Elizabeth "Betty" Cloud: Candidate profile
Name: Elizabeth "Betty" Cloud
City: Prospect Heights
Office sought: Alderman Ward #3
Age (on election day): 67
Family: Married, 2 sons
Occupation: Travel Agent
Education: Bachelors Degree in Business
Civic involvement: 28 years of serving on boards or as a volunteer for Prospect Heights. Also an active member of Saint Alphonsus Liguori Parish
Previous elected offices held: none
Incumbent? If yes, when were you first elected? no
What are the most important issues facing your community and how do you intend to address them?
There's no transparency NOR confidence in our current leadership. The homeowners deserve the right to be heard and represented properly. As an Alderman, one of our main goals should be to represent and listen carefully to the homeowners in our wards and report back to council. We aren't able to solve all problem but we certainly can do the research and help the citizens obtain the answers. Also, for the people that want Lake Michigan Water, it's our responsibility to help them in that journey, to provide proper education to all and to allow the residents to make an educated decision either pro or con on the issue.
What makes you the best candidate for the job?
My goal is to serve Ward #3 -- not use this opportunity as a stepping stone. As a resident of Prospect Heights for 37 years, I've been involved with many citizens through my career and volunteerism at my church and local organizations. You need to LISTEN as well as talk. Everyone's opinion is important and we owe that to our community. My goal is to help our city with short and long terms goal that benefits everyone. We need to work as a team but with our current leadership, this is not being done.
Describe your leadership style and explain how you think that will be effective in producing actions and decisions with your city council.
One of the key areas in Ward 3 is the Homeowners of Hillcrest. Willow Road is going to be leveled and evened off by the Metropolitan Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. This will be at least a one year project where their lives will be disrupted. The Homeowners of Hillcrest have not received the respect and the input that will be effecting their homes and property with the current leadership. To be a team member of a new council, situation like this example needs to be changed and every homeowners deserves the right to be heard. I am a problem solver and am effective in getting work done. As the saying goes "Give a project to a busy person and it will be done".
How would you describe the condition of your community's budget, and what are the most important specific actions the town should take to assure providing the level of services people want?
The budget of the City of Prospect Heights is good but with that said, all factors need to be clearly shown to our residents about up and coming problems. eg. our sewer system. Very few residents know that the system is a very old one and that it needs to be brought up to a higher level. This is part of transparency and where our citizens feel comfortable and confidence is sharing their concerns, desires and hopes for short and long term plans. Our past Mayor Dolly Volley, worked with the State of Illinois and was able to help with financing and bonding for the improvement of our streets. That was under her term and we as citizens are now enjoying the benefits. This was a factor that our residents were asking for and needing for years.
What's one good idea you have to better the community that no one is talking about yet?
Currently, our alderman do not serve on any major committees. I believe that this would be the way for our citizens to stay abreast on different issues. Working directly with interest groups created by the mayor and/or city council, we would be working directly with our neighbors and keep an open line of communication going forward. The autocracy needs to end in our city. We need to become a community that serves everyone no matter what their ward or economic status equally. Respect must be shown to all of our citizens from the top down.