Office sought: Mayor, City of Chicago Heights
Name: David A Gonzalez
Address: Chicago Heights
Date of birth: Age 49
Web site: www.myunityparty.com
Education: Bloom High School
Bachelor of Science in Administration, Roosevelt University, Chicago
Occupation, employer: Certified Public Accountant, Gonzalez & Associates, CPA’s
Please list all sources of income: Certified Public Accountant
Spouse, spouse’s employer: Gonzalez & Associates, CPA’s
Children, age of children, children’s employer (if applicable): 3 Children (ages 23, 18 and 16) , I grandchild (age 2 months)
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? Daughter works for the City of Chicago Heights. If I am elected Mayor, she will resign her position.
Have you ever been arrested or charged with a crime? If so, for what? What was the disposition? No
Do you have any criminal convictions on your record? If so, for what? What was your sentence? No
Political (elected or significant appointment) experience: Former Police and Fire Commissioner, City of Chicago Heights. Former Superintendent of Chicago Heights Park District. Former Bloom Township Democratic Committeeman. Member, Finance Committee, City of Chicago Heights.
In your view, what are the two most important issues facing your constituents? How would you address those issues?
The most important issue the we must address is Crime. Gangs, drug dealers and other crimes are the biggest problems we face. Our families need to be safe in their homes, neighborhoods and their schools. We need to expand our after school and mentoring program for our kids. We need to create a Gang Prevention Program that prevents our children from being recruited into these gangs. It is critical that we place more police on the street in high crime areas during peak crime hours. I will work to conduct an immediate re-deployment study to determine how best we can achieve that goal. We will move as many officers as possible out of the station and onto the streets.
The second most important issue is job creation and economic development. I will push for a law the requires banks who receive city revenue to reinvest in local businesses, providing low interest loans and credit fdor startups and expansion. I will also propose to the City Council “the Chicago Heights Job Creation Incentive” for businesses. For every new full time job created and filled with a Chicago Heights resident the City will rebate a portion of the Utility tax or retail sales tax (depending on what type of business) paid by the employer . It is a win-win situation for all.
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.
I believe that every problem in this City and potential solution to such problem is in some way related to the city’s economic health. Whether the issue is public safety, job creation, business development, deficit budgets or underfunded pensions, the solution to those problems will somehow be dependent on the city’s economic health and capabilities. In my first two years I would like to balance the City’s budget. We need to bring spending under control and reduce the property tax burden on working families.
Please explain how you believe the office you’re seeking can help in creating local jobs.
As the Mayor to the City it is your responsibility to market the resources and economic incentives that are available for potential and existing businesses. The city of Chicago Heights generates nearly $50 million each year in revenues and fees, etc. Those dollars should be deposited in banks with a track record of re-investing in Chicago Heights…In providing low interest loans and credit for business start-ups and expansion…Banks with a track record of helping people stay in their homes and avoid foreclosure. Taxpayers of Chicago Heights deserve to have a portion of their tax dollars re-invested in their community – not sent to other states or overseas.
Do you believe the current way Illinois pays for education is working? If so, why? If not, why not? What would you change?
As Mayor I would have no input with how the school aide funding formula would ultimately be restructured. However, the current system is neither adequately or equitably funding our children’s education. It’s wrong for one school district to have the dollars to provide the best science labs; computer labs; the best teachers and a quality, safe environment, while another school district, perhaps right next door, has minimal funding resources. Every child deserves a world-class education and it is up to Springfield to make that happen.
Would you make any changes to the budget of the governing unit to which you are seeking elected office? If so, what?
As a CPA, Municipal finance has been my primary concentration for over 20 years. The study of budgets and deficits, identifying waste in budgets and services, and cost cutting measures, are my business. That is what I do every day of my life. The next Mayor of this this city must have extensive experience in management and finance. I believe my professional background uniquely qualifies me to find waste, cut spending responsibly and balance the budget.