We agree with the Human Relations Commission recommendation that the Flags of Diversity be reinstated.

Infrastructure

 

• Prior to 1996 no comprehensive infrastructure planning or maintenance plan was in place.

• A major road collapse led to the Village replacing all of its roads from 1996 to 2001.

• Since then, nearly $60 million of capital spending and infrastructure projects have been undertaken and a large portion of the funding for those projects came from grants and other incentives rather than taxes.

CAFR (combined annual financial report, #125):  Learn More

• Improvements have included replacement of all fire hydrants and streetlights. Installation of over 10,000 feet of new sidewalks along with 40,000 feet of sidewalks replaced.

• All but two of our playgrounds have been replaced, two miles of recreation paths were installed including the Touhy Overpass, and the parking lot and amphitheater were installed at Centennial Park. Learn More

• Thousands of feet of water and sewer lines have been rebuilt or replaced and a comprehensive maintenance plan has been put in place to keep the sewers operating at maximum capacity.

• Further, The Alliance enacted the first major storm water management plan in the villages history using a surface storage system, thereby achieving great  benefit from a low cost option. Learn More

Economy

 

• Alliance Party Board Members brought Lincolnwood into a fiscally responsible and successful position.

• The economy was great to Lincolnwood from 1991 to 2006 seeing record property value increases and a flurry of new homes being built to replace smaller homes from the 40s and 50s. The Lincolnwood Town Centre was developed, Village Hall and the pool were built, Village officials saw to it that we have our own fire department, and Loeber and Grossinger built huge businesses. Generally, things in Lincolnwood were going well.

• Due to outside economic factors Lincolnwood has endured reductions of as much as $1.6 million annually in sales taxes since the peak in 2007.

Budget

 

• We believe in professional management and responsible budgeting. Our budget process is comprehensive and we leave no stone unturned. We receive awards for excellence year after year and with the highest possible bond rating our work will save us into the future as we utilize bond funding for the next round of infrastructure projects. Learn More

• Our candidates have Masters’ degrees in public policy.

• Our candidates are business owners with finance degrees and recent experience managing our Village budget.

• Our candidates combined bring a wealth of institutional knowledge, including vast knowledge of grants and TIFs.

Fiscal Responsibility

 

• When the recession of 2008 caused significant revenue reduction to our Village spending cuts were a must. Staffing levels were reduced and the organizational structure of the Village personnel was revised to gain efficiency without sacrificing service.

CAFR (page #125) Learn More

• After personnel, the biggest expense for the Village is capital improvements to infrastructure and equipment.  Roads, sidewalks, water mains, sewers, streetlights, fire trucks, snowplows all require maintenance, repair and replacement on a constant and ongoing basis.

• Alliance Board Members instituted long range planning of capital improvements and have been able to manage myriad projects using existing revenues together with bonds and grants without having to raise property taxes above the consumer price index.

CIP (capital improvement plan) from budget (include page # C-8)  Learn More

• We have led the Village to pay off all general fund debt and have an Aa1 credit ratings as a result of our careful management of resources.

CAFR (page #116-117) Learn More

Public Safety

 

• Public safety is the most important responsibility of the local government.

• Our candidates support our police department wholeheartedly.

• Alliance Board Members encouraged the village to increase funding to the pension fund to minimize the shortfall that we inherited from the opposition.

• Our candidates support common sense as the first step to crime prevention. Lock your doors, private use of outside lights and visible cameras, and other tools for crime prevention. We do not support the installation and use of Village-wide video monitoring because we believe in our Constitution and residents’ right to privacy and because research shows them to be ineffective in  crime reduction.

• We encourage neighborhood watch and support subsidizing street lamps installed by homeowners to improve visibility at night.

• We advocated for and implemented the addition of miles of new sidewalks and streetlights along McCormick, Touhy, and Devon where they never existed before.

• Alliance Board Members’ installation of red light cameras at Touhy and Lincoln has resulted in substantial reduction in crashes at this very heavily traveled intersection.

• Our candidates support safe paths to school and police department staffing for school crossings.

Purple Hotel

 

• The era of the Hyatt Hotel (by then called the Purple Hotel) came to an end as the 2008 recession was beginning and the vacant site has been seen as an albatross for the Village.

• The fact is, the property did not generate much revenue for Lincolnwood. Fiscally, we have been fine without it being built up as the Village had not yet adopted a hotel tax until after the Purple Hotel was closed.

• The Village worked dutifully to approve a new development for the site but the developer failed to complete the project.

• Select Alliance Party members of the Village Board worked to develop the concept plan for the property in 2016. This was the first time that any Village Board showed support for a residential component. This concept plan committee included Trustee Patel. The Board endorsed this plan unanimously.  Learn More

• The auction and foreclosure process itself took time (from January 2016 through November 2017).

• Once the property was able to be sold to a new developer, there were many interested parties. The property quickly went under contract.

• Trustee Patel led the Board in a decision to use the powers of eminent domain strategically to secure a high-quality developer.

• Mayor Bass and his supporting Board members (including one of Lifelong’s  current candidates) refused any and all further negotiations with the developer.

• Unfortunately Mayor Bass did not provide the necessary leadership through the process that could have maintained a positive image of the Village to other developers.

• The current developer is using the concept plan developed by the Alliance Party’s own Jesal Patel, earning him an appointment to negotiate theDistrict 1860 project from Mayor Bass.  Learn More

Revenue

 

• Sales taxes are the biggest source of revenue for lincolnwood and unlike property taxes they are largely paid by non residents.

2016 CAFR showing pre-recession income (include page # 105-106) Learn More

• Due to outside economic factors Lincolnwood has endured reductions of as much as $1.6 million annually in sales taxes since the peak in 2007.

• Managing our sales tax rates to keep pace with our neighbors as well as instituting new use taxes such as the food and beverage tax have allowed us to maintain service levels without raising property taxes above the consumer price index.

• Retaining existing high volume sales tax producers like Zeigler and Food For Thought and accommodating new ones like Binny’s, Stefani, and Giordanos is key to long-term stability.

Development

 

• We support and encourage development throughout Lincolnwood.

• Retail zoning overlays in industrial districts on Devon and Touhy were created to allow more desire able uses to locate in these areas but to allow existing uses to remain and flourish. Learn More

• This change brought new construction and new occupancy to both zones.

• Supporting renovation and expansion of existing businesses is as important as new development.

• We support public private partnership utilizing sales tax sharing, tif districts, and property improvement grants such and PEP and GIFT. Learn More

• Foresight and planning have been key to new development in lincolnwood. The creation of the Touhy-Lincoln TIF allowed for the assembly of lots that comprise the purple hotel site that exists today. Learn More

• The creation and adoption of concept plans showing high density multi-family mid-rise residential development at the site is certainly what attracted the current developer to the site. Learn More

• Trustee Patel was asked by the Mayor and Board to negotiate with the developer and school districts on the redevelopment agreement and intergovernmental agreement.

• Most of the new construction development in Lincolnwood in the last 10 years has been a direct result of our efforts and initiatives.