Arnold Krinski: Candidate Profile
Mundelein Village Clerk
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Occupation: Special Projects coordinator, Chicago Title
Education: B.A. DePaul University, with high honor, 1977
Civic involvement: Vice-President, Mundelein Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association.
Chair person, Grand Dominion Modification Commission.
Member/writer Grand Dominion Quarterly Newsletter.
Blood donor, Lifesource
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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?
Since moving to Mundelein, I have become involved with volunteering in my development of Grand Dominion. After taking the Mundelein Citizens Police Academy, I joined the Alumni Association, and have discovered the need for forms of social involvement to help the residents of Mundelein.
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.
The position of Village Clerk is not one of being able to vote on the issues. That being said, I would welcome opportunities to participate in discussions of this nature as being part of a team. I believe in fiscal responsibility.
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.
After the board meetings, matching up the agenda item to when it's mentioned in the video would be a great way to help increase transparency. As it stands, one has to watch the entire video without any sort of time markers to topics of interest.
What steps would you take as village clerk to improve and increase the flow of information to residents?
Besides the current responsibilities of clerk, I plan to report information in local distribution channels around town such as newsletters. I also am a regular at the monthly "Coffee With the Mayor", and plan to publish the most interesting of the discussions.
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.
My interest in civic involvement, and its recognition thereof, caused me to be invited to join the "A Mundelein United" team.
What other issues, if any, are important to you as a candidate for this office?
I am interested in prioritization of Village expenses. We need to balance non essential spending with the funding of programs which must be funded. Commercial development and residential development need to be sought for our village, while weighing increases in costs for education, and public safety.
Please name one current leader who most inspires you.
Bill Gates. Besides being hugely successful in business, his Foundation has donated millions of dollars towards eliminating poverty and increasing opportunity for people worldwide.
What is the biggest lesson you learned at home growing up?
Life is series of progressions, always realize that you will have to make adjustments.
If life gave you one do-over, what would you spend it on?
I would have pursued a career of government service at the federal level, in the area of international relations.
What was your favorite subject in school and how did it help you in later life?
At the university level, I have found that the greatest program was Sociology. It broadened my views and understanding of society as a whole.
If you could give your children only one piece of advice, what would it be?
If you do not prepare yourself for an endeavor, then you are preparing to fail.