Learn more about where Val stands on the issues that matter to the residents of McLean County District 7.
When it comes to creating sustainable policies and attracting green businesses, McLean County can stand out! As county-owned buildings and vehicles age, it’s the perfect opportunity to think about options like green retrofitting or upgrading to electric/hybrid vehicles. Not only would these options have a positive environmental impact, but they’d save taxpayers money over the long term. It’s a win-win.
When it comes to saving taxpayer dollars, I’d also like to see the County Board explore county-wide recycling and composting programs. Since its landfill closed in 2018, McLean County has been paying to transport its waste to Livingston County. Recycling and composting are great ways to cut down on the amount we pay to dispose of our trash.
If you’ve met me, you know I love spending time in Comlara Park kayaking and walking the trails. Did you know that Comlara Park is one of the only county-owned parks in Illinois? One of the reasons I’m running is to make sure great resources like Comlara are properly maintained not only for us, but for our children and grandchildren too. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, many McLean County residents have found refuge from stress and anxiety in natural areas like Comlara, reminding us what a valuable resource they are. We need to protect the budget for continual maintenance and improvement of county treasures like Comlara.
Since the pandemic began, all County Board general and committee meetings have been live-streamed. I’d like to keep it that way. The reason? Viewership of the meetings has increased substantially. More citizens than ever are engaging with their government.
There should be no barriers to having your voice heard, which is why I’d like to rethink the 24-hour notice for public comment to the County Board. Important issues don’t have wait times. It’s long past time to ensure that the minutes of County Board meetings are searchable and screen-readable for maximum accessibility.
I believe in promoting policies that put people first. It’s time for equity in our health and justice systems. The County Board should not be in the position of profiting from its citizens’ misfortunes, as it currently does with the McLean County Jail videoconferencing contract. It should also consider ending cash bail for non-violent offenders. It’s important to remember that detainees are legally innocent until proven guilty, and that there are already many alleged offenders in our community free to go about their lives because they could afford bail. People who are detained and can’t afford bail risk losing their jobs and their housing the longer they stay detained. Taxpayers, in the meantime, are on the hook for housing detainees.