Michelle M. Stiff: Candidate for At-Large Joliet City Council Seat
3/10/2017, 2:29 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?
Teaching is a rewarding experience and all of those infinite possibilities that brand new minds bring to me each and every day.
I was raised in a single parent household on the south side of Chicago. I attended South Shore High School and immediately went to Western Illinois University. After my junior year I returned back to Chicago due to financial challenges to complete college. I then landed a job in Corporate America, where I stayed for 15 years until I had my first child. At which time, I remained at home and became a home daycare provider. Afterwards I attended Governors State University earning a BA in Liberal Arts; Master degrees in Special Ed. (K-12) and Educational Administration. I have over 10 years of teaching experience, having taught at Humphrey Middle School and currently at Bolingbrook H.S.
My husband Jesse and I have been married for 20 years. We have 3 wonderful sons, Ameen (16), Leon (13), and Bill (11). We have lived in the Joliet area for the past 12 years
My hobbies are spending time with my family, investing in Real Estate and coaching Track and Field. I have completed 3 Chicago marathons, 2 half marathons and countless 5K’s.
Why are you running for an at-large council seat?
I am running for Joliet City Council because I believe that all residents should experience progress and prosperity. I will work with other city council officials to bring job creation and ensure economic development in our city. Build a partnership with our school district to expand resources and support for educational stakeholders. Revitalize communities by improving crime prevention and supporting strategies that will build bridges between policing and community;. And improving roadways and sidewalks.
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 believe that the additional funding streams can be made by attracting companies to occupy our downtown area. In addition, Invite small business and retails shops. We have a water front that can be utilized to create a revenue stream and attract tourists.
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 into 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?
I believe that some parts of the budget should be modified and create new aspects of the budgets. Those other parts of the budget that helps support our economy and the need of the community should remain in place. The Mayor’s office should also have a check and balance system to make sure that responsible spending is taking. Place.