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2017 Election Questionnaire: Wheaton City Council West District candidate Robert "Bobby" McNeily

Wheaton City Council West District candidate Robert "Bobby" McNeily
Wheaton City Council West District candidate Robert "Bobby" McNeily


28 Years of Age

Current occupation

-Leadership Director at Turning Point USA
-Active Singer and Member of Performing Arts Industry


-Bachelor of Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
-Glenbard South High School

Immediate family

Civic involvement

-Secretary, Wheaton Lions Club
-Wheaton A.M. Rotary Club Member
-Wheaton Chamber of Commerce
-Knights of Columbus #2601
-St. Michael Catholic Church Volunteer
-Milton Township Cemeteries Authority

Previous elected offices held (includes appointed offices)

-Wheaton Community Relations Commissioner
-Trustee, Wheaton Mosquito Abatement District
-Milton Township Republican Precinct Committeeman

Why have you decided to run for this office? 

I am driven by a passion and vision for the future of the City of Wheaton. As a longtime DuPage resident, my commitment to public service is rooted in a deep sense of gratitude and love for our community, and its outstanding residents. My civic engagement and experience is vast and well-rounded. I have unique qualifications for this office, because of my community involvement and professional background. It is an honor to be a Wheaton resident. You may visit for more information. 

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

The Wheaton City Council needs members focused on strategic planning and forward thinking to achieve the goals and challenges facing our great city. I bring community experience, leadership, and fresh ideas to the council. My career has made me a strong negotiator and I pledge to use the skills I have to work with our residents, businesses, and the city to offer the taxpayer the best community possible for those who live, work, and socialize here.

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

The Downtown Streetscape Plan should be completed on time and under budget while addressing much-needed infrastructure improvements and needs. We must build trust and clarity between property owners, small business owners, and government to ensure that the concerns of our downtown small businesses are not ignored. I will seek insight from Front Street restaurants, retailers, and all shops in the downtown to address their concerns as the proposed project(s) move forward. Our goal should be to attract new and dynamic competitors to Wheaton while ensuring those already here that they have a partner in the City of Wheaton.

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

Wheaton has a unique challenge, because we are landlocked and home to many non-profits. We need to expand our commercial and industrial tax base in a healthy manner by attracting new and dynamic businesses. Our partnerships with the Downtown Wheaton Association and Wheaton Chamber of Commerce are (and will be) vital to reaching the goals proposed in the Downtown Streetscape Plan. Their insight is important and it is needed to create a business-friendly environment. Executing and seeking financial health can be achieved by utilizing the free market and not relying solely on government.

What issues specific to your district would you like to see addressed by the council?

1) We must lower and freeze property taxes in order to provide homeowner relief. I intend to work with all units of government in order to provide tax relief while maintaining high-quality city services.

2) I will work to promote term limits if elected. I will not accept the lucrative health insurance package offered to the council members because I see this role as an extension of my public service.

3) Infrastructure, flooding, sewers, sidewalks and stormwater issues continue to be a concern in Wheaton’s West District. These needs must be addressed by seeking residents' input to alleviate the problems.

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

The Wheaton City Council is a non-partisan body and that is a strength. It is healthy to have tough conversations while still respecting one another. Therefore, I deeply respect those currently serving on the council and will always seek to have the robust discussions that are necessary. We can approach our challenges by utilizing teamwork and encouraging cooperation.

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