What is the importance of the Village Trustees to residents of Rantoul?
Gary Wilson
"The Village Trustee listens and is the voice for the People of Rantoul. The Trustee makes sure that ordinances and policies passed benefit the Community as a whole not just selected individuals or sections of the community."
Sherry Johnson
"The importance of a village trustee are to the adhere to the duties set forth by the Illinois Municipal code. Village trustees are responsible for the approval of a budget and establishing a tax levy. Also, consider and establish policies such as community goals, major projects, land use development, capital improvement plans, capital financing and strategic planning. (65ILCS 5/art 3.1 Div45 heading)"
Henry Gamel
"To ensure that their local government's actions, decisions and operations are in the best interests of its citizens and residents."
Chad Smith
No answer from candidate after multiple attempts to contact.
Why are you qualified to be a Village Trustee?
Gary Wilson
"I am a former Village Trustee having served from 2014-2017. I have served as a a Firefighter with the Village since 2009. I served in numerous leadership roles during my 20 plus years in the United States Army. My current job I handle budget process and bidding for contracts. So I am very familiar with business operations, dealing with people and there specialized needs on a daily basis."
Sherry Johnson
"Co-managed Maplewood Estates Manufacturing House Community for 34 1/2 years
Bookkeeper for family owned business in Mattoon, IL
Board of Directors for Illinois Manufacturing Housing Association (IMHA)
Co-president at Eastlawn School, and room parents several years
Very Involved Parents Association (VIP) for Rantoul Township High School (RTHS)
Vice chair for Citizen Advisory Committee for the Village of Rantoul
Champaign county Election Judge
Secretary for Eden Park Cemetery at American Lutheran Church
Sunday school teacher, Bible School teacher and co- sponsor for Luther League at American Lutheran Church
Member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha
Appointed to Rantoul Village Board of Trustees in 2018 "
Henry Gamel
"Besides having served as a village trustee for the last 8 years and as mayor pro-tem for the last 6, I have a masters degree in public administration and 30 years experience working throughout Rantoul as a police officer. I'm completely familiar with both the community and the workings of municipal government."
Chad Smith
No answer from candidate after multiple attempts to contact.
If elected, what is something you want to accomplish on the Board of Trustees, and how long will it take?
Gary Wilson
"There has been some programs started during my time on the board and with the current board to promote growth in the Community. I would like to look into ways to build new homes and Commercial properties and eating establishments right away. Whether that be with tax incentives or tax breaks. We need to do something to recruit these builders instead of waiting for them to come to us. That needs to start right away."
Sherry Johnson
"Bringing Economic Development will provide new employment opportunities for our citizens. This will involve all residents working together to bring this to fruition. "
Henry Gamel
"I've been working toward adopting an emerging best-practice known as a "streamlined permitting process" that encourages and facilitates new construction and significant renovation, all of which increase property values and ultimately lead to lower tax rates. I began laying the groundwork during my present term and have seen positive and promising signs, so I don't think it will take as long or be as difficult as it may have in the past."
Chad Smith
No answer from candidate after multiple attempts to contact.
Is there anything else you would like to say to an undecided voter?
Gary Wilson
"I have always tried to do the right thing with how will this effect someone else. I hope that I am known for being honest, hard working with a caring and can do attitude. I will vote for the hard no instead of voting the easy yes."
Sherry Johnson
"I have been involved in city government for 29 years. Attending city meetings and asking questions and giving opinions to trustees and mayors. I’m also involved with our schools and churches. Co-owned and operated a housing community for citizens to feel safe and respected. Always worked for the betterment of the community. I listen to others and respect their input on items affecting them and our community. We all can make a difference working together and not against each other. I have a deep respect for this community and Rantoul is a great place to live, work and raise a family. I am running for all residents of Rantoul, not just a select few. I believe I will make a difference in the future of our community. "
Henry Gamel
"Like many people, my wife and I came to Rantoul in the Air Force and chose to make it home. We raised two good kids in Rantoul and now we have grandkids growing up here. Like you, we have a vested interest in our town and its future."
Chad Smith
No answer from candidate after multiple attempts to contact.