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Four running for three seats on Genoa City Village Board

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Kayla Bunge
March 31, 2010
— Four people are vying for three open seats on the Genoa City Village Board.

Only one incumbent, who has served on the village board for six years, is seeking re-election. He faces a challenge from a former village board member along with two newcomers.


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Ken Parker (I)


Age: 39


Address: 467 Valley View Drive.


Job: Truck driver, Palagra, Genoa City.


Education: Graduate of Badger High School, 1988.


Community service: None


Elected posts: Genoa City Village Board, 2004-present.


Major campaign issue: I would like to see through the closing of the tax incremental finance district. The budget is hurting; we had to get a line of credit from the bank to balance the budget. Almost half the village is in the TIF district, and their tax money doesn't go to the general fund, it goes to that.


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Chester Juszczyk Jr.


Age: 36


Address: 676 Partridge Parkway.


Job: Unemployed


Education: Associate degree, law enforcement, Lake Land College, Mattoon, Ill., 2009; studying nursing at Gateway Technical College, Burlington.


Community service: Cub Scout leader


Elected posts: None


Major campaign issue: I believe that the current village government needs to do a better job of communicating with village residents. We have a Web site in place and need to better utilize it. We live in an age of technology; however, the residents don't always know what's going on here.


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Edward Lilla


Age: 62


Address: 905 N. Carter St.


Job: Locomotive engineer for Metra, Chicago.


Education: Studied elementary education at Northeastern Illinois State College, Chicago.


Community service: Boy Scout leader; Little League volunteer; volunteer for Nippersink Creek clean-up, fall 2009.


Elected posts: Genoa City Village Board member, 1993-95 and 1999-2001.


Major campaign issue: I believe our village should work on reducing the real estate tax levy. By working on cost cutting, employee versatility and aggressively pursuing grants or similar funding, this can be accomplished. These actions could provide tax relief for our residents and make Genoa City better able to attract businesses.


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Eric Boxer


Age: 31


Address: 462 Fellows Road.


Job: Electrician


Education: Associate degree in applied electrical sciences, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers apprenticeship program, Libertyville, Ill., 2004.


Community service: President of the Nippersink Creek Property Owners Association, 2009-present; member of the study committee to change the floodplain map in Genoa City, January-present.


Elected posts: none


Major campaign issues: My efforts would go toward bettering the village with the community as the center focus; improving the downtown area and attracting more business and activity; communicating better with citizens and getting more residents involved, and using meetings more to research and comprehend the issues at hand.



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