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Linda Lance: Candidate Profile

Algonquin Township Clerk (4-year Term) (Republican)

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  • Linda Lance, running for Algonquin Township Clerk (4-year Term)

      Linda Lance, running for Algonquin Township Clerk (4-year Term)

 

 

 

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Note: Answers provided have not been edited for grammar, misspellings or typos. In some instances, candidate claims that could not be immediately verified have been omitted.

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Bio

City: Algonquin

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Algonquin Township Clerk (4-year Term)

Age: Candidate did not respond.

Family: Married

Occupation: Underwriting Administrative Assistant

Education: B.S., Administrative Sciences. University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Graduated cum laude.(1998); A.S., Court Reporting. MacCormac Junior College, Chicago, Illinois; Accident/Health and Life Insurance License- June 2001 to July 2013.

Civic involvement: 2001 to Present, President of Fox River View Estates Property Owners Association.

Elected offices held: 2000-2002 Alg. Twp. Precinct 30 Committemen; 2000-2001 Appointed Alg. Twp. Trustee; 2002-2005 Appointed Alg. Twp. Trustee; 2005-2013 Elected Alg. Twp. Trustee.

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Service in providing programs and services that residents value and judge to be needed that ensures the best use of township dollars. Encourage residents to address the board at township meetings and have a suggestion box and/or electronic suggestion box to get feedback.

Key Issue 2

Promote the benefits of how townships are the closest local government by focusing on programs and services developed through residential feedback and submit articles to local newspapers outlining these projects and their impact.

Key Issue 3

Participate in "Local Government Week" (first week in March) by volunteering to visit civic classrooms or as part of a teacher's curriculum to discuss the roles of elected officials. The Township Officials of Illinois annually distribute scholarships to students attending a school in Illinois.

Questions & Answers

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.

Review and monitor budgets to find tax dollar savings without jeopardizing services; review vendors by evaluation and comparison; review programs/services as to use and costs.

In the 21st Century, with municipalities gobbling up vacant land, why are townships needed? Should they be serving a new role? If so, what?

Municipalities have budgetary challenges. There are numerous nondedicated areas, surrounded by municipaities that do not want to take on the financial burden of incorporating these areas, that are currently being serviced by the township. Without the township, these areas would have to seek relief from a more distant county government.

What should be the primary responsibility of township government?

Making sure all statutory requirements are met, providing service and programs needed by residents, and participating in intergovernmental agreements.

In these hard economic times, can you identify some township expenses/programs that could be trimmed or eliminated to reduce the tax burden?

Evaluate donations

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 educational and professional background as a registered professional court reporter taking down legal proceedings and meetings, my current career as an administrative assistant and my role as an officer in my homeowners' association have made me an effective listener that responds with organized action.

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