Robert Gilliam: City Council Candidate
The questionnaire below was completed by city council candidate Robert Gilliam. Mr. Gilliam will be a candidate in the city council election on April 9th.
Seat for which you are running:
4 year city council
Can you tell us a bit about your background, both personally and professionally?
I’ve been married to my wife, Marianne, for 27 years. I am a life long resident of Elgin. My two children and grandson attended U-46 schools. I worked for School District U-46 for 34 years.
Besides being on the Elgin City Council, I am also currently a member of the Elgin Housing Authority Board and Kane County Home Commission. In the past I have served on the Elgin Convention Visitors Bureau, the Elgin Symphony Board, and Provena St. Joseph Hospital Board.
Why are you running for Elgin City Council?
I have dedicated my life to this community and I feel there is still much to be accomplished even more that I can contribute. Elgin has improved dramatically over the past decade and we must maintain this momentum in the face of challenging economic circumstances. Doing this will require focused and experienced leadership.
What do you view as the major issues facing Elgin in the next few years?
Keeping our neighborhoods safe, creating jobs,maintaining the city’s infrastructure, and revitalization of downtown.
Are you generally in agreement with decisions the city council has made in the past few years? Please describe any measures with which you particularly agreed or disagreed.
Yes. My colleagues and I on the city council bring varying viewpoints and backgrounds to every policy we face. While there is no such thing as a perfect decision, I feel that the decisions that we have made consistently do the most good for the most people.
If elected, what do you expect to accomplish during your time on the council?
Economic development and job creation. I will continue to stress economic development activities that create jobs for Elgin citizens now and in the future.
Public safety. I will continue to ensure that the city’s public safety services continue to function at the highest level.
Neighborhoods. Your home is your biggest investment. I will continue to provide leadership in this area through code enforcement and infrastructure improvements.
From a crowded field of candidates, why should voters choose you to represent them on the city council?
I offer a unique combination of proven experience and enthusiasm for tackling the tough challenges that lie ahead.
What’s the best way for voters to find out more about your campaign?
BobGilliam.com and Facebook