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City: Lake Villa
Office sought: Lake Villa Township Supervisor (4-year Term)
Family: Married two children
Occupation: Attorney, Township Supervisor
Education: Bachelor in Accounting SIU Masters in Accounting SIU Law Degree SIU
Civic involvement: Chairman of the Lake County Township Officials, vice chairman of the Lake County Emergency Telecommunication System Board (ETSB), director for the Lindenhurst/Lake Villa Chamber of Commerce, founding board member and past treasurer for the Lakes Eagles Booster Club, past chairman of the Lake County Bar Association's Real Estate Committee and Wills, Trust and Probate Committee, Lake Villa Lions Club.
Elected offices held: Lake Villa Township Supervisor 2001 to present Lake Villa District 41 1997 to 2001
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: no
Key Issue 1
Continue providing a good value for taxpayers and improve the quality of life in our community
Key Issue 2
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Key Issue 3
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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.
Help improve the economic situation in our community, Jobs, Foreclosures and cut unnecessary spending
In the 21st Century, with municipalities gobbling up vacant land, why are townships needed? Should they be serving a new role? If so, what?
Your question incorrectly assumes that Townships only represent the unincorporated part of the Townships. Townships provide services to all our residents and are complimentary too not duplicative of municipalities. I am very proud of the broad range of services the Township provides to all of our residents.
What should be the primary responsibility of township government?
The role of Township government is to provide or compliment services need in our community. The role in different in every community. In Lake Villa Township we provide sports facilities for over 3,000 participants in organized youth sports participating in Football, baseball, soccer and iceless hockey. We run a senior transportation service, we host senior events, provide community facilities including parks, beaches, community rooms. We host an annual Job far for over 30 employers and 1,000 participants. This in addition to maintaining and rebuilding over 57 miles of roads and valuing over 13,000 parcels of land.
In these hard economic times, can you identify some township expenses/programs that could be trimmed or eliminated to reduce the tax burden?
In theses hard economic times our community relies on Townships more than ever. Our demand for our food pantry has tripled our demand for emergence assistance and general assistance has skyrocketed. The demand for affordable transportation and youth programs has also increased. If anything people need Township more in theses hard economic times.
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 education in law and accounting provides a sound base complimented with my lifelong commitment to our community gives me a unique insight on what the need of our community are and how to meet those needs.