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 10/13/2016 1:11 PM

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Office sought:

Lake County Board District 16

Age: 51

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Occupation: Realtor

Education: BBA

Civic involvement: Habitat For Humanity

Cool Food Pantry

Christmas In April

Elected offices held: County Board

Questions & Answers

Why are you running for this office? If you are running for re-election, is there an important project you want to implement? If you are a challenger, is there a particular issue that motivates you? Please explain.

The primary reason for my running for County Board is to improve the quality of life for the residents of this district. To insure that this district gets a fair return on their tax dollars and to insure fairness in allocation of those tax dollars. One of the important aspects of these tax dollars is that they often attract private businesses who then funnel sales taxes to local municipalities. This is one area that the Round Lakes in particular have been short changed over the years, in the past, hospitals, infrastructure and critical road improvements have been steered elsewhere.

What are your ideas to ensure the Lake County Discovery Museum remains relevant with county residents during the year it is closed while it moves from Wauconda to Libertyville and its new space is prepared?

Fundraising will continue as will advertising however we recognize it will be a challenge. As such we will be discussing how exactly a grand opening will best serve the museum and how exactly to promote that to local schools, colleges, our partners in local business, the residents in general ect.

Do you believe all of the county board's and forest board's committee meetings should be televised live and webcast? Why or why not?

I firmly believe that the costs and the playing to the camera aspects outweigh any good that televising meetings would do. I don't think the tax payers should be asked to pay for ever more televising.


The dog and pony show aspects of playing to the camera at the County Board are already a significant problem I believe this will only make it worse. We have serious work to do and these kinds of distractions only serve to exacerbate the worst self-indulgent characteristics of Board members rather than the responsible and the accountable.

Some municipalities are turning to Lake County government for contracted services in areas such as building inspections. For example, Lake Zurich signed a two-year contract with the county in late 2015 and expects to save $100,000 by paying $67 an hour for the inspections. Do you see this as a good thing for the county because of the revenue or are there concerns that should be addressed if these arrangements continue to grow? Please explain.

Firstly anytime we can use shared services to save money that is a good thing generally, particularly in a state with so many levels of government. Secondly by centralizing certain aspects of services, such as inspections, we can bring a level of expertise that would be prohibitively expensive at the local level. Naturally in any case performance needs to be monitored and contract renewal will allow for any needed corrections or adjustments.

Please list any elected office you've ever run for and what the result of that election was. Have you ever been appointed to fill an unexpired term?

Only County Board, never appointed

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

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Please name one current leader who most inspires you.

Bernie Sanders, hands down, the most inspirational character we've seen in a long while

What is the biggest lesson you learned at home growing up?

Never quit

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

Med School

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

Science, I spent most of my working life in construction, which is essentially science in action

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

Don't waste your life, you only get one