Steve Caslin: 2021 candidate for Oakbrook Terrace Ward 2

Updated 3/16/2021 2:12 PM

Three candidates are running for the 4-year seat in Oakbrook Terrace's 2nd Ward. Frank Vlatch did not fill out a candidate questionnaire.



City: Oakbrook Terrace

Age: 71

Occupation: Service management

Employer: Retired

Civic involvement: Former alderman, current chairman of city zoning board


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. Follow all state health dept. and CDC guidelines.

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. Zoom meetings, adjusted city staff hours

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. Work closely with county health department.

Q. What cuts can local government make to reduce the burden of the pandemic on taxpayers?

A. Suspend some city service charges.

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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. Most of our infrastructure is in great shape.

Q. Do you plan to address businesses that don't adhere to the governor's order to close or restrict business?

A. Most of our businesses are very cooperative.

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the stance your board/council has taken on permitting recreational marijuana sales in the community? What would you change about that stance, if you could?

A. We already have an outlet which I did agree with.

Q. What's one good idea you have to better the community that no one is talking about yet?

A. Bringing back many events that bring the community together.

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