Austin V. Stanton Jr.: Candidate Profile

Des Plaines Alderman, Ward 8

Updated 2/24/2011 2:41 PM
  • Austin V. Stanton Jr., running for Des Plaines Alderman, Ward 8

    Austin V. Stanton Jr., running for Des Plaines Alderman, Ward 8



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City: Des Plaines


Office sought: Des Plaines Alderman, Ward 8

Age: 54

Family: Married for 22 years. 1 daughter

Occupation: Construction Executive

Education: Bach. of Architecture

Civic involvement: Board of Directors, Chicagoland Construction Safety Council

Member No Flood Zone Group

Member Earthwatch Institute

Accredited Professional, US Green Building Council

Elected offices held: None to date

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Infrastructure Improvement to Alleviate Flooding in the 8th Ward

Key Issue 2

Allocation of The Casino Revenue

Key Issue 3

Managing the City's budget

Questions & Answers

How should Des Plaines use its casino revenues? Name your top three priorities.

Improve the city's aging infrastructure.

Cover the pension plan shortfalls.

Invest in green/sustainable services and programs.

How should the city approach developing the land surrounding the casino?

Attract recreational and hospitality businesses.

Should the city address the question of ethics surrounding the casino, as regards public officials?


What should the city do to improve the performance of its failing tax increment financing districts? Do you see the need for any other TIF districts in the city?

Improve the infrastructure and market the O'Hare expansion and Casino to attract new businesses that will benefit from these enterprises.

What is the most pressing issue for residents in your ward and how would you like to address it?

Ongoing basement and street flooding is the most important issue in the 8th Ward. I would make it a priority to get the necessary testing performed and then work to correct the specific problems.