Wayne T. Woodward
428 Claremont Avenue
West Chicago 60185-2106
Candidate for Alderman in Ward 4
Date of Birth: 10/29/43
Office you are seeking: alderman in 4th ward-- West Chicago
How long have you lived in this village/district? 60 years
Occupation(s): office machine repairman
How many years: 41
Employer and work address: Ikon Office Solutions; 410 Warrenville Road; Lisle, IL 60532
High School Ed: West Chi Comm H S
College Ed: Elgin Comm College
Major: liberal arts- 1 sem only
Spouse's name: Sandra C. Woodward - on Dist #33 school board
Children: Holly-31, Jill-29, Amy-27, Wendy-25
Prior political experience
Military service and honors: U.S. Army--Army Security Agency--repairman--8-62 to 7-65
How many meetings attended? 22
I'm proud to have lived in West Chicago all my life and want to try to make our town better for all the people who now call it home. I want to make city hall more friendly to people when they need a building permit or need help with something new to them. Government is a service organization and needs to be more helpful to its customers sometimes. We have some rough edges that need to be improved but government cannot do many of these things but we can sure encourage and help people who want to improve our town.
When I was an alderman the mayor (Lakics) got
the redevelopment of Main Street started, the additional parking for Metra
commuters started. We still have a lot of vacant land to develop in our
boundaries and we need to carefully plan how it is done. We need to streamline
our approval or denial of new projects so that we get more and better quality
business to improve our tax base. We have discouraged too many, such as Home
Depot, Panera Bread, Perkins because we drag things out for many months. That is
very expensive for business to wait while we nit pick things to death and
finally reject them. Most of the Fox Valley shopping center and Charlestown
were supposed to come here but we a track record of discouraging anything.
We need business sales tax revenue to help control our real estate taxes.
We do not want to accept just any business but we need to set our guidelines for
future development and move quickly when the right ones come to us and not
haggle over the approval for month after month.