Terry Wilke: Candidate Profile

Lake County board District 16 (Democrat)

  • Terry Wilke, running for Lake County board District 16

    Terry Wilke, running for Lake County board District 16

Updated 9/21/2012 4:38 PM




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City: Round Lake Beach

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Lake County board District 16

Age: 47

Family: Single, no children

Occupation: Electrician for over 20 years

Education: Presently working on my Doctorate in Economics, University of Illinois.

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Civic involvement: Current Lake County Board Member, Precinct Committeeman for Precinct 22, Trinity Lutheran volunteer, Christmas in July, Habitat for Humanity.

Elected offices held: Lake County Board Member, 2008-Current.

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

The economy and the high unemployment/foreclosures

Key Issue 2

Over-reliance on property taxes, particularly in funding schools but also in the generally regressive nature of our tax code.

Key Issue 3

Voter access to public officials and genuine public service.

Questions & Answers

Now that golf at Fort Sheridan is a dead issue, what types of amenities should be added to the site?

A crushed gravel walking path, lake-side beach access. Things that can be maintained at low cost to constituents and low impact to the environment.


What, if any, new ethics-related rules are needed for the county board and county staff?

We need to stop the partisan politics that have plagued this board and county staff for to long.

Government transparency has been an important issue in recent years. Name one thing the county government or forest preserve district should do to improve transparency.

I believe that our constituents have the right to know how the county board and forest preserve are spending their money, therefore, I believe that a break-down of spending should be accessible to constituents, particularly patronage/nepotism jobs and all contracts.

Should the forest district use eminent domain to acquire the land needed for the final link in the Des Plaines River Trail? Why or why not? If your answer is no, how should officials go about acquiring that land sooner than later?

I do think that the county board should do all it can in order to acquire the final link in the Des Plaines River Trail. This is important for two reasons: 1) because the water table along the river makes it an ecologically sensitive area and 2) to help alleviate flooding throughout the floodplain.

What will be the biggest issue facing the county over the next decade, and how do you propose dealing with it?

Jobs, Traffic/road construction. Inequality in school funding/regressive property taxes.