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  • McLean County candidates - 2020 responses to labor
    Updated On: Oct 08, 2020

    Bloomington & Normal Trades & Labor Assembly

    2020 Candidate questionnaire responses

    The Trades and Labor plus the Livingston & McLean Counties Building & Trades Council have made endorsements - all endorsed candidates are so marked.

    Abbi Sorrells County Coroner Democratic candidate

    No Response

    Kathy Yoder – County Coroner Republican candidate - incumbent

    No Response

    County Sheriff Jon Sandage County Sheriff Republican candidate - incumbent

    No Response

    County Circuit Clerk – Don Everhart Circuit Clerk Republican candidate - incumbent

    No Response

    Don Knapp – State’s Attorney Republican candidate - incumbent Endorsement rescinded by Trades & Labor delegate vote October 7, 2020

    BIO: After more than six years in State Farm’s SIU, twelve with the appellate court and six with the State’s Attorney’s Office, it is an honor to serve as the McLean County State’s Attorney.

    A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) requires that any construction project use local union labor; in return, the local unions agree to no job disputes.  If the unit of government you are seeking office with is giving an economic subsidy to any developer for new construction, remodeling or renovation of an existing structure, would you support that a signed Project Labor Agreement be a pre-condition before any tax-supported or governmental subsidy is granted?

    The State’s Attorney’s Office does not give economic subsidies to developers.  Nevertheless, were the County Board to request that we include a PLA into any project development agreement that we were asked to draft, we would gladly incorporate such language in the agreement.

    The Prevailing Wage law states any governmentally funded construction pay according to area construction wage and benefit standards.  Do you support the prevailing wage law?

    During my time in the State’s Attorney’s Office, I’ve ensured the County adhere to Illinois’ Prevailing Wage Act by literally drafting the County’s prevailing wage ordinance on more than one occasion.  As counsel to the Board Members over the years who have sought to set rates separate and apart from those established by the Department of Labor, I’ve reminded them that the method they had hoped to use to establish rates was simply inconsistent with dictates of the Act and would not be allowed by our courts.  As it is the law of the land, as State’s Attorney I not only support its implementation but am duty bound to ensure the County adhere to the Prevailing Wage Act.

    In Illinois, public employees have a right to organize a union.  Would you support that the unit of government you are running for adopt a neutrality stance if workers are seeking to organize?

    I would gladly sign a neutrality agreement which binds management employees and union organizers alike to the exact same set of rules of regulations.

    Young people deserve opportunity, particularly non-college bound, low-income and diverse populations.  Do you have any ideas you would share on enhancing apprenticeship or other training opportunities to the group?

    While it is simply a reality that one must go to law school to become a licensed attorney in Illinois, for many years individuals in the legal profession have championed moving away from the traditional three years of law school to a combination of law school coupled with apprenticeship in the legal profession.  Given the ever increasing cost of law school, this concept deserves more consideration than ever and I would support the bar increasing its efforts to explore such possibilities.  While some of our legal assistants have college degrees, many do not yet that does not prevent them from either applying or becoming a legal assistant with the State’s Attorney’s Office.  Hopefully our policy of not requiring a college degree to become a legal assistant in the State’s Attorney’s Office assists non-college bound, low-income and diverse populations with career choices.  The policy is one that we’re happy to continue given the great quality of both college educated and non-college bound employees that we have and have had over the years.

    The Black Lives Matter movement raises the question of police practice and the availability of social services.  The Bloomington & Normal Trades & Labor Assembly has adopted a Black Lives Matter support resolution. What law enforcement practices do you feel need reform or added training?  Is there a need for increased social services so that law enforcement is not answering service calls for homelessness, hunger or mental health situations?  Share you vision on fund allocation and what services are appropriate coming from the unit of government you are seeking office with?

    For numerous reasons, McLean County remains a leader in police training achieving at one time 100% of our officers trained in crisis intervention.  While at any given point in time, that number is lower with the hiring of new officers, it is unheard of to live in a community this size and achieve CIT training for the entire police force.  I do not know the percentages of trauma informed training or implicit bias training but I do not believe we’ve been able to achieve the same success in those areas and certainly support working toward that goal.  My ‘vision’ to use the verbiage of the question for allocation of resources and increasing social services includes acquiring a dedicated social worker for the State’s Attorney’s Office that works with our law enforcement partners to coordinate services to the community’s high risk youth.  I have had numerous conversations with many in command from our law enforcement partners as well as County leadership in hopes of identifying funding for such a position.  While the public defender’s social worker coordinates services for defendants following arrest, my vision which is shared by many of our law enforcement partners would provide an avenue for coordination of such services for youth we come into contact with before they become defendants.

    McLean County Auditor Candidates

    Michelle Anderson – Republican, incumbent. Endorsed by the Building & Construction Trades Council

    Bio: ISU Accounting Alumni.  Experienced in governmental accounting.  Work for the citizens. Increased transparency in the office. Auditor since 2009. Award winning financials. 

     Project Labor Agreement (PLA) requires that any construction project use local union labor; in return, the local unions agree to no job disputes.  If the unit of government you are seeking office with is giving an economic subsidy to any developer for new construction, remodeling or renovation of an existing structure, would you support that a signed Project Labor Agreement be a pre-condition before any tax-supported or governmental subsidy is granted?

    While this position does not get a vote on construction contracts or incentives for developers, I am supportive of PLAs and feel local government should require. 

    The Prevailing Wage law states any governmentally funded construction pay according to area construction wage and benefit standards.  Do you support the prevailing wage law?

    Absolutely! 

    In Illinois, public employees have a right to organize a union.  Would you support that the unit of government you are running for adopt a neutrality stance if workers are seeking to organize?

    I am supportive of employees organizing.  

    Young people deserve opportunity, particularly non-college bound, low-income and diverse populations.  Do you have any ideas you would share on enhancing apprenticeship or other training opportunities to the group?

    While this office does not make policy decisions of this type, I feel that these types of programs are vital to the community.

    The Black Lives Matter movement raises the question of police practice and the availability of social services.  The Bloomington & Normal Trades & Labor Assembly has adopted a Black Lives Matter support resolution. What law enforcement practices do you feel need reform or added training?  Is there a need for increased social services so that law enforcement is not answering service calls for homelessness, hunger or mental health situations?  Share you vision on fund allocation and what services are appropriate coming from the unit of government you are seeking office with?

    This office has no jurisdiction over local law enforcement and has no ability to withhold budget funding. 

    Robert Fazzini – Democratic Auditor candidate

    Bio: Union support is a family tradition. Fazzinis have been active in steel worker unions, carpenter unions and teacher unions since my father first joined.

    A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) requires that any construction project use local union labor; in return, the local unions agree to no job disputes. If the unit of government you are seeking office with is giving an economic subsidy to any developer for new construction, remodeling or renovation of an existing structure, would you support that a signed Project Labor Agreement be a pre-condition before any tax-supported or governmental subsidy is granted?

    The position of the auditor is not involved in economic subsidies.

    The Prevailing Wage law states any governmentally funded construction pay according to area construction wage and benefit standards.  Do you support the prevailing wage law?

    Yes. All workers, regardless of who their employer is, deserve to make a livable wage. 

    In Illinois, public employees have a right to organize a union.  Would you support that the unit of government you are running for adopt a neutrality stance if workers are seeking to organize?

    There is only one employee in the office of the auditor. However, if employees elsewhere were attempting to unionize, I vow to adopt a neutrality stance.

    Young people deserve opportunity, particularly non-college bound, low-income and diverse populations.  Do you have any ideas you would share on enhancing apprenticeship or other training opportunities for this group? 

    Apprenticeships are an excellent way to begin making a living. Young people need to be as informed about apprenticeships as they are about college, as apprenticeships are just as beneficial as a college degree.

    The Black Lives Matter movement raises the question of police practice and the availability of social services.  The Bloomington & Normal Trades & Labor Assembly has adopted a Black Lives Matter support resolution.  What law enforcement practices do you feel need reform or added training? Is there a need for increased social services so that law enforcement is not answering service calls for homelessness, hunger or mental health situations? Share your vision on fund allocation and what services are appropriate coming from the unit of government you are seeking office with? 

    There needs to be a watertight screening process put in place that ensures police positions are given only to candidates who are applying in order to be a civil servant and not to candidates who have shown any history of prejudice. It is also important for minority citizens to have the resources available to them to receive the best education that they possibly can. The position of the auditor has no say in fund allocation.

    Kevin Woodard Libertarian Auditor candidate

    Bio: Kevin Woodard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Technological University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Centenary College of Louisiana. He has over 25 years of experience in Traffic and Transportation Engineering.

    A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) requires that any construction project use local union labor; in return, the local unions agree to no job disputes. If the unit of government you are seeking office with is giving an economic subsidy to any developer for new construction, remodeling or renovation of an existing structure, would you support that a signed Project Labor Agreement be a pre-condition before any tax-supported or governmental subsidy is granted?

    First, I do not prefer that the County give economic subsidies. Such subsidies are often no more than corporate welfare. However, in the case of a situation such as Rivian, where a company might be able to bring a number of jobs to the community as well as foster the growth of support industries, such subsidies might be desirable. In such cases, Project Labor Agreements should be not only used but the contracts written as a part of them must be enforceable.

    The Prevailing Wage law states any governmentally funded construction pay according to area construction wage and benefit standards.  Do you support the prevailing wage law?

    I support the Prevailing Wage law. While the low bid process is intended to keep costs down it does not, on its own, encourage quality. I prefer a process known as Quality Based Selection. However, without that option we need other mechanisms to encourage construction of a quality product. The Prevailing Wage law is one such mechanism in that it can encourage the use of quality craftsmen which should lead to a higher quality product.

    In Illinois, public employees have a right to organize a union.  Would you support that the unit of government you are running for adopt a neutrality stance if workers are seeking to organize?

    3. Unions are necessary to protect workers rights and interests. While I am a huge fan of capitalism, I do not believe it can be left to its own devices. Governments serve as a check against capitalism and that is appropriate. However, government on its own is not a sufficient check. Unions are the third leg of a stool that provide a firm balanced system. I would support the County adopting a neutral stance if workers are seeking to organize.

    Young people deserve opportunity, particularly non-college bound, low-income and diverse populations.  Do you have any ideas you would share on enhancing apprenticeship or other training opportunities for this group? 

    I believe we need new emphasis in our society on training people to be craftsmen and learn trades. These jobs should be seen as being on the same level as positions that require college degrees. The cost of college today is beyond the reach of many families and making it affordable to everyone isn't the appropriate solution because it in itself is a broken model. Many college graduates today have earned degrees but are no more suited to enter the workplace than before they entered college. We need to focus on preparing young people to enter the workplace and more focus on teaching trades would go a long way towards solving many of the problems associated with today's higher education system.

    The Black Lives Matter movement raises the question of police practice and the availability of social services.  The Bloomington & Normal Trades & Labor Assembly has adopted a Black Lives Matter support resolution.  What law enforcement practices do you feel need reform or added training? Is there a need for increased social services so that law enforcement is not answering service calls for homelessness, hunger or mental health situations? Share your vision on fund allocation and what services are appropriate coming from the unit of government you are seeking office with? 

    I believe that we can reduce spending on our Police Departments. As long as officers run radar to enforce speed limits there are too many police officers. Radar enforcement, as it is currently practiced, does nothing to improve highway safety and for the most part is used only as a source of revenue. I believe we could transfer funds from Police Departments to another department that would provide social services. As Auditor my job would be to see that any funds allocated for this purpose were used appropriately, frugally, legally and wisely.

    Catherine Metsker County Board District 1 Republican candidate - incumbent

    no response

    County Board District 2 Democratic candidate Jeff Bertrand

    No response

    Bill Friedrich County Board District 2 Republican candidate - incumbent

    No response

    County Board District 3 Democratic candidate Ryan “R.J.” McCracken

    No response

    County Board District 3 Republican candidate George Wendt - incumbent

    No response

    Adelita Cruz – County Board District 4 Republican Candidate

    No response

    Ben Webb – County Board District 4 Democratic Candidate Endorsed by both the Trades & Labor Assembly and the Building & Trades Council

    Bio: Mr. Ben Webb is an English and Drama Teacher in Normal where he has lived and worked for more than 10 years. 

    A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) requires that any construction project use local union labor; in return, the local unions agree to no job disputes. If the unit of government you are seeking office with is giving an economic subsidy to any developer for new construction, remodeling or renovation of an existing structure, would you support that a signed Project Labor Agreement be a pre-condition before any tax-supported or governmental subsidy is granted?

    I support protecting and strengthening the use of PLAs on all public works projects and support it as a precondition. 

    The Prevailing Wage law states any governmentally funded construction pay according to area construction wage and benefit standards.  Do you support the prevailing wage law?

    I support the prevailing wage law. 

    In Illinois, public employees have a right to organize a union.  Would you support that the unit of government you are running for adopt a neutrality stance if workers are seeking to organize?

    I support the county board adopting a stance of neutrality if workers are seeking to organize. It is not the board’s place to limit worker’s rights to organize. 

    Young people deserve opportunity, particularly non-college bound, low-income and diverse populations.  Do you have any ideas you would share on enhancing apprenticeship or other training opportunities for this group? 

    As a teacher, I have worked with several students who have benefitted from labor apprenticeships and local training. Knowing there is good, paying careers helps young people enter your fields and I think outreach to school districts and community organizations will continue to strengthen our local workforce. 

    The Black Lives Matter movement raises the question of police practice and the availability of social services.  The Bloomington & Normal Trades & Labor Assembly has adopted a Black Lives Matter support resolution.  What law enforcement practices do you feel need reform or added training? Is there a need for increased social services so that law enforcement is not answering service calls for homelessness, hunger or mental health situations? Share your vision on fund allocation and what services are appropriate coming from the unit of government you are seeking office with? 

    Appropriate funding for social services can begin the conversation and ask that police don’t take lead in non-legal interventions; officers should not be expected to answer or resolve all things. Allow experts and specialists to lead. But it demands our community to make a conscious effort in combating systemic racism and injustice.

    Rachael Lund County Board District 5 Democratic candidate  Endorsed by the Building & Trades Council

     Rachael Lund is a User Experience Researcher at State Farm. She holds two engineering degrees, lives in Normal, and enjoys hiking with her dog, Diefenbaker.

    A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) requires that any construction project use local union labor; in return, the local unions agree to no job disputes. If the unit of government you are seeking office with is giving an economic subsidy to any developer for new construction, remodeling or renovation of an existing structure, would you support that a signed Project Labor Agreement be a pre-condition before any tax-supported or governmental subsidy is granted?

    Yes, I support Project Labor Agreements as a precondition for subsidies granted by the County Board. The goal of these incentives is to support new and growing businesses that benefit all parts of the local economy, including the use of local labor which keeps money in McLean County.

    The Prevailing Wage law states any governmentally funded construction pay according to area construction wage and benefit standards.  Do you support the prevailing wage law?

    I will support the Prevailing Wage Act by confirming appropriate wage and benefit standards are met before voting to approve funding requests on the County Board. I will also encourage the Legislative Subcommittee to work with the Illinois General Assembly to strengthen enforcement mechanisms for when the law is broken. 

    In Illinois, public employees have a right to organize a union.  Would you support that the unit of government you are running for adopt a neutrality stance if workers are seeking to organize?

    Yes, I would support a proposal for the County Board to adopt a neutrality stance towards workers wanting to organize. The right to organize a union is a fundamental right that I will defend as a member of the McLean County Board.

    Young people deserve opportunity, particularly non-college bound, low-income and diverse populations.  Do you have any ideas you would share on enhancing apprenticeship or other training opportunities for this group?

    Labor representatives should be in local high schools, working with students and guidance counselors alongside college recruiters and ROTC to show them the full array of available career paths. Representation is also important to show young women and people of color that these opportunities are available to them as well.

    The Black Lives Matter movement raises the question of police practice and the availability of social services.  The Bloomington & Normal Trades & Labor Assembly has adopted a Black Lives Matter support resolution. What law enforcement practices do you feel need reform or added training? Is there a need for increased social services so that law enforcement is not answering service calls for homelessness, hunger or mental health situations? Share your vision on fund allocation and what services are appropriate coming from the unit of government you are seeking office with?

    We must increase transparency around the Public Safety expenditures that make up 30% of the County budget and take other tangible actions to affirm the value of black lives including: hiring more people of color in County government, establishing a civilian review board for the Sheriff’s Department, and auditing use of force complaints.

    John McIntyre County Board District 5 Republican candidate - incumbent Endorsed by Laborers International Union of North America Local 362

    Bio: Born/raised in small town.  Grad ISU B.S., M.S.

     Married, 3 children and 7 grandchildren.  Taught high school, coached football, wrestling, track, basketball.  Longtime sports official and member of BN Official Association.  Worked many extra jobs to support family including seed corn contractor, bus driver, hog processing plant, Kraft Foods, insurance agent & garage.

    Chairman, Mclean County Board, Board of Directors: McLean County Museum of History, LWIA #15, Career-Link Jobs Training - 8 County Consortium, Chairman Public Aid Commission, Chairman County Liquor Commission.

    A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) requires that any construction project use local union labor; in return, the local unions agree to no job disputes.   If the unit of government you are seeking office with is giving an economic subsidy to any developer for new construction, remodeling or renovation of an existing structure, would you support that a signed Project Labor Agreement be a pre-condition before any tax-supported or governmental subsidy is granted?

    The County’s first job is to get new business to locate here. Subsequently, we support any further agreements and the use of union labor.  In the case of abatements, at best we would enter into a contract for the duration of the agreement.

    The Prevailing Wage law states any governmentally funded construction pay according to area construction wage and benefit standards.  Do you support the prevailing wage law?

    Current statutes basically support prevailing wage as meaning union labor as is qualified.

    In Illinois, public employees have a right to organize a union.  Would you support that the unit of government you are running for adopt a neutrality stance if workers are seeking to organize?

    We would absolutely agree that public employees have a right to organize. A neutrality agreement binds both management employees and union organizers alike to the same set of rules and regulations which levels the playing field.  In the majority of situations both sides should and usually understand any implications involved.

    Young people deserve opportunity, particularly non-college bound, low-income and diverse populations.  Do you have any ideas you would share on enhancing apprenticeship or other training opportunities for this group?

    The County has many positions of employment that do not require a college degree.  Of course, technical training, practical experience and working knowledge are essential to good job performance.  Apprenticeships and on-the-job training are the best way to go in that everyone can have that opportunity to prove themselves and succeed. I have always supported this as I have in my own experiences.  Diversity with the right approach from employers usually takes care of itself.

    The Black Lives Matter movement raises the question of police practice and the availability of social services.  The Bloomington & Normal Trades & Labor Assembly has adopted a Black Lives Matter support resolution.  What law enforcement practices do you feel need reform or added training?  Is there a need for increased social services so that law enforcement is not answering service calls for homelessness, hunger or mental health situations?  Share your vision on fund allocation and what services are appropriate coming from the unit of government you are seeking office with?

    Defunding the police just lends to less protection for the lives and safety of our citizens.

    Most people who know me, my family’s history, my background and experiences know that I have never made any distinctions about racial equality.  While serving in the army, participating in sports, coaching and teaching young people, being a member of many coaching staffs, working in factories and other jobs, I always thought of my fellow workers and teammates and their families as just ‘people like myself.’

    The County should continue to support our agencies through any proper funding that is available.

    There is constant police training being carried out and funded through grant money. I am proud of all of our local law enforcement agencies and the job that they have done historically and especially during the latest crisis and demonstrations.

    Trips that I made to Washington D. C. to present our mental health action plan to the Bureau of Justice Assistance resulted in federal grants for Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for all of our County’s first responders.  We have been working through many coalitions to improve our social services.

    While serving on the County Board I have personally led initiatives to promote improving avenues of treatment for mental health, helping the homeless and providing better means of treatment for addiction.

    Hannah Beer County Board District 6 Democratic candidate

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    David Scarpelli County Board District 6 Libertarian candidate

    No response

    Jacob Beard County Board District 7 Republican candidate  - incumbent

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    Darin Kaeb County Board District 7 Libertarian candidate

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    Val Laymon County Board District 7 Democratic candidate Endorsed by both the Trades & Labor and the Building &Trades Council

    Bio: Val Laymon is a twenty-year resident of Bloomington running as the Democrat for McLean County Board District 7 on issues of sustainability, accessibility, and equity.

    A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) requires that any construction project use local union labor; in return, the local unions agree to no job disputes. If the unit of government you are seeking office with is giving an economic subsidy to any developer for new construction, remodeling or renovation of an existing structure, would you support that a signed Project Labor Agreement be a precondition before any tax-supported or governmental subsidy is granted?

    Yes. PLAs are a great way to protect our local union workers as well as county taxpayers. Unions are assured of not being undercut by companies who skimp on hiring local workers or paying workers a fair wage. PLAs are also a way for developers to demonstrate their investment in our community. For the developers’ part, they’re guaranteed that a project will be completed on time and without interruptions due to labor disputes. While some may argue that PLAs lead to higher construction costs, these costs are offset by the economic benefit of construction wages staying in our county and benefitting our local economy. Personally, I would go so far to say that any company receiving a future tax abatement from the county must include a PLA. 

    The Prevailing Wage law states any governmentally funded construction pay according to area construction wage and benefit standards. Do you support the prevailing wage law?

    Yes, I am absolutely in support of the Prevailing Wage Act. It ensures that workers are paid fairly and can afford to support their families and maintain a comfortable standard of living. Additionally, area workers who are fairly compensated for their labor promote a strong local economy by buying goods and services in our county. This cannot always be said when the county bids jobs to workers who come from outside of McLean County. As a Democrat, I am always in favor of workers being paid a fair and living wage! 

    In Illinois, public employees have a right to organize a union. Would you support that the unit of government you are running for adopt a neutrality stance if workers are seeking to organize?

    Yes. I believe in workers’ fundamental right to seek improved working conditions, fair wages, and better benefits. I would encourage the County Board to adopt a neutrality stance if any workers under its purview decide to organize. 

    Young people deserve opportunity, particularly non-college bound, low-income and diverse populations. Do you have any ideas you would share on enhancing apprenticeship or other training opportunities for this group?

    I think we need to promote more partnerships between county schools and the local unions. Increased outreach, I believe, is the key to making student populations aware of the great opportunities that union jobs provide.

    One way to do this would be for unions to consider increasing attendance at high school and university job fairs. With the right marketing and outreach at these career fairs, it would be easy to demonstrate to students that union jobs offer unique advantages. Their high starting wage far exceeds that of typical minimum-wage jobs, and can be used to pay down student debt.

    I believe that being intentional about who staffs union booths at career fairs is also important. Young people who are from underrepresented populations, whether BIPOC or women for example, are more likely to be responsive if the union representative speaking with them looks like them.

    The Black Lives Matter movement raises the question of police practice and the availability of social services. The Bloomington & Normal Trades & Labor Assembly has adopted a Black Lives Matter support resolution. What law enforcement practices do you feel need reform and added training? Is there a need for increased social services so that law enforcement is not answering service calls for homelessness, hunger or mental health situations? Share your vision on fund allocation and what services are appropriate coming from the unit of government you are seeking office with?

    This is a question that deserves public conversations and careful consideration from experts. We need to come at it from a place of empathy. Communities of color are tired of being overpoliced, underfunded, and exposed to a greater threat of police violence. On the other hand, officers are overworked and stressed-out. When they’re under duress, they may instinctively have a fight-or-flight response, which doesn’t always lead to ideal decisions being made.

    As studies have shown, ongoing training is needed to tackle the explicit and implicit biases of officers when it comes to policing black communities. Emphasizing de-escalation training over use of force is especially important.

    We can also rethink how the McLean County Jail treats alleged offenders. Part of my platform as a County Board candidate is ending cash bail for non-violent offenders. It is important to remember that these detainees are legally innocent until proven guilty, and that there are already many alleged offenders in our community free to go about their lives because they could afford bail.

    Jordan Baker, County Board District 8 Republican candidate

    Bio: My name is Jordan Baker, and I am a graduate of IWU. I love this community and look forward to representing its best interests.

    A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) requires that any construction project use local union labor; in return, the local unions agree to no job disputes.   If the unit of government you are seeking office with is giving an economic subsidy to any developer for new construction, remodeling or renovation of an existing structure, would you support that a signed Project Labor Agreement be a pre-condition before any tax-supported or governmental subsidy is granted?

    Yes, I will support PLAs for construction and renovation going on in McLean County.

    The Prevailing Wage law states any governmentally funded construction pay according to area construction wage and benefit standards.  Do you support the prevailing wage law?

    Yes, I support prevailing wage law.

    In Illinois, public employees have a right to organize a union.  Would you support that the unit of government you are running for adopt a neutrality stance if workers are seeking to organize?

    This seems like a situational event. I would like to gather more information and listen to those that would seek to organize before making a concrete decision.

    Young people deserve opportunity, particularly non-college bound, low-income and diverse populations.  Do you have any ideas you would share on enhancing apprenticeship or other training opportunities for this group?

    I would like to pilot an entrepreneurial grant program specifically for low-income individuals who have a great idea but need capital to start their business. Additionally, I will work to coordinate youth, local universities and community colleges, with unions and other working groups and business to give low-income college bound students the opportunity to get an education and be promised a strong, well-paying job once they graduate.

    The Black Lives Matter movement raises the question of police practice and the availability of social services.  The Bloomington & Normal Trades & Labor Assembly has adopted a Black Lives Matter support resolution.  What law enforcement practices do you feel need reform or added training?  Is there a need for increased social services so that law enforcement is not answering service calls for homelessness, hunger or mental health situations?  Share your vision on fund allocation and what services are appropriate coming from the unit of government you are seeking office with?

    I support police reforms that help police officers and the community build trust and safety. I believe in greater community policing and community enforcement of police behavior. As someone running for County Board, my immediate connection is with the Sheriff’s Department. However, I will also work with the City of Bloomington in an inter-governmental manner to share input for best practices within the Bloomington Police Department. I am non-committal about how much funding should be given to police versus social programs, but instead focusing on what is needed, and making sure we are spending money efficiently first.

    Lea Cline County Board District 8 Democratic Candidate Endorsed by both the Trades & Labor and the Building & Trades Council

    Bio: Lea Cline lives near Miller Park, is an active volunteer, Chair of the City of Bloomington’s Historic Preservation Commission, and a professor at ISU. 

    Project Labor Agreement (PLA) requires that any construction project use local union labor; in return, the local unions agree to no job disputes. If the unit of government you are seeking office with is giving an economic subsidy to any developer for new construction, remodeling or renovation of an existing structure, would you support that a signed Project Labor Agreement be a pre-condition before any tax-supported or governmental subsidy is granted?

    I support PLAs for construction projects because they offer many benefits for both the unions workers and the county’s taxpayers. PLAs simultaneously ensure uniform wages, benefits, overtime pay for union workers, streamline the contract process for administration, and ensure that a project will be completed on time and on budget.

    The Prevailing Wage law states any governmentally funded construction pay according to area construction wage and benefit standards. Do you support the prevailing wage law?

    Yes. Research shows that prevailing wages provide substantial benefits to our communities—incentivizing construction contractors to compete for jobs without undermining middle-class compensation standards. The economic incentives offered through Enterprise Zone and TIF districts should not come at the cost of local workers’ ability to earn a fair wage.

    In Illinois, public employees have a right to organize a union. Would you support that the unit of government you are running for adopt a neutrality stance if workers are seeking to organize?

    Yes. I will advocate for the right of public employees to maintain strong unions and collectively bargain for their needs.

    Young people deserve opportunity, particularly non-college bound, low-income and diverse populations. Do you have any ideas you would share on enhancing apprenticeship or other training opportunities for this group?

    Although the trades and labor unions locally work hard to provide meaningful opportunities for apprentices, County Board members can leverage the County’s procurement policies to incentivize the adoption of apprenticeship by local contractors, and engage and support community-led efforts to develop on-ramps to apprenticeships.

    The Black Lives Matter movement raises the question of police practice and the availability of social services. The Bloomington & Normal Trades & Labor Assembly has adopted a Black Lives Matter support resolution. What law enforcement practices do you feel need reform or added training?  Is there a need for increased social services so that law enforcement is not answering service calls for homelessness, hunger or mental health situations?  Share your vision on fund allocation and what services are appropriate coming from the unit of government you are seeking office with?

    There is urgent need to reconsider the role of police in our community. I believe that budgets need to be realigned in order to harness the expertise and experience of doctors, therapists, and counselors rather than relying solely on the police.

    Jackie Gunderson County Board District 9 Democratic candidate Endorsed by both the Trades & Labor and the Building & Trades Council

    Bio: Jackie Gunderson believes community is our most important resource, and why she is running for McLean County Board. She is committed to community, and dedicated to progress.

    A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) requires that any construction project use local union labor; in return, the local unions agree to no job disputes.   If the unit of government you are seeking office with is giving an economic subsidy to any developer for new construction, remodeling or renovation of an existing structure, would you support that a signed Project Labor Agreement be a pre-condition before any tax-supported or governmental subsidy is granted?

    In my work as a Construction Procurement Manager, I am responsible for ensuring adherence to PLAs for the State of Illinois agency where I am employed. I believe that a PLA should be a part of new construction before tax subsidies are considered, because it provides an ideal bargain between the interests of the contractors, employees, and the owner of the project.

    The Prevailing Wage law states any governmentally funded construction pay according to area construction wage and benefit standards.  Do you support the prevailing wage law?

    Prevailing Wages are an integral part of the construction contracts I am responsible for issuing, and are part of considering a bidder responsive and responsible. Paying prevailing wages has direct and indirect benefits to not only the public, but also the construction industry. I absolutely support adherence to Prevailing Wage law.

    In Illinois, public employees have a right to organize a union.  Would you support that the unit of government you are running for adopt a neutrality stance if workers are seeking to organize?

    I grew up in a union household, and learned how to organize for change at a young age on the picket line with my dad. I am not familiar enough with the county government processes on handling workers seeking to unionize to speak to that specifically, but personally, I believe the right to unionize is incredibly important and strong unions are central in building the working class.

    Young people deserve opportunity, particularly non-college bound, low-income and diverse populations.  Do you have any ideas you would share on enhancing apprenticeship or other training opportunities for this group?

    I work with youth on the margins in two different non-profit organizations in our community, and I have built a rapport with many youth seeking guidance on what they should do after high school. Sharing trade school, certificate programs, and other routes besides traditional 4-year degrees is always central to my approach in sharing resources and suggestions.

    The Black Lives Matter movement raises the question of police practice and the availability of social services.  The Bloomington & Normal Trades & Labor Assembly has adopted a Black Lives Matter support resolution.  What law enforcement practices do you feel need reform or added training?  Is there a need for increased social services so that law enforcement is not answering service calls for homelessness, hunger or mental health situations?  Share your vision on fund allocation and what services are appropriate coming from the unit of government you are seeking office with?

    It is difficult to sum up my personal vision of how we elevate the voices of the Black Lives Matter movement in 50 words, but I will say this as concisely as possible. BLACK LIVES MATTER. It is our responsibility to hold the microphone for those with the vision.

    Susan Schafer Republican County Board District 9 candidate - incumbent

    Bio: 40+ year McLean County Resident, ISU graduate, McLean County Mental Health Action Plan Co-author, Health Committee Chair, 2019 Women of Distinction Nominee, member of numerous teams and boards focusing on Behavioral Health, American Legion Auxiliary.       

    A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) requires that any construction project use local union labor; in return, the local unions agree to no job disputes.   If the unit of government you are seeking office with is giving an economic subsidy to any developer for new construction, remodeling or renovation of an existing structure, would you support that a signed Project Labor Agreement be a pre-condition before any tax-supported or governmental subsidy is granted?

    My support would depend on many factors.

    The Prevailing Wage law states any governmentally funded construction pay according to area construction wage and benefit standards.  Do you support the prevailing wage law?

    Yes.

    In Illinois, public employees have a right to organize a union.  Would you support that the unit of government you are running for adopt a neutrality stance if workers are seeking to organize?

    Yes.

    Young people deserve opportunity, particularly non-college bound, low-income and diverse populations.  Do you have any ideas you would share on enhancing apprenticeship or other training opportunities for this group?

    No ideas at this time.

    The Black Lives Matter movement raises the question of police practice and the availability of social services.  The Bloomington & Normal Trades & Labor Assembly has adopted a Black Lives Matter support resolution.  What law enforcement practices do you feel need reform or added training?  Is there a need for increased social services so that law enforcement is not answering service calls for homelessness, hunger or mental health situations?  Share your vision on fund allocation and what services are appropriate coming from the unit of government you are seeking office with?

    This is far, far more nuanced than could possibly be answered here.

    40+ year McLean County Resident, ISU graduate, McLean County Mental Health Action Plan Co-author, Health Committee Chair, 2019 Women of Distinction Nominee, member of numerous teams and boards focusing on Behavioral Health, American Legion Auxiliary.            

    Josh Barnett Republican County Board District 10 Candidate - incumbent Endorsed by the Building & Trades Council

    Josh is a community volunteer and serves on the McLean County Board representing District 10 on Bloomington’s east side.

    A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) requires that any construction project use local union labor; in return, the local unions agree to no job disputes. If the unit of government you are seeking office with is giving an economic subsidy to any developer for new construction, remodeling or renovation of an existing structure, would you support a signed Project Labor Agreement be a pre-condition before any tax-supported or governmental subsidy is granted?

    Economic development incentives should be done in a careful and thoughtful way. Not only should use of local skilled labor be a requirement in local economic development agreements, but we should also require to the furthest extent possible the developer purchase supplies and materials from local and regional vendors. We must ensure local tax dollars are reinvested back into the local workforce and economy.

    The Prevailing Wage Law states any governmentally funded construction pay according to area construction wage and benefit standards. Do you support the Prevailing Wage Law?

    Yes, I support the Prevailing Wage Law. Workers should be treated and paid fairly whenever doing work for local government.

    In Illinois, public employees have a right to organize a union. Would you support that the unit of government you are running for adopt a neutrality stance if workers are seeking to organize?

    We are blessed to live in a free country. If public employees wish to organize, rather than questioning their right to do so, local government should look inside themselves and ask: “Where have we failed to provide for our employees and their families?” and “How did we fall short meeting their needs within the workplace?”

    Young people deserve opportunity, particularly non-college bound, low-income and diverse populations. Do you have any ideas you would share for enhancing apprenticeship or other training opportunities for this group?

    We must do a better job of not only raising awareness of apprenticeship and training opportunities but intentionally connecting those opportunities with the young people who need them. Once connected, we must provide the support and resources to help them along the journey.

    The Black Lives Matter movement raises the question of police practice and the availability of social services. The Bloomington & Normal Trades & Labor Assembly has adopted a Black Lives Matter support resolution. What law enforcement practices do you feel need reform or added training? Is there a need for increased social services so that law enforcement is not answering service calls for homelessness, hunger or mental health situations? Share your vision on fund allocation and what services are appropriate coming from the unit of government you are seeking office with?

    We have to get police officers out of the social service business. They are not fully equipped or trained to effectively handle the myriad of behavioral health, socio-economic, or domestic issues they encounter daily. Continuing to ask law enforcement to wear so many hats is unfair to them and the people they serve. To address those issues, we need continued investment in programs like McLean County’s behavioral health initiatives.


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