Bill Eagan

Bill_EaganCity Council Candidate

Campaign Website:  eagan4naperville.com

Slogan: A Fresh Perspective

Circle one: Employed, Unemployed or Retired?

If employed, where?  District 86 Hinsdale, IL

How long have you lived in Naperville?  11 Years

20 Questions

1. What motivated you to run for Naperville City Council?

I am a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and I believe I can bring financial expertise that is currently lacking from the council.

2. If elected to serve your community, will you accept health care benefits from the City of Naperville? YES NO

In addition, I would be in favor of eliminating health care as an option for council members.

3. If elected, how much time per week are you willing to give to prepare for City Council meetings, budget workshops and liaison appointments on boards/commissions?

Average 15 – 20 hours per week.

4. What quality and/or skill set will you bring to a nonpartisan City Council?

I am a CPA and a CMA with a wide range of private and public experience. In my last role, I was the Plant Controller for Kraft Foods at Jefferson and Ogden in Naperville which provides me a unique perspective. Currently, I am a Naperville Park District Commissioner so I understand the importance of working collaboratively with other units of government to provide the best outcome for our residents.

5. What do you consider to be the three biggest issues facing the City today?

  • A. The $29.4MM IMRF Pension Liability. IMRF charges unfunded balances a 7.5% rate of return annually. The residents will pay an additional $2.2MM to IMRF for not being fully funded.
  • B. Safety, we must make sure our first responders are adequately staffed and trained.
  • C. Effective project management and prioritization inclusive of budget management.

6. Do you favor term limits for City Council and other local/state governing bodies? YES NO

I helped to lead the charge to put term limits on the ballot.

7. Name one contribution you have made to our city that you think was most significant of your community service to date.

Helping to lead the effort to give residents their voice at the ballot box on Term Limits as well as championing a vocal effort for the City to fix the new radio system for our first responders.

8. What boards or commissions have you served previously?

  • Naperville Park District Commissioner 2011 – Present
  • Naperville Sunrise Rotary Treasurer, 2009 – Present
  • Naperville Last Fling Executive Director 2013
  • Naperville Jaycee Treasurer 2014
  • Heritage Knolls Homeowners Association Treasurer 2010 – Present

9. Realistically and fiscally speaking, if you could change/improve one thing in the city, what would it be?

Eliminate the IMRF pension liability to save the city $2.2MM to reinvest back into the infrastructure of our city and/or provide tax relief to our residents.

10. How do hope to be perceived by city staff, city manager, other council members and constituents?

  • A. Someone who drives for the best result after all of the facts are gathered and vetted.
  • B. Someone who is fair, but firm.
  • C. Someone who reads the information they are given and asks good questions to make sure that all information is vetted and results in thoughtful debate with the council and staff.

11. What business development needs can you identify?

We need to focus on the entrepreneur. Bringing those businesses and encouraging start-ups in the community will grow affinity for our City and generate jobs and demand for office space/shopping.

12. What can the City of Naperville do better to retain and attract businesses?

Be their advocate and listen to the things that they need. The City cannot help each individual business, but they can host forums, listen, and find those common things to create the most beneficial environment. A rising tide lifts all ships…

13. What can the City Council do to help keep real estate and property values in check?

The laws of supply and demand will dictate the pricing of real estate. What the council and staff need to do is create and maintain a City that people will demand.

14. What do you think the City Council could do to help keep Naperville affordable for homeowners of all ages?

The housing developments that are approved, especially as we approach build out, should accommodate all families.

15. What service provided by the City of Naperville do you deem most important? Least important?

Most Important: Police/Fire/First Responders

Least Important: Electric

16. Are you a member of a service club or nonprofit board of directors that receives SECA funds or other grants from the City of Naperville? NO YES If yes, which one(s)?

Jaycees, Rotary, West Suburban Irish

17. What city amenity is most important and how do you think it should be funded/raise revenue?

Our parks, trails and outdoor spaces. This is already funded through property taxes and user fees.

18. How would you qualify Special Events and Cultural Amenities (SECA) applicants for funding?

Based on the benefit the city receives from the event.

19. What is your opinion of the bidding and letting process at the City of Naperville?

It appears to follow the law.

20. In addition to employee salaries and public safety, place in order of importance to you 12 assets and public/private partnerships that currently receive funding from the City of Naperville.

  1. Library
  2. Central Park
  3. Naperville Municipal Band
  4. Sportsman’s Park
  5. Naper Settlement
  6. The Riverwalk
  7. Trails for walking, running and biking
  8. DuPage Children’s Museum
  9. NCTV
  10. Naperville Development Partnership
  11. DuPage Symphony/Chicago Sinfonietta
  12. Support of Service Clubs (4th of July Fireworks, Turkey Trot, St. Paddy’s 5k…)

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