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Local Election

Election 2019: Alan Wilson, Lake in the Hills trustee

Northwest Herald Campaign Questionnaire

Name: Alan A. Wilson

Age: 85

Town: Village of Lake in the Hills

Office sought: Lake in the Hills Village Trustee

Past: Served as Volunteer Site Steward with traning and supervision with staff from IDNR Nature Preserves Commission. Has never held a publicly elected office.

Education:

5-year trade apprenticeship in London, U.K., to become qualified refrigeration engineer

2 years military service in Corps of Royal Engineers

Deployed to Middle East, serving in Aqaba, Jordan

Questions:

1. What is your largest priority for Lake in the Hills if elected?

Preservation of the LITH Village state dedicated nature preserve and the ability of free public access.

2. What changes should Lake in the Hills make in the future?

Assist with compliance by all involved entities in the revised legal requirements now needed to continue the free guided public nature walks, the provision of educational programs for residents. Reconstitute the volunteer group, recruited by my late wife Barbara, to monitor endangered plants with The Chicago Botanical Gardens plants of concern department.

3. What are your thoughts on video gaming in the village?

I am not a supporter of gaming expansion

I feel the barn and stables on Pyott Road should be leased to a new horse-related business tenant as it's no longer an available revenue source.

The new village tax applied to utility companies was not reviewed by the electorate but added to our monthly bill. It should be suspended until voted upon.

4. What makes you stand out compared to the other candidates?

I have successfully worked with IDNR in Springfield to resolve contentious village board conflicts with impact on the preserve. The village ended up selling the property where it wanted to build a new village hall and other properties adjoining the second-highest rated nature preserve in Northern Illinois to the McHenry County Conservation District.

5. What else should voters know about you?

The LITH Police Department initiated the system of peer jury hearings to high school students from LITH, Huntley and Algonquin to allow officers to offer an offender a guilty pleading that would avoid any record or appearance before a judge. For over 30 years, I have been the leader of a volunteer group, assisted by residents, performing community service work hours required by the judicial system. This has involved my direct association with the local police staff. The work has been performed at local natural areas within the county. To improve village life and the opportunity for residents to enjoy the preserve and learn about nature.

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