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Highland Park Voting Guide 2011 - League of Women Voters

Highland Park Voting Guide 2011 - League of Women Voters

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League of Women VotersLeague of Women VotersLeague of Women Voters of Highland Parkof Highland Parkof Highland Park
Voters’ GuideVoters’ GuideVoters’ Guide
Compare Candidates on the IssuesCompare Candidates on the IssuesCompare Candidates on the Issues
Voters’ Guide to theVoters’ Guide to theVoters’ Guide to the
 ConsolidatedConsolidatedConsolidated ElectionElectionElection April 5, 2011April 5, 2011April 5, 2011
 
Highland Park Mayor 
Page 2
 
Highland Park City Council 
Pages 3-6
School District 112 
Page 7-8
School District 113
Page 9-14
Park District of Highland Park  
Page 15-18
 
 
Contents are responses as provided by the candidates 
 
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2 Candidates for Highland Park Mayor (Vote for 1)
Elected official - 12 years
. Ihave served on the Council foralmost 6 years. Previously, Iserved 6 years on the 112 School
Board. I’ve been actively involved
in the community since cominghere 27 years ago.
Experience runs deep andwide.
As an elected official, Ihave faced 11 government budgetcycles; worked with 10 City commissions; served on Boards,including our affordable housing entity, Downtown BusinessAlliance, and
Parents. The Anti-Drug
; coordinated efforts withofficials of other governments; and most importantly, helpedHP citizens resolve problems of every kind.
Founding member of organizations, leader of commu-nity efforts.
 
I’ve started numerous initiatives that have flour-
ished, such as C.A.R.E.S., Late Nite HP, and P2D2.
Independent
. My energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to HPstem from my love for our city and all it offers. I listen, follow through, and collaborate. I fully grasp legal, financial, and qual-ity of life issues.www.OlianForMayor.com 
Terri Olian
 
WRITE A BRIEF BIOGRAWRITE A BRIEF BIOGRAWRITE A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY THAT INCLUDES YOUR QUALIFICATIONS FOR THIS OFFICE.PHY THAT INCLUDES YOUR QUALIFICATIONS FOR THIS OFFICE.PHY THAT INCLUDES YOUR QUALIFICATIONS FOR THIS OFFICE. 
As a lifelong resident, parent of 4school-aged children, active com-munity advocate, attorney andCity Councilman, I am immersedin our city and its issues, in touchwith the concerns and needs of our residents. My professionalbackground in business, law andgovernment combined with my advocacy on civic and charitableboards provides a breadth of ex-perience and perspective to complex city policy-making.A HPHS graduate, I earned degrees from Stanford (BA Eco-nomics), Northwestern (MBA) and the University of Chicago
Law School (JD). My work experience includes: Treasurer’s
Staff, General Motors; Attorney, McDermott Will & Emery; andLegislative Aide, State Rep. Karen May.Through my involvement serving our city, schools, park district and township, working with federal, state and local gov-erning bodies, I bring a unique leadership approach with an eyetowards making a difference in our future.I will bring an independent and fresh perspective to city leadership.www.friendsofnancy.com
Nancy RodkinRotering
 
What do you consider key issues to be addressed in the next term? 
Stability for Highland Park 
this overarching goalincludes financial, environmental, organizational, and quality of life issues.
We must control City spending
. The economic climateconcerns everyone. We must therefore maintain our infrastruc-ture and City services at levels that give value for the money spent. To do this and lower property taxes, we must focus in-tensely on economic development. We must continue to col-laborate with other governments to achieve economic and op-erational efficiencies.
We need experienced and strong leadership.
Threefirst-time Council members will be elected; they will need guid-ance. We need to unite our community, and we need a leaderwho works productively with staff.
We must not diminish what makes HP special.
Weneed to further involve our residents in the mission of the City,while maintaining transparent processes. We must continue toprotect our natural environment. We must continue to helpthose in our community who need assistance.
We must meet our City’s mission of protecting resident
health and safety, while balancing serious fiscal constraints and
maintaining the community’s wonderful character.
We can accomplish this by:Maximizing
efficient tax dollar use
through coordinatedbudgeting for essentials and working with other taxing bodiesand local legislators.
Improving infrastructure
. Fixing aging infrastructure andlong-
range planning cannot be delayed. The City’s capital im-
provement, maintenance and stormwater management initia-tives are vital to resident health and safety.Working to increase our tax
 
base
 
via alternative sources to
diminish resident tax burdens
.Prioritizing
dialogue with residents
to assure understand-ing and help expedite resolution of neighborhood issues andconcerns.Enhancing and
expanding on environmental initiatives
.My experience in
business, law and government
com-bined with
strong community involvement
 
and leader-ship
provide me with the collaborative problem-solving, fiscalmanagement and independent thinking needed to meet our
City’s challenges in the years ahead.
 
 
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5 Candidates for City Council (Vote for 3)
WRITE A BRIEF BIOGRAWRITE A BRIEF BIOGRAWRITE A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY THAT INCLUDES YOUR QUALIFICA-PHY THAT INCLUDES YOUR QUALIFICA-PHY THAT INCLUDES YOUR QUALIFICA-TIONS FOR THIS OFFICE.TIONS FOR THIS OFFICE.TIONS FOR THIS OFFICE. 
Tony Blumberg is alifelong resident of High-land Park and actively in-volved with local govern-ment.Tony served two termson the Highland Park PlanCommission, appointedfirst by Mayor Dan Pierceand again by Mayor MikeBelsky.He has been active onbehalf of local residents,,representing friends andneighbors before the City Council and various com-missions. He served on theboard of the InterfaithHousing Center of theNorth Shore.Tony graduated fromWashington University inSt. Louis with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 1980.In 1983, he receivedhis Law Degree from IIT/Chicago Kent College of Law. He is a member of thestate and federal trial bars,as well as the Seventh Cir-cuit Court of Appeals andthe bar of the United StatesSupreme Court.He has practiced as alitigator for more than 25years. For the last 15 years,Tony has run his own firm,Anthony E. Blumberg &Associates, LLC.
www.tonyblumberg.com 
Carolyn was born andraised in Highland Park.She is a proud graduate of HPHS. After earning herB.A. in International Rela-tions from Hendrix Col-lege, Carolyn became LegalAssistant to the Director of 
Oxford University’s Public
Interest Law and Pro BonoProgram. Carolyn cur-rently works as an inde-pendent paralegal, havingearned her Paralegal Cer-
tificate from CLC’s ABA 
-approved program. Hercareer in public interestlaw has focused on anti-corruption efforts and re-trieval of misappropriatedpublic funds.Carolyn also advocatesfor responsive governmentat the local level, serving ina non-partisan capacity asBallot Box Judge andproud member of theLeague of Women Voters.She volunteers for theHighland Park Public Li-brary and engages in grass-roots support of local offi-cials pushing for equitable,pragmatic policies.Carolyn is running forCity Council to give back and to continue Highland
Park’s longstanding tradi-
tion of good character andhigh standards of achieve-ment.
www.carolyncerf.com 
I began my career as apolicy analyst for the Illi-nois General Assembly andI am currently Vice Presi-dent for Government Rela-tions at the Federation of Independent Illinois Col-leges and Universities, anorganization that advocatesfor policies and fundingthat improve college af-fordability and accessibility for Illinois students. I pre-viously held a similar posi-tion at National-Louis Uni-versity.Whether working onhigher education issueswith Senators or Congress-man, our governors orstate legislators I havelearned that the best policy development requires citi-zen input. I hope to in-crease transparency andaccountability for our com-munity by making moreinformation readily avail-able and accessible to all of us.I hold a masters de-gree in Public Service Man-agement from DePaul Uni-versity and a bachelors inpolitical science from theUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. My wife and Ilive in the Highlands, wehave two children whoattend Wayne ThomasElementary 
http://issuesand-things.typepad.com/
Tony Blumberg Carolyn Cerf Paul Frank 

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