Algonquin Township Board
The Township trustees are responsible for certifying tax levies for the township and for the road district. The Highway Commissioner determines the amount of the road district levy.
The Board is also responsible for adopting the annual budget and appropriation ordinance for the Town, General Assistance, and the Road and Bridge funds. The Trustees approve all town expenses and audit bills submitted for payment by the Highway Commissioner. The Trustees are elected every four years.
My family moved to the Township in 1975 in Cary lived behind the Millers on Spring Beach, My Dad was the Spring Beach President and I met Del Miller the Township road supervisor as we sought help with our Roads back there and we worked out an agreement. I was impressed. I attended Cary Grove and we raised our two boys here. I moved in to the Village limits in Cary 13 years ago.
I have worked at Coilcraft in Cary for 13 years. I have worked in the Electronics industry for 40 years currently I serve as the Material Declarations Manager and lead a Team researching and reporting the substances in our Products to Customers and by laws globally. Our job is to protect our employees, our Customers and at end of life of those products containing our parts protecting the recyclers taking the products apart.
I have served the area communities over the past 35 years as a mason, Jaycee in both Crystal Lake and Cary, As a Lion member in Oakwood Hills and Cary and Fox River Grove, served on the Fox River Grove Special Events Committee (inaugural member) member of Community Christmas Organization serving Cary, FRG, Trout Valley and Oakwood Hills as well as Algonquin Township in those areas. I have served on over 30 Boards and have been a State Parliamentarian in the past for the Illinois Junior Chamber of Commerce.
I have knowledge and experience in local government. Having served four years as Village Trustee in Cary where I have been quite involved serving at the same time on McHenry County Storm Water Commission, McHenry County Gravel Pit Commission and on the recommendation of the Village President I serve on the Metropolitan Caucus of Mayors Environmental Committee. I bring with me many good connections and ideas to help us with grants and programs available to Township residents. I will offer several ideas as to continuing with the already good record the Township has at keeping the Levy low. I was a signatory to the first Conservation Congress, support the Conservation District, McHenry County Defenders, and as a member of the Defenders will be a staunch advocate for environmental issues in our Township. I like and wear with pride the nickname some pressed on me. They call me Dave “Butterfly” Chapman because they know the deep passion I have for our air, water and soil in this Township
As a Trustee, I voted each of four years for a 0% increase in the Tax Levy for the Village. I supported capturing new growth to put properties on the tax roles as soon as they were using services. Made several tough decisions not all of which could make everyone happy but I am proud to have served. We need to be looking forward and not just for the people we serve today but those 20 years from now as well. I am unafraid to stand alone as a voice for our residents however; I have a great ability to collaborate to make great things happen. We helped fix a 40-year flooding problem that previous Boards just kept kicking down the road.
I lived in Springfield and served as a Legislative Aid for State Senator Jack Schaffer from Cary for 2 years as well as a Republican State Rep. from Streamwood. That experience will aid me as I still have friends and acquaintances I have met over the years. That could help us downstate representing you to cut through red tape.
I intend to propose Programs at low or no cost to the township in things usually reserved for incorporated areas. I will support and promote outreach to all. You will see me inviting you to be more involved as we increase the transparency and participation of our residents.
An Algonquin Township resident since 2002, Elaine is a dedicated volunteer in her community. She served as Clerk and then as Trustee for the Village of Barrington Hills. During her time on the Village Board, she brought several innovative programs to benefit all of the residents including: planning and hosting an informational series of Private Road Homeowners Road Maintenance meetings; instituting a survey of all drainage and retention features Village-wide and making needed repairs; and beginning a set-aside fund to save conservatively for the complete replacement of the Cuba Road bridge (Veterans’ Crossing). She is dedicated to finding creative and cost-effective ways to fund community initiatives; and led a state award winning project to open 5 miles of new public multi-use trails and related parking in McHenry County. A $40,000 match necessary to receive Federal Recreational Trails money for the project was raised entirely through grants, private donations and fundraisers. Elaine is an intellectual property attorney, and she uses her background in science and the law to help inventors get patent protection. In her spare time, Elaine enjoys the many healthy outdoor activities that our beautiful McHenry County offers including horseback riding and running in races that benefit local charities.