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Office sought: Rutland Township Clerk (4-year Term)
Family: Single Son: David, Pastor - Daughter-in-law: Kresson, stay-at-home mom and graphic artist. 3 Grandchildren
Occupation: Semi-retired. Working part-time for James Goebbert, a local farmer, as his office manager/administrative assistant. Using my extensive business experience to help him grow his business.
Education: Foreman High School, Elmhurst College, Roosevelt University.
Civic involvement: Past Board Member of Bloomingdale Baptist Church, and Palatine Community Church. Set-up phone banks in various local and national political campaigns. Currently involved on a committee awarding a $1,000 scholarship to area students.
Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
Township Board transparency
Key Issue 2
Meet the needs of Rutland Township Residents
Key Issue 3
Give back to the community, in any way possible, using my varied business background.
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.
Total accountability to the residents of Rutland Township for every dollar spent. I would do anything within my job duties, and assist board members to: Freeze Property Tax Levies, Limit Compensation for Elected Officials to a Part-time Status, and Freeze Compensation of Board Members
In the 21st Century, with municipalities gobbling up vacant land, why are townships needed? Should they be serving a new role? If so, what?
Until the State make changes to Township government, all we can currently do is to provide mandated services in a cost-effective manner.
What should be the primary responsibility of township government?
Appraising property values, maintaining roads and bridges, and administering the General Assistance Program to qualified residents.
In these hard economic times, can you identify some township expenses/programs that could be trimmed or eliminated to reduce the tax burden?
In keeping with the most important goals, as previously stated, the Board needs freeze/limit compensation and freeze tax levies. Only those programs mandated by law should have funds allocated to them.
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 lived in Rutland Township for over 6 years. I possess a 40-year business background that makes me more than able to perform the duties of Rutland Township Clerk. I also bring a strong work ethic, and can find ways to make the Township run more economically. This can be seen in all my past and current employment.