On the Issues
Allen discusses bike trails, sewer and water bonds and relationships among City Council members here.
• Name: Robert "Bob" Allen
• Position sought: United City of Yorkville Ward 1 alderman
• Phone: 630-621-5544
• Address: P.O. Box 1, Yorkville, Illinois 60560
• Family: Wife: Laura; sons: Louis, Clark and Bobby; daughter: Deborah, dog: Tebow
• Education: Bachelor of science, University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1986; numerous public policy seminars from the Illinois Municipal League 1999-2003 and 2008. Occupation: FAA air traffic controller since 1989
• Party affiliation: Non-partisan candidate
• Previous elected/appointed offices: Elected Yorkville city treasurer in 1999. Served until 2003. Served on Yorkville Police Pension Board 1999-2003. In 2003, appointed to Improve Yorkville Dam Ad-hoc Committee. From 2003 until 2009, Served as a deputy registrar in Kendall County. Appointed to Yorkville Public Library Board in 2010. Served as election judge from 1982-date.
• Applicable experience qualifying you for position: As Yorkville treasurer, the city experienced a "clean" audit every year that I was treasurer. I served on the finance committee while treasurer.
I was a founding member of the Yorkville Police Pension Board. As Ward 1 alderman in Yorkville, I worked closely with residents of new developments to resolve storm water concerns and incomplete punch-list items. I served on the Public Works Committee and Economic Development Committee while working as an alderman. I also served as City Council liaison to the Yorkville Public Library Board. While serving on the library board, I am working closely with the other board members to watch the budget and protect our valuable library facilities.
• What is the primary reason you are running for this office?
To protect the freedom and safety of my friends and neighbors here in Yorkville. Economic forces are pressuring many cities in Illinois, and Yorkville is no exception. High energy costs and declining property values are driving municipal governments to streamline and focus on core needs. Fortunately, the current administration is working toward this direction. However, we must hold the line to maintain public safety.
• What will be your most important priority if you get elected?
To support a tougher ethics ordinance. In the past, some council members have had family members working for the city. In my opinion, this is a conflict. Some council members have falsely accused Yorkville residents of wrong-doing in order to promote their personal political agendas. This is even worse. We need a better ethics ordinance.
• What sets you apart from the other candidates?
My experience and my knowledge of the people of this community. I have been fortunate to work with thousands of my neighbors here over the years. As a youth baseball coach, community fundraiser for victims of accidents, volunteer safety teacher, charity clothing drive organizer, musician, historic landmark preservationist and volunteer with the YHS Music Boosters, I have met a lot of people.
• How long have you lived in Yorkville?
I have lived in Yorkville since 1996.
• What's your favorite thing about Yorkville?
The people. Newer residents and lifelong Yorkville dwellers share a special drive to succeed. Even in these tough times, the people here expect to thrive and do great things. Most of the people I have met are "self-made." They see themselves as the best cultivators of their own fortunes. They are not waiting around for someone else to take them by the hand. They are enthusiastic and optimistic. I like that.
• What is the biggest problem in Yorkville?
Limited communication. Our city is stretching every dollar to make our streets safe and our community more desirable. But certain elements are distorting our situation. They want to disrupt our city to promote their own personal desires. Some people want to overthrow our city so they can build a dump. They are willing to say anything to get their way.