Richard J. Drazner: Candidate Profile

Buffalo Grove parks

Updated 2/23/2011 4:05 PM
  • Richard J. Drazner, running for Buffalo Grove parks

    Richard J. Drazner, running for Buffalo Grove parks



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City: Buffalo Grove

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Office sought: Buffalo Grove parks

Age: 50

Family: Wife, Melissa Children: Abigail (22) Jeremy (18)

Occupation: Attorney and Public Adjuster. President of R. J. Drazner & Associates

Education: J.D., The John Marshall Law School

B.S., Depaul University, Accounting

Civic involvement: Executive Vice President, Congregation Beth Judea

Past President, Buffalo Grove Area Chamber of Commerce

Past President, Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove

Elected offices held: Commissioner, Buffalo Grove Park District, Served 3 terms or

12 Years.

Vice President, Board of Commissioners, Buffalo Grove Park District

Past President and Treasurer, Board of Commissioners, Buffalo Grove Park District

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Continuing our excellence in programming, park development,

expansion and land acquisition.

Key Issue 2

Strive to become even more green and enviromentally friendly.

Key Issue 3

Raise funds to excell needed or desired capital projects.

Questions & Answers

What programs aren't paying for themselves? Would you keep, eliminate or change them? How and why?

The park district always subsidizes the annual cost to run the Acqadome Pool at Buffalo Grove High School. This pool is crucial to provide the public indoor annual swimming and enhances our camps and swim lessions. Perhaps the high school district may want to acquire this property in the future from the park district.

Is there any additional open space the park district needs to acquire? Please describe.

We have an approved park district comprehensive master plan which reflects the district's open space needs and plans to acquire the same when available.

Are there any unmet recreational needs? If yes, what are they and how would you propose paying for them? Or, should they wait until the economy improves?

Yes, a state of the art community center and multi-sports complex. Realistically, this could only be afforded with the passing of a referendum. However, this is not the time to further increase taxes, and we should wait until the economy improves. However, the longer we wait, the greater the costs of building such a center will further escalate.

Would you support sharing/pooling resources (i.e. printing, vehicles) with other local governments (school districts, village, etc.)? If so, what areas would you consider combining or merging to save money or improve efficiency?

The park district already shares and pools resources with local school districts to share gymnasiums, fields and facilities. We also partnered with the village on bike path projects and some other sites. In the future, it would be nice to partner with other local governments to build a performing arts center in Buffalo Grove.

If you are a newcomer, what prompted you to run for the park board? If you're an incumbent, list your accomplishments or key initiatives in which you played a leadership role.

Kevin Kendrigan Field (Buddy Baseball) at Twin Creeks Park;

Buffalo Grove Fitness Center; Golf Learning Center (Dome);

Spray and Play; Happy Tails Dog Park; Raupp Museum; Renovation of Emerich Park; Renovation of Willow Spring Park and Pool; Renovation of Mike Rylko Park; numerous other parks and playgrounds.