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Vote for not more than 4By law, Illinois Townships are charged with three basic functions:1. General Assistance for those in need;2. The assessment of real property for the basis of local taxation;3. Maintenance of all roads and bridges outside federal, state and other local jurisdictions.Aligned with those services established by state law, Lisle Township provides vital services, such as:* Ride DuPage, a transportation program for Seniors and the disabled;* Job Club and Counseling, to support residents seeking employment;* A Food Pantry, to help feed those who are hungry;* Triad, a program with the City of Naperville and Naperville Township to assist senior/disabled citizens with special needs;* “LIHEAP” applications, a DuPage County program offering financial help with electric/gas bills;More information: Lisle Township

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    Anthony "Tony" Signorella
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    Kitty Murphy
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    Christy McGovern
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    Scott M. Silver
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    John DeCanto
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    Lisa M. Rose
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    Jean Page
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    Autumn Geist
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Biographical Information

Please describe the educational background, work experience, and other skills which uniquely qualify you for this position.

What do you consider to be the most important issues facing the Trustee’s office right now and how would you propose to address them?

What opportunities would you propose to reduce costs in the Trustee’s office while maintaining or improving needed services for the community?

What programs and policies would you propose, if any, to increase the transparency and accountability of the Trustee’s office?

How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the need for short term and long term services in the Township and how would you propose to address the impacts?

My name is Anthony “Tony” Signorella and my wife Lupita, our daughters Alexis & Samantha, and I are 17-year residents of Lisle Township, living in Naperville. My wife and I met at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I majored in political science. After graduation, I participated in a successful U.S. Senate campaign which enhanced my passion for public service and led to my 8 years working at the Office of the Illinois House Minority Leader. During my time with the IL House staff, I learned to think strategically in the many facets of the legislative process–including budgeting, public relations, and teamwork. I advanced through the ranks, ultimately serving as Northern Policy & Communications Director, a senior staff role with the responsibilities of advancing the caucus’ legislative agenda and ensuring the reelection of state reps. It was the legislators who exhibited the highest level of character and ethics that helped shape my overall view of public service. They taught me how to achieve positive results for our communities by working in partnership with key stakeholders from different walks of life and from both sides of the aisle. Later, an opportunity to join Comcast’s Government & Regulatory Affairs team presented itself. I currently serve as their Sr. Manager cultivating relationships with officials in Chicago’s western suburbs–including communities in Lisle Township & DuPage County. Besides negotiating franchise agreements and communicating with members of the IL General Assembly, it is our commitment to community investment of which I am most proud. Whether leading Comcast’s partnership with the IL Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children task force or advancing the company’s internet access initiative for low-income families, it is our collaborations with governments & non-profits that has kept our communities safe, connected, and thriving. It is these ideals which I have brought to my new position as Lisle Township Trustee.
A few months after the Mayor of Naperville appointed me to serve a 4-year term on the City’s Liquor & Tobacco Commission, I was unanimously appointed to the position of Trustee for Lisle Township. In my half year as Trustee, I have witnessed first-hand the dedication of my fellow officials in ensuring the Township’s level of constituent services are second to none. Nothing highlighted the great work of the employees and volunteers of Lisle Township more than when the COVID pandemic hit families so hard. Despite the Township's assistance, almost a year later many of our residents continue to struggle with job loss, paying their bills, mental health concerns, and feeding their families. COVID relief remains the highest priority right now. Lisle Township has seen an increase in clientele for our community food pantry, but our staff and resources have met the demand. Partnership between Lisle Township and the Career and Networking Center has resulted in improved assistance for unemployed residents. The Township gives $5,000 a year to the Center and provides resources to lead the Lisle Township Job Club, which assists residents with job counseling. These strong public-private partnerships are crucial investments in the community–especially during the COVID pandemic. To ensure more residents receive the services they need, we must increase awareness of the vast services provided by DuPage County. At my invitation, the Executive Director of Giving DuPage, the County’s networking arm for non-profit organizations, attended a recent board meeting and discussed ways in which Lisle Township can partner and collaborate. I can attest that our “Township Strong” slate of candidates is focused on increasing awareness of our services, strengthening our partnership with the County through Giving DuPage, and improving the services we provide – such as personal and career counseling, senior citizens' reduced fares/transportation, and the food pantry and community garden, to name a few.
I am very pleased to serve on the Lisle Township board with both Republicans and Democrats who exhibit respect for one another’s ideas and principles and work in bipartisanship in making decisions. My fellow Trustees and I constantly search for ways to reduce the burden on taxpayers and improve the services we provide. In an effort to cut costs, I recently voted for a 7.5% decrease in the Township Supervisor’s salary. I also voted to keep the very nominal Trustees’ salaries at the same level (no increase), and I would be willing to explore the elimination of Trustees’ salaries altogether. In the previous questions, I highlighted some collaborative efforts with the County to reduce costs and improve efficiencies – including partnering with Giving DuPage. I would also like to engage community-based organizations and local companies and corporations to discuss ways in which we can incentivize donations and promote volunteerism in Lisle Township. Another cost cutting initiative would be to eliminate the ability to abuse the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). I want to keep FOIA available and accessible to the public, but obstructive and wasteful individuals have abused the system for too long, at a cost of millions of dollars to DuPage County taxpayers. Our “Township Strong” slate of candidates stand with me, united and committed to these efforts to reduce costs, while maintaining superior services for our residents.
Transparency and accountability should be the highest priorities that all government bodies should continually look to improve upon – and Lisle Township is no different. Our Township government exhibits a great amount of transparency and accountability with several practices currently in place. Board agendas and meeting minutes are published on our government website (www.lisletownship.com) and can be accessed by anyone at any time. The online archives contain all the information our residents and taxpayers could want or need. The greatest display of transparency and accountability is Lisle Township’s monthly practice of auditing expenditures. Every month Trustees receive a list of disbursements, and two alternating Trustees audit all expenditures, reviewing for accuracy in consultation with the finance team. The fully vetted expenditures are then brought forth by the Trustees for a vote at the board meeting. This system ensures accuracy, accountability, and transparency for the government and our taxpayers – a standard that should be replicated by all township governments throughout Illinois. That said, a great system can certainly be improved. To that end, during the February 2021 board meeting, I proposed that Lisle Township begin posting a listing of all year to date (YTD) expenditures online every month for public view – essentially, calling for even more transparency and accountability. It is the right of every taxpayer to know how their hard-earned money is spent by their government, and our “Township Strong” candidates agree this online list of expenditures would allow our residents to see the value of their tax dollars at work.
It is safe to say that relief from the COVID pandemic is the highest priority right now. As previously stated, many of our residents continue to struggle with job loss, paying their bills, mental health issues, and putting food on their table. I was very proud to vote for approximately $200,000 in federal CARES Act funding to combat COVID. This was money that was allocated by the federal government and distributed to state and county governments for the sole purpose of alleviating the hardships brought on by the pandemic – and not at the expense of Lisle Township taxpayers. As such, we approved an agreement with West Suburban Community Pantry for nearly $14,000. To assist our residents in navigating the tough job market caused by COVID, I made the motion to approve a $20,000 counseling services agreement with the Career Networking Center. We fought the rise in mental illness with the approval of a $60,000 agreement with Youth Outlook, an organization that provides mental health wellness for youths and their parents. President Biden will likely sign another COVID relief bill very soon, with millions of dollars to be allocated to state, county, and local governments, and we must continue to search for efficient and effective ways to invest. It is my job, and the commitment of our “Township Strong” slate of candidates, to improve and enhance the services for our constituents that need them most - with no increased burden on our taxpayers. It is investments in the community with strong public-private partnerships that are crucial, especially during this once-in-a-century pandemic.
My name is Kitty Murphy. I am a lifelong resident of Lisle, graduated from both St. Joan of Arc and Lisle High School. My three grown daughters are all Lisle-educated professionals. I love my community and have spent over 30 years embedded and involved in making it a better place to live/work.

I have a long non-profit career in Lisle/Naperville/Aurora/Oswego. For the past 6 years, I have served as the National Special Events Coordinator for The Angelman Syndrome Foundation, and am responsible for fundraising $1.2 million annually for research, clinics and family support. (2014 to present)

Prior to this, and somewhat overlapping in years, I was Owner/Operator of an iconic business on Main Street – The Nook (2007-2018), as well as Director of Children’s Ministry at Harvest Bible Chapel in Naperville (2010-2014). I am still owner/landlord of The Nook building on Main Street in Lisle.

As CEO for Reflective Images (2004-2007), I lead the business from negative -$50k to over $1 Million is sales. I was founding member and Director of Outreach for Crossroads Community Church in Oswego (1996-2004). I am a vested employee of AT&T Network Systems(1983-1993) in Lisle, where I was Communications Coordinator for Lisle/Naperville & nationally.

I am a passionate servant for my community, volunteering for Planning and Zoning Board (12 yrs); Executive & Board Chair for Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce (13 yrs); Downtown Business Council Chair (8 yrs), Lisle Ale Fest (4 yrs), Founder/Chair Lisle Cruise Nights (7 yrs), Chamber Dinner Dance (7 yrs); and West Suburban Food Pantry Chef Event (4 yrs).

As Trustee, I will bring my talent, energy, experience and passion to strengthen the community and grow Township services & communications with our residents. My long-term connection to this community will guide my leadership and decision making as I strive to effectively represent the values of our residents.

I believe our Township government is strong. I do believe better communication with the community about the services and assistance the Township offers will continue to strengthen our reach and effectiveness in the community. I believe my communication and collaboration abilities will help facilitate a more bi-partisan approach to problem-solving.

My team and I would like to advocate for more community involvement with community garden plots. We want to increase them and encourage/facilitate fresh food donations to our Township Food Pantry. I will also work hard to foster local corporate partnerships including community involvement and corporate support of our Food Pantry and other services.
The Township has some great services in place. We want to improve our current scope and reach of these services to community members. Communication in two specific areas is going to be the first step. We need to communicate and collaborate with our current Township service providers to identify opportunities for improvement. We also need to create a better communication system with our residents. I believe too many community members are unaware of the great services available to them through the Township. This needs to be remedied.

The next important step would be to increase our services without increasing the tax burden on the residents. To do this, we intend to create new relationships partnerships with local organizations and DuPage County. There are many wonderful services already being offered at the DuPage County level and through other local organizations. The challenge of awareness and connection to these services is a common problem. All service organizations would greatly benefit from collaboration, partnership, and new processes for connecting all residents to the services they need. This is one example of how my slate will work to strengthen the Township’s effectiveness without duplication of efforts and without raising taxes.

We don’t support consolidation of services. To take away the community factor in townships would create a large political entity in which the voices of citizens may not be heard. We do support collaboration and connection to services where it benefits the residents most. All politics are local; we want the needs of our residents met and their voices heard locally.
I find the level of transparency to the taxpayers impressive in the Lisle Township. As with all things though, there is always room for improvement. My slate hopes to make an improvement/change in the Lisle Township website over the next few months. My teammates on the Township Strong Slate and I would also like to see a spreadsheet that can be viewed on our website by the taxpayers. We refer to it as a ¨Township Checkbook¨ - something that would enable citizens to see the value of their Township tax dollars in action.

When you take a look at the strength, experience and community involvement of our entire slate, it is evident that we are a solid team with integrity and passion to make a positive impact in the Township. We are committed to working collaboratively together and work efficiently to create positive changes for the residents in this community.
The Covid-19 pandemic has been hammering our residents for over a year now. The challenges our residents face are increasing and help from The Township is needed more than ever before. We agree that aggressive pursuit of all federal government relief programs is a priority. There is another round of relief coming – we will leave nothing on the table and request every dollar available to us in order to help the residents. Our community members are looking to us in their time of need, and we need to do everything in our power to assist them and keep the Township safe and strong.

Collaboration, communication and increased services to Lisle Township, without a tax increase, will also be a top priority for my slate. We have a combined history of community service that is unparalleled, and we have worked together in different capacities in civic matters. We work well together, we have good community history with residents, and we are fully committed to a strong Lisle Township!
Campaign Phone (708) 707-0091
Campaign Website http://townshipstrong.com
I am an 18 year resident of Lisle. I grew up in the Air Force, attending the majority of my schooling in Kansas. I went to Benedictine College on a tennis scholarship where I triple majored in English, Spanish, and Education. I studied abroad in Cuernavaca, Mexico and did graduate studies at the University of Complutence, Madrid, Spain. I spent summers, while I was single, volunteering in Quito, Ecuador at El Centro del Muchacho Trabajador. The charity center provides meals, clothing, medical, and schooling to children who come from generations of families working on the streets without an opportunity to advance in life. I believe my experience with multicultural education, volunteerism, bilingualism, and a history of civic experience, serving as Village Trustee in Lisle and being on the Green Trails Improvement Committee for six years, gives me excellent experience to be the best candidate for Lisle Township Trustee. My strengths are collaboration, making sound decisions, efficient spending of tax dollars, being transparent, seeking the underserved, and knowing my Township well. I work in Downers Grove, my four sons attend school in Lisle and Naperville, and my husband works in Downers Grove, and as mentioned, we live in Lisle. I love where I live and want to maintain the strengths that make our Township great and make improvements, such as increased efficiency in spending and improved community outreach on assistance programs, very much needed during a challenging period of pandemic

I believe the most important issue that faces the trustees on the Lisle Township is to act and vote on changes that increase quality of services while maintaining efficient spending. Our hard working residents should not see a tax levy increase. Our current levy is the lowest it has been in eight years due to excellence in collaboration and efficiency of spending that incumbent members of my talented slate, Township Strong, have implemented. We are like-minded individuals that possess an array of skills and strengths that complement each other well. It is this ¨esprit de corps¨, ingenuity, and effectiveness that I am able to emulate, remaining open-minded to options and possibilities that strengthen and streamline the services in our Township.
A community service that is in high demand right now during challenging times is our Township Food Pantry. I will work to increase second shelf donations through corporate relationships and donations of surplus. In the United States, as much as 40% of food produced for people goes to waste. Many grocery stores, institutions and restaurants are still major contributors to our food waste stream. I plan to create positive relationships between these businesses and our Township community. As we have witnessed during Covid, we have a symbiotic relationship, one with the other. Positive relationships between government, businesses, and community are essential to keep efficiency and effectiveness. Another method I would employ to strengthen this essential balance, is to create sections of garden plots in our community gardens that donate fresh produce directly to our food pantry. This would increase community awareness, along with possible additional contributions, after the need is understood. We see the services of the Township when the snow is falling and the roads need care. I want the services of the Township to shine throughout the year. Increased visibility is increased awareness and community participation.

In attending Township Board meetings and reviewing their data, I find the level of transparency to the taxpayers impressive, but it could be improved. There is a pending change in the Lisle Township website in the next few months. Something that my teammates on the Township Strong Slate and I would like to see is a spreadsheet that can be viewed by the taxpayer, a ¨Township Checkbook¨ that would enable citizens to see the value of their Township tax dollars in action.
Although we have received roughly $200,000 in the Cares Act Funding for Covid relief, there is still not enough funding. Covid has left people without jobs, hungry, and governmental agencies will employ less in jobs related to their infrastructure due to decreased funding, just to name a few consequences of our international pandemic that very much affects us at a Township level. Short term, our citizens´ basic needs must be met. As mentioned earlier, increased supply in the Township Food Pantry is essential, along with strengthened services in the Job Bank, RTI (safe free or reduced transportation services for the elderly) and mental health outreach. The best action we can take to address long term effects, since we could have not have imagined a pandemic of this scale merely a year ago, is to focus on building a building a budget surplus in the future, finding the most effective and efficient routes of action and building reserves for unforeseen ripple effects or future crisis. Short term, I think the time to use some current budget surplus is now. My strength on the Township Board would be my community connection and motivation for more outreach, especially for newcomers that may face language or cultural barriers in our area. I would like to see more outreach to the underserved, giving them the confidence and connection in our community that we call home.
Campaign Phone (630) 675-5225
In 1985, I graduated from Lewis University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting. In 1992, I received my Master of Business Administration with my major in Accountancy from De Paul University. I have worked for over 20 years in local government finance. The past 15 years, I have worked for Lisle Park District as the Superintendent of Finance saving the residents well over 3 million dollars in property taxes. I accomplished this by defeating unsubstantiated Tax Objections, Refinancing Bonds, Restructuring Bonds and other financial instruments. I treat the money I am charged with being responsible for as my own. If I can find a lower cost solution, if I can partner with someone else to help shoulder the financial burden, or if we can simply do without, then that is my preference. I have received The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting given by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the past twenty years. It is presented to those government units whose annual financial reports are judged to adhere to program standards and represents the highest award in government financial reporting. I was an instructor at Morton College from 1986 to 1995 teaching Accounting, Business Math, Principals of Accounting, Introduction to Accounting, Cost Accounting, , Introduction to Business, and Principal of Management and Advertising.
I believe the Food Pantry has the most challenging issues facing the Township. In these extraordinarily tough times, our residents need both financial and mental support. I believe with my government network of relationships and past collaborations I will be able to bring financial assistance to our residents. I think we need to provide additional food resources for our residents in need and expanding township garden plots through intergovernmental cooperation is a priority of mine, as fresh produce is in scarce supply. A Costco is moving into the neighborhood and I think it is imperative to identify ways to work together with them to advance this effort, too. On the mental health issues, I believe we need to be the resource to navigate the system to help ensure our residents are being taken care of at the DuPage County facility. The Township has the ability to increase property taxes by assessing a special tax for mental health. However, I’m not in favor of that as I view that as a duplication of services. I think a better use of Township resources in this situation is to serve as an information source and direct people accordingly.
I would propose to pay additional Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) payments to take advantage of the returns in the stock market versus the .2% in Certificates of Deposits (CD). By making the additional funding, that would reduce the cost to the Township in the future. Maybe this example will help explain the game plan. If I have $100,000to invest in a CD earning .2% for a year, it will have earned $200.00 But if I made the same contribution to IMRF, an entity that historically earns 7%, the Township would have earned $7,000.00 thus reducing the pension responsibility in the future. The Township would also get a bonus with compounding that would even reduce future liabilities.
I believe that all government needs to be transparent. I believe the Township website should have a list of the accounts payables that are approved before each meeting. This way the residents can see who the Township is doing business with and where and how their Township investment is being spent.
Covid-19 has impacted the world like nothing I have seen before. The unemployment screaming up to over 14% in the short term, the loss of jobs, the financial stress, the inability to go out and socialize, the strain on kids and parents and the death toll on the world. If now more than anything, the Township needs to be STRONG and a resource to help our residents get the help they need. The long-term effects are going to be huge including the difficulty of finding a job, the mortgage payment you haven’t been able to make, the Landlord who hasn’t collect his rent but still must pay his mortgage. My guess unfortunately, is there will be a lot of foreclosures to come. So, with that said, I believe the Township will serve a bigger population of people in need.

I’m not running on just reducing cost. I will look to streamline processes like I have done throughout my career in local government so that the Township can serve more of its residents while stretching tax dollars as far and as responsibly as possible. I believe to be a responsible elected official, you have to get fully emersed in the day-to-day operations, understand current priorities and commitments, and work with your fellow elected officials and staff before you can just say I want to reduce costs.
I am a Benedictine University graduate working at a community bank in Lisle. I review tax returns, financial statements, and contracts on a daily basis. I plan to use my experience with financial statements to analyze the Township budget for efficiency and transparency. I've served as an election judge and now serve as an elected precinct committeeperson. I believe in the general assistance services provided by Lisle Township and want to see residents get help when needed.
I believe most residents are not aware of the services the Township provides. As Trustee, I will support an increased effort to inform residents of the services available so that people who need assistance can get it. I also want to protect the services that are relied upon by residents of Lisle Township.
I will analyze the budget for vendor expenses that could be renegotiated or switched to a better provider. Township staff should have a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities expected of them and to be able to adapt to an increase in usage of the Township's services once the new board begins heavily advertising the Township services. I would like to see Lisle Township work closer with other governmental bodies and non-profits to provide comprehensive services in an efficient manner.
I will ensure all meetings and public documents are readily available for residents to review. I will encourage a resident feedback form to field questions, concerns, and input for new services.
Covid19 has increased the need for health services and employment services. I would love to see the Township continue to offer counseling services free of charge to residents who are struggling with life's variety of challenges. I would like to see the Lisle Township Job Club expand its scope of service to help not only white collar workers, but skilled trades, single parent households, part time workers, and entry level workers looking for a better opportunity. I want to see the counseling services work in combination with the employment services to help people get through the stress of searching for employment.
My past work experience was mainly in Customer Service. I've been a stay-at-home-mom for 26 years, but that doesn't mean I've not kept busy. I've stayed involved in our community as a volunteer, first in my kids school and eventually in the community. I may not have a CPA, but I’m the kind of person that maintains my checkbook balance to the penny. I like it when things add up, and are where they need to be. Our bills are paid promptly. I’m the sole accountant and tax-preparer for my little household, but the same skills apply to reviewing any budget.
Citizens, including most people I know, do not even know what the township is. When people see the township as a line-item on their taxes, they would naturally feel that it’s wasted money. The two things I would like to see is for people to know where the money goes, and to feel that they are getting a good deal. As a trustee I would be more of a member of the community than an employee of the township, because I’m a taxpayer too!. I would try to use that connection to improve community outreach, letting my fellow citizens know what they have, and how to use it.
The township is less than 1% of a typical tax bill like mine. I feel that we do not want to consider raising that figure, but I think rather than lower it, it would be better to find ways to use the money wisely,

I would like to help move more of the township budget from administrative costs to actual services. For example, the proposed budget includes 0.3% for Mental Health ($10K), while it includes $57,000 for various office things, like TELEPHONE 10K, TELEPHONE/ASSESOR 9K, COMPUTER/ASSESOR 30K, OFFICE SUPPLIES 8.5K. I feel a good approach would be to look at what kind of Mental Health services are available, and find a way to increase those, trimming out of the long list of administrative items.
The Township website posts the budget, meeting minutes and the link to the meeting video. Increased transparency isn’t just making budgets and meeting minutes available, it’s making them digestible for residents to understand. In order to have a real conversation, the two parties need to be on the same page. I will advocate to make sure the most concise and simplest version of the budget and meeting minutes is available to all residents.

I would also like to make sure that the bidding process for contracts under 20K in the “discretionary” category are as transparent as the bids for higher contracts. Why the vendor was chosen, were there any others who gave quotes, does the vendor have any ties with current officials, and is the vendor from out-of-state and if so why? Are there environmental or safety issues that might cost more to “do it right”? These are all questions that need to be asked and made available as well.
The pandemic has impacted the need for the Food Pantry by doubling the amount of families currently utilizing it. CARES money helped the Pantry to buy extra refrigeration and freezer units last year.

Utilities such as Comed and Nicor have agreed to not shut down service due to non-payment for the duration of the pandemic. Rent assistance was reported to be low but has started to pick up, most likely due to the on-going nature of the crisis we still face.

As mentioned earlier, many people do not know about the food pantry, and general and emergency assistance at the Township so what they may have budgeted for may grossly underestimate the need. This will definitely need to be addressed once in office to make sure that help is available to all who need it.
My past work experience was mainly in Customer Service. I've been a stay-at-home-mom for 26 years, but that doesn't mean I've not kept busy. I've stayed involved in our community as a volunteer, first in my kids school and eventually in the community. I may not have a CPA, but I’m the kind of person that maintains my checkbook balance to the penny. I like it when things add up, and are where they need to be. Our bills are paid promptly. I’m the sole accountant and tax-preparer for my little household, but the same skills apply to reviewing any budget.
Citizens, including most people I know, do not even know what the township is. When people see the township as a line-item on their taxes, they would naturally feel that it’s wasted money. The two things I would like to see is for people to know where the money goes, and to feel that they are getting a good deal. As a trustee I would be more of a member of the community than an employee of the township, because I’m a taxpayer too!. I would try to use that connection to improve community outreach, letting my fellow citizens know what they have, and how to use it.
The township is less than 1% of a typical tax bill like mine. I feel that we do not want to consider raising that figure, but I think rather than lower it, it would be better to find ways to use the money wisely,

I would like to help move more of the township budget from administrative costs to actual services. For example, the proposed budget includes 0.3% for Mental Health ($10K), while it includes $57,000 for various office things, like TELEPHONE 10K, TELEPHONE/ASSESOR 9K, COMPUTER/ASSESOR 30K, OFFICE SUPPLIES 8.5K. I feel a good approach would be to look at what kind of Mental Health services are available, and find a way to increase those, trimming out of the long list of administrative items.
To bring more transparency to the Township, I would suggest making the website much easier to navigate. Taxpayers are concerned with how the government spends their money. Currently a taxpayer can look up the budget and find a detailed list of expenditures, in pdf form. While nothing is hidden, I would propose a simple improvement which would include a link to a graphic like a bar chart that shows the expense breakdown, which would give the taxpayer a better view of where their money is going.
COVID has put a lot of people out of work, which has created more need. Food prices have gone up. 2020 was a hot & humid summer and, winter has been cold and snowy, which means higher utility bills. The Township operates a food pantry. We learned during a tour recently, that the food pantry had seen an increase in need during the pandemic. We also learned that while the holidays generally brought increased donations to stock their shelves with, they usually experience a slowdown in donations from mid-February through March. I volunteer at the Township food pantry vegetable garden. While working in the garden, which is on the same property as the Township complex, I've witnessed the steady stream of vehicles coming to pick up their allotment of food. So we know there is a need. It's going to take a long time to recover from the pandemic. Safety nets should be put in place now to help alleviate stressing the system during higher times of need.
Campaign Address 5133 BARNWALL CT
Campaign Phone (630) 373-7856
Campaign Website http://ittakesatownship.org
As a 28 year resident of Lisle, mother, home and business owner in Lisle and voter, I am an engaged resident. In my business alone, I have an “ear to the ground” as people share their stories. It gives me insight into what their needs and fears are as well as in what ways our community can improve. That ear is priceless and keeps me in touch. Professionally, I have a varied work experience that has given me the opportunity to learn and execute in large and small companies, in technology and marketing. As well as in my own businesses that I have founded. And I have served my community in and outside of Lisle in non-compensatory ways for not for profits. These experiences should not be dismissed as they offered many learning experiences too. From mentoring teen mothers to raising funds for programs that support individuals and families. I also use my business as a conduit for collecting foods, diapers and coats for people in need. I am also a woman of color and believe there is value in bringing a diverse voice and experience to the township in leadership. Boards should reflect the communities they serve. Currently own and operate a local lifestyle boutique and Makery, The Collective in downtown Lisle. The shop is almost 4 years old and has put to test all of my professional experience in surviving the pandemic. Currently, also own The Public, a professional speech coaching practice.. Leading global technology projects where I navigated different cultures, language barriers and time zones while honoring timelines and budgets. Managing 1mi annual budget for a small software company and executed marketing initiatives including user conferences, sales incentive and trades how events. Business Analysis roles where I was integral in creating best practice solutions in customer service for companies like Universal/Sony. All of these life and professional experiences are helpful to leading a community serving organization.

As a citizen in tune with our times and community, the crisis of the pandemic is definitely causing a further strain on the township services. From the demands on the food pantry (which has doubled) to the need for wellness counseling and job club support, we will need to find way to respond to the demand while still being good stewards of our residents' tax dollars. This is where my skills are going to be tested. From networking with other not for profits, agencies, and townships, we can only enhance our offering and I would like to become a model of best practices for townships to follow..

Another challenge I see is the communication flow. Most of the time when I share my candidacy, people are completely unaware of the role of a township. And they acknowledge that they see the line item on their tax bill. I want to make sure that people who need services are aware of them and that the people who are paying taxes understand their investment in the community. The township staff and board do an excellent job with holding their meetings via Zoom to be transparent. I would like to expand upon this as internet is not always accessible to all or easy to navigate by our seniors. We can do better with outreach using a quarterly newsletter, social media information and scheduled Coffees.

Currently, I have not heard of community outcry to reduce cost/burden on taxpayers and in fact, the township has a surplus of funds from the previous years budget and a reserve fund. In my mind, we should not look to cut when the township staff and board has been prudent with the dollars they have been trusted to manage.

If anything, we should be responding to the increase in demand and begin planning to expand the services by increasing the staff to help manage the crisis of the pandemic. The current staff counselor has to wear two high demand hats as the sole counselor for the entire township and leading the job club. Both are areas of great demand in normal times, let alone during a pandemic crisis. I would like to see the surplus used to hire part time support.

Earlier I mentioned ideas such as expanding beyond the website and Zoom board meetings by using social media tools, informal coffee meetings where residents can ask questions and have dialogue with staff or trustees. And a buddy program to give our isolated seniors or others with limitations support. Nazareth Academy has a similar program where they partner up students with seniors in the residential facility next door.

We should also consider creating a quarterly newsletter that keeps residents informed on programs, services, etc.
COVID has impacted socio emotional wellness because of isolation, emergency funds needs, increased demands on the food pantry resources and the need for job coaching because of un and under employment.. Every offering of the township has become more and more critical to our families.And while may appear to be short term, we need to be prepared for the increase to extend through 2021. Creating “buddies” for seniors is one solution that will likely be something we see continue beyond the pandemic. I would like to see local volunteers, primarily high school and college students partner up with a senior who can use human contact. The food insecurity for seniors with the Meals on wheels program could be offset by local restaurant sponsors. Right now, there are 300 seniors on the waiting list.

The best way to come up with solutions is to understand the breadth of the problem. We need to work collaboratively creating opportunities where we are listening to the community, and then working with the staff and elected officials to come up with solutions. The more collaborative, the more invested and motivated people are in implementing them. This is the value of a board of elected trustees that shares a common vision but comes to the table with diverse experiences and skills. This is also the value of supporting the entire It Takes A Township late of candidates.