Scott R. Britton: Candidate Profile

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Scott R. Britton: Candidate Profile


Bio

Name: Scott R. Britton

City: Glenview

Website: www.scottrbritton.com

Twitter: @scott4commish

Facebook: Friends of Scott Britton

Party: Democrat

Office sought: Cook County Board 14th District

Age: 57

Family: 2 children Ellie, 22, and Jake, 15

Occupation: Lawyer

Education: B.A. Millikin University, J.D. University of Illinois

Civic involvement: Civic involvement: North Suburban United Way, Youth Services Illinois, Glenview 4th of July Committee, Director Domestic Violence Outreach St. Catherine Laboure Parish, Glenview Emergency 911 Board

Elected offices held: District 34 School Board, Village Trustee Glenview

Questions & Answers

Question 1: After the repeal of the sweetened beverage tax last year, the county made extensive cuts to bring expenditures more in line with revenues. Does more need to be done to either trim costs or grow revenues? If so, please give specific examples.

ANSWER: Cook County has spent several years making painful cuts which have almost certainly resulted in a negative impact on the delivery of services in the county. There will always be a need to find costs savings within the county budget, but we have to explore new areas of revenue with our partners at the State and Federal government. During my time as a Village of Glenview Trustee, I participated in municipal partnering agreements which have saved 10 percent off the Village of Glenview budget and I believe similar savings are possible county wide, but we cannot ignore revenue enhancement any longer. Examples of an area I would explore would be recreational marijuana and restructuring of the Illinois income tax system.

Question 2: The county has at times encouraged suburban communities to annex unincorporated areas, lessening the need for services in often small and remote areas of the county. Should the county continue this policy? Should it incentivize municipalities to annex?

ANSWER: I have led efforts in Glenview to further examine the annexation of unincorporated areas into the suburban communities which surround them. While this issue has been discussed frequently, there has not been the concerted effort to have it accomplished. Once in office, I plan on working with suburban mayors and village presidents to make this a priority and to determine if some incentives may be available to the municipalities to upgrade infrastructure which would allow these annexations to be more easily accepted.

Question 3: As commissioner on a board dominated by representatives of Chicago, how will you work (or if an incumbent, how have you worked) to ensure your suburban constituents' interests get fairly represented?

ANSWER: As a suburban Commissioner I plan to make sure that the issues of my constituents are valued by the Cook County Board. I believe I can do this through vigorous leadership within the board as well as a positive relationship with the leadership of the County. By having greather representation on the Cook County Board in the Democratic majority, suburban concerns will be more likely to be addressed by the board.

Question 4: Do you support the Cook County minimum wage and sick leave ordinances that took effect last year?

ANSWER: I led the efforts on the Village Board in Glenview to stay in the Cook County minimum wage and sick leave ordinances. Unfortunately, the Village of Glenview along with many suburban communities voted to opt out pursuant to their home rule authority. I will continue to work actively to ensure a fair and living wage for Cook County workers.

Question 5: The Forest Preserve District made negative headlines in three instances recently, with a temporary employee being arrested in connection with a fatal crash, the deaths of three elk at Busse Woods, and an officer's inaction when a woman was harassed by another patron because of her Puerto Rico flag shirt. …

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