Northwest Herald Campaign Questionnaire
Name: Ray Bogdanowski
Town: Lake in the Hills
Office sought: Village Trustee
Occupation: Operations Officer
Education: CPIM Certified APICS- The Association of Operations Management
Elected offices held: Village Trustee
1. What is your largest priority for Lake in the Hills if elected?
The priority is to address empty storefronts and future commercial development. The village ultimately needs to grow its sales tax base. The short term goal is to find occupants for the empty storefronts. The long term goal is to identify large well known commercial entities such as “At Home” to expand the commercial areas in our village. The village is very fortunate to have a mile and a half strip of land on Route 47 that can help us grow our sales tax base. While this area should be somewhat self-promoting, our obligation must be proper planning. We have the ability in our planning of future commercial development to utilize the positives as well as the negatives of the Randall Road corridor.
2. What changes should Lake in the Hills make in the future?
The goal is to continue on the path we are currently following. The emphasis has been and should continue to be focused on customer service, focus groups related to specific projects and resident input to assist the village board to make the best decisions for the residents. There can be adjustments to the current strategic plans based on the information gained through these avenues of communication.
3. What are your thoughts on video gaming in the village?
When video gaming first was proposed to the village board, it was portrayed as an avenue for our existing businesses and organizations like the American Legion and the POA to increase their revenue. I am not in favor of the freestanding gaming centers that are appearing in our community.
4. What makes you stand out compared to the other candidates?
Any individual that considers running for public office demonstrates a huge sense of commitment to the village they reside in therefore, I believe all the candidates deserve to receive recognition for their efforts. I do consider it an honor to have served the village for 18 years as Village Trustee and as a result of that I have gained a wealth of experience regarding the functions and foresight it takes to be a part of local government. I have an extensive business background in Operations Management and as a result of that I have the expertise to provide leadership, transparency and fiscal responsibility.
5. What else should voters know about you?
My wife and I have resided in Lake in the Hills for 36 years. We raised our three children here utilizing all the services provide by the village of Lake in the Hills, Algonquin township and McHenry County. We have seen much growth and improvement throughout the years and still consider it a wonderful community to reside in. I am the current Co-Chair of the Summer Sunset Festival. I previously served on the village’s police commission for 10 years. In addition to serving as a current village trustee I am the budget officer for the village and have been in that role since 2005. I am as visionary leader. I am optimistic about the future and believe that it’s our responsibility as leaders to define, implement and maintain the vision of our residents and village staff. We should never settle, we need to be working on making tomorrow better than today. We must be willing to accept change.