We believe that to make a great community, it's leadership needs to listen. We believe our community is better when all residents are included and united.
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We are a group of citizens working to bring positive change to our community through leadership and uniting our diverse town.
In late 2016, in a quiet neighborhood in Bolingbrook, neighbors, business owners, and concerned citizens joined together to discuss the upcoming municipal election in Bolingbrook and the need for a change in local government. Citing citizens’ complaints that Bolingbrook’s leadership had grown out of touch with the diversity of the community, who its residents are and what is important to them, the group acknowledged that for over 30 years the same party has been in control and change is desperately needed.
Concerns expressed amongst the group ranged from improved fiscal responsibility and transparency to taxpayers, to improving services to residents including repair and installation of sidewalks and other infrastructure basics that are missing in some "forgotten parts" of the village. It became clear to all who were in attendance that it was time for change and "Bolingbrook United" was born.
Help us build a stronger, more transparent community for everyone.
Bolingbrook United is made up of people representing all parts of our community, working together to build a strong community.
We bring people together from accross our diverse community to build strong relationships and a healthy community.
The best way to unite as a community is to get to know your neighbors. Strong people make a strong community.
They're your tax dollars, you should know how they're used. We'll work to make sure local government is open and accountable.
Bolingbrook United represents everyone in Bolingbrook, and has excellent candidates running for all local offices in the upcoming April 2nd election.
for Village Trustee
Bolingbrook is currently over three hundred million dollars in debt with seemingly no proper plan in place to reduce this debt in an efficient way. We must take a hard look at current village assets and determine if we are simply throwing good money at bad ideas. We have to end the constant debt accumulation and instead pay as we go when possible, take on only the debt that will result in a clear and marked improvement for the people of Bolingbrook, and work to craft a plan that will pay down the Village’s debt in a cost effective manner.
Government should provide the highest level of service in the most efficient and cost effective way possible. The village’s current overreliance on no bid contracting flies in the face of all of those principals. Outside of emergency situations or the availability of only one vendor, no government contract should be approved without going through a fair bidding process. No investment of tax payer dollars should be made without the careful consideration and research that a public bidding process allows.
Bolingbrook is one of the most diverse communities in Illinois. Its government should respect that fact and ensure that every resident, business, and visitor is treated fairly. This means that government should never use its power to silence dissent or pick on a particular person or group. It should foster economic growth by building alliances between the public and private sector that enrich the community. It must avoid even the appearance of conflicts of interest by openly communicating with the residents and addressing any problems head on.
The overwhelming majority of cities, towns, and villages in Illinois have multiple options for their garbage pickup. Bolingbrook, with its eclectic and varied housing situation, should be no different. For some renters and homeowners, bags are the best way to go. For others, the ability to use larger plastic cans would make more sense. For everyone, the option to use blue bags or covered containers to keep recyclables from littering our yards and streets is a common sense move. We believe that letting people decide what works best for their individual situation is the best policy. That is why Bolingbrook United is in favor of expanding garbage collection options to include both garbage bags and larger plastic "toters".
for School Board
Bolingbrook is one of the most diverse communities in Illinois and we believe that diversity should be reflected in the people that educate our children. Numerous studies show that ensuring that students have a diverse range of teachers, especially teachers that come from the same backgrounds as them, improve student performance in a wide range of areas. Metrics such as student engagement, graduation rates, and retention of material all improve when students are led by teachers, administrators, and other faculty that embody the diversity of the student body.
Modern education is difficult. Students are expected to know more about a wider range of subjects than ever before. Teachers are under more pressure to improve student outcomes. School faculty and administrators are forced to make difficult funding decisions year after year. These hard realities have to be met with support from the district. By increasing focus on mental health within the district we can reduce teacher burnout, improve student outcomes, and create an environment where faculty, teachers, and students achieve remarkable things.
Not every job requires an advanced degree and technical secondary education programs can result in some of the highest paying and most rewarding careers in the world today. Our schools should reflect that fact as they council their students on what to do after they leave our district. Partnering with technical/vocational programs will give our students a full range of options for their futures.
for Library Board
Our Library offers so many different options for learning, training, and community involvement. But so many members of the Bolingbrook community view the library as just a place to borrow books. By increasing community engagement, the library can fully inform residents about the services offered and increase usage of the library across the board. In addition, a strong effort to improve mobile services will allow seniors and our disabled community members to have access to the services the library offers.
Transparency is important at all levels of government and Fountaindale Library is no different. We believe that Library Board meetings should be made available for people to view from their homes and on their mobile devices by using available streaming technology. We also believe that residents should be fully informed about issues facing the Library, by making board members more available to the public. We also will work to institute an annual needs assessment that explores what the library is doing well and what needs improvement.
So many residents of Bolingbrook could engage with the programs the Library offers if more programs were offered during times that actually work for people. We want to see programs shifted to evening hours, so that there isn’t the poor choice between going to work and attending school or taking advantage of our wonderful Library. Additionally, increasing the number of programs offered on the weekends will further allow residents to fully engage with the Library and everything it has to offer. We would also like to see more resources devoted to children and youth programs focusing on improving literacy and reading comprehension.
for Park District Board
Last November, the residents of Bolingbrook voted to give the park district the authority to issue $14 million in capital bonds. We believe that it is imperative that there be strong oversight over the issuing of those bonds, the expenditure of those funds, and the repayment of those bonds over time. That is why a major focus of our time in office will be ensuring that any projects paid for with this new bond money are put out for public bid, that every effort is made to come in under budget and on time, and that the investments made result in the best possible park district for the taxpayers.
The Bolingbrook Park District is a shining example of the good that public works can do. But, it is imperative that those good works improve the lives of every member of the community. Many park programs are currently aimed at those that can afford them and current fee pricing needs to be looked at. In addition, there are programs that the park can provide that will improve the lives of those in the community regardless of economic status. These include simple things like partnering with local colleges and universities to give students in local theatre, music, and arts programs a public space to perform or display their work. The park can also create alliances with the local business community to offer spaces for job fairs and training opportunities.
Bolingbrook’s community celebrates diversity in so many ways and our park district should celebrate our community as well. That is why we want the programs the park offers to welcome everyone in the community into our public spaces. We want to see expansion of our offered programs to include activities like badminton, a more structured yoga program, community meet and greets, cultural exchange opportunities like Heritage Festivals and Young Professional workshops. By increasing diversity in the programs the park offers, we can make our parks a welcoming environment for all the people of Bolingbrook.
for Plainfield Library Board
We want to ensure that the library serves the people of the community by keeping business and transactions in the open. By focusing on transparency everyone can be certain that the library is conducting business in the appropriate manner and is following the law at all times. In addition, making sure library board meetings are live streamed will increase awareness, attendance at the meetings, and improve public participation with the library.
Libraries are often kept apart from the larger community and rarely thought about in the same way that a city hall, county board, or other government entity is. But if stronger partnerships are built between the library and other governmental entities, and even other area library districts, we can offer up a wider range of services and opportunities for residents. Combine that with stronger partnerships with community organizations and local businesses and you have the chance to make the library a true community hub of learning and growth.
The Plainfield Library District needs to raise $20 million for a new building. Every attempt to pass any sort of taxation referendum has failed, though, and with good reason. The library has not shown a strong long term plan with clear achievable goals to the people. The library needs to put together a plan that partners with the community, makes use of existing resources, and has an eye on basic revenue generating practices. Small things like making sure people who park at the library but aren’t using the facilities pay for parking and creating a space in the facility for a coffee shop or café to generate rent paint a different picture than simply asking for a tax increase. The library has to show that it has a vision for its place in the community in the next few years and far into the future.