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Vote for not more than 4Mission Statement: Naperville Township, in partnership with the greater Aurora, Naperville & Warrenville communities, and through the efforts of dedicated employees and elected officials, will provide township services in an efficient and effective manner in order to preserve and enhance the quality of life for all our residents. We are committed to listening to and evaluating the needs of the public and shall provide services, which are responsive to the health, safety and general welfare of the entire township. Trustees: The Naperville Township Board Trustees is a five member board with four trustees and the vote of the Supervisor. Trustees are representatives of the public and vote on important matters including the annual town budget, tax levy, funding of various community programs, and Township expenditures. The Board of Trustees also audits Township expenses and must approve all bills and claims to ensure the most efficient use of taxpayer dollars.More information: Naperville Township

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    Paul Santucci
    (Rep)

  • Thomas J. Laz
    (Rep)

  • Gabby Serna
    (Rep)

  • Bill Breyne
    (Rep)

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    Loretta Burke
    (Dem)

  • John Waller
    (Dem)

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    Julie Federico
    (Dem)

  • Jennifer Dianna Franklin (Write-in)
    (Dem)

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?

I have earned an Executive MBA from the University of Notre Dame which was an accelerated MBA program for working professionals with a master’s degree in another field of study. I also have a Master of Science, Recreation Administration from George Williams College of Aurora University.

My undergraduate work was a Bachelor of Science, Communications and Marketing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Illi Requirements were met for Communications and Marketing with a minor in Theater.

I have been active in the Naperville community for 13 years as I am currently the Board of Advisors, Co-Chairman of Parade Committee, Graphic Designer and Marketing Chairman for the West Suburban Irish. I also serve as Board of Directors for BrightSide Theatre Group in Naperville.

I am current finishing my second term as Trustee Naperville Township and am seeking re-election. I am also an elected Committeeman for the Naperville Township Republican Organization, and served as past Vice Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary.

I represent the Mayfair Section of the Oakhurst Homeowners Association

I am also an active member of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Aurora Chamber of Commerce.
I believe the current Board of Trustees has worked hard the last four years in a bi-partisan fashion to develop best practices and procedures for the Township. The only major issue that I can foresee is the abolishment of the Highway District and the absorption of the highway department supervision and auditing of the budget to now fall under the Township Supervisor and Board of Trustees.

This will be uncharted territory for the newly elected Supervisor and Board, therefore there may be a bit more work than expected initially.
The Township has been run very efficiently, especially the past four years. The Trustees do not have a budget nor and expenses, they merely serve as auditors of the activities and financial workings of the Assessor's office, the Supervisor's general township services and the Road District's budgets.
I believe the township is already very transparent and township government is the most accessible form of government in the state of Illinois.
We have worked hard to work with the various service providers that we have always been working with to support their increased needs. In the Covid crisis we have provided further funding to increase our support. We also approved to use some of the federal Covid relief money to help the various service providers that we continue to have a relationship with.
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Campaign Phone (630) 921-0433
I have been a resident of Aurora for over 20 years, and have been elected many times as the Democratic Committeeperson for Precinct 68. Active on the Executive Board of the Naperville Township Democrats, I have volunteered as the Precinct Coordinator to recruit and train precinct committeepersons. A proud retired union member of the Illinois Education Association, I served many years as a Building Representative with the Oswego Education Association and as a delegate to the 2016 National Education Association’s Representative Assembly in Washington, D.C. My education credentials consist of a B.S. degree in Business Education from DePaul University, Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science and Educational Administration Certification from Dominican University. Upon moving to Aurora, I served as a Board member-at-large for the Diamond Bay Homeowners’ Association for several years. My work life experience encompasses 40 years among the business, legal and educational communities in Chicago and the Western Suburbs. In my past position as a School Library Information Specialist in Oswego School District 308, I came to recognize the importance of technology and data in making responsible financial decisions, and brought that viewpoint to the Naperville Township Board of Trustees. My focus during my four-year term has been on bringing a greater awareness of the services the Township offers to residents, in providing more transparency in the Township’s operations and fiscal policies, and working to reduce the tax burden upon Township residents.
The most important issue facing the Trustee’s office, as well as the Township, has been in trying to preserve and maintain the Township form of government. Township government has been under attack for many years for many reasons. Township residents enjoy services that would otherwise be unavailable to them, if the Township ceased to exist. Since 2017, when I and my fellow Board members were elected, we have been addressing the attack on Township government by bringing a greater awareness to residents of the variety of benefits available to them. Residents have seen that township government not only works, but it works for them. At the forefront of our efforts to grow residents’ support for the township, we have: conducted Open Houses where residents can visit the Township offices, meet the staff (including Spanish language-speaking staff), and learn about Township services available to them, such as General Assistance, LIHEAP, Medical Equipment Lending Closet; held Annual Town Meetings in the conveniently-located Naperville Municipal Center City Council Chambers; held monthly public Zoom Board meetings during Covid-19 restrictions; increased availability of SHIP counselors’ appointments for Seniors during Medicare Open Enrollment; Passport Services available on select evenings and Saturday appointments; and updated the Township website with all Board meeting agendas and documents posted for residents.
Reducing costs has been an ongoing goal with the current Board. One significant event taking place this year that will affect the reduction of costs will be that the Road District will be absorbed into the Township. Going forward, the Township Supervisor will have the ability to control the Road District costs and expenses, and thus the Township will be expecting to realize some savings. The Trustees will have the opportunity for oversight over the preparation of the Road District Budget going forward. Since taking office in 2017, a Capital Improvement Fund was created in the Budget to maintain the Township building, avoiding costly emergency repairs when needed. A regular maintenance schedule for the building will result in reducing costs over the long-term. Actually, during the current Board’s tenure, the Township increased its revenues by increasing the hours offered to residents for its Passport Services.
Since taking office in 2017, myself and the current Township Board of Trustees have already instituted increased transparency and accountability. Prior to COVID restrictions, the Township Board of Trustees secured the City Council Chambers of the Naperville Municipal Center to hold its Annual Meetings in a central, easily-accessible location, so more residents would be able to attend this important Township event. The Township website has been revamped to include all Board meeting agendas and documents, posted and available to the public, as well as posting at the Township offices. Township budgets for the Township, Road District and Assessor’s office are available for public viewing and posted on the Township website. During COVID restrictions, the Board meetings are open to the public to attend via Zoom, and make public comments, if they choose.
I and the other Trustees wanted Township services to be provided as close to normal as possible, in spite of the pandemic. Every service is still available to residents – just by appointment in person or via telephone calls. Since COVID, more people have sought short-term help from the Township when they are in crisis, because it can provide General Assistance quickly to resident, such as food emergencies, rental assistance, or utility assistance. Those budgets were increased for 2021, because the needs will continue to be greater at least for most of this year. The medical equipment lending closet has helped people with needs in their COVID recovery, which could span a long term, requiring use of equipment such as walkers, wheel chairs, etc. The lending closet is operating to meet the needs of residents - just by appointment only. SHIP counseling services for seniors were impacted because Medicare Open Enrollment was held anyway. Appointments were made with the counselors, utilizing different areas of the building for social distancing purposes. The County Board did provide the Township with funds to make the building safe for our township staff and visitors to our building in need of services (plexiglass partitions, doors, etc.).

To address the impacts, in its recent budget, I approved the budget for the Township to increase funds for General Assistance and local food pantries (Loaves & Fishes and Aurora Inter-faith Food Pantry). Mental Health, Youth and Senior Services funding was also increased, because I saw the increased need for these services will likely continue through 2021.
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Campaign Address Naperville, IL
Incumbent Naperville Township Trustee 30 years in Telecom Software Engineering and Product Management Masters Degree in Computer Science 30 year resident of Naperville and involved in many volunteer organizations
1) As the Naperville Township Highway Department gets consolidated under the Township office, how do we manage the services in the most cost-effective manner. 2) How do we continue to deal with COVID with regard to Naperville Township and the services they provide.
Currently, the Naperville Township is run very efficiently, thanks to Supervisor Eddie Bedford. Moving forward, it is the management of the Highway Department and services offered, and how we do them in the most cost-effective manner.
We are currently very transparent with regard to Township organization. The Highway Department consolidation needs to be incorporated into it.
Supervisor Eddie Bedford has tried to procure additional federal and state monies to help with increased Covid spending, both in ways that can help the additional Township expenses, and helping the seniors and vulnerable residents of the Township with their increased needs due to Covid.
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