Jan Quillman: Candidate for At-Large Joliet City Council Seat
3/10/2017, 2:06 p.m.
Tell us about yourself. Where did you grow up, go to school, describe your family life, what are your hobbies, how do you make a living?
My name is Jan Quillman and I grew up on the Southside of Chicago with my parents, brother and two sisters. I graduated from Fenger High School and went on to Nursing School and became a Registered Nurse. I have lived in Joliet for 37 years and I’m proud to say this is now my home town. I am married to my husband Tom who is a retired Joliet Police officer. We share our home with our niece and 2 cats. I am presently employed at Silvercross Hospital and when I’m not working I enjoy gardening and travel.
Why are you running for an at-large council seat?
I was first elected to the City Council in 2005 and I have found that since then there is great satisfaction in public service. I have been a voice for the residents of Joliet. I have met and assisted many of the residents when they have had issues and it is gratifying when their issue is resolved. There are times when an issue arises that a resolution cannot be achieved as quickly as desired and in these cases a change in ordinance is sometimes necessary. In recent years the city has been recovering from the 2008 crash and I’m proud to be involved in the resurgence of economic growth that we are now experiencing. Many projects that were put on hold are now being resurrected and with the new businesses coming, the next four years are going to be very exciting. Experienced leadership is what will be needed to insure that the economic growth continues. I have the experience and the knowledge to see these projects through. I would like to continue as Councilwoman at large to serve the residents and contribute to the renaissance of our great city.
Gambling revenue is on a downward trend from a high in 2007 of just over $36 million to just over $18 million in 2015. What are some other funding streams you see as potential options for the city to replace those shrinking funds?
I’m against raising property taxes. Since the decline of gaming revenue the city has had to tighten their belt. Some sacrifices were and many projects delayed, but with the leadership of the council, rebounds have been made and we are moving forward again. With the influx of new businesses and the taxes they will generate along with sales tax I believe this will help to offset the loss. Other funding sources can be obtained from grants for specific projects. The staff and council have to continually work to attract new businesses that will pay good salaries. The hiring of our residents will result in more spending that will help boost our economy.
Mayor O’Dekirk had discussed re-instating a five-year budget plan that had been discontinued under the previous mayor as part of his transition in to office. Do you see that as a useful tool for the city and if so will you push for a 5-year budget forecast and how will you make sure it’s implemented?