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Survey deadlines were 11:59 p.m., January 20, 2011. A complete list of surveys can be found at www.roscoeviewjournal.com/32ndwardcandidates Candidate: Bryan P. Lynch Candidate Birthdate: 01/27/1971 Home Address: 1362 N Hoyne Ave, 60622 Campaign Phone Number: 312-573-2727 Campaign Contact: email@example.com 2006 W Webster Ave 3rd Floor, 60647 firstname.lastname@example.org www.lynch2011.com Campaign Manager: Rudi Patitucci Marital Status: Married Spouse: Kelley Hoehn Lynch Your Occupation: Attorney Education: J.D. from The John Marshall Law School, B.A from the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, graduate of Addison Trail High School Please list civic, professional, fraternal or other types of Organizations to which you belong. Illinois State Bar Association, Past Elected Assembly Member Illinois State Bar Association, Member, Real Estate Section Council Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association, Member Illinois Bar Foundation, Fellow Cook County Justinian Society of Lawyers, Member Catholic Lawyers Guild, Member The John Paul II Newman Center, University of Illinois - Chicago, Former Member of Board of Directors Ukrainian Village Preservation Society, Past counsel Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago, Member Have you held elective or appointive political office or have you been employed by any branch of government?
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Yes, I worked for the City of Chicago for seven years, and very briefly worked for the Village of Gurnee on a short-term project. Please list jobs or contracts you, members of your immediate family or business partners have had with government. I worked for the City of Chicago as an attorney in the Department of Law, as an Assistant Corporation Counsel, and as an Assistant Commissioner in the Department of Buildings, Demolition Bureau. I also worked on a small legal job involving title review for the Village of Gurnee. My mother has been a public school teacher for CPS and District 4 in Addison. My father is an elected trustee for the Village of Addison. What, in your view, is an alderman’s job? An Alderman's job is to ensure that the residents and businesses within his/her ward are receiving the top-notch services that they pay for in taxes, while responding to local concerns from individuals and neighborhood groups and ensuring these concerns and needs are being addressed by City Hall. If elected, what would be your immediate priorities for your ward? 1. Improving Constituent Services – We pay an extraordinary amount of taxes and I do not think we receive the services that we deserve. The City’s 311 system is a good way to track issues, but not to deliver services. I am familiar with the City from having worked in and with various departments bringing services, addressing issues, and solving problems. I understand how to address an issue from the inception to the resolution, and will utilize this knowledge to the ward’s benefit once elected Alderman. 2. Promoting and Encouraging Small Business Growth – Currently the red tape and obstacles make it extremely difficult to open a business, and the present Alderman does not have a knowledge base to guide prospective businesses or operating businesses to streamline the process and offer knowledgeable guidance. I want to not only remove obstacles, but make it easy to open the right type of businesses in the 32nd Ward. I want the 32nd Ward to be known as an area that promotes and actively assists business so that small businesses are inclined to come to the ward and open their businesses. More businesses mean more tax dollars, and more tax dollars means more services. These increased services means better streets, streetscapes, lighting, and neighborhood amenities, which in turn makes the neighborhoods more desirable, more sought after, and helps preserve and bolster property values. People want shops, restaurants, coffee houses, kids’ stores, clothing stores; if these businesses exist in the ward it is a more attractive place to live and raise a family. 3. Partner with the police to deter crime and keep people informed and safe- I worked for the city and with the Chicago Police Deparment in Municipal Prosecutions for approximately seven years addressing quality of life issues. I understand how to collaborate with CPD and make our neighborhoods stronger. I would work to prevent the removal of police from the Districts that serve the ward and actively engage in a review to determine how the 32nd Ward can secure funds for additional resources to increase patrols. The Alderman also needs to keep its residents informed about crime in the ward so that people can make informed decisions. If elected, what would be your immediate priorities for the city? My immediate priority for the city would be to address our current budget deficit and figure out how to bridge the current gap between City revenue and City expenditures. This
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would include pension reform and allowing Inspector General oversight of Aldermanic offices. The other priority would be to ensure that enough revenue is allocated to: 1) fix the current citywide police officer staffing shortage, and 2) provide adequate funding for our public schools to successfully educate our children. Should Tax Increment Financing districts be eliminated? Why? Tax Increment Financing districts should not be eliminated as a whole, as TIF funding plays an essential role in the economic development of underdeveloped parts of the City. However, certain TIF districts should indeed be eliminated, as certain TIF districts can no longer be called underdeveloped, resulting in millions of dollars that could be going to other city services like education or police going unused in a TIF coffer. In what way can the City Council improve its oversight responsibility for government? The City Council can allow their Aldermanic offices to be under the purview of the Inspector General, and can create an Independent Budget Management body that will play a role in finalizing City budgets. Would you hire family members for staff or a city government job? Explain your answer. No, I would not hire family members for staff or city government jobs. This practice, whether family members in question are qualified or not, is one that does not pass the "smell" test and is a relic from a different day in Chicago government. Such an action would undermine my credibility with my constituents, and for me to do my job as an Alderman effectively, it helps to have my constituents understand that their own interests come before mine. Would you support a property tax increase? Explain. No, I would not support a property tax increase. Chicago residents and property owners already face a significant tax burden, and many elderly home owners can barely afford their current property tax bills. At this time, a property tax increase is not a prudent type of revenue generator for the City. City and teacher pensions are underfunded and city revenues are down. Do you support moving worker pensions from defined benefit to defined contribution plans? An analysis should be undertaken to make changes in the current system. Defined benefit plans were created to provide for greater compensation for individuals that were compensated at a lower rate over the course of their career. However, recent salary trends make warrant the City considering switching to a defined contributions plan, as some such plans do exist in the city. This would provide a defined savings amount so that people could gauge the amount of money they would have in retirement. The Lincoln and Belmont intersection is vastly underdeveloped and the development for old LaSalle Bank building is bankrupt while the PD is set to expire in 2011. What would you do to improve the area’s prospects? The City should engage the parties and lender to try to create a catalyst for this stagnate project. However, the investment climate is the biggest obstacle to any project and the ability of the City to investment money or incentivize the project may be limited in the years ahead.
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Would you support a Walmart in the Ward? If one was to come, what would be the best site for a proposed Walmart in your community? I am not sure that the current needs of the ward are in line with a Walmart. The ward currently has large stores or is in close proximity to those stores and thus a Walmart may not provide benefits that are not currently being met and would likely worsen the current traffic conditions, especially at the intersection of Dame, Elston, and Fullerton Avenues. The Belmont Avenue corridor has lost most of its antique stores and has many more vacancies than Roscoe Avenue. What would you do to improve the street’s prospects? I would try and incentivize commercial property owners to allow more restaurants and perhaps bars to open up along the Belmont Avenue corridor, as the days of Antique Row are in the past. Two or three successful restaurants would bring more residents to Belmont Avenue in their leisure time, and ideally this would encourage more retail businesses to open up on Belmont. Overall crime in Chicago is down, yet the 32nd Ward and the 19th Police District has one of the highest burglary rates in Chicago. As it seems likely that many sworn officers will be shifted from the 19th District to other areas in the city, what can be done to reduce crime in our community? First of all, I adamantly oppose any shift of officers from the 19th District to other areas of the city, and will do everything I can as Alderman to ensure that the City's budget priorities allows for more police officers to be hired. Beyond ensuring that the police presence in Roscoe Village remains stable, I would encourage neighborhood watch groups to organize, and ask the police to come in and promote proper neighborhood vigilance techniques to these groups. Also, there should be more cameras throughout the neighborhood, so that cars and license plates in the vicinity of burglaries when they occur can be isolated and ultimately track
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