Bonnie Quirke: Candidate Profile

Cook Memorial Library Board (4-year Terms) (Independent)

  • Bonnie Quirke, running for Cook Memorial Library Board  (4-year Terms)

    Bonnie Quirke, running for Cook Memorial Library Board (4-year Terms)

Updated 2/22/2013 6:09 PM




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City: Libertyville

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Cook Memorial Library Board (4-year Terms)

Age: Candidate did not respond.

Family: Married to Jim Quirke 48 years with 6 children 10 grandchildren.

Occupation: Retired Registered Nurse.

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Education: St Joseph School of Nursing & Loyola University.

Civic involvement: Presently, Library Board President (Cook Memorial Public Library) Active in Church organizations, Active in Right to Life organizations, Active Precinct Committeeman, Past School Board Member St Joseph's School in Libertyville.

Elected offices held: Precinct Committeeman, Library Board Trustee (Cook Memorial Public Library)

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Taxpayer Advocacy for the Library District.

Key Issue 2

To hold the levy at its' present rate - and lower it if possible.

Key Issue 3

Explore ways to keep the excellent morale & service of Cook Memorial Library employees.

Questions & Answers

Why are you running for this office, whether for re-election or election the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you, and if so, what is it?

I'm running for office because I feel I am well qualified for Library Trustee, having served 8 years during the building of Aspen Library and the renovation of Cook Library. I understand the budget, I know the levy process and I feel my leadership has improved conditions in the District.


If you are an incumbent, describe your main contributions. Tell us of important initiatives you've led. If you are a non-incumbent, tell us what special contributions you could make.

My main contribution was the budget process that allowed Aspen Library in Vernon Hills to be built, and Cook Memorial Library to be renovated. This was a long highly debated and contested endeavor. I feel I have served the Library District well.

Do you have a library card? How long have you had it? How often do you use it?

Yes, I have a Library card. I have had a card since my High School days. I use my card 3 to 4 times a week.

Space is usually an issue at libraries. If that's the case at your library, would your solution be to expand the physical plant or make room by doing away with parts of the collection that technology has made less critical? Explain.

Space may become a problem in the future, but at the present time the Trustees are monitoring services and technology that can better utilize the current space.

What impact have economic and technological changes had on libraries? How does a library remain relevant? How should its role in the community change?

The Library provides much needed services and constantly monitors improving those services within our budget. The Library, for instance, provides data bases free of charge, use of the computers and is constantly exploring and keeping up with the trends in technology, such as E-books, free downloads, etc.