Joseph Roudez III
March 28, 2011 3:14PM
Updated: March 28, 2011 3:14PM
Office Sought: Mayor of University Park, IL
Name: Joseph Roudez III
Address: 607 Hickok Lane
University Park, IL 60484
Date of Birth: 08/04/1962
Facebook: Joseph Roudez
Cell: 708-473-4483 official
Education: Crete-Monee High School ‘90
Olive-Harvey Community College
Occupation, employer: Owner/ CEO of Regional Medical Transportation Services
Please list all source of income: I receive about $12,000 per year as a Village Trustee; Regional Medical Transportation Services
Spouse, Spouses employer: Linda Roudez, Owner/ President of Regional Medical Transportation Services
Children, age of children, children’s employer: I have 4 children, Tamika, Joseph Jr., Jacob, and Justin
Please list any relatives, including in-laws, who are employed by a government agency at the federal, state, or local level. What are their job titles and with what agency are they employed? None
What other elected office have you sought? What Year?
University Park Trustee 2005-2009, elected to four year term
University Park Mayor 2007, Lost (maintained trustee seat for two years)
University Park Trustee 2009-2013 Re-Elected for four year term
Have you ever been arrested or charged with a crime? If so, for what? What was your sentence? I have never been charged with a crime.
Do you have any criminal convictions on your record? If so, for what? What was sentence? No
Political (elected or significant appointment) experience:
Recently selected to serve as Vice Chair of Democratic National Municipal Officials Executive Board representing University Park and State of Illinois begin mid-March 2011.
In your view what are the two most important issues facing your constituents? How would you address those issues?
1) The Absence of a grocery store or fresh market in the community. I am currently working to procure a source of groceries for the community.
2) Economic and Retail Development.
With our lobbying efforts, which I have strongly supported, University Park secured funding to widen and upgrade a major road, University Parkway, to begin fall 2011, and also the construction of I-57 Interchange in 2012, and funding to expand and beautify a major portion of Cicero Avenue, all without incurring any increase in taxes to the residents or businesses. These projects, along with my business friendly policies, will increase the value and facilitate continued growth of our Industrial Park, support new retail growth as ease of access and traffic patterns improves, creating the environment for business growth; that will be encouraged with Joseph Roudez as Mayor of University Park
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.
To give the residents opportunity to shop for groceries and other necessities within our community and increase retail and small business opportunities.
Also to increase Police department Patrols with additional officers to ensure the safety of our residents and their property
Please explain how you believe the office you are seeking can help in creating jobs?
1) Completion of The University Park Technical resource Center will be a hub for job training and small business growth for community and region participation (currently going out for bid for construction).
2) Continued participation in regional state and Federal economic programs and continued business relationships with the private sector, and being known as a business friendly community with incentive packages which will benefit the residents and new businesses alike to create economic growth and development in our community.
3) Support for Abraham Lincoln National Airport which will bring jobs to the region, broaden our tax base aiding in lowering village tax rates.
4) Continuing to support policies regarding taxes, village governance and business development that create an environment that gives village residents and businesses alike, a chance to pursue a path that they see fit to improve their quality of life and prosperity.
Governments do not create jobs; governments work best by creating the conditions for economic development, job growth and improved quality of life. As mayor I will continue to pursue an agenda to do just that.
Do you believe the current way Illinois pays for education is working? if so why? if Not why? No, it’s not working. We need to develop a system that provides for a greater equity sharing of revenu for all school districts. Our system is broke. The dollars allocated per student should be same for all students and additional funding sources should be identified to accomplish this task.
Would you make changes to the budget of government unit to which you are seeking elected office? If so, why?
Provide additional funding for public safety and the Emergency Service Disaster Program of University Park. Also, establishment of a grant readiness program to improve our opportunities to acquire matching grants for community projects.
Are there any other issues you want to bring to the public attention? If so, what?
Yes, We must continue the effort to improve water quality in University Park, by acquiring better water facilities (Lake Michigan water) as well as expanding our water capacity to support our continued growth as a community. Also the importance of protecting our land from de-annexation efforts, and to work on expanding more land into our village boundaries