Election Day Endorsements

Election day is finally upon us.

Turnout is usually abysmal for these off-cycle elections. Your vote never means more than it does when your next representative can be elected with less than 300 total votes. The difference between winning and losing will likely be less than a couple dozen votes. Because of this, I’d like to relay some of my observations on the candidates for various office.

Carpentersville Village Board

Voters have six candidates running for three open Trustee seats to serve alongside myself and two other Trustees. They are essentially running as two tickets. One consists of Paul Humpfer, Don Burroway and Jeff Sabbe. The other ticket is Chris Scholl, Sara Miller and Humberto Garcia.

I feel the ticket of Humpfer, Burroway and Sabbe is most in line with my position as an advocate of the taxpayer and they have earned my endorsement.

Paul Humpfer is the chairman of our Audit & Finance Committee as well as a CPA who holds multiple certifications in the insurance field. He consistently demonstrates fiscal discipline while volunteering an incredible amount of professional services for the residents. His favorite phrase is “getting to yes”, which conveys an attitude that he and I share that government at every level should work for the people and not the other way around. Recently, his financial oversight helped the Village acquire its highest bond rating ever. This is in stark contrast to the finances of the city of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools and the state of Illinois, which are in death spirals and currently barely above junk bond status. Carpentersville has also returned its best financial audits in many decades during Paul’s tenure. Lastly, he voted to abolish the vehicle sticker tax.

Don Burroway sits on our Audit & Finance Committee and has also demonstrated an impressive level of fiscal discipline. He is endorsed by the Daily Herald and does an excellent job of representing Village interests as our QuadCom (911 call center) representative. Don acts as our advocate for local environmental concerns. He also voted to end the vehicle sticker tax.

Jeff Sabbe recently moved here with his family and quickly became involved in the community, culminating in his nomination for Volunteer of the Year last year and an endorsement from the Daily Herald earlier this year. He is active in our local Chamber of Commerce and is eager to take his community involvement even farther to bring new businesses to town. Jeff has also been questioned by a powerful statewide special interest group in an effort to establish a quid pro quo of election support for preferential treatment after the election, which he politely declined because he didn’t want to come into the position owing anyone favors. That speaks volumes about his character.

The ticket of Chris Scholl – a current public union Carpentersville village employee, Sara Miller – the wife of a current village employee, and Humberto Garcia, is a ticket running primarily thanks to a loophole in Illinois law that allows blatant conflict of interest.

The Illinois Policy Institute did an excellent job summarizing the conflict of interest situation if you would like to learn more about it:

https://www.illinoispolicy.org/fire-safety-carpentersville…/

They are also running one of the most negative and confrontational campaigns in recent memory. I feel the rhetoric is unprofessional and if carried forward onto the board, would serve as a very poor example of the community to those looking to invest here either professionally or personally.

Other Local Elections

In other local elections affecting Carpentersville residents, I support Jim Bonkoski for Dundee Township Park Board and Jeffrey Meyer for ECC Board. If you live in East Dundee, I endorse Allen Skillicorn.

Unfortunately, once again we have a District 300 school board race that is uncontested so I am unable to offer any insight into those candidates.

Lastly, I want to thank all of you for allowing me to serve you as Trustee these past two and a half years and for the next two years. I encourage you to reach out to me whenever you have any questions, concerns or ideas.

Best Regards,

Kevin

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Outreach Update

As some of you know, I maintain both this website and a Facebook page for updates as Trustee for the Village of Carpentersville.  I have also started posting in the various community Facebook pages as they have tremendous reach into the area.  Without a specific strategy, it can be somewhat confusing.

Due to some increases in traffic here, I’m excited to announce that I have revised my digital strategy.  Over the past couple of years I have gravitated more towards the higher-traffic of social media outlets like Facebook to get my message and positions across to the people I serve. For a long time before that, I was focused on this website as the primary portal, however I found myself spending time answering questions no one was asking just in case the question ever came up.

As part of this revised strategy, I will still use both my Facebook Trustee page, the community Facebook pages and this website, but for different defined purposes.  Facebook posts will be used for shorter form, quick information type postings like reminding everyone of an upcoming board meeting or posting video from a segment of a recent meeting that residents might be interested in.  I will use this website for longer form explanations of votes and local issue pieces.

My goal here is to engage the residents and stakeholders of Carpentersville on all levels.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns about local issues and where I stand on them – please feel free to reach me at krehberg@vil.carpentersville.il.us or my cellphone at (847)370-2273.
Thank you for your interest.
Kevin

New Labor Agreement

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to take a moment to comment on the Village’s recent full time Firefighters (IAFF Local 4790) contract and its ramifications, something you might have heard about already via the various social media channels.

First and foremost, I want to put to bed any concerns that staffing changes allowed under this contract somehow endanger residents.  This simply is not true.  What is true, however, is that this contract allows the Village to better manage and reduce $1,080 per day per firefighter overtime costs – ultimately saving taxpayers approximately $300,000 over the life of this contract.  That, I believe, is the true crux of this issue even though the public union members most affected by the overtime reductions refuse to publicly admit as much.

As a Trustee and more importantly as a resident and father, I would never support a measure that endangered the lives of my family, friends and neighbors.  It is important to add that my family lives within the supposed affected area that IAFF Local 4790 claims will now see dangerous staffing levels.

Despite what you might be led to believe, the Carpentersville Fire Department does not Read more of this post

Board Meeting Recap – October 15, 2013

Hello All,

One of the things we often do to start a Board Meeting is to have an invocation.  On this particular evening, we had the opportunity to thank one of the regular invocaters, Pastor Dexter Ball from Faithwalk Harvest Center, who also chaplain for the Fire Department.  It was a nice gesture to a person who is very dedicated to improving the community we live in.  Check out the video link for the actual presentation.

The Board was then briefed on several staff reports regarding our ongoing OSLAD grant application, the Maple avenue construction project and Oktoberfest.

New business included authorization to move forward with participation in a Read more of this post

Board Meeting Recap – October 1, 2013

Hello All,

All too often, our Village Board meetings do not have any public comments.  I enjoy them, even when I might not agree with what a resident or stakeholder has to say.  This particular meeting had public comments from a resident who is having difficulties with a neighbor who appears to be sheltering numerous cats in their home.  The commenter asked the Board to review Village code regarding the number of Read more of this post

Board Meeting Recap – September 17, 2013

Hello All,

We had some great news come out of this meeting, primarily the repealing of a recent 2 cent a gallon motor fuel tax increase.  This was helped along by a personal visit from Phil Woodman, President of Woodmans grocery stores, to one of our Audit & Finance meetings.  He described how his gas station operates as a penny business that cannot pass along tax increases to customers as they will simply purchase their gas from someone else who is cheaper.  It is worth noting that none of the communities surrounding Carpentersville have a local motor fuel tax.  At the time, Carpentersville’s was up to 4 cents a gallon.

The repealing of this recent tax increase takes some pressure off of local gas stations which are tasked with competing against Read more of this post

Board Meeting Recap – September 3, 2013

Hello All,

This was a relatively light agenda with two topics worth noting, the first being the painting of the Silverstone water tank.  It was suggested by staff that since this water tower is so close to Dundee-Crown High School (where I graduated from), it would be nice to include the Chargers logo on the tank.  Since this project came in under budget, the funds were available and the Board approved the additional work.  The tank painting has since been completed and staff has received many compliments on the additional ‘flair’ added to the tower.  While I was hesitant to spend the money, I think it looks great and conveys an added sense of community and Read more of this post