Carole Griffin Ruzich, candidate Orland Park Village Board. | Supplied photo
Updated: March 28, 2011 1:50PM
Office sought: Village of Orland Park Trustee
Name: Carole Griffin Ruzich
Address: 13241 Jean Creek Drive, Orland Park, IL 60462
Date of birth: 6/13/61
Web site: orlandparkunited.com
Facebook: Orland Park United
Twitter handle: N/A
Education: B.A. in Government & History, magna cum laude, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN - 1983; J.D., University of Illinois, Champaign, IL - 1986
Occupation, employer: Attorney (Owner) Griffin & Gallagher, LLC
Please list all sources of income: Private law practice, husband’s income, interest and dividend income.
Spouse, spouse’s employer: Larry Ruzich - AAA Chicago Motor Club
Children, age of children: Dan -21, Kim – 20, Megan - 18
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?
Mary Clohessy (sister) is employed by the Village of Evergreen Park as an Emergency Manager.
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:
12 year member of Orland Park Fire & Police Commission
In your view, what are the two most important issues facing your constituents? How would you address those issues?
Declining home values due to the foreclosure crisis is an important issue facing every resident. In addition, maintaining and attracting businesses to Orland Park is vital to create job growth and tax revenues for our Village.
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.
I would work to establish a Homeowners Assistance Program to educate and assist residents threatened with foreclosure with the options that are available to help keep their homes. If staying in their home is not an option, the program would provide assistance in finding rental options here in Orland Park so that the impact upon families and in particular, children, can be minimized.
Please explain how you believe the office you’re seeking can help in creating local jobs.
The Village Board is instrumental in creating an environment that is business friendly. We need to continue to create incentives to attract businesses to locate in our Village.
Do you believe the current way Illinois pays for education is working? If so, why? If not, why not? What would you change?
Although our current system is not perfect, right now it is the best way. The closer you can get government to the people, the better it is, and that is what our current system provides.
Would you make any changes to the budget of the governing unit to which you are seeking elected office? If so, what?
Our Village has done an excellent job of maintaining a conservative fiscal policy. There needs to be constant evaluation of our revenue sources and expenditures so that our tax dollars are spent wisely.
Are there any other issues you want to bring to the public’s attention? If so, what? N/A