Cook County board District 9 McPartlin: Candidate Profile

Cook County board District 9 (Democratic)

  • Cook County board District 9 McPartlin, running for Cook County board District 9

    Cook County board District 9 McPartlin, running for Cook County board District 9

Updated 10/9/2014 11:26 AM

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City: Elmwood Park


Office sought:

Cook County board District 9

Age: 56

Family: Married to Nancy Hanns and have two children Miranda and Lilly Rose. Nancy has volunteered with the Girl Scouts of America and Parent Teacher groups at our children's schools. Nancy also is a 20 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary. My mother Jerre, a respected Labor Leader for over 30 years, (Hotel and Restaurant Union H.E.R.E. Local 1 and The Chicago Federation of Labor) helped better the lives of the men, women and families of organized labor. Brian my youngest brother worked closely with President Clinton during his eight years at the White House, to build a better country.

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Occupation: Special Assistant Bureau of Administration Cook County Government

Education: Weber High School 1976

Civic involvement: Candidate did not respond.

Elected offices held: none

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

Questions & Answers

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

To help better the lives of working class citizens through jobs and economic development.

If you are an incumbent, describe your main contributions. Tell us of any important initiatives you've led. If you are a challenger, what would you bring to the board and what would your priority be?

Transparency, Accountability and Accessibility.

Describe your position regarding efforts the county has taken to control spending. How have these measures affected the suburbs, and, in particular, do you support proposals President Preckwinkle has made to eliminate unincorporated areas so they would not be under county control?

The County has made great strides to control spending but there is a lot more we can do. In the future with consolidating departments and streamlining services I believe we can take more control of our spending. I do support the President's efforts to eliminate the unincorporated areas. It would be a big cost saving to the County.

How do you rate the county government on transparency and the public's access to records? If you consider it adequate, please explain why. If you think improvements are needed, please describe them and why they are important.

Improvements are needed. I believe if all Elected County Officials are able to unite on this issue the county would increase it public's access drastically.


What, if anything, should be done to improve automation and customer service in Cook County offices? What steps should be taken to make that happen?

Technology, automation and customer service go hand in hand. If the county can update it's technology and use one system throughout the county for all agencies it would improve customer service.

What other issues, if any, are important to you as a candidate for this office?

I'll list a few: Unions, Pensions, Jobs, Economic Development, Metal Health, Public Health, Taxes, Crime, Public safety, and the Environment just to name a few.

Please name one current leader who most inspires you.

President Preckwinkle inspired me when she ran for County Board President as an underdog and won. Then took control of the County Board, DAY ONE.

What's the biggest lesson you learned at home growing up?

That the working men and women are the backbone of this great Country.

If life gave you one do-over, what would you spend it on?

I would go to college, I had to learn everything through personal experiences or the hard way.

What was your favorite subject in school and how did it help you in later life?

Math was my favorite subject in school and came in very handy with most of my career choices.

If you could give your children only one piece of advice, what would it be?

Treat people the way you want to be treated