Connie Mascillino: Candidate Profile
Island Lake Village Clerk (4-year Term)
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City: Island Lake
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Office sought: Island Lake Village Clerk (4-year Term)
Family: Husband Mike Grown children: 3 girls Granchildren 5
Occupation: Retired in January after 26 years as Licensed Day Care Provider
Education: Licensed Practical Nurse degree 1966
Civic involvement: President of Island Lake Historical Society Chairman of Annual Island Lake July 4th Parade & Picnic Chairman of Annual Island Lake Venetian Night Volunteer Village Emergency Management Agency Coordinator
Elected offices held: Village Trustee 2008 - 2012 Village Clerk 2012 - present
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
To continue to bring professionalism to the Clerk's office by using my skills, knowledge of the business of the village and up to date methods to best organize and categorize all the records of which I am the keeper.
Key Issue 2
To establish the Clerk's office as the place village employees and residents alike can contact and get information in a timely mannber.
Key Issue 3
The negativity in the village overshadows the positive things that could be done to make our community a better place. I intend to lead by example in promoting volunteerism and nuturing a postive attitude in the community.
Some communities have contracted out for certain services, such as snowplowing, to save money. What innovative methods would you propose to reduce your office's budget? Explain your answer.
My ultimate goal is to digitalize village records eliminating as much as possible, paper documents.
The state's revised Freedom of Information Act guidelines renewed focus on open government. Name one specific step you would take if elected to increase government transparency in your office.
I would work with the Mayor & Board to make certain that information about items on the meeting agendas get to the public well before meetings & not just AT meetings so the public is better informed and not prone to listen to runmors.
Do you believe the village clerk should be an elected or appointed position? Please explain your answer.
I believe the Clerk should be a elected position so that the voters have a voice in the selection.
What steps would you take as village clerk to improve and increase the flow of information to residents?
As Clerk (& editor of the village newsletter), I would include in the newsletter as much useful & vital information as possible, better utilize the village website & facebook page to pass along information and most of all, work to establish the Clerk's office as the place residents would respect & contact knowing they would get accurate information.
If you are a newcomer, what prompted you to run for village clerk? If you're an incumbent, list your accomplishments or key initiatives in which you played a leadership role.
I have led residentail recycling efforts throughout the village for several years.I led the electrical aggregation effort in the village. As a Trustee,volunteered to clean up,organize & work with the State Archives Dept. dealing with decades of village document backlong.I organize the village Memorial Day event. Arbor Day event,and holiday food/gift drive.