Below are candidate-submitted answers to a biographical survey Riverside-Brookfield Landmark sent out to all candidates running in this year’s elections.

Previous political experience: Brookfield Village Trustee 1989-1997 and trustee from 1999-2001. Village president from 2001-2005.

Previous community experience:

  • (Former) president of the Illinois Small Business Association from 1993-1999
  • (Former) member, Cook County Ecomonic Development Commission from 1994-2002
  • (Former) president and trustee of the Brookfield V.F.W. post #2868 – men’s auxiliary. Still a current member of the V.F.W. men’s auxiliary post #2868 frin 2004-present

What can the village realistically do to promote and encourage economic development, and where should those efforts be focused?

Attract new businesses to Brookfield with incentives to help increase our sales tax revenue. In all business areas! Make real efforts to market Brookfield and develop a working partnership with Brookfield Zoo to actively market our business districts.

What are your thoughts on recent park improvements and how should additional improvements be approached and funded in coming years?

My administration purchased the land from District 103 school board. Under my administration, we applied for and received the first Illinois Oland Grant to start all the major improvements. Keep seeking out grants!

How should Brookfield fund and schedule necessary repairs to streets and other infrastructures?

Seek any state and federal funds. Bring more business into town and that will provide funds then additional sales tax revenue. Survey streets every two years and replace or repair worst streets first.

What changes, if any, would you recommend in the makeup of the village’s administrative organization? Why?

Cross train people to cut down on salaries. Just have a village manager and no assistant villager manager! Do an audit and get rid of all unnecessary positions and combine some positions. Also cut waste!

What is the most important issue facing the village in the next four years? What should be done about it?

  1. We must bring some major businesses to Brookfield
  2. Develop realistic and practical programs to replace our aging streets, sewers and alleys
  3. Hold the line on taxes and use taxpayer dollars more wisely… do a complete audit of every department from the village manager’s office on down, cut waste, eliminate unnecessary positions.

Are there any spending cuts or increaes you would recommend? Are any areas off limits?

Eliminate the assistant village manager position and all other unnecessary management positions. Hire a new village manager that has economic development experience. Try holding the line on any new increases and use taxpayer dollars more wisely. The mistakes of the past are behind us, but we must learn from them and not repeat them. Fingerpointing will get us nowhere. Police and fire departments are off limits!

Should Brookfield seek a property tax referendum to increase operational revenues? Why or why not?

People are tired of all the tax increases going on. The water, sewer and garage just went up dramatically. Look to cut positions and eliminate waste first. Streamline operations. Bring new businesses into Brookfield!

What other issues do you feel will be important for the next village board to address? How should they be addressed?

The current village board has made many serious financial mistakes, primarily due to not exploring the ramifications of their actions. This must stop. Too much faith has been given to the village management’s decisions… the village board must ask more questions and direct the management. A conscientious and transparent firm approach has to be there to keep the village within budget. There has been no major franchises coming into Brookfield in the last 10 years since the CVS Pharmacy!

Again, we need to bring in new business and retain the exisiting businesses!

Deliver all village services to our residents in the best and most effective way. Work to keep building permit fees affordable to encourage homeowners to improve their property and stay in Brookfield. Finally, treat all residents with dignity and respect when addressing their needs and concerns, on a timely basis. This is all about the people, let’s put politics aside, and really move our village forward. Let’s all work together and make some new and positive changes in Brookfield.