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updated: 3/4/2014 1:34 PM

GOP hopefuls for District 10 talk cooperation

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  • Chuck Bartels, left, Cornelius Shanahan, center, and Terri Voss are candidates in the race for Lake County Board District 10 in the 2014 GOP primary.

      Chuck Bartels, left, Cornelius Shanahan, center, and Terri Voss are candidates in the race for Lake County Board District 10 in the 2014 GOP primary.

 
 

The three Republican candidates for the Lake County Board's 10th District seat have different ideas about how best to work with local municipal governments.

Chuck Bartels, Connie Shanahan and Terri Voss are seeking the GOP nomination. All are from Mundelein.

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No Democrat is running in the March 18 primary.

Incumbent Republican Diana O'Kelly isn't seeking re-election in the Mundelein-area district.

The Daily Herald asked the candidates about intergovernmental collaboration and other issues in recent questionnaires. Here are their responses.

Some answers have been edited for clarity, grammar and length.

Q. Do you have any ideas on how you could work with municipalities within your district? What kind of issues do you think it would be worth collaborating on?

Bartels: Collaboration is the key to more effective, innovative government services, more reasonable total costs, better outcomes and less taxes to taxpayers. My entire professional and volunteer experience is based upon successful collaboration and leveraging of resources.

Shared services ... reduce overhead and allow one or more of the collaborating partners to reduce costs while the other may offset costs. We have many examples in place that can be improved (or) marketed: County of Lake intergovernmental purchasing agreements that allow other units of government to "ride the coat tails" of a contract that the County has negotiated for goods or services.

The village of Hawthorn Woods has an intergovernmental agreement and buys its building inspection services from Mundelein. This is a model.

Shanahan: Working together with all state and local governments can save money when putting together contracts for work or equipment. The county should contact all towns and villages and pool resources when buying items. From repairing roads, buying equipment or social services, tax money can be saved by pooling resources.

Voss: Many of the main transportation arteries that go through our communities are county roads. I want to work with municipalities to increase capacity on these streets. It is especially important to achieve this before Route 53 brings more demand to our streets.

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