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: North Riverside Public Library Trustee since 2010

Previous community experience: Past Chairman of the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission – Human Rights Authority of Greater Chicago, North Riverside Recreations Department Supporter, Chairman of Intersect for Abilities

Education: Bachelors degree in Business Administration

North Riverside has failed to consistently fund its police and fire pension obligations in recent years. How can that trend be reversed? Are there funds being used elsewhere that can be used for pensions?

Under funding pension obligations are plaguing this country not just in the Village of North Riverside. I think we as a village need to do our due diligence to put a long term plan together, investigating if and where funds can be redirected and put into the police and fire pension.

What changes, if any, would you recommend in the makeup of the village’s administration/departments. Why or why not?

I think we need to look at each of the departments and see what changes need to be or can be made without disrupting the quality services provided to the residents. I am not in favor of making changes that have a negative impact on our residents.

Should North Riverside continue its freeze on local property taxes? Why or why not?

I believe that raising property taxes in these downward economical times is not the right thing to do and it makes people who are already fearful about losing their jobs or other things now have to worry about not being able to pay an increase in property taxes. There is great value in being able to retain your residents. If we can help make living affordable, provide services to help our seniors afford healthy living, then we were successful.

Are there spending cuts or increases you would recommend. Are any areas off limits for spending cuts?

I would answer this by saying there is no area that is “off limits” when it comes to cuts or increases. I would like to closely review the financial statements of the Village before coming to any decisions on cuts or increases. I would also welcome the feedback of the residents on what they would like to see, or any ideas they might have to improve the Village.

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

I think the most important issues facing the Village over the next four years will be property taxes and continuing to grow our economy through maintaining businesses in town. We need to continue to work with the owners of the NR Park Mall to maintain the highest level of occupancy as well as continue with potential growth. I worry over the recent news about an investment company buying the Jewel-Osco chain. I think that the Village has to have a strategic business plan in place, ready for the possibility of any unforeseen circumstance that could happen in the long term.

Should elected officials be eligible for the village’s health insurance program? Why or why not?

Many towns and villages offer health insurance as a benefit to part-time elected officials. I know in certain communities they even go as far as offer health insurance benefits to smaller boards such as the zoning boards, mental health boards, etc. Elected officials do a lot of work for their communities but there has to be minimal cost implications.

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

I think the next board needs to make certain that our residents always come first. We must re-connect with our current staff(s) of employees and make certain they understand that we do care for them and truly expect them to go above and beyond their typical obligations in helping us separate North Riverside from the other Villages.