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The Will County Board is the policy-making body of Will County government. Its mission is to determine vision, set policy, and appropriate resources for the delivery of countywide services.

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    Erin Moncek
    (Dem)

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    JoAnne Hamilton-Gunkel
    (Dem)

  • Tom Weigel
    (Rep)

  • Frankie Pretzel
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

How should tax revenue from the sale of recreational marijuana be allocated?

What changes do you propose for the upcoming budget year to ensure that services are maintained for Will County residents?

What are your qualifications for the position of Will County Board Member?

I think the tax revenue from the sale of recreational marijuana would be best spent on our growing infrastructure issues. While talking to residents of the last few months, this was a common concern among many families. It would be a great opportunity for the Will County Board to continue their plans and work toward a stronger and more stable infrastructure. I am aware that the board is currently working intently on infrastructure issues. If money is not needed in this area, it might be best to use the funds to address the growing opioid crisis in our county.
One of the amazing facts about the Will County Board is that it is operating with a balanced budget. I would like to help with this continued success with a long and thorough budget review. I do hope to explore new possibilities for residents such as ensuring access to health care resources that not only help the patient, but also the family of the patient. Being the parent of a medically complex child, this is something that is near and dear to my heart. After years of advocating on behalf of my son, I want to continue this work and advocate on behalf of the residents of Will County District 12.
While I may not have political experience, I have a strong desire to advocate and fight for my community. Through both of my children’s rare health conditions I was forced to navigate the health care system in more complex ways than some families. My youngest son has a rare genetic condition that only 20 others have been diagnosed with, which taught me how to be an advocate to help him get the treatment and services he needed. Not only, am I a fierce advocate, but I also believe in educating myself completely before making a decision or change. Currently, I am in graduate school and will receive my master’s in English this May. I strongly believe it is necessary to do research to fully understand a conflict or problem. I hope to bring these qualities, as well as a fresh voice, with me in the pursuit of a seat on the Will County Board.
Will County receives a very small amount of additional revenue from the sale of recreational marijuana (about 3% of sales made in the county), so this does not generate a large yearly sum. I believe the best use of this money should be allocated to slowly expand existing county health healthcare initiatives.
I do not know the specifics of the proposed budget, but I think that the budget needs to be looked at on a line to line basis to make sure the funds are there for necessary public services and for programs that ensure the well being and safety of all residents. Other programs or items may need to be put on hold until the county, state and federal governments recover from the loss of revenue due to the pandemic.
I have served my community as a Educational volunteer and organizer, as a member of Friends of the Library and as a Precinct Captain and a Deputy Registrar. As a long time public school teacher, I am highly experienced in successfully working with many different groups of people, with very dissimilar views on a given topic. I have also served in various roles within my school community as well as for my union, the Illinois Education Association. For over 20 years, I have worked with IEA leaders and members, school Administrators and board members as well as local Legislators to advocate for our students and our profession.As a working mother and wife, I am accustomed to thinking outside the box for solutions to complex issues. My varied work experience has taught me to consider all aspects,all stakeholders, and outcomes of a decision, before making a final judgement. These skills and experiences would qualify me to serve the residents of district 12 and Will County.
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