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Herb Schumann: Candidate Profile

Metro. Water Reclamation District (Republican)

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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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City: Palos Heights

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought:

Metro. Water Reclamation District

Age: 62

Family: Wife: Colleen; son: Lucas; daughter: Mackenzi

Occupation: Property Tax Analyst, Cook County Board of Review

Education: MBA, Finance, DePaul University, BA Public Administration, Governors' State University

Civic involvement: Former Commissioner, Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission, 1990-2002, served as President of NIPC, 1998-2002. Former Commissioner, I & M Canal National Heritage Corridor, 1990-2002. Currently a member of Palos Lions,

Elected offices held: Cook County Commissioner 1990-2002. Palos Township Republican Committeeman, 1986 to 2001.

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

Questions & Answers

Why are you running for this office? Is there a particular issue that motivates you, and if so, what is that?

I became familiar with the flooding issues along the Upper Des Plaines River when I was a Cook County Commissioner. I am not satisfied with the ongoing efforts of the MWRD to address these issues. I also want to have a discussion about the long-term future of the combined sewer system. It is not clear as to what direction the MWRD is going because parts of the county have separated their sewer systems and typical road reconstruction also separates the sewer systems. Is there a plan? Is there a time line? We hear the excuse after a heavy rain that the combined sewer systems get overwhelmed, but the TARP system will not have all the answers.

What differentiates you most from your opponents in the race?

I have run countywide before, 1992 for Clerk of the Circuit Court, so I understand the difficulty of the process, and I have experience as an elected official and public administrator.

What special knowledge or experience do you have that particularly qualifies you for this office?

My finance background along with seven years of serving as the Chief Financial Officer of the Cook County Highway Department has made me familiar with an an agency similar to the MWRD which is oriented toward engineering staff and expertise. The budget for the MWRD needs to be scoured for waste and inefficiencies. In the process of circulating my petitions I have had many people with associations to the MWRD offer suggestions of where to look.

What should the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District do to prevent disasters like the widespread flooding that affected the North and Northwest suburbs recently?

The MWRD has a dedicated funding source to use for storm water management. Projects in all suburban areas need to be prioritized and identified so local governments can react. The MWRD needs to be more collaborative in working with local governments on flooding issues. There have been decades of study on these flooding issues, but progress won't be made unless all the public agencies work together.

Finally, is there anything we haven't asked about that you feel we should know?

Currently the MWRD Board consists of nine Democrats, eight of whom live in the city of Chicago. The Cook County suburbs are not fairly represented on the MWRD and I question whether the Chicago flooding issues get priority over the suburbs. I will work to find that out and, hopefully prevent that from happening in the future,

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