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Cindy Kessler: Candidate Profile

Vernon Hills Park Board (6-year Terms)

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  • Cindy Kessler, running for Vernon Hills Park Board (6-year Terms)

    Cindy Kessler, running for Vernon Hills Park Board (6-year Terms)




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City: Vernon Hills

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Vernon Hills Park Board (6-year Terms)

Age: 50

Family: Married, 2 children ages 20 and 17

Occupation: Director, Patient Support Services for BMTinfonet

Education: Bachelor of Science in Marketing, The University of Illinois at Chicago, 1987

Civic involvement: Wheeling Wheelmen Bike Club

Elected offices held: Vernon Hills Park District Commissioner

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

As a commissioner, I feel a responsibility to provide our community with recreational and educational programs, both structured and unstructured; to provide a safe place for our children to develop; and provide these opportunities through beautiful parks and quality facilities. I also recognize the need for fiscal responsibility with our community's tax dollars.

Key Issue 2

Candidate did not respond.

Key Issue 3

Candidate did not respond.

Questions & Answers

What programs aren't paying for themselves? Would you keep, eliminate or change them? How and why?

As a park district we offer many different programs and services, some are designed to be funded by taxes and others by user fees. It is important to be aware of the these differences when evaluating the future of a program.

Is there any additional open space the park district needs to acquire? Please describe.

The park district is developing space for a maintenance building from land donated to us by the Village. This building will allow us to store our materials and vehicles inside creating more efficiencies and extending the life of our equipment.

Are there any unmet recreational needs? If yes, what are they and how would you propose paying for them? Or, should they wait until the economy improves?

Candidate did not respond.

Would you support sharing/pooling resources (i.e. printing, vehicles) with other local governments (school districts, village, etc.)? If so, what areas would you consider combining or merging to save money or improve efficiency?

Yes, our local governments have been working together to save money and resources. By maintaining good dialog with the other governmental agencies we are better able to understand each others needs and offer support/sharing resources where possible. I strongly support continuing these efforts.

If you are a newcomer, what prompted you to run for the park board? If you're an incumbent, list your accomplishments or key initiatives in which you played a leadership role.

Candidate did not respond.