Shields supervisor hopefuls share goals
Meet the candidates
Gale Strenger Wayne
Resident: Fifth generation in Shields Township
Occupation: Supervisor of Shields Township Slate:
Unified Shields Party
Running with: Dan Rogers of Knollwood, for highway commissioner; Patricia “Trish” Lenzini, of Arden Shores, assessor; Caroline Harrington, of North Chicago, clerk; and trustee candidates Dawn Barnum, of Lake Forest; Richard Goshgarian, of Knollwood; Heather Kerr, of Knollwood; and Hollis Steadman, of Lake Bluff
Resident: Since 1996
Occupation: Real estate broker with @Properties in Lake Forest
Slate: Shields Township Active Reform Team
Running with: Trustee Scott Anderson of Lake Forest, for highway commissioner; Kathy Blahunka, of Lake Bluff, assesor; Lanelle Collins, of North Chicago, clerk; and trustee candidates Bill Brown, of Lake Forest; Trustee Laura Carney of Lake Bluff, an incumbent; Patrick Corsiglia, of Lake Forest; and Gerry Phillips, of Knollwood
Updated: April 7, 2013 4:45PM
After Shields Township recently slashed its budget and salaries for elected officials, the new supervisor elected on April 9 will have to know how to do more with less.
Current supervisor Gale Strenger Wayne of Knollwood is facing a challenge from newcomer Cynthia Maloney of Lake Forest. Both women are part of opposing, full-party slates, since all township seats are up for election this spring.
Maloney and Strenger Wayne discussed their views on the township’s top post with the Lake Forester. These are their edited responses:
Q. Why are you running for township supervisor?
Maloney: The more I found out about the history of the township, the needs out there and the ways they’ve been addressed in the past, I feel that we can do a better job.
Strenger Wayne: I love the work, I’m effective and there’s still a lot of work to be done and a lot of need in the community. We make a difference.
Q. What is the most important aspect of the supervisor’s job?
Maloney: To oversee everything done by all the other people — the employees in the township and on the board. As supervisor, I’d look for ways to improve delivery of services the township is supposed to deliver. The first things I’d look at are the location of the food pantry, the transportation vouchers and general assistance and emergency assistance. I would like to get more volunteers involved.
Strenger Wayne: To be accountable to the voters and the taxpayers while executing the requirements of the job, and I have done that. The supervisor is the CEO of the township. It’s all the administrative aspects as with any corporation, all the documents and personnel issues and operations issues of the township. What really sets it apart, though, is the responsibility for general assistance.
Q. What are the most pressing issues the township faces in the next term?
Maloney: Making sure the reforms made in reducing the salaries of elected officials remain in place. We don’t want to backslide on any improvement from the last four years. I’d improve efficiency in the delivery of services the township provides, including moving the food pantry from Knollwood to North Chicago, and the efficiencies in administering the (general assistance) and (emergency assistance) funds. I’d also improve the roads in the unincorporated areas of our township.
Strenger Wayne: Number one is continued vigilance on behalf of the taxpayers. We’ve cut taxes 40 percent. We are extremely lean yet incredibly effective. Also, to bring different viewpoints together. The Unified Shields Team brings people of all perspectives together. We have representatives from every area we serve and we are non-partisan. Last, to build partnerships and collaborate with social service agencies, churches and other forms of government to deliver services.
Q. What is your favorite spot in Shields Township?
Maloney: There are a lot of them. I live in Lake Forest and the beach is amazing. I love all the forest preserve areas in Shields. And there are great restaurants. I think we should encourage tourism of Shields. It’s one of the Illinois Statute definitions of what townships can and can’t do. One thing we can do is encourage tourism.
Strenger Wayne: My favorite spot is sitting with the people who come to the township office, who have left their pride at the door, who come to us broken and fragile. We work with them and they give us a hug on their way out the door. That’s the best place to be and it happens on a weekly basis. I love it.