To the Editor:
The election for Crystal Lake Park District board commissioner is an important one this year, which is no surprise based on the mailings and signs that have come out regarding it. What’s disappointing, however, is that three of the individuals running – Jason Heisler, James Rocheford and Frederick Tiesenga – are running on a platform of disinformation.
The flyers they have sent out infer that the Park District somehow is being managed dishonestly and stealing taxpayer money. It’s unfortunate that we are in a political era where facts and truth no longer matter.
The fact is that the Crystal Lake Park District is one of the best-run park districts in the state. It consistently has received a Certificate of Excellence in Accounting and is a distinguished accredited agency. You do not win awards like that without good governance and transparency.
The truth is these are “one-issue” candidates. They live on/near the lake, and their only concern is the lake. They’re running because they were unhappy that the Park District because of concerns regarding lake safety, drafted an ordinance to deal with piers. The Park District is more than the lake; it is 42 parks, 17 facilities and 60,000 residents.
Debbie Gallagher and Cathy Cagle are two board members running who have a consistent message and complete transparency as to why they’re running for the park board. If you have any questions on the Park District’s finances, take a look at its annual report on its website – it spells out exactly where your tax money goes.
Be careful of disinformation by individuals with a personal agenda. I stand behind Debbie Gallagher and Cathy Cagle, the transparent candidates.