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Bill Donnan: Candidate Profile

Ela Township Clerk (4-year Term)

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  • Bill Donnan, running for Ela Township Clerk (4-year Term)

    Bill Donnan, running for Ela Township Clerk (4-year Term)




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City: Lake Zurich

Website: http://elafirst@

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

Age: 77

Family: Wife Barbara, Children 5, Grandchildren 11

Occupation: Retired Lake Zurich H.S. Math Teacher and Varsity Baseball Coach and Cross County Coach. Teacher at College of Lake County and at McHenry County College. Deputy Sheriff for Lake County Sheriff Manager for Secretary of State (DMV)

Education: BSEd in Math, MSEd in Math, Supervisor Certificate.

Civic involvement: Knights of Columbus(past grand knight,faithful navegator, and former district deputy) St Vincent de Paul of St Francis de Sales. (past president) Retired Teachrs of Lake County (past president) Township Officials of Lake County (past president) Township Officials of Illinois (board of directors) Township Clerks of Illinois (treasurer)

Elected offices held: Tustee of Ela Township (1981 to 1995) Ela Township Clerk (1995 to 2001 and 2005 to present)

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Continue with conservative township government.

Key Issue 2

Continue to be open and available to the citizens of Ela Township under the laws of the State of Illinois.

Key Issue 3

Continue to expand both the senior programs and the social worker progams to the benefit of the people of Ela Township.

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.

The Ela Township tax on property is in the $150 to $200 per husehold, our goal is to keep it as low as possible and to increase the services. The Ela Township Townhall was built and paid for without any increase in our tax levy. The money was from savings from 1981 to 2009. The Ela Township Community Center was also included in the expansion of our facilities and also at no increase in our tax levy. Continue with this financial management and if possible to cut some of the 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?

Provide safe roads, to assess the property and to provide a government closest to the people.

What should be the primary responsibility of township government?

To provide services to the people of Ela Township.

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

When you run a program of fiscal responsibility, is would be hard to eliminate any of the programs without doing harm to the recevers of these programs.

What specific background or experience do you bring that makes you the best qualified candidate to serve as an elected official in the township?

Educational background, experience and ability to work with the people of Ela Township