Richard T. Hummel
March 29, 2011 7:02PM
Updated: March 29, 2011 7:08PM
Office sought: Park District Commissioner
Name: Richard T. Hummel
Address: 357 West 16th Place Chicago Heights
Date of birth: 04/03 1956
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Education: High school with some college
Occupation, employer: Sales/Darling International
Please list all sources of income: Darling International
Spouse, spouse’s employer: St. Agnes Catholic School
Children, age of children, children’s employer (if applicable):
Daughter- Meaghan- Flossmoor School District 161
Son- Kiel- Chicago Heights Park District and St. Agnes church
Please list any relatives, including in-laws, who are employed by a government agency at the federal, state or local levels. What are their job titles and with what agency are they employed? Only my son — at The Chicago Heights Park District. I do not believe he holds a title. He helps in the running of the Basketball and Baseball programs.
What other elected offices have you sought? What year?
Have you ever been arrested or charged with a crime? If so, for what? What was the disposition?
Do you have any criminal convictions on your record? If so, for what? What was your sentence?
Political (elected or significant appointment) experience:
In your view, what are the two most important issues facing your constituents? How would you address those issues?
Crime and property taxes. Try to operate with more fiscal responsibility by living within a more controlled spending atmosphere. No more hidden items in the monthly budgets and have more transparency in the line items.
Crime: Investigate the possibility of more after school programs aimed at keeping the city’s children off the streets. Possibly by utilizing some of the park field houses.
Please explain something significant you would like to accomplish within the next two years if you are elected to the office to which you aspire.
Making sure that all Park district contracts are put out to bid or at least give the public advanced notice of when they are being awarded.
Please explain how you believe the office you’re seeking can help in creating local jobs.
The Park District seems to be pretty much local jobs now as most of the people I know who work there live in Chicago Heights. Perhaps if we spend wiser there may be more funds available for more after school programs which would require hiring additional personnel to run them.
Do you believe the current way Illinois pays for education is working? If so, why? If not, why not? What would you change?
Would you make any changes to the budget of the governing unit to which you are seeking elected office? If so, what?
I would have an independent auditor scrutinize the budget to determine any unnecessary or unneeded requests or expenditures. I would investigate the feasibility of having this done on some kind of regular basis.
Are there any other issues you want to bring to the public’s attention? If so, what?