Jonathan Radke: Candidate Profile
Dundee Township Supervisor
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Facebook: Jonathan E. Radke 4 Dundee Township Supervisor
Family: Married for 54 years with two children, two grandchildren, four siblings
Occupation: Construction Manager
Education: AAS Business Administration-Morton College
Completed a pipefitter apprenticeship
Advanced Safety Professional-Utah Safety Council
Civic involvement: Carpentersville-Countryside Fire Protection District
Lake Marian River Conservancy District
Dundee Township Republican Organization
Kane County Republican Central Committee
Elected offices held: President, Carpentersville-Countryside Fire Protection District board of trustees
President, Lake Marian River Conservancy District
Chairman, Dundee Township Republican Organization
Name the three most important goals or objectives this board should tackle in the coming term. Prioritize them, and briefly discuss why you believe each to be critical, and how the board should go about addressing them.
What should be the primary responsibility of township government?
Availability to public
In the 21st Century, with municipalities gobbling up vacant land, why are townships needed? Should they be serving a new role? If so, what?
Townships serve the public by maintaining general administration funds.
Townships maintain cemeteries and open space.
Township brings services to those not served by other political entities
Are there any township offices that should be eliminated or consolidated?
Township are very limited in personnel and provide essential services, highway maintenance, property assessment
Can you identify some township expenses/programs that could be trimmed or eliminated to reduce the tax burden?
Believe that cooperation with other jurisdictions could provide a consolidation of services, i.e, the park board, cemetery board and the township "open space" program could share equipment/personnel
What other issues, if any, are important to you as a candidate for this office?
I am very concerned about the budget vs actual costs. Township needs to be accountable to the people for all expenditures and have the transparency to allow careful inspection of the budget
Please name one current leader who most inspires you.
Ambassador John Bolton, for his honesty and straight forward communication
What is the biggest lesson you learned at home growing up?
Work hard and be honest in all things
If life gave you one do-over, what would you spend it on?
What was your favorite subject in school and how did it help you in later life?
Physics applied to construction
If you could give your children only one piece of advice, what would it be?
Work hard and don't get in trouble