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Philip Carrigan: Candidate Profile

College Of Lake County School Board (6-year Terms) (Democrat)

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  • Philip Carrigan, running for College Of Lake County School Board (6-year Terms)

    Philip Carrigan, running for College Of Lake County School Board (6-year Terms)




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City: Waukegan

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: College Of Lake County School Board (6-year Terms)

Age: 68

Family: Married to Mary Clare Jakes. One adult child, Erin Carrigan, married to Jaremy Bell. Two twin grand-daughters,Audrey and Elizabeth, age 12 mo.

Occupation: Retired scientist (2004). Employed by Abbott Labs in pharmaceutical R&D.

Education: B.S. Pharmacy ,Mass College of Pharmacy 1967 M.S. Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Northeastern Univ 1969 Ph.D. University of Connecticut 1974 completed doctoral research at Univ of Buffalo

Civic involvement: Lake Cty Board of Health 1985--1990 Lake Cty PADS, site mgr and Board member 1990--1996 Wkgn Twp transitional housing pgm-Washington Ctr for Men & Staben House--respectively,Chair Advisory Bd & Bd member NAACP, Lk Cty Branch, life member, Exec Cmt member John Howard Assoc-Board member (prison reform) Rosalind FrU-IRB member rep prisoner interests Univ Ctr Lk Cty-member Governing Bd CLC Foundation-member

Elected offices held: CLC Trustee 2005--2011 Precinct Cmt Person, Dem pct 350

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Maintain the quality & affordability of CLC as a key educational reasource in Lake County.

Key Issue 2

Facilitate state funding of expansion of the Waukegan Lakeshore Campus.

Key Issue 3

The advantage of attending CLC is underappreciated in our community. The quality of faculty and the affordability of the educational product can be given wider emphasis.

Questions & Answers

CLC has been touting so called green initiatives. Is this something you support? Why or why not?

I support green initiatives particularly with participation of the CLC community.

With enrollment up at many community colleges, it can be challenging to keep pace as far as available classroom/lab space, the number of qualified teachers and available course work options. How would you manage that?

I find this challenge to be well managed at CLC. Current resources are serving present demand. Expansion of the Southlake Campus (in Vernon Hills) was completed a few years ago. Physical expansion plans are approved above the CLC Board level for the Grayslake and Lakeshore sites.

Community colleges provide many services to a diverse population. Is there a service your college should be providing that it is not, or reaching a segment of the population that it is not?

I feel services to individuals displaced from the workplace must be supported and reviewed. Individuals with limited ability in English communication need encouragement to attend a basic class and grow in proficiency.

Student credit-hours fees have been going up over the past few years. What's your position on the fee structure? Do you think other cuts should be pursued to hold the line on fees? Please elaborate.

As a CLC Trustee (2005 thru 2011), increases in tuition and fees were subject to careful analysis, scrutiny and debate with the administration and fellow trustees.

Is a tax rate increase needed and, if so, how do you justify it?

I do not believe a rate increase is warranted. However, I may not have adequate data on this point.