March 28, 2011 1:14PM
Updated: March 28, 2011 3:12PM
Office sought: Trustee for Village of Midlothian
Name: Donald Killelea
Address: Midlothian, Il
Date of birth: 3-29-51
Education: Bachelors in Business Administration from DePaul Univ
Occupation, employer: Owner Killelea Jewelers
Please list all sources of income: Income from my occupation
Income for Village of Midlothian for a trustee
Spouse, spouse’s employer: Barbara. The Community Center Foundation
Children, age of children, children’s employer (if applicable):
Anthony 39 Norman Olson Ins.
Susan 31 Social worker
Zachary 22 College Student
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? SD 143 Board Of education 1986, 1990
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: SD 143 school Board for 8 years
In your view, what are the two most important issues facing your constituents? How would you address those issues?
1) Trying to make ends meet. The Village has work towards balancing the budget while keeping taxes low.
2) Revitalizing the Business Districts in Midlothian. We need to redevelop the Cicero Av corridor and redevelop the downtown district to create a convenient and attractive area we can be proud of.
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. We need to restructure our village government to make more it more efficient. We need to do this by developing our greatest resource, our employees. We need to reward our top performers and make sure all managers and employees are accountable.
Please explain how you believe the office you’re seeking can help in creating local jobs. If we can develop the business districts we can create retail and service sector jobs.
Do you believe the current way Illinois pays for education is working? If so, why? If not, why not? What would you change? No. Why are our children in Midlothian shortchanged with inadequate funding? The ability to fund schools helps determine the quality of education to a large extent. Midlothian does a great job with the funding it receives. I think the state should provide more of the education funding and try to equalize school funding across districts. Maybe we could combine small school districts into larger more diversified income districts.
Would you make any changes to the budget of the governing unit to which you are seeking elected office? If so, what? Yes, we need to control our labor cost increases by combining department resources, investing in labor saving technology, making each employee more accountable and changing “across the board” pay increases to merit based compensation.
Are there any other issues you want to bring to the public’s attention? If so, what?
Midlothian is becoming more diverse ethnically. We need to be inclusive to our new residents and not shut them out.