March 29, 2011 12:44PM
Steve Anderson, candidate SD 153. | Supplied photo
Office sought: School Board Member – Homewood SD 153
Name: Steven Anderson
Address: 18129 Highland Avenue, Homewood
Date of birth: 11/29/1970
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Education: BA – 1993 – The University of Iowa; MBA – 1998 – DePaul University
Occupation, employer: Finance Executive – Oxford Finance
Please list all sources of income: Finance Executive
Spouse, spouse’s employer: Homemaker
Children, age of children: Four boys ages 11, 9, 7 and 5
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? N/A
What other elected offices have you sought? What year? Same position in 2007
Have you ever been arrested or charged with a crime? If so, for what? What was the disposition? N/A
Do you have any criminal convictions on your record? If so, for what? What was your sentence? N/A
Political (elected or significant appointment) experience: School Board Member – Homewood SD 153 since 2007
In your view, what are the two most important issues facing your constituents? How would you address those issues?
Financial solvency and quality teacher retention. In Illinois we need to figure out how to make school funding more of a local issue than a State issue as our State is insolvent and cannot be counted on to fund as it is lawfully mandated to do. With adequate financial resources and strong fiscal management we can attract and retain the best teachers and reward them for helping the district achieve our educational goals.
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. Stabilize the financial condition of the district for the near term and look for solutions to solve the school funding crisis in IL.
Please explain how you believe the office you’re seeking can help in creating local jobs.
It cannot but it can help retain good jobs if we remain fiscally strong and can continue to employ the best and brightest staff in the State.
Do you believe the current way Illinois pays for education is working? If so, why? If not, why not? What would you change?
No it is not working and our State is broke. Illinois has been living beyond its means for years and now that many of the entitlement obligations are coming due, they cannot meet their day-to-day obligations while paying for pension and State retiree benefits that it promised decades ago. School funding needs to be appropriated and set aside annually in Springfield so that schools can plan to receive the funds they are due to educate the children of IL. School funds should not be able to be comingled with other State funds as there are few other dollars that we pay into Springfield that are more important than those that should be earmarked for education.
Would you make any changes to the budget of the governing unit to which you are seeking elected office? If so, what?
No. I believe we budget and spend very well and manage our fiscal situation as well as anyone in the State. We have great leadership in our school district and are fortunate for that.
Are there any other issues you want to bring to the public’s attention? If so, what?
The work we need to do in IL is just beginning. We have so many challenges ahead of us and I am fearful that we do not have the leadership in Springfield to meet them. I hope we all see that and look within ourselves to act and get involved to save our State from itself.