Patrick Hanley: Candidate Profile
West Dundee Village Board (4-year Terms)
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City: West Dundee
Website: Candidate did not respond.
Office sought: West Dundee Village Board (4-year Terms)
Family: Married 31 years with three children Resident of West Dundee 32 years.
Occupation: Teacher of Biology and Chemistry
Education: Bachelor Degree Northern Il University, Biology and Chemistry Teaching Certificate Rosary University, Secondary Education Masters Degree Concordia University, Curriculum of Education
Civic involvement: Candidate did not respond.
Elected offices held: Village of West Dundee Trustee 2000-2013
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
To establish a comprehensive plan along with my colleagues on the board of trustees. This would include the three main regions of town: down town, Randal Road Corridor and Spring Hill Mall area. The infrastructure has been laid to provide a strong foundation upon which future generations of residents can reap the benefits of a well established community.
Key Issue 2
One of the trustee's greatest challenges is to continue to balance the budget during these turbulent financial times. My goal and responsibility as a member of the West Dundee Board of Trustees will be to provide the residents with the highest levels of service and at the same time be financially responsible.
Key Issue 3
To reestablish the down town as a dining destination. This would be accomplished by reconstructing the intersection of route 72 and First and Second streets creating outdoor eating areas.
What makes you the best candidate for the job?
With the majority of the village board either not returning or running for reelection I can provide the knowledge and experience to continue the positive relationships between the village board, current administration, and the residents of West Dundee.
Given the delicate balance between the need for revenue and over-taxing local businesses, what is your opinion of your community's present level of local sales taxes? Is the tax just right, too low or too high? Explain.
West Dundee's level of sales taxes is appropriate for this region of Kane County for the services provided.
Talking with your friends and neighbors, what seems to be their biggest public safety concern? Explain the concern as you see it, and discuss how you think it should be addressed.
The level of traffic on routes 72 and 31 continue to be one of the biggest safety concerns in West Dundee. This situation creates an enormous amount of cut through traffic in our neighbors. The village is currently widening the intersection of 72 and 31. Also we are in the process of widening Huntley road to four lanes. This will help ease the traffic backups on our major roads and reduce the cut through traffic.
In these tight economic times, municipal budgets have to be prioritized. Where, if anywhere, could the current budget be trimmed, and conversely, are there areas the budget does not give enough money to?
All municipalities are employee based with the majority of their budget going toward their employee salaries and benefits. Keeping this in mind, West Dundee in the last twelve years has greatly increased its population, yet at the same time reduced its employee levels in every department. This was accomplished by not replacing retiring employees. The village to its credit has not reduced any services the residents have come to enjoy.
What's one good idea you have to better the community that no one is talking about yet?
The idea of the reconfiguration of the down town area for out door dining in conjunction with the current restaurant owners.
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