March 29, 2011 8:22PM
Joseph Conway, candidate for Oak Forest Park District board. | Supplied photo
Office sought: Oak Forest Park District Commissioner
Name: Joseph Conway
Address: 5328 Fawn Court, Oak Forest
Date of birth: June 23, 1964
Education: AAS degree from University of Phoenix
Occupation, employer: Firefighter/paramedic, Village of Downers Grove
Please list all sources of income: Current employer
Spouse, spouse’s employer: Jennifer Conway, Primary Nutrition Services (self-employed)
Children, age of children, children’s employer (if applicable):
Margaret (Maggie) Conway, 20, Loyola University student
Hannah Conway, 18, Marian Catholic High School senior
Kevin Conway, 14, St. Damian 8th grade 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?
Tom Conway (brother), Labor relations Manager. Illinois Department of Employment Security.
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:
City of Oak Forest Fire and Police Commission, 2009 - present
In your view, what are the two most important issues facing your constituents? How would you address those issues?
Since announcing my decision to run for park district commissioner, I’ve spoken with many of my friends and neighbors throughout Oak Forest and it seems a common question that arises is “Why don’t we have some type of field house such as the ones in Tinley Park and Orland Park?” Addressing an issue such as this will always be an expensive proposition. If this type of facility is truly what the majority of residents want, my goal would be to explore the possibility of a district-city-private partnership as a means to accomplish this goal.
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.
In the spring of 2010, the park district announced a new program — community gardening. Two garden sites (151st and Long, 167th and Lockwood), with ten garden plots each were rented to district residents who then planted their own vegetable gardens. My goal over the next two years regarding these sites is to continue to improve these sites by adding watering stations, composting sites, and expanded plots (up to approximately 200, 10’ x 20” plots).
Please explain how you believe the office you’re seeking can help in creating local jobs.
Do you believe the current way Illinois pays for education is working? If so, why? If not, why not? What would you change?
Would you make any changes to the budget of the governing unit to which you are seeking elected office? If so, what?
Are there any other issues you want to bring to the public’s attention? If so, what?