I am running because I believe we have more work to do on poverty issues, livable wages, mental health and disability services, infrastructure, sustainability, conservation, finances and so much more.
I have decades of service and experience. In addition to the Board of Supervisors, I have served on commissions at the city, county and state levels, including six years as a natural resource commissioner for the DNR. I have worked for the Illinois Legislature, Congress, nonprofits and owned a small business. I have served on many local boards and committees.
Since coming to Johnson County over 28 years ago, I have been active and involved with issues ranging from land use and conservation to civil and human rights. I am a liberal, an environmentalist and a lesbian. I am the proud recipient of the 1997 Stonewall Award, the 2007 Rick Graf Award, the 2014 Federation of Labor Organization Award and the 2017 Progressive Hero Award. I’m proud to be endorsed by organized labor.
I will never stop trying to make our county a better, healthier, more sustainable and caring place that is welcoming to all.
I think one of my greatest strengths on the board is finding efficiencies and creative ways to fund services, programs and projects within our limited resources. I promoted and pushed to create a finance department and to develop financial policies. I worked with the county treasurer to come up with a way to use short-term bonding so tax increment financing districts would pay into county projects. I will continue to demand transparency and to improve fiscal responsibility.
I study hard. I listen. I set goals, and I have vision. I have led on improving roads, bridges, paved shoulders and trails. I have led on funding for affordable housing and social services. I have led on building solar arrays and sustainability. I have led on wetland mitigation banks. I have led on financial management. I had led on raising wages. I believe my role is to help create a strong, progressive agenda, be a budget watchdog and to get things done.
I would appreciate your vote on or before Nov. 6, so that I can continue to provide leadership for a financially strong county, increased sustainability, and advocacy for those in need.
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• Janelle Rettig is a Democratic candidate for Johnson County Supervisor
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