Robert 'Bob' Nowak: 2022 candidate for McHenry County Board District 3
Previous offices held: Current McHenry County Board member
Q. Why are you running for this office, whether for reelection or election for the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you?
A. Keeping McHenry County strong, balance the budget and keeping a handle on taxes.
Q. If you are an incumbent, describe your main contributions. Tell us of any important initiatives you've led. If you are a challenger, what would you bring to the board and what would your priority be?
A. Voted against a CPI increase in the County tax levy for the last 10 years.
Q. Describe your position regarding the balance between county spending and revenues as it exists today, then describe the chief threats you see looming and how the county should deal with them.
A. County spending has been managed professionally with the budget; looming is the lost revenue from the ICE contract.
Q. How do you rate the county government on transparency and the public's access to records? If it's adequate, explain why. If you think improvements are needed, delineate them.
TA. he last 5/6 years transparency has greatly improved, with COVID-19 meetings, meeting minutes and recording have been very easy and transparent.
Q, What, if anything, should be done to improve automation and customer service in county offices? What steps should be taken to make that happen?
A. The last 5/10 years automation with e-citations have improved the clerk's office, courts, state attorney offices and sheriff department.