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Highland Park News Endorses Tony Blumberg

Highland Park News Endorses Tony Blumberg

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HP News (Pioneer Press) endorses Tony Blumberg for Highland Park City Council
HP News (Pioneer Press) endorses Tony Blumberg for Highland Park City Council

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STM ::Our choices for City Council

4/2/11 3:01 PM

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Our choices for City Council

March 31, 2011 The next mayor of Highland Park will need to show leadership in still another way: helping to guide the three first-time City Council members who will be elected on Tuesday. Of the five people running for the City Council, the Highland Park News endorses Paul Frank, David Naftzger and Tony Blumberg. Frank, a former policy analyst for the Illinois Legislature, is vice president for government relations at an organization that promotes policies and finding to make college more affordable and accessible to Illinois students. His budget philosophies are similar to mayoral candidate Terri Olian's: Now is not the time to raise the property tax levy. If core services (police, infrastructure, city services) are properly funded and economic conditions warrant the move, tapping into city reserves is acceptable, he says, so long as the total balance takes a minimal hit from the draw-down. Naftzger, who is executive director of a nonpartisan partnership of governors from the eight Great Lakes States, will make improving city services a priority especially as they relate to public safety, roads and sewers. He pledges to make sure public services are delivered as efficiently as possible without raising the property tax. Blumberg, a lifelong resident of Highland Park who operates his own law firm, served two terms on the Highland Park Plan Commission, first under Mayor Dan Pierce and later by current Mayor Michael D. Belsky. A believer in fiscally conservative government, Blumberg says he will push for a transparent, year-long budgeting process so that spending decisions aren't made at the 11th hour. He also will push city officials to explore saving money by consolidating resources and services, not only with local taxing bodies, but also other with other cities and villages.

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