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2017 Election Questionnaire: Oswego Township Trustees candidate Donna Stanley

Donna Stanley
Donna Stanley

Donna Stanley

205 Main Street

Oswego

Age

58

Current occupation/employer

Plainfield Township

Educational background

Accounting and construction management

Immediate family

Married for 38 years, two daughters, five grandchildren

Previous township/civic involvement

Member of the Oswego Historic Preservation Commission for several years

Previous elected public offices held

None

Why are you seeking a seat on the Oswego Township Board?

My current position at Plainfield Township has prepared me for the position of Township Trustee. Plainfield is a very active Township and I have extensive training in many areas. I am in charge of all Township accounting and HR responsibilities. I
am the Plainfield Township Cemetery Board liaison and I prepare board agendas and minutes for all Cemetery
Board meetings. I also monitor CA compliance (Cemetery Oversite Act).  I am a Will County Deputy Clerk, a Voter Registrar, a Notary Public, a Passport Acceptance Agent, and a Township FOIA officer. I am currently converting the Plainfield Township accounting system over to QuickBooks and setting the cemetery up with a new Cemetery Information Management System online.

What differentiates you from the other candidates running for board seats?

I have an in-depth understanding of Township and how this branch of government works. Every township is uniquely different, yet we can all share and learn from each others mistakes and successes. I have valuable contact and resources that would benefit our Township helping our new board to hit the ground running.

If elected, what would be your top priority as a board member?

Bring our township up to date with all transparency laws and regulations. Our important financial information should be only a click away. We also need to incorporate training. All board members must become experts on the OMA (Open Meetings Act), Local Records Act, FOIA (Freedom of Information Act), bid letting laws, etc.

What project or projects would you like to see township government accomplish over the next four years?

Supervisor's Office: Bring Passport processing to the township, Medical Loan Closet, Salvation Army Assistance, Nicor Sharing Assistance, LIHEAP sign up location, Low Income Tax Assistance Program, and voter registration location. Assessor's Office: Community education on how tax bills are calculated and what the various components are and how they affect the tax bill.
Highway Department: ComEd LED rebate program for streetlights, intergovernmental agreements with other townships and local government agencies for sharing of services such as leaf pick up, snow removal, etc.
 

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