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Election

2017 Election Questionnaire: La Grange Village Board of Trustees candidate Mark Langan

La Grange Village Board of Trustees candidate Mark Langan
La Grange Village Board of Trustees candidate Mark Langan

Age

59

Current occupation

Area Executive Director – Illinois & Wisconsin, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation

Education

Bachelor’s Degree in Finance with Minor in Business Management from Eastern Illinois University

Immediate family

Lovely wife Eileen Roche Langan, Children – Colin (wife Michelle), Marikate and Bridget and Grandson Will.

Civic involvement

LaGrange Pet Parade Committee
Community Diversity Group of LaGrange Board Member, 2008 – 2012

Previous elected offices held

Village of LaGrange, Currently serving as Village of LaGrange Trustee, appointed April 2000, elected April 2001, re-elected April 2005, April 2009 & April 2013.
Park District of LaGrange, Commissioner, appointed April 1995, elected April 1997, President, May 1998 - April 2000.

Why have you decided to run for this office?

It has been an honor to serve the citizens of LaGrange as a trustee. I am proud to have been a part of many successful initiatives that have shaped our award winning village. I am committed to work for the residents, business owners and visitors to continue to make LaGrange the best place to raise a family and thrive. In the future we will face decisions on succession planning and staff development, development of the west end and zoning code revisions. I believe I am uniquely qualified to continue to lead in moving the Village of LaGrange forward.

What experience and strengths would you bring to this office if elected?

My professional experience as an Executive Director, CEO and business owner along with 17 years village experience can serve an important part in succession planning, responsible financial planning, economic development, public safety and infrastructure investment. As a leader who has significant experience in critical areas and track record of good decision making for the last 17 years I am uniquely qualified to serve.

LaGrange is a great place to raise a family and thrive and I have been a part of the sound process that made us an award winning village.

What issues would you like to see addressed by the board?

Our highest priority, as identified in the strategic planning process, is to maintain and improve the quality of life for our residents. The greatest challenges long term are financial, infrastructure, personnel and public safety. Financial challenges include finding revenue streams to reduce the reliance on property taxes and residents, protecting our funding from the state of Illinois, managing in a volatile state political environment which puts the local potion of state funds at risk, pension funding and moving forward from our cost containment plan.

Our short term challenges include storm water management, pension funding and economic development.

What project most needs to be completed in La Grange? How would you work to ensure the project is completed and done well?

The single biggest accomplishment I would like to achieve is a continued advancement of the village to enhance the quality of life for our residents. We can do this by being prepared, open minded to exploring opportunities using a sound decision making process. It is critical that we continue to be fiscally sound, complete flood mitigation, develop staff and keep public safety at the forefront. Using my experience and expertise as a business professional and trustee, I will work to complete those initiatives with my partners on the board.

How would you support expanding the village’s commercial and industrial tax base?

We will be moving forward with several initiatives for economic development. Updating our code of ordinances, developing a comprehensive plan, review of the zoning code, taking global approach to development of the south LaGrange Road corridor and west end business district will be very important. I will support a strong thoughtful proactive process to addressing these issues. All of these have to be done with the residents in mind and a clear understanding of their priorities. We will work to strike a balance of strong economic development that improves the quality of life for our residents.

The current political climate across the United States seems more divided than ever. What will you do to foster cooperation and compromise on the board?

Typically the village of LaGrange has stayed out of political fray. We are a strong regional leader with a high quality staff and an excellent board that are process driven.

If elected, I will continue to work with my fellow trustees to collaborate, discuss and make the decisions necessary to move forward as a part of a collaborative effort to make the best decisions for the Village of LaGrange and our residents. I have demonstrated, over my years as a community volunteer, that I support a collaborative approach to problem solving.

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