997 (manager, coach, sponsor); Illinois State Bar Association: Community Involvement Committee 1991-1995, Public Relations Committee 1995-96; York Township Precinct Committeemen's Organization: Voter Registration Committee Chair 1998?2002; Regional Board of School Trustee 2003
Elected offices held: York Township Clerk, 2005 to present Elected York Township Republican Precinct Committeeman, Precinct 25, since 1994 York Township Republican Precinct Committeemen's Organization: Vice Chair Villa Park/Lombard Elementary District 45 Board of Education Member 1988-1995, Vice President 1991-1994;
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No.
Key Issue 1
I will continue to keep accurate minutes of all meetings and to make sure the office of township clerk continues to be in compliance with all legal requirements.
Key Issue 2
As custodian of records, I will continue to safeguard the Township's past by preserving its historical documents and will continue to share tid-bits from the Township's history with the public.
Key Issue 3
I would like to improve and expand information available on the Township's website to increase transparency and to promote the excellent services being provided by the Township.
Name the three most important goals or objectives this board should tackle in the coming term. Prioritize them, and briefly discuss why you believe each to be critical, and how the board should go about addressing them.
The Township Board should continue to see that assistance to those in need are provided, the demand for which has increased over the last few years. The board should continue to prioritize expenses and operate on a tight budget, keeping the tax burden low, as it has been doing. The board should consider expanding information on our website to increase transparency and to promote the excellent services being provided by the Township.
In the 21st Century, with municipalities gobbling up vacant land, why are townships needed? Should they be serving a new role? If so, what?
Service goes beyond geographic boundaries. Township government has adapted its role over the last 150 plus years and is in place to continue to do so in the future.
What should be the primary responsibility of township government?
Assistance to those in need; service to seniors, assessment of property.
In these hard economic times, can you identify some township expenses/programs that could be trimmed or eliminated to reduce the tax burden?
The township has continually reviewed its budget to keep its tax burden low.
What specific background or experience do you bring that makes you the best qualified candidate to serve as an elected official in the township?
My background and experience as the Town Clerk. Since I have been serving as our Township Clerk since 2005, I have the experience to continue to serve in this position since I have in fact been performing the duties of the office, including keeping minutes of meetings, responding to FOIA requests and officiating the Annual Town Meeting. I will continue to meet, interact and learn from the other township clerks to continue improve my service.