March 29, 2011 8:22PM
Office sought: Matteson Public Library board of trustee
Name: Leana Page
Address: 715 Bradley Ave., Matteson, IL 60443
Date of birth: 12/31/1949
Education: Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL: Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Business Administration
Occupation, employer: Retired AT&T manager; Customer Billing
Please list all sources of income: Pension and 401K
Spouse, spouse’s employer: Not applicable
Children, age of children, children’s employer (if applicable): None
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? Katrina Page (niece) - US Railroad Retirement Board - Financial Management Analyst
What other elected offices have you sought? What year?
I ran for election to the Matteson Public Library board of trustees in 2005 and I’m currently serving that 6 year term.
Have you ever been arrested or charged with a crime? If so, for what? What was the disposition? Never.
Do you have any criminal convictions on your record? If so, for what? What was your sentence? No.
Political (elected or significant appointment) experience: I was appointed to the Matteson Public Library board of trustees in 2003. I was elected to the board in 2005 and currently serving a 6 year term.
In your view, what are the two most important issues facing your constituents? How would you address those issues?
I think the economy and jobs are critical issues for residents. The library has provided informative programming on building resumes and job hunting.
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.
The library closed for 2 separate weeks in 2003 before I was appointed. My continued objective is to keep the doors open. Additionally it is important to provide programs and facilities to aid residents who don’t have access to computers. We’ve added a larger computer lab and training. These things can be done by being fiscally responsible.
Please explain how you believe the office you’re seeking can help in creating local jobs.
Jobs have been created in the last few years as MPL has stretched and grown to meet the needs of the residents. Those positions have included security personnel and community outreach coordinators to provide meaningful programming for children as well as adults. Jobs should only be created if there is a true need for a position.
Do you believe the current way Illinois pays for education is working? If so, why? If not, why not? What would you change?
Property taxes is a reasonable way to pay for education for children in Illinois.
Would you make any changes to the budget of the governing unit to which you are seeking elected office? If so, what?
I’ve been in the position to approve budget spending for the last 8 years. As a member of the board I strive to be fiscally responsible and spend the tax payers money wisely.