March 29, 2011 7:54PM
Clifford Griffin, candidate Blue Island. | Supplied photo
Office sought: Alderman 7th ward City of Blue Island
Name: Clifford Griffin
Address:2126 W. 120th Place
Education: MM>Chicago Conservatory College/ Music Education
Occupation, employer:Free- Musician/Small Business owner-Retired
Please list all sources of income: Pension
Spouse, spouse’s employer: Retired Chicago Public School Teacher
Children, age of children, children’s employer (if applicable): 2 daughter ages 32& 28 living on their own
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? None
What other elected offices have you sought? What year? None
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: Chairman of the Blue Island Zoning Board of Appeals 1993-current
In your view, what are the two most important issues facing your constituents? How would you address those issues? 1. Employment, Home foreclosure. 2. Senior citizens with the escalating cost of living
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. Return the city to financial stability, start the repairs to the streets and sewers. Attract new businesses both small and corporate.
Please explain how you believe the office you’re seeking can help in creating local jobs.
The alderman is not only a spokesman for his ward but, a spokesman for the city. Part of the position is to promote the benefits of the city to the world
Do you believe the current way Illinois pays for education is working? If so, why? If not, why not? What would you change?No, The lottery was sold to the public to help fund education. After the state started the lottery the funding dropped from roughly 49% to about 29%. The funding for the districts should be equal to insure every child in the state has the same material. Poor or Rich should not make a difference. If Administrators and teachers could focus on teaching, not lobbying for money to do their job, we would see more progress out of our children.
Would you make any changes to the budget of the governing unit to which you are seeking elected office? If so, what? Yes, First you have to look at where every dollar is spent, how it is spent. If cuts are to be made it should not be at the peril of the citizens or employees of the city.
Are there any other issues you want to bring to the public’s attention? If so, what?
No. The issues that face us are well known and understood. I feel that it would be my job to find solutions that the citizens would benefit and enhance the quality of life for residents of the 7th ward and the city of Blue Island.