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Office sought: Libertyville Township Board (4-year Terms)
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Occupation: Insurance Agent
Education: High School Grad
Civic involvement: Youth sports coach
Elected offices held: Libertyville Township Trustee - two terms
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
To conserve open space and continue trail system
Key Issue 2
Continue to use township office to serve the residents
Key Issue 3
Continue to run the township with a no waste low tax mind set
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.
#1 to continue the open space and trail system objective. We have opened new trails and repaired old ones. We are pursuing the building of the trail on River Road at DayBreak farm and need to continue to work with the Waukegan PD to see its completion. This is critical to completing the trail system that is vital to the residents of Libertyville Township.
#2 Continue to serve those Residents of the Township in need of our services whether it be access to property information or general assistance to those in need, we need to be there for them, many times we are the last resort for the poor with food from the food pantry or emergency aid. The township has done an excellent job and we need to continue to do so.
#3 We must continue to be good stewards with the Township tax dollars. We voted not to take any pay raise for the next term, we look at every bill and expense to see if it is necessary. This is important because we as public officials need to remember it is not OUR money, it is the taxpayers money and we must use it wisely and with caution.
In the 21st Century, with municipalities gobbling up vacant land, why are townships needed? Should they be serving a new role? If so, what?
Townships are needed because smaller government sometimes works better. How many government agencies are in the black/within budget, we are. We are closer to some issues and can be more helpful than the County, Springfield or Washington. When municipalities buy or take over vacant land it is important that they know what to do with it. Libertyville Township has vast experience in preserving, and working with agencies to reclaim and restore vital wetlands. I believe our role has been defined and we need to continue on this path. Preserve and protect open space that we have.
What should be the primary responsibility of township government?
If you go by the true responsibility of Township Government it is to: Asses property, Take care of the poor and maintain the Township roads. But it can be more then that and in Libertyville it is. From the food pantry for the poor to the open space and trail system for the residents very accessible state of the art assessors office and if you live in any of the unincorporated areas, you know the snow removal and road maintenance by Bill Morgan and his crew of the highway dept has been excellent.
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 is actually the area of government that has take on the burden of these economic times. More people out of work means a busier food pantry and more emergency assistance needed. We work very hard to keep taxes and programs at a minimum. I suppose we could cut in some ares but those that need us most would suffer the most.
What specific background or experience do you bring that makes you the best qualified candidate to serve as an elected official in the township?
I have my experience as a current trustee. I have lived in the township for17years. I believe I know what is and is not necessary in the township. I am also a tax payer and want to see my taxes reduced or at least stop increasing. I hate waste and love to see the Township provide the services and support it gives the residents. I love what I do and want to continue.