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Henry Hackney: Candidate Profile

Indian Trails Library Board (4-year Terms) (Democrat)

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Note: Answers provided have not been edited for grammar, misspellings or typos. In some instances, candidate claims that could not be immediately verified have been omitted.

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Bio

City: Wheeling

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Indian Trails Library Board (4-year Terms)

Age: 59

Family: Married for 26 years to Darwyn She is an Instuctoral Designor at Abbott Labs 2 Kids both graduates of Wheeling High School Henry 111 is a Dental Student at UIC Amber is a junior accounting major at U of I in Champaign IL

Occupation: Territory Sales Manager for Bausch + Lomb. 22 1/2 years with the company

Education: BA in Political Science from Morehouse College MBA from Roosevelt University

Civic involvement: Library Trustee for 14 years at Indian Trails Library Member of Knights of Columbus Lector at St Joseph the Worker Church in Wheeling IL Was a Merit Badge Counselor for Troop 140 for about 10 years but left due to time constraints.

Elected offices held: Library Trustee at Indian Trails Library for the last 14 years

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Either building a new library or remodeling our present library to better serve the needs of our patrons.

Key Issue 2

Making sure our strategic plan for the next 3 years reflects what our patron and community needs and wants so we can continue to be a first class library.

Key Issue 3

Candidate did not respond.

Questions & Answers

Why are you running for this office, whether for re-election or election the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you, and if so, what is it?

Serving the needs of the community and I am a library advocate esp. after being on this board for 14 years.

If you are an incumbent, describe your main contributions. Tell us of important initiatives you've led. If you are a non-incumbent, tell us what special contributions you could make.

Making sure the library is more responsive to our patrons. Keeping a motivated Director and staff.

Do you have a library card? How long have you had it? How often do you use it?

Over 40 years and use it once or twice a week. I love libraries and museums.

Space is usually an issue at libraries. If that's the case at your library, would your solution be to expand the physical plant or make room by doing away with parts of the collection that technology has made less critical? Explain.

Of course, that is keeping up with the needs of our patrons. If I could, I would like to build a bigger library. Due to money constraints, this is not too likely. We do not need to tax the community anymore.

What impact have economic and technological changes had on libraries? How does a library remain relevant? How should its role in the community change?

We have an excellent staff that keeps the Board abreast of all the latest technological and economic changes. Since the recession of 2008, the library has been a lot busier because people are looking for jobs, trying to find ways to start businesses, getting videos so they do not have to go to video store and pay fees (we keep the latest movies) or just getting a good book. If you are not using the library you are not doing yourself any favors. Libraries are like grocery stores. We have something for everyone, whatever your taste.

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