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: Current Riverside Township Trustee since 2007

Previous community experience: Chairman North Riverside Plan Commission, little league volunteer, participated in many civic events in the form of sponsorships

Education: St. Joseph High School

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?

Potential new retail and eating developments on the horizon (Costco and more) will bring additional sales tax revenue to help with pension contributions and the rest of the operating budget. There are many facets to our budget. To my knowledge, there has not been one retired police officer or firefighter that has not received their pension payment.

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

At this time I cannot make a fair recommendation without knowing what the roles and duties are of every employee, and if any of the budgeted monies overlap.

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

Raising taxes is always difficult. What I would like to see is business development; more retailers and restaurants open in town to increase our sales tax revenue. We have a wide variety of restaurants and retail stores to choose from. The more our residents and nonresidents shop and eat in town the easier it is to continue the tradition of keeping our village portion of property taxes low.

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

Until I am able to study the budget and speak to department heads, asking them what warrants a line item in the budget, I don’t believe I should speculate on what needs to be cut or increased. I also believe that there is nothing off limits.

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

As with any form of government, business, or resident of the United States, the fiscal health of our Village is the most important issue of our time. I believe the Village must do its best to build reserves in all funds while continuing to provide the best services to our residents while operate our government in a fiscally efficient manner.

Should elected officials be eligible for the villages health insurance program? Why or why not?

I believe it should be offered to elected officials. Elected officials are representatives of the Village 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Many elected officials push the betterment of their constituents above everything else; putting in the time to work on village issues and following through with improvements. Some examples are bringing new developments to town, meeting with residents on a fence ordinance issue, or even going to seminars to stay up on legislative issues and trends in governing. More goes in to being an elected official than two board meetings a month.

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

Keeping a good home town community feel is important. We achieve this by having a strong recreation department, and continuing the Neighborhood Services Program! That program is focal point of communication between residents the village and each other.

Another issue is zoning and code enforcement. From what I see, we have good compliance from our residents and I don’t ever want to see that change. With all of our departments working together and communicating with each other while being proactive, we can combat any negative trends.