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Nov. 2, 2010 Election results

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The early results showed it was a tight race, but supporters of Sugar Grove resident and current Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez, who had his Tuesday night election party at Piper’s Banquets in Aurora, unofficially won his re-election bid over challenger Donald E. Kramer. Photo by Ben Draper

Election Results

Below are the local unofficial results from the Nov. 2, 2010 general election. Winners names are in bold/italics.

Office

Total

District Representative
14th Congressional District
Democrat
Bill Foster 95,878
Republican
Randall M. “Randy” Hultgren 110,026
Green
Daniel J. Kairis 7,766
State Senator
25th District
Democrat
Leslie N. Juby 30,284
Republican
Chris Lauzen 68,536
State Representative
50th District
Democrat
Linda Healy 16,856
Republican
Kay Hatcher 36,608
Kane County Clerk
Democratic
Mavis A. Bates 38,192
Republican
John A. “Jack” Cunningham 76,388
Green
Jose Luis Del Bosque 5,270
Kane County Treasurer
Democrat
Joseph Lowery 41,777
Republican candidates
David J. Rickert 77,332
Kane County Sheriff
Democratic candidates
Pat Perez 61,428
Republican candidates
Donald E. Kramer 59,586
16th Judicial Circuit
Kane County Vacancy
Democratic candidates
John G. Dalton 44,867
Republican candidates
David R. Akemann 72,449

Trio seek seat to represent 14th Congressional District

in Nov. 2, 2010 by

Democrat incumbent Bill Foster seeks his second term representing the 14th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, while Republican challenger Randy Hultgren and Green Party candidate Dan Kairis seek to replace him in Washington.

Bill Foster
Democrat, Incumbent
Age: 55
Family: Married; two children
Hometown: Batavia
Education, employment, and political background: Currently serves as U.S. Representative for the 14th District. Spent more than 20 years as scientist at Fermilab; started manufacturing business. Graduated University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1975, earned graduate degree from Harvard University in 1983
Community involvement:
Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); elected fellow of the American Physical Society. Served on the board of the Batavia Foundation for Education Excellence, an organization dedicated to enhancing the public schools in Batavia; was a youth soccer coach in the Tri-Cities for several years.

Bill Foster said he is seeking a second term because he has shown the type of independent voice needed in Washington. He cited a National Journal article ranking him as the second-most centrist member of Congress, and said endorsements from growth suck as the Illinois Farm Bureau and VFW-PaC demonstrate his centrist approach to policy positions.

“I value facts over ideology or partisan politics, which is why I voted against the flawed cap and trade bill and why I voted against my own party’s budget every time because it failed to include a long-term plan to reduce the deficit and pay down the debt,” Foster said.

Foster said the nation’s priority should be creating jobs and improving the economy.

“Putting America back to work requires leaders with independent solutions, not more career politicians who only repeat partisan talking points,” Foster said. “As a small businessman and scientist, I know what it takes to create jobs, and I am committed to helping our economy fully recover.”

His background as a small businessman has helped him understand what is needed to help the economy recover, he said.

“I know that small businesses are the engine that drives economic recovery,” Foster said. “This is why I have supported tax breaks for small businesses and tax credits for local entrepreneurs who are creating new jobs, while voting to crack down on tax loopholes for corporations shipping American jobs overseas.”

To help manufacturing jobs remain in the United States, Foster said he supports making the research and development tax credit permanent, and linking it to a commitment to manufacture in the U.S.

Foster supported several tax breaks and tax credits for small businesses, and specified ones targeted at creating new jobs. He explained that due to these types of pro-business policies he has supported, after-tax business profits are larger than pre-crisis levels.

“Businesses are using these record profits first to de-leverage from the unhealthy debt levels of the last decade, then to invest in new equipment to raise productivity, and will then finally begin hiring—a healthy, inevitable, but painfully slow process,” he said.

From a long-term perspective, Foster said the nation needs to focus on its debt by reducing unnecessary and wasteful spending. In 2009, Foster against $3.7 billion in specific wasteful government spending and earmarks, and co-sponsored a bill that would cut the pay of legislators by 5 percent. He also voted to cap all non-essential spending.

“We simply cannot continue to saddle our children and grandchildren with tens of thousands of debt to pay for services being provided to the present generation. My record proves my commitment to bringing fiscal responsibility back to Washington,” Foster said. “Unfortunately, it took us years to get into this mess and getting out of it will also take time, but we need to let the American citizens know that we have a path to return us to economic prosperity.”

Randy Hultgren
Republican, Challenger
Age: 44
Family: Married, four children
Hometown: Winfield
Education, employment, and political background: Graduate, Bethel University, 1988; JD, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1993; Financial Certificates: Series 7, 6, 63; is an investment adviser; served in the Illinois State Senate from 2007 to present; served in the Illinois State House of Representatives from 1999-2007; served on the DuPage County Board from 1994-1998
Community involvement: Has served on the Board of Directors for the DuPage Homeownership Center; Metropolitan Family Services Board; Koinonia Ministry Board; Serenity House Board; President of the Wheaton Academy Alumni Board

Randy Hultgren said he is seeking the office because he wants to bring “commonsense policies to Washington.”

He said he would focus on helping people get back to work, cutting government spending by restoring fiscal sanity, and passing a new healthcare reform that will control the cost of care.

If the federal government follows the policies he supports, Hultgren said the nation would experience a reversal of its current direction.

“It is no secret that the only segment of growth in our economy is government,” Hultgren said. “And still the economy doesn’t improve; one in 10 is unemployed; and we are on the verge of an enormous tax increase impacting all Americans on Jan. 1. Our nation is going in the wrong direction, and I will fight to stop this dangerous slide.”

Hultgren said that the nation’s recovery will be based on more than a single bill or policy proposal.

“I think the single most important thing we can do to spur economic recovery is change the fundamental philosophy in Congress from one that penalizes job creators and believes the government knows best, to one that empowers free-enterprise to innovate and employ,” he said.

Hultgren pointed out that the federal budget is nearly a quarter of the entire federal economy, saying that the government does not have a revenue problem, it has an expenditure one.

“Addressing the wasteful and inappropriate spending—not raising taxes in a recession—needs to be our priority,” he said.

He supports lowing payroll taxes or forgiving payroll taxes on new employees, passing long-term extensions of the Research and Development tax credit, exemptions for the Alternative Minimum Tax and repeal of the death tax, and the extension of higher expensing limits for capital expenditures and outlays.

“As a long-term solution, I strongly support comprehensive tax reform that universally lowers rates, has simpler rules, and produces faster filing,” he said. “Title 26 of the US Code and federal tax regulations in 26 C.F.R. amount to thousands upon thousands of tax regulations that are producing a very real drag on our economic productivity and competitiveness. Families, individuals, and businesses shouldn’t have to spend 10s or 100s of hours complying with an overly complicated tax code.”

Part of his plan for ensuring long-term and sustainable economic growth is to deal with the federal debt. Calling it an “unsustainable burden on future generations,” he said he would have opposed recent measures such as the financial reform bill passed this summer.

“I would have strenuously opposed the financial reform bill because it institutionalizes bailouts and does nothing to address the problem posed by government-sponsored enterprises like Fannie Mae, which were the root cause of the financial crisis,” he said. “Taxes should be lowered; high taxes are hindering investment and hurting our international competitiveness.”

Don Kairis
Green Party, Challenger
Age: 60
Family: Married, two children
Hometown: South Elgin
Education, employment, and political background: Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois University in 1972; semi-retired/substitute teacher; member of United We Stand America Bylaws Committee; Treasurer of Independents Party of Illinois
Community involvement: U-46 Strategic Planning Committee; South Elgin Intergovernmental Affairs Committee Chair: first/second-grade basketball coach in South Elgin; Vice President Citizens Against the Balefill; “Odyssey of the Mind” Judge; MS Walk; Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run Volunteer; “Little Angels Run”; South Elgin “Bikes and Badges Run for Special Olympics; Motorcycle Charity Ride for the Ecker Center; AOPA Pilot Mentor Program; Vagabond Flying Association Membership Chair

Dan Kairis said that a vote for him and fellow Green Party candidates would send a message to politicians from both parties that the public deserves better. He said that special interests and campaign finances have led to many of the problems the nation is currently facing.

“The phrases ‘best government money can buy’ and ‘pay for play politics’ continues to be perpetuated by the entrenched political parties and the special interests that fund their campaigns,” Kairis said. “I am the only established candidate who is taking no special interest campaign contributions. Thus I can represent the citizens without the undue influence of the special interests.”

To help bolster the national economy, Kairis pointed to his 2020 Green Energy Plan, which he said would create millions of jobs. In addition, he said millions of American jobs are lost due to trade imbalances with other nations, specifically China.

“We need to end the unfair trade practices that allow other countries to dump their government subsidized products at the expense of our workers. We need to stop our dependency on foreign oil. We need to stop the subsidization of multi-national corporations. All of these policies have cost millions of American jobs,” Kairis said.

Kairis pointed to an updated study by G. William Domhoff that said in 2007, the top 20 wealthiest Americans owned nearly 85 percent of the nation’s wealth. In addition, he cited a report by the New York Times’ David Cay Johnston that said the income of the top 400 richest Americans tripled during the Clinton administration and doubled again during the Bush administration.

“Their undue influence with the two major parties have caused the ‘trickle down’ economic theory to (become) a ‘torrent to the top,’ with the richest benefitting from the taxes the rest of us pay,” Kairis said. “It is time for them to pay their fair share and end the offshore accounts and loopholes.”

Kairis said that an additional, significant economic problem is the size of our federal debt. Calling it a “tremendous problem for our children,” Kairis said that reducing our dependence on foreign oil and focusing on our trade deficit with China would begin to address the problem.

“Keeping that wealth here would provide to essential steps to reducing the debt,” he said. “Providing those jobs would provide extra taxes and would reduce the cost of government services for the unemployed.”

Those two areas of focus would also have a foreign relations benefit as well, he said.

“We need to end our dependence on foreign oil. Our economy can be held hostage at any time by a country that disagrees with any of our policies,” Kairis said. “The 2020 Green Energy Plan I have been helping to develop would be a practical step in addressing many of our economic and environmental problems.”

Lauzen, Juby vie for state Senate seat

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Both incumbent Republican Chris Lauzen and his Democrat challenger, Leslie Juby, believe the state government needs to be reformed. Lauzen said his ideas are based on his 18-year career in Springfield. Juby said her ideas are based on her years as a teacher, community volunteer and Geneva School Board member.

Chris Lauzen
Republican, Incumbent
Age: 57
Family: Married, four children
Hometown: Aurora
Education: BS with honors Management Science and English, Duke University, 1974; Certified Public Accountant (CPA), University of Illinois, 1976; Master of Business Education (MBA), Harvard University, 1978; Candidate for Doctorate in Education Finance, NIU.
Experience: Owner, Comprehensive Accounting Services, 1984-1998; President, Comprehensive Accounting Corp., 1979-1984; Assistant to the President, Gould Corporation, 1978-1979
Political: Served on State Senate since 1992
Community involvement: Geneva Lions Club, Sons of the American Legion, Compassion Foundation Board of Directors, Heart of Illinois POW/MIA Association, IL Republican National Hispanic Assembly, Harvard Business School Old Boy Rugby Team, Fox Valley Maoris Rugby Team

Chris Lauzen said he wants the chance to return to Springfield because he wants to continue keeping the promises he made prior to taking office for the first time in 1992.

“When I first ran and was elected to the state Senate, I didn’t promise anyone a road, government job, engineering contract, lobbying position, or to tow any partisan line,” Lauzen said. “Instead, I promised to work hard, stay honest, and use common sense … and I have kept those promises.”

Lauzen defined common sense by saying it means traditional American values, ”respect for innocent human life, fidelity to the U.S. Constitution including the Second Amendment, support for the traditional definition of family, and fiscal conservatism.”

With the state facing significant budget issues, Lauzen said the solution is not as complicated as some make it sound—the Illinois government must simply live within its means without passing a tax hike. To accomplish that would require a massive spending reduction. Lauzen said the state should apply the 2010 public employee pension reforms to current employees for future earnings. The state should cap annual benefits at $120,000 per year, raise the age of retirement to 62 years from the current 55 years, stop multiple pensions from “double dipping,” and reduce Medicaid eligibility to national average levels. He said the state should also go through each state agency and program and “seriously prune” them. Only after these cuts should the state consider tax reform and modernization, he said.

He said the state must focus on bringing jobs back to Illinois.

“To bring jobs back to Illinois, in the short-run, we need to cut the costs of doing business in Illinois in order to increase the incentive to grow across-the-board, i.e. workers compensation and unemployment insurance reforms, stable and low tax rates, elimination of unnecessary regulations, etc.,” he said. “In the long-run, (being) competitive is a matter of ‘capital formation,’ both human capital (education) and financial (net on money invested).”

With a growing distrust in government, Lauzen said it is important that each elected official focus on their own conduct.

“I am proud of my record of personally returning every telephone call, e-mail, or piece of correspondence from constituents for more than 17 years,” he said. “But most importantly, restoring trust in public institutions begins with the personal conduct of our elected officials. Appropriate and ethical behavior has been my family’s and my first priority for 18 years. It is up to all of us, as voters to discipline politicians who enrich themselves, their families and friends at our taxpayer expense.”

Leslie Juby
Democrat, Challenger
Age: 49
Family: Married, two children
Hometown: Geneva
Education, employment, and political background: Governor’s State University, BA Language and Literature, 1983; substitute teacher Batavia Public Schools; member of the Geneva Board of Education 2007-present
Community involvement: School and church volunteer; Geneva Beautification Committee; Historic Homeowners Association; Geneva History Center

Leslie Juby said her run for the State Senate seat representing the 25th District is based on her belief that the state needs new leadership and ideas.

“I want more than political rhetoric designed to confuse, deflect and mislead,” she said. “I want to put people back to work, clean up state government, restore fiscal sanity, and ensure that education becomes a top priority.”

Juby pointed to her experience gained through her professional background, as well as her time spent on the Geneva School Board, as an example of how she would work with people with various ideas for the future.

“I have a history of working with people to fix problems at work, on the school board, and as part of many volunteer groups,” Juby said. “I will take my enthusiasm, fresh perspective, and new ideas to the state Senate and better represent our communities.”

Juby said that the first thing Illinois should do is to reduce its waste.

“The absolute first thing state government must do to confront the budget crisis is make real cuts—particularly to obvious examples of waste, mismanagement and bloated bureaucracy,” she said. “Since 2000, Illinois has reduced its workforce by 21 percent. It needs to reduce office space by the same amount, consolidating offices and ending unnecessary lease agreements and renegotiating others.”

She said one idea that should not occur at this time is a tax increase.

“Given the state of the economy and Illinois’ unemployment rates, a tax increase is simply unsupportable right now,” she said. “Although in the long term, we may need to consider modernizing Illinois’ revenue code; first we need to demonstrate to voters that we have cut every last bit of waste from Illinois government.”

Juby believes the state should place education, public safety, and the social services people rely on for their survival as the top priorities.

“While I recognize that we may need to make some cuts to human services, we will have to be particularly careful not to cut programs that Illinois residents rely on for their very survival, like medical assistance and the Department of Children and Family Services,” she said. “What we need to do is ask state agencies which programs are most vital to their mission—making it clear that there will be cuts—and go from there. I am certain there are many smaller programs that serve an important purpose, but that we can do without in this crisis.”

She said she will be able to help the state focus on its finances while preserving its necessary priorities because she is not a career politician with a career politician’s mindset.

“I was raised with the belief that it is our duty to give back to our communities,” Juby said. “This ideology is reflected in my tireless commitment to make my schools and community better … It is counter productive to continue to fixate on how Illinois got into this crisis instead of working together to get out. I will take my skills to Springfield to facilitate problem solving and implement solutions to get Illinois back on track.”

Rickert seeks to continue public service

in Nov. 2, 2010 by

David Rickert, the Republican incumbent in the race for Kane County Treasurer, hopes to continue his service to the county after the Nov. 2 election.

David Rickert

Republican, Incumbent
Age: 44
Family: Married, three children
Hometown: Elgin
Education, employment, and political background: Certified Public Accountant, current Kane County Treasurer, former senior auditor for a Fortune 500 company, served in both the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve; Masters degree in Accounting from Roosevelt University; Bachelors degree in Finance from Northern Illinois University; member of the Illinois County Treasurer’s Association (ICTA), voted 2009 County Treasurer of the Year by the ICTA
Community involvement: Former soccer coach, Elgin Parks and Recreation served as election judge, elected precinct committeeman

David Rickert said his decision to run for the Kane County Treasurer’s Office was based on a simple fact.

“I enjoy serving the citizens of Kane County,” he said. “My goals have consistently focused on ensuring the safety and security of public funds while trying to maximize return on investment.”

With his background, Rickert said he is able to take a hands-on approach to monitoring the office’s investments, tax process and financial accounting. He plans to focus his next term on promoting teamwork within the county.

“Some of the most beneficial initiatives that I’ve undertaken to date have been joint efforts to increase efficiency,” he said. “For example, a unified tax system that integrates the tax information from the Clerk, Supervisor of Assessments, and Treasurer’s Offices was implemented. This has reduced expenses and streamlined the process between the three offices.”

He said that another successful effort in working with the same group was the Quick Guide to Property Taxes, which provided information on all aspects of property taxes to help inform citizens. There will now be an insert to each tax bill that will also provide useful property tax information.

“Interdepartmental cooperation with the Clerk and Supervisor of Assessments has proven beneficial to the taxpayers,” Rickert said. “Expanding these educational efforts and keeping the information current will be an initiative that I will continue during the next term.”

In addition, Rickert said he plans to encourage further transparency in government. With the state legislature enacting additional Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) rules for responding to public requests for information, Rickert plans to go beyond those rules by providing the information up front and online for the public to examine without needing to file a FOIA request first.

“Providing as much information to the public via the web is a high priority,” he said.
Rickert said the formula for success in his office is easy to follow.

“Be honest, work hard and lead by example,” he said.

Joseph Lowery
Democrat, Challenger
The candidate did not respond to the Elburn Herald’s phone calls.

Akemann, Dalton seek seat on the 16th Circuit

in Nov. 2, 2010 by

Political newcomer and Democrat John G. Dalton will face former Kane County State’s Attorney and Republican David Akemann Nov. 2 in a race for a 16th Judicial Circuit judgeship.

Democrat
John G. Dalton
Age: 48
Family: Married, no children
Hometown: Born in Evanston, Ill., lives in Elgin
Education: Graduated magna cum laude from both Augustana College and law school at the University of Illinois
Employment: Attorney for 23 years, working for law firms such as Skadden Arps, served as a senior vice president of a global bank, and owned own practice. Was an Arbitration Chairman for 10 years, managing a courtroom, ruling on objections and rendering decisions in hundreds of cases
Community involvement:
• Deacon, First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Elgin
• Board member of the Campanelli YMCA, serving for more than 10 years, including a number of leadership posts and receiving both the Twinbrook Award and the Service to Youth Award
• Co-founder and former Chairman of Elgin’s Speak Out Against Prejudice (SOAP) organization, which recently received the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award “for outstanding achievement in the field of civil rights/community relations advocacy.”
• Commissioner of the Elgin Heritage Commission’s Design Review Subcommittee
• Board Chairman and Finance Committee Chairman of Famous Door Theatre Company and recipient of the Chicago Business Volunteers for the Arts Award
• Member of School District U-46 Handbook Committee
• Member Kane County Bar Association, serving on the Bench and Bar Committee
• Member Elgin Hispanic Network (EHN)
• Member Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA)
• Member NorthEast Neighborhood Association (NENA)
• Member Elgin Chamber of Commerce, among others.

John Dalton said he decided to run for judge after someone asked him to do so, and he realized it was an opportunity to further serve his community.

“This community has given me a great deal, and I want to give back,” he said.

He said he is not a professional politician, and this is his first time running for an elected office.

“However, I have served my community in many ways, some of which are listed above, and at the risk of immodesty, I believe I have excellent credentials, good judgment and an inherent sense of fairness,” Dalton said. “I have over 85 endorsements for a reason.”

He said the role of a judge is straightforward.

“I believe in hard work, personal accountability, transparency, diversity, precedent and tradition,” Dalton said. “I believe in keeping an open mind until all the evidence is in, and the possibility of grace and redemption. I believe the job of a judge is to be nonpartisan, follow the law, listen to both sides and treat everyone fairly, with dignity and respect. If elected, that’s the kind of judge I’ll be.”

Beyond filling that type of judicial role, he said that if elected, he would urge the court to implement practices that would save time and money. He said he would implement an online system that would allow residents to pay traffic fines, seek court supervision or request a trial date without having to appear in court.

“The result would be fewer minor, routine cases heard in a courtroom, saving money for taxpayers,” Dalton said. “We’d save money on judges, clerks, bailiffs, courtrooms, etc., and the public wouldn’t have to take time away from work or family to spend the day in court.”

Republican
David R. Akemann
Age: 58
Family: Married for 32 years to Vickie, three children
Hometown: Lifelong Kane County resident from Elgin
Education: Elgin High School, Beloit College, Brigham Young University Bachelor of Science Degree, J.D. degree from Lewis University College of Law (now Northern Illinois University College of Law)
Employment: Started career in 1977 as intern in the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office. Appointed as an Assistant State’s Attorney in 1978, served as Chief of the Civil Division in the office. Also served as Chief of the Civil Division of the McHenry County State’s Attorney Office. Was elected Kane County state’s Attorney in 1992, 1996. Served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Justice Division, Special Prosecutions Bureau. Was appointed by the Illinois Attorney General as the Executive Director: Illinois Gang Crime Prevention Center. Currently serves as head of the Law Offices of David R. Akemann.
Community involvement: Co-founder of Children’s Theater of Elgin and Fox Valley Youth Theater; member of Epworth United Methodist Church for 44 years, having served there in many various offices, national, regional and local. Served as a Larkin High School PTO Scholarship Co-chair and a United Way and PADS Volunteer. Currently serves on the Board of Director’s for the Dad’s Association for the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana.

David Akemann brings two terms as the Kane County State’s Attorney to the campaign, and said that experience is what sets him apart from his opponent.

Through his time in office, he said that he has personally prosecuted first-degree murder cases and successfully sought the death penalty for particularly heinous crimes. He said that experience with the maximum possible legal penalty gives him a strong context with which he would work.

“The balance is that the maximum penalty is not always appropriate,” Akemann said. “As Kane County State’s Attorney, I recognized this by establishing the highly successful second-chance program for first time, non-violent offenders.”

Akemann said he would look to other non-traditional approaches to his role, seeking ways to dispose of cases more quickly, such as early screening for alternative solutions like diversion programs.

“Moving cases from probation to conditional discharge, requiring mediation in civil cases and increasing the use of pretrial conferences to move cases along are all viable options,” he said. “Night court, Saturday court, video court and field courts and the use of hearing officers to handle municipal ordinance violations would be other options.”

He said that the number-one need on the bench is to make sure that justice under the constitution and the law occurs inside the courtroom.

“Judges need to treat everyone with dignity and respect,” Akemann said. “This can be difficult when resources are scarce and time is short and there are large numbers of citizens that need to be heard in a small amount of time.”

He said that to address the issue of few resources and limited time, individuals in the judiciary “need to be a part of the solution in making government more efficient and to not waste the time of employers or workers so that they can both earn more. Let’s not waste the time for jurors or witnesses. Let’s not allow endless continuances that drain precious time and resources and make people unpleasant.”

Community servants seek seat representing 50th District

in Nov. 2, 2010 by

In the race for state Representative of the 50th District, a pair of long-term community activists will face each other on Tuesday, Nov. 2. Incumbent Republican Kay Hatcher seeks her second term, while Democrat challenger Linda Healy is running for her first elected office.

Republican
Kay Hatcher, Incumbent
Age: 64
Family: Husband, Steve; four adult children, plus six grandchildren
Hometown: Yorkville
Education: Boston College Carroll School of Management; Management Certificate Program, Corporate Communications
Employment: Full-time legislator, State Rep. 50th District
Political Background:
• Oswego School Board 1985-1991
Kendall County Board 1991-1996, 2002-2008 Economic Development and Zoning Chair.
• President, Kendall Forest Preserve 2002-2008
• Member of the General Assembly 2008-Present
• Illinois Lincoln Series: Lincoln Fellow 1999
• State President, Illinois Federation of Republican Women 2004-2005
• Governor, Illinois Lincoln Series 2006-2008
• Precinct Committeeman: 1996-2008
Community Involvement: Decades of service on numerous boards of many organizations. Received the 2009 Legislator of the Year Award from the Metro West Council of Government

Kay Hatcher said she is running for her second term to continue to fulfill the pledge she made after her initial run.

“As a brand new legislator, I pledged to residents two years ago that I would work to restore ethics, grow jobs and return fiscal responsibility to our state. I have kept that promise,” Hatcher said. “I’m running to continue the fight to create a job-friendly state that pays its bills on time and crafts a responsible, balanced budget that treats our residents with dignity. I’m running to advance a well-educated workforce that thrives—and in turn helps bring Illinois back to solvency.”

To help accomplish that, she sponsored HB1173, a bill that requires line-by-line approval of any appropriations.

“This Pay As You Go fiscal tool is just what it says: If you are going to implement a new program, remove a nonperforming program with the same funding requirements,” Hatcher said. “It makes government more efficient at many levels, and reflects what each of us is doing in our own families. Don’t spend what you don’t have.”

While it may be tempting for lawmakers to raise taxes to help the state begin to resolve its budget woes, Hatcher said that should not be a legitimate consideration. Armed with a lifetime of economic development experience working in the private sector, as well as her time working with taxing bodies and nonprofit organizations, Hatcher said she learned an important lesson.

“Raising taxes may have a small initial revenue increase, but ultimately will have a negative impact on the very entities paying those taxes,” Hatcher said.

She said the state needs to reform state pension and Medicaid programs, freeze new programs and stick with a dedicated debt repayment program.

“Revenue modifications absolutely must not even be considered unless there are significant and quantifiable reforms,” she said.

During her first term, Hatcher said she saw why reform is difficult to achieve.

“A huge issue is political partisanship blocking needed reforms: I was named Legislator of the Year for my ability to bring both sides of the table together to solve problems,” she said. “Many years of working one-on-one with our municipalities, townships and counties on the DuKane Valley Council fine-tuned that ability.”

According to Hatcher, Advance Illinois, a bipartisan education group, recently issued a scathing statement on Illinois’ education system, issuing a “D” rating.

“Billions of federal dollars for education have been provided to Illinois in stimulus money,” she said. “That funding was dumped into the budget rather than dedicated to education programs. Ensuring our schools are paid all of their state funding and budgeting to offset the loss of these dollars has to be a top priority if we are to succeed.”

Democrat
Linda Healy, Challenger
Age: 67
Family: Widowed, married to Mark Healy Jr. for 42 years, three children, three grandchildren
Hometown: Aurora
Education: B.S. in Education from Illinois State University, Certificate of Business Administration from University of Illinois, Chicago
Employment: Five years as a teacher in Batavia schools, 25 years as executive director of Mutual Ground, Inc. the domestic violence and sexual assault agency
Political background: First-time candidate
Community involvement: Past member of American Association of University Women, Zonta and Women in Management, and member of New England Congregation Church in Aurora

For first-time candidate Linda Healy, the decision to run for office was born from witnessing the partisan bickering that has damaged the entire state.

“I have been the recipient of the decisions being made in Springfield for the past 25 years,” she said. “I am so frustrated with the partisan politics that is happening.”

She said her experiences have taught her how to work with people of all political viewpoints.

“I have worked with and respected legislators on both sides of the aisle,” she said. “I have a track record of working with people who share opposing viewpoints and yet got the job done. If elected I will push for an end to partisan politics and put ‘people over politics.’”

While Healy may be a newcomer to politics, she is no stranger to Springfield. Through her role as executive director at Mutual Ground, she has spent two days each month in the state’s capitol working with other directors from around the state.

“I have testified at hearings for the legislators and worked on getting bills passed that dealt with domestic violence and sexual assault. I will be a watch dog for social service and education. I will be an independent voice and not be led by party politics or leaders.”

She said the state’s fiscal situation is so dire that while unpopular, a tax increase ultimately will occur.

“We must be sure all of this money goes into social service and education and not the black hole of Springfield,” Healy said. “We need to make some cuts and changes in the pension system, but that is a long-term solution, not short term.”

She said that a forensic audit should be the first step in showing the legislators the full scope of the budget and how it is set up; something she said would help the legislature take a more active role than it has in the recent past.

“I was so disappointed when the legislators sent the budget back to the governor after 12 hours and told him to set it,” Healy said. “Now they are going to gripe about what he did and say they were not responsible for the decisions—that’s exactly what happened last year.”

As a former educator and someone who has spent decades working with children and families, she said that education must be a priority. Healy said she is well aware of the importance of programs like music, art and athletics, the positive impacts of having smaller classroom sizes, adequate staffing levels, and access to early education programs and technology.

“I will utilize my experience in the classroom and my community involvement to communicate with parents and fight for local control to ensure that children in the 50th (District) have access to every opportunity available,” Healy said.

Perez, Kramer focus on public safety, reducing costs

in Featured/Nov. 2, 2010 by

Kane County—Incumbent Kane County Sheriff and Democrat Pat Perez will face Republican challenger Donald E. Kramer on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Both expressed a desire to increase the department’s effectiveness while dealing with the recent budget crunch caused by the economic downturn.

Pat Perez
Democrat
Age: 53
Family: Married, wife Terrie, sons Stephan, 23 and Gabe, 20
Hometown: Sugar Grove
Background:
• 1975 graduate—West Aurora H.S.
• 1992 graduate—Police Training Institute
• 2007 graduate—National Sheriff’s Institute
• 2007 graduate—Souther Police Institute Executive Management
Community involvement: Member of Batavia Rotary, Co-Chair CASA Kane County Chairman’s Advisory Panel, Co-Chair of Fundraising United Way Fox Valley, past coach and co-founder of Aurora Superstars Youth Football, former assistant coach, Kaneland High School.

Current Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez said he wants a second term because of the commitment he made to the county prior to his first one.

“My priorities have always been proactive enforcement and to rid our county of violent offenders, gang members and drug dealers,” Perez said. “This has had the greatest impact on the quality of life and safety for all our citizens.”

He pointed to his department’s accomplishments in his first term as the reason he is best suited to earn the public’s vote. He fulfilled his promise to implement mandatory random drug testing, create a safer environment for county corrections officers, stabilize the department communications division, adjust his staffing structure to focus on public safety, and to do it all in a fiscally responsible way.

In addition, Perez said he re-established the School Resource Officer program, putting in officers at the Kaneland and Burlington high schools.

Another success Perez touts is the department’s move from the Geneva to the St. Charles facility in 2008.

“This included moving 511 inmates in one night without incident,” Perez said.

While it may be his name on the ballot, Perez pointed out that the department’s accomplishments were due to the work of everyone involved.

“I am surrounded by a staff of professionals who take pride in our profession and share my vision,” he said. “I realize our work is a team effort, and have led by example and have held myself to the same standards that my staff is held to.”

Looking to the future, Perez said he plans to expand the department’s partnership with the citizens of Kane County, through the Citizens Police Academy, TRIAD Senior Services, Neighborhood Watch and Too Good for Drugs programs. He will also be focused on completing the buildout at the Kane County Jail to eliminate the need to send overflow inmates to other counties.

“By completing the buildout, we will eliminate the need to outsource inmates and have the ability to rent beds to the Federal Marshals or ICE and create a positive revenue stream for Kane County rather than having money leave Kane County,” Perez said.

His third priority is also what he considers his department’s biggest challenge: “to continue to provide the best service possible with limited resources.”

Perez points to the budget reductions already achieved as an indication of what is possible when a department faces a budget crunch. He said that his department’s total combined savings from 2007 to 2009 was $762,000.

“I did not wait for the recession to begin fiscal reform, I began that the day I took office,” Perez said. “We have all had to make sacrifices in this economy, and we have learned to do the best we can with the resources we have available.”

Donald E. Kramer
Republican
Age: 52
Family: Wife, Kelly; son, Colin; daughters, Amanda and Holly
Hometown: Geneva, 15 years; originally from Batavia
Background: Education—School of Police Staff and Command, Northwestern University, Center for Public Safety, 2004; Master of Science in Criminal Justice, Chicago State University, 1995; Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, Aurora University, 1991; Associate in Business Management, Waubonsee Community College, 1984; Employment—Kane County Sheriff’s Office, June 1979 to November 2009; promoted to lieutenant March 2002; and sergeant August 1986
Community Involvement: Rotary Club of Geneva, Kane County Safe Kids, Geneva Academic Foundation, Suicide Prevention Services and several church committees

Challenger Donald E. Kramer said he is running for Kane County Sheriff to bring what he said is the leadership necessary to provide more effective service to Kane County citizens.

“After working more than 30 years for the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, I realized that in order to make a difference I must have greater involvement in the process,” Kramer said.

Armed with his experience at all levels of the department, combined with his upper level management education, he said he has the necessary skillset to increase the department’s efficiency and effectiveness. He plans to apply that combination of skill, experience and education to restructure the department in a more effective manner while also working within the budget.

Kramer said he plans to reassign personnel to address crime and safety in the neighborhoods and county roads, including the creation of a domestic violence unit, as well as a traffic unit, within the public safety division. He also plans to restructure the management of the department to more effectively monitor its activities and finances.

“I plan on building a management team that will determine the needs of the community and work with supervisors on achieving successful strategies to reduce crime,” Kramer said. “Upper level management will also be more responsible for collaborating with other agencies and managing finances to achieve goals and objectives within financial constraints.”

To extend the department’s resources, Kramer said he plans to collaborate with other law enforcement agencies to combine efforts in combating drugs and gangs, as well as improve traffic safety.

The restructuring and collaborative efforts will be vital to accomplish what Kramer said is the biggest challenge facing the department—providing public safety services while dealing with reductions in finances and personnel.

“Because there has been a significant cut in the budget and personnel, it will be necessary as sheriff to redeploy resources to address core issues that affect the greatest number of citizens,” Kramer said. “To accomplish this, I will reduce the number of specialized units and reassign personnel in order to provide the greatest amount of service necessary to protect our streets, courthouse and jail.”

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