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City: Des Plaines
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Office sought: Des Plaines City Council Ward 1 (4-year Term)
Family: two married daughters, three grandchildren, one granddog and one grandcat
Education: Oakton Community College Harper College
Civic involvement: History Center Board Des Plaines Rotarian
Elected offices held: Des Plaines Park District Commissioner 1989-1999 First Ward Alderman-Des Plaines 2009
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
To continue the development of downtown Des Plaines.
Key Issue 2
To maintain the long range plans prepared and presented by staff during the budget process of paying down the city's debt.
Key Issue 3
To continue working on the flooding issues that are directly related to the Des Plaines river and the old infrastructure throughout the city.
There's been talk about using casino revenue to update the city's infrastructure. Where is that money most urgently needed?
The improvement of the infrastructure will benefit all residents throughout the city and paying down our debt to improve our bond rating and in turn reduce property taxes.
What can be done to fill vacancies and draw new businesses to the downtown area? Be as specific as possible.
The city currently offers 3 incentive programs to assist the businesses that relocate to Downtown Des Plaines and for the businesses currently located in the downtown area. I feel the key to attracting businesses is through curb appeal. Many municipalities have accomplished this throughout Cook and DuPage counties, no business wants to relocate to a downtown area that is old and tired looking. The municipalities that have done this are now thriving.
What is the biggest issue facing Des Plaines at present, and what are your thoughts on it?
Improving the image of our Police Department especially since the department is composed of hard working, good people.
Given the delicate balance between the need for revenue and over-taxing local businesses, what is your opinion of Des Plaines' present level of local sales taxes? Is the tax just right, too low or too high? Explain.
The city is only a very small portion of the taxes that the local businesses have to endure due to their location in Cook County and the State of IL.
What are the city's biggest public safety concerns? Explain the concern as you see it, and discuss how you think it should be addressed.
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