March 31, 2011 2:26PM
Peg Donohue, candidate District 515 Prairie State College board. | Supplied photo
Office sought: Prairie State College Trustee
Date of birth: 70
Education: Master’s degree, Governors State University, University Park; Bachelor’s degree, GSU, University Park; undergraduate work at Prairie State College, Chicago Hts.
Occupation, employer: Retired University Administrator. Worked for Governors State University for 23 years.
Please list all sources of income:
Spouse, spouse’s employer: married, retired advertising Eeecutive, BBDO Inc.
Children, age of children, children’s employer (if applicable): Karen Ercole, John Donohue, Jr., Paul Donohue, Susan Donohue and five grandchildren.
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?
What other elected offices have you sought? What year? Elected to the Prairie State College Board, April 2006; elected to the Park Forest Library Board, April 2006; elected to the Democratic State Central Committee for the 11th Congressional District in the late 80’s.
Have you ever been arrested or charged with a crime? If so, for what? What was the disposition?
Do you have any criminal convictions on your record? If so, for what? What was your sentence?
Political (elected or significant appointment) experience: Member of the Tallgrass Arts Association, the League of Women Voters, Friends of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Thorncreek Preservation Society and St. Irenaeus Church. Volunteer for PADS.
In your view, what are the two most important issues facing your constituents? How would you address those issues?
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.
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?
For the past five years, I have served as a trustee at Prairie State College and have been a voice for integrity, ethics and independence. Fiscal responsibility and accountability to the taxpayers of this district are first and foremost for me.
I am running for re-election as an official write-in candidate. This was due to my not filing a timely receipt with my petitions. My husband was undergoing serious surgery at the time, and I simply forgot to get the missing document in on time. This was unfortunate, but many people have urged me to be a write-in candidate.
My background and experience in higher education, particularly with community colleges has been helpful to the board. I started my college education as an adult returning student, with a family, job and multiple responsibilities. I understand what it is to be a student at Prairie State College, and how important community colleges are to the state and the nation.
My strong organizational/leadership skills were honed as the Executive Director of the South Metropolitan Regional Higher Education Consortium. The consortium is composed of representatives from 14 colleges and universities, including all the community colleges in this region. I was responsible for administering a multi-million budget and providing overall leadership and implementation of policies, plans and programs at the direction of the president’s council. My communication skills are excellent, I understand the role of a trustee, and have the ability to interact and make decisions in ways that demonstrate sensitivity to multiple and diverse participants.