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Palatine Township Trustee Candidate: Kevin McGrane

Kevin McGrane is one of 11 candidates running for four open trustee seats on the Palatine Township board. A special primary election will be held on February 26.

Palatine Patch will be helping you get to know the candidates for the upcoming special primary for Palatine Township. Meet Palatine Township Trustee candidate Kevin McGrane, who is running alongside ten other candidates in the February 26 special primary election. 

1) Name, office being sought, professional background, community affiliations, experiences that you feel qualify you to run for this office.

Kevin McGrane, running for Palatine Township Trustee

7 year employee with CDW in sales

Community Affiliations:

  • Palatine Jaycee member
  • Board member for Palatine Township Republican Organization-Secretary
  • Palatine Township Precinct Captain

Experience:

I have spent the last 7 years helping Fortune 500 companies increase effeciency and save money through the use of technology, and I intend to bring that expertise to township government. The days of saying "this is how it has always been done" are over. We need fresh ideas, creative partnerships, and a slate of candidates that have the energy and passion to make that happen. 

This is what I will bring to the Trustee position, as I know that rest of the slate will as well. 

2) How long have you been a Palatine Township resident? 5+ years.


3) What are the reasons you chose to run for office? (for the upcoming election)

Since moving to Palatine, I have been active in Republican politics with the Palatine Township Republican Organization and in helping Republican candidates get elected. Through this process, and in talking with other members of the township government, I have seen areas where reforms are badly needed. Enacting these reforms with the help of everyone on our slate wil be priority number one for me. 

I model my conservative beliefs after Jim DeMint; where term limits, balanced budgets, cutting programs that are ineffecient and finding ways to save the taxpayers money without diminishing services is the ideal model for good government. 

If elected, I intend to work hard to accomplish all of the above!

4) List 2-3 top issues-and how you plan to address them-that you believe are important to residents living in Palatine Township.

Our slate has discussed in depth the path we envision for the next four years. We would like to cut 5% of the budget by brining salaries on par with other local municipalities, ending pensions for part-time employees, and reducing costs associated with overtime. 

We also intend to enact a plan that involves more public input. We have been walking neighborhoods all over Palatine Townhip and most people are unaware of what township government does. That must change. We would like to involve the community more through email, Facebook, townhalls and polling that asks the residents how they would like to see their money spent. It is shocking to me this isn't already being done.

The third issue we are focused on is making sure all taxpayers are benefitting from township services. Currently that is not the case. We must look at our current services to ensure they are sustainable, especially the senior bus program where we need to reduce the average cost per ride by either increasing ridership or reducing expenses otherwise fares will go up for riders. We must also do a better job at screening to ensure benefits are going only to truly needy citizens.  

5) What improvements, if any, would you like to see in the way that Palatine Township is run?

I would like to see Palatine Township run with more involvement from the community. When a public servant knows that they will be in office for 1-2 terms max then it is in their best interest to make sure they are doing what's right for the community as opposed to ensure they stay in office. This is why our entire slate has committed to term limits. Cutting the budget, making government more transparent, and engaging the community is teh best way to run government, and we will enact those reforms if given the chance. 

6) Additional comments.

For more information about our slate, our platform and upcoming events, please visit our website: http://betterforpalatinetownship.com/index.html

"Doing Things Better for Palatine Township"

7) Biographical information, family, children, upbringing, religious beliefs, etc. (optional).

I grew up in Elmhurst where I was the oldest of 3 boys. I moved to Palatine 5 years ago and bought my first home near downtown Palatine. I have been married for 3.5 years. 

 

Robert Bergman February 11, 2013 at 02:00 PM
What about the double-levy to finance senior transportation through the Road and Bridge budget? That is obscene, and has led to over $1.5 million higher property taxes than necessary over a decade.
L February 11, 2013 at 02:48 PM
So you've left a negative comment on each person's page...let's hear the other side of the story, shall we?
Sharon Langlotz-Johnson February 11, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Mr. Bergman is correct about the double levy. The Town Fund has been short in the matter of paying for the senior transportation. Over the past 4 years we have been moving the funding from the road district to the Town Fund reposnibility. When the road district levys a tax, only 50 cents of every dollar comes to the township, the other goes to the incorporated village the home resides in. If it is an unincorporated area all the money goes to the Road Fund for their roads. So, when the Road District levy's for $150,000 to pay for trasportation, they have to levy for $300,000. That being said, the www.BETTERFORPALATINETOWNSHIP.com slate is dedicated to change this practice. We want the Town Fund to be self sustaining by finding new ways to fund and reduce per ridership costs for Senior transportation. If you have any positive ideas, please write us and let us know. We have been receiving fantastic feedback from everyone!
Robert Bergman February 16, 2013 at 10:50 PM
Problem is, they have had 3 of 5 votes to do something for a long time. No incumbent Supervisor, Highway Commissioner or Twsp. Trustee should be re-elected.
Palatine Political Watch February 25, 2013 at 03:47 AM
Robert Bergman, you used to be a Highway Commissioner and Head of The Palatine Republican Party? What a hypocrite posting, because you are the same guy who as the leader of the Republican party, appointed himself as State Representative, cheating people of a vote and now collecting a pension. Aren't you the same Bergman who tried to kill himself in the Deer Park Woods??http://www.questia.com/library/1G1-68881906/bergman-healing-after-suicide-attempt
Palatine Political Watch February 25, 2013 at 03:48 AM
P.S. Why couldn't Kevin answer this question?

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