Northwest Herald Campaign Questionnaire
Name: Jeffrey D. Jakubik
Town: Village of Lake in the Hills
Office sought: Lake in the Hills Village Trustee
Current: Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group in Algonquin. (2016-present)
Previous: Special Education Classroom Assistant in Chicago Public Schools (2007-2016)
1/19-Current Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Illinois
Currently attending classes for a B.A Degree in English
1/04-12/05 California State University San Marcos, San Marcos, California
Majored in literature and writing
8/97-5/01 Elgin Community College, Elgin, Illinois
8/93-6/97 Streamwood High School, Streamwood
High School Diploma
Social Media: facebook.com/LITHNEWS
1. What is your largest priority for Lake in the Hills if elected?
My main priority for Lake in the Hills once I’m elected is to ensure that our tax dollars are being put to good use. In 2017 the salaries for employees of Lake in the Hills was over 10 million dollars yet they say that we can’t afford life guards at our beaches. The taxpayers of Lake in the Hills deserve to have our hard earned money used to benefit our community. I was at one board meeting where citizens in my neighborhood were asking the village to help fix the drainage issues on their block. One of the trustees warned that if they started working on that person’s home then other neighbors would want their drainage issues fixed as well. Once I heard them dismiss this legitimate call for help from a local citizen, I decided to run for Village Trustee.
2. What changes should Lake in the Hills make in the future?
One change that Lake in the Hills needs to make in the future is to be more open with what’s going on in our community along with truly respecting and desiring community input. For example, the former horse farm on Pyott Rd. has sat vacant for over a year and a half after the village evicted the former tenants. I had to search through hours of meeting minutes to find out basic information about the property. When I inquired about where I could find information on what the horse farm committee concluded I was told that there was no information for the public. So here’s this property that the village bought for 2.6 million dollars and now needs over one million dollars for demolition yet there’s no information about a plan of action or statistical information about the property. The citizens of Lake in the Hills deserve to have a seat at the table when it comes to the big decisions in our village and they deserve to know the information that will affect them.
3. What are your thoughts on video gaming in the village?
In terms of my thoughts on video gaming in the village, I would have never pushed for it if I was on the board when it was first implemented. I don’t think it’s a good fiscal policy to look for revenue from the losses of gamblers. I call it a misery tax because there are a percentage of people who struggle with gambling addiction. Back in the day they’d have to drive to the riverboat and if things ever got too bad they could voluntarily ban themselves from the casino. Now, slots are everywhere in the village. First it was those strip mall slot parlors, then they were in the bars, then the restaurants, and now they want them in the gas stations. I think it’s getting to a point where we have to say there’s enough slot machines in the village because the market has become quite saturated.
4. What makes you stand out compared to the other candidates?
The one thing that makes me stand out compared to the other candidates is that I’m a father of three young boys so I have a certain perspective that the other candidates may not have. I want to make sure that I’m doing everything I can to help Lake in the Hills grow as a village as my kids grow up within it. Lake in the Hills has lots of families with young kids and I feel like our needs have been overlooked. Obviously the fact that they took away the life guards at the beaches is one example of that and what they did to Ken Carpenter Park at Miller and Randall Roads is another example. It used to be this beautiful big red park and they tore it down and replaced it with this small cookie cutter park. Every parent I’ve talked to was shocked at what the village did to that park. So I want to make sure that the needs of families in Lake in the Hills are taken into consideration with the decisions that the Village makes.
5. What else should voters know about you?
I guess I just want voters to know how much I love Lake in the Hills. The first time I drove into my neighborhood and I saw this house for rent that we would eventually buy, I knew it was my home. My wife was pregnant with our first child and I had to work two jobs for three years in order to eventually buy our home. We’re blessed to be raising our three kids in a community that we love with great neighbors. I’ve been able to meet so many great people while coaching my son’s sports and attending school functions. It’s truly a great place to live but there’s always room for improvement. I want my fellow residents to know that I will always do my best to represent them and their concerns and together we can truly make a difference in our community.