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Jon Monken: Candidate Profile

St. Charles City Council Ward 1 (4-year Term) (Independent)

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City: St. Charles

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: St. Charles City Council Ward 1 (4-year Term)

Age: 61

Family: Married,two children, 4 grandchildren

Occupation: Director for Norris Recreation Center

Education: Bachelor of Science in Recreation Administration, University of Illinois

Civic involvement: St. Charles Noon Rotary, St. Charles Chamber of Commerce, St. Charles Downtown Partnership

Elected offices held: St. Charles City Council, Alderman 1st Ward

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

I have no campaign issues. I just want to see the city maintain the positive fiscal position it has while offering the quality public services it provides our community.

Key Issue 2

Candidate did not respond.

Key Issue 3

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Questions & Answers

Under what circumstances, if any, should financial incentives, including TIF districts, be used to lure residential and commercial development to the city?

I believe the Lexington Homes development was an example to use the TIF to clean up a contaminated area that sat for several years. Areas that are zoned for development that sit undeveloped are no asset to our community. As long as our school district and park district don't have an issue with a TIF request I feel when necessary to work with a developer for other incentives it is appropriate as long as we don't overdevelop our community.

What is the future of Charlestowne Mall as you see it? Would you support the use of eminent domain by the city to gain control of the property?

Being for sale again, I feel the right owners will come in and work with the city to bring back the Mall and make improvements and additions to attract tenants providing services to the east side of our community that will make it successful while adding to our tax revenues.

Are you comfortable with the mix of taverns and the conduct of their patrons in downtown St. Charles?

I share the concerns our community has regarding our taverns and I feel the new bar owner association recently developed is addressing this issue as violations have decreased since it's inception. I believe our community needs to maintain focus on this while supporting our restaurants and promoting our community for business, convention and special events.

What aspects must a redevelopment of the old St. Charles Mall property include? Would you support any level of residential development on that property?

I believe at this point all options should be considered but I would like to see commercial development to provide shopping and services as tax generating entities while providing our community with more options.

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.

Talking with my friends and neighbors I have heard of no public safety concerns. As stated earlier the tavern/bar association is addressing the concerns from the community regarding liquor violations. My experience in my first term has seen nothing but top quality service from all of our public service departments which along with our 1st class school and park districts has made this the best community in our nation to raise a family.