Top local priorities for District 31
Property Tax Assessments
To take the fight on property tax assessments to the state capitol. We got the attention of Lake County’s Chief Assessment Officer who worked with me to open up and make the township systems more transparent. But, the underlying issue is that the law is still broken and it needs to be replaced
Lake County Jobs
To attract jobs and attract businesses to locate throughout the 31st Senate District and all of northern Lake County. Example: The County and a number of municipalities worked together to create a master plan for business along the 173 corridor. One key action that would unlock interest is the improvement of I-94 and 173 into a full access intersection. Further: Working with Lake County Partners, I will pump in new energy into attracting and retaining business . I will immediately get to work on that project when I arrive at the capitol.
North Pointe Marina
The state is neglecting this magnificent economic engine. Winthrop Harbor’s prosperity will breed a healthy environment attracting jobs and businesses which would become the huge tourist magnet for which it was originally intended. Managed privately under a long term agreement, the state would save money and Lake County would end up with a powerful draw. This alone would have a significant effect on improving the business climate in all of Lake County.
To push for transportation improvements, (including the extension of Route 53). This will not only relieve traffic backups – but it is an issue particularly vital to commercial/industrial developments within the municipalities and unincorporated Lake County. Better highway and rail access translates to more jobs brought here by businesses willing to locate in Lake County – while it will help in the ongoing fight to keep and retain others.
Local Government connections
To systematically stay in touch with local units of government who are struggling to stay afloat in this economy -- partly due to the stumbling of our state. That means I will budget my time in office to attend municipal, boards and county meetings. The state is killing municipal budgets by shoving unfunded mandates into their laps -- both municipal and county government -- creating financial havoc.
Staying in touch
I will send messages containing spontaneous insight from the action – or inaction – of state government. If people throughout the district make the connection…they will hear, early and often from their Senator.
A Senator who takes the leadership role
To lead by example for the next generation of leaders: My years of experience are invaluable now. The state needs strong people. Local units of government need someone upon whom they can depend. Someone in whom they can place their trust. I have the background to hit the ground running (there’s no learning curve in the Senate).