Bob Prigge: 2021 candidate for Hanover Park Trustee
Five candidates for three 4-year terms
Hometown: Hanover Park
Occupation: Field Service Supervisor
Employer: Warehouse Direct
Civic involvement: Hanover Park Little League Board of Directors for eight years, two as president; Scout Leader since 2010; Committee Chair of Troop 398; Hanover Park Service to Youth award, 2016
Q. What is the primary reason you're running for office? What is the most important issue?
A. To continue working on building a sense of community. Embracing our diversity and ensuring a welcoming community for everyone.
Q. How do you view your role in confronting the pandemic: provide leadership even if unpopular, give a voice to constituents -- even ones with whom you disagree -- or defer to state and federal authorities?
A. We must continue CIDC recommendations and getting testing and vaccine information, working with County and Township partners.
Q. Did your town continue to adequately serve its constituents during the disruptions caused by the pandemic? If so, please cite an example of how it successfully adjusted to providing services. If not, please cite a specific example of what could have been done better.
A. Relaxed parking regulations. Suspended water shut offs. Distributed masks to community. Could have had more testing sites
Q. In light of our experiences with COVID-19, what safeguards/guidelines should you put in place to address any future public health crises?
A. Quicker reactions to get testing and information
Q. What cuts can local government make to reduce the burden of the pandemic on taxpayers?
A. Keeping real estate taxes low apply for grants for capital projects.
Q. What do you see as the most important infrastructure project you must address? Why and how should it be paid for? Conversely, during these uncertain economic times, what infrastructure project can be put on the back burner?
A. (Did not respond.)
Q. Do you agree or disagree with the stance your municipality has taken on permitting recreational marijuana sales in the community? What would you change about that stance, if you could?
A. I agree. Would reserve changes if and when we're how it we see any issues
Q. What's one good idea you have to better the community that no one is talking about yet?
A. Would like the Village board to work with the Park District board to find a way the village could assist with Improvement of the parks and playgrounds