Northwest Herald Campaign Questionnaire
Name: Jim Steigert
Office sought: Algonquin Village Trustee
Education: Harrington College of Design.
Elected offices held: 20 Years Algonquin Village Trustee
1. What is your largest priority for Algonquin if elected? Increase the population density of the East side. By doing so, we will attract commercial development, increase the profitability of both existing and new businesses, which in turn will raise the property values and strengthen our tax base.
2. What changes should Algonquin make in the future? To maximize the value of every square foot of developable property where appropriate remaining within our corporate boundaries.
Secondly, continue pushing our vision of maximizing efficiency. Algonquin was recently honored to receive the second ever “Local Transformer Award” from Transform Illinois, a collaborative of local elected officials, civic organizations and research institutions dedicated to promoting and supporting local government efficiency efforts in Illinois
Specifically, the Village was recognized for embracing a business-like mentality of providing services through sharing staff and pooling resources.
3. What are your thoughts on video gaming in the village? When video gaming first came to the forefront, it was a hot topic of conversation. It's now been over five years and it's no longer an issue. The early concerns have been addressed and the necessary safe guards have been put in place. Additionally, the revenue generated from video gaming is earmarked for recreation.
4. What makes you stand out compared to the other candidates? Political and civic experience. Have served as an Algonquin Trustee for the past 20 years.
Served as a member of the Algonquin Economic Development Commission for 5 years
Served on the Board of Directors of the McHenry County EDC for 5 years
Served on the McHenry County Business Retention & Expansion committee for 9 years
Served on the McHenry County Transportation committee for 3 years
Past President and Secretary for the Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Rotary Club
Past President of Communities Against Gangs
Past President of the Alg./LITH Coalition of Community Organizations
Served on the Design Teams for both Jacobs High School and Eastview Elementary
Catalyst for the Downtown Algonquin revitalization in 1996
Recruited and organized community volunteers to design, market, and sell personalized bricks to
Help fund the downtown revitalization
Recruited and organized community volunteers to design the 1st downtown banner
Have worked to raise funds for Schools, Kids, and Scholarships
In 2014, I prepared space studies, construction drawings and oversaw construction for the Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Interfaith food pantry on a gratis basis
5. What else should voters know about you? I'm often mistaken for George Clooney.
6. What are your thoughts on how the village has handled downtown construction, Given the scope and complexity of this project, it has been going very well. In fact, three new restaurants have opened during the construction and another restaurant has expanded. The project is on time and on budget. Longmeadow Parkway will attract business to the corporate campus and serve as a vital and important alternative route from the East side.The downtown construction taking place is already paying dividends by attracting new businesses and development to the East side. A $5,000,000 investment is currently being made into Town Center, O'Reilly's was recently completed. McDonald's was recently renovated, Stop and Store has had two additions, The Glen Loch, 55 and over development, is nearing completion.