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Long-time Kendall County activist and watchdog Todd Milliron has tossed his hat in the ring for one of the two District 1 positions up for election on the Kendall County Board in the March 15, 2016 Republican Primary.
Milliron, who filed his petitions on Nov. 23rd, has lived on Cotswold Drive in Kendall County since 1996 with his wife, Pam, and three children. An independent insurance agent since 1987, he believes his insurance background will enable him to better assess risks that taxpayers' must assume when government makes its decisions and will be a valuable asset in employee benefit negotiations. In addition to his work experience, he also helped coach the Yorkville Wrestling Club for 8 years, and was vice president of the Yorkville Music Boosters from 2003 to 2011, and has been a frequent volunteer for Yorkville School District 115.
Milliron also is trying to get the word out to Kendall County residents that, according to a state law which became effective at the beginning of 2011, members of the public have a right to speak at any government meeting. Previously, people who wanted to speak at County Board meetings had to request permission the Thursday before the meeting, and be put on the agenda, or they were only allowed a very limited time to speak, if at all. The County Board does now designate an agenda slot for public comment for all county meetings, and occasionally allows people to get answers to their questions during that designated Citizen Comment time.
In addition to fighting for open government, Milliron says he is the only candidate running for the Kendall County Board who has fought all three landfill applications and participated in all three landfill hearings. He helped draft the current Kendall County five-year Solid Waste Plan while attending the 2014 Kendall County Citizens Solid Waste Committee. This 5-year Plan currently bans landfills from being located in Kendall County.
Other positions he advocates include having a countywide referendum to allow residents decide if Kendall County should join the Regional Transportation Authority system and be subject to a new RTA tax. Kendall County needs to make a decision now on the RTA tax, there is no need to continue planning or expending government funds for METRA, which a majority of citizens cannot or will not support.
Milliron wants to encourage other residents to get involved in their government, and keep an eye on what is going on. "The more eyes that are watching, the better," he says.