Shawn Green Replies to ALAW McHenry County Board Questionnaire

Shawn Green

Below are the answers that District 6 County Board candidate Shawn Green provided to the Alliance for Land, Agriculture and Water.

ALAW County Board Candidates Survey: 2012 Primary Election

A. Land Use

1. Do you agree that new development should be located where infrastructure exists, to minimize the extension of new roads, utilities and services, and protect farmland and water recharge areas? YES

2. If elected, will you support permanent protection of agricultural land and the agricultural industry in the County? YES

3. Do you agree or disagree that new rural development costs more for the extension of infrastructure (roads, water, sewer and services) than it brings to the County in taxes and that those extra costs are passed on to the existing taxpayers? YES

B. Water Resources

1. Would you oppose any land use change that would exceed a locally recharged aquifer’s capacity? YES

2. If elected will you enforce use of the SARA – Sensitive Aquifer Recharge Areas map developed by the County Water Resources Department, as a determining factor in every land use change decision? YES

3. Do you support redistributing groundwater from water-rich areas to areas that have over drawn their groundwater? NO

4. In your opinion, will McHenry County be able to get Lake Michigan water? NO

C. The Role of County Government

1. Should the county provide support services to municipal governments, for example issuing and enforcing municipal building permits, administering and enforcing the Storm Water ordinance? NO

2. Do you support a county housing program where the county purchases, constructs, remodels, rents, sells homes throughout the county and in municipalities? NO

Shawn Green at the first Crystal Lake Tea Party demonstration on Route 14.

3. Do you support a county bus program, where the county takes over responsibility for established service between select cities and townships? NO

4. Should the county health department report to the county board as opposed to an independent board of directors? YES

5. Do you think county government should increase expenditures and the scope of its activities, which will increase taxes to its residents? NO

D. Transparency and Commitment

1. County board records indicate that the average number of meetings necessary for attendance by a County Board Member is 8. This includes two full board meetings a month and two meetings a month for each committee (generally three) the member is assigned. Are you able and willing to make the commitment to represent your constituents to this extent? YES

2. During the last primary election 32 candidates for county offices voluntarily filled out the ALAW initiated Statement of Economic Interests BEFORE the election. This form is now required once you are elected, but we need to know before we elect you. Will you follow suit and file yours with us now? (Form attached with mailing instructions.) YES

3. Do you agree that all scheduled county meeting agendas and minutes, including committee and sub-committees, should be posted on the County web site? YES

4. Would you have voted to raise the county board members salaries? NO

5. Would you have voted to increase the real estate tax levy by 1.5% thus increasing the amount of real estate tax collected by the county by $1.1 ml.? NO

E. Short Answer. Only the number of words indicated will be published in the response report. (please add a page if you need more room, but remember that we can only print the number of words indicated and reserve the right to edit your response for that reason. Thank you.)

1. If you are elected to serve the residents of McHenry County, what external state and local agencies do you think are important for the county to liaison with and how would you make sure that information is flowing both ways with that agency? If you are currently serving and are an appointed liaison, please tell us what agency you are assigned and how you accomplish effective two-way communication. (50 words)

It is vital for the County to continue its commitment to Emergency Management. I will utilize the knowledge gained from my 14 plus years with a very large police agency to ensure two-way information flow. I’ll also know what is necessary and what is a waste of resources.

2. By protecting agricultural lands and soil resources, groundwater and its natural recharge can also be protected. What will you do to provide that protection? (50 words)

I will insist on responsible growth and will listen to the experts- not the special interests.

3. Most municipalities in the county have their own economic development commissions or committees. Economic development has to occur where there is existing infrastructure. The county funds the private McHenry County Economic Development Corporation ($635,985. for the 2009-2012 term) to create development in the county outside of municipalities. Is this a good investment of taxpayer money? (50 words)

In its current form, the EDC is not a good investment. There is no accountability for the huge amount of money the County provides, and there are no measures of success. More importantly, this involvement in private enterprise is beyond the scope of the County government’s proper role.

Shawn Green took his toddler to Mike Tryon's Fish Boil, but he and his bride escaped for the Lincoln Day Dinner. It was it wife's birthday.

4. Do you think Fleming Road, Alden Road and other county roads that do not serve highly developed commercial areas, need to be widened and “improved” at this time? (50 words)

Only improvements necessary for public safety, or to prevent major reconstruction costs in the future (such as filling pot holes, repairing pavement buckling, etc.), should be taken on for these types of roadways.

5. What weight should you as a county board member give the opinions of citizens affected by zoning decisions, special use permits and road projects? (50 words)

Board members are representatives of their districts and are entrusted to make decisions on behalf of their constituents. This means listening to the opinions of said constituents, not deciding on our own what we as board members think is best for them.

6. What in your background qualifies you to serve the public as a county board representative and what do you intend to accomplish if elected to the County Board. You may also use this space to provide additional information regarding any of the “yes / no” answers given above. (100 words)

I am a veteran police sergeant, Republican Precinct Committeeman, former Board of Education President, McHenry County homeowner, husband, and father. Like everyone reading this, I care deeply about preserving what is great about McHenry County and fixing what isn’t so great. This is a wonderful place to raise a family and do business; as your representative on the County Board I will utilize my leadership abilities, along with my commitment to governmental accountability and transparency, to make sure it stays that way. For more information, please visit:


Shawn Green Replies to ALAW McHenry County Board Questionnaire — 7 Comments

  1. Public employees should not be allowed to be candidates for public office.

    Conflict or the potential for conflict is reason enough.

    Please don’t say that a conscientious person will “recuse” themselves.

    That does not prohibit them from, tacitly or overtly, lobbying for a position that will favor them.

    Check out Webster’s and look under, Koehler, Ken for conflicts and his primary employment is not with the government.

    Also, feeding at the public trough once should be enough.

  2. He’s a cop in Schaumburg- that has nothing to do with McHenry County. Zero conflict, Paul. Plus, he’s stated publicly that board member salaries are way too high, and until they can be cut in two years he’ll donate 25% of his salary to local charities. AND he said he’ll refuse health insurance and other fringe benefits if elected. Hardly “feeding at the trough”.

  3. 25% isn’t 100%, Numerologist. Policeman is a public employee, no matter where it is. Puh-leeze. And I stand by the tacit/overt lobbying remark. Also, has Green shown where he opposed ALL tax hikes proposed by the Huntley school district when he was on the board? The silence is deafening. Green in the 6th, Walkup in the 3rd, I hope the lemming voters of McHenry County (see supporters of Koehler, Tryon, Althoff) look at their past support of referenda and weigh it against their promises to be tax fighters.

  4. Shawn Green is an excellent candidate running for County Board! He takes his job seriously and takes running for office serious as well. Absolutely love his campaign.

  5. Green was actually the only school board president I’ve ever heard who declared an education fund referendum would never even be considered under his leadership. School district 158 completely dug out of its financial and public trust grave with Green at the helm. He has always struck me as a no-nonsense, guy who gets things accomplished!

  6. Was he on the board at any time when a referendum was proposed and passed?

    You cannot have it both ways.

    Shawn Green will do NOTHING that will change the McHenry County Board for the better, based on his record and his political connections.

    End of story.

  7. No, Paul- Shawn was NOT on the school board at any time a referendum was proposed and/or passed.

    He came on in the wake of the 2004 mess and helped clean house.

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