Del Parra: Issues & beliefs


DEL’s main issues are the following:

A. Reduce spending and cut taxes now in Lake county

In the current state of our economy it is imperative to reduce spending and cut taxes. Eliminating waste is in the best interest of taxpayers and government. Just recently, my opponent approved building a new courthouse at a cost of $105 million. I know and understand that overcrowding at the courthouse is a fact and additional space is needed. Buying an existing building to accommodate civil and family cases and then converted it for use at a fraction of the cost with savings for up to $90 or $100 millions. More savings would be accomplished by utilizing county’s staff more fully. I question why the Forest Preserve Board is awarding some contracts to outside companies. The Board is entrusted with reading contract details not simply granting approval on any contract presented. Closer reviews of all future contracts would help reduce waste and slash taxes.

B. Increase employment now in Lake county

We need to create and support businesses in the county. Small businesses in Lake County should be awarded at least 25% of all Lake County government contracts. We must encourage local companies to bid and win contracts. There are legal ways that our government is using now to benefit some companies. I would like to use the same method but for small county companies. Benefits will spread to other area businesses, creating more jobs. With the pending departure of a large nationally known company, right now small, medium and new businesses could act as the engines to drive local development. Offering limited tax incentives to new businesses would also promote growth.

C. Protect our seniors in Lake County

A modern Winchester House would be a top priority for me. The topic has been under discussion for 3 years or more. It is time to take action now and end any further delays. I will have the support of Lake County United on this issue.

D. A Proposal for Fort Sheridan

I believe that public land should be open to the public. I support creating a park on the site that would be similar to Independence Grove. Lake County residents could experience the beauty of the lake front by walking on trails that would include a designated pavilion with an art/visitors center and a classroom for instruction highlighting the history of Fort Sheridan. I have always supported the plan for a park at this location as the best option. There seems to have been a confusion in the past regarding the development of a golf course at Fort Sheridan. Home owners bought their homes considering on having one. Forest Preserve Board members and the builder should be more transparent and explain to them that there was not a covenant or a restriction in the deed from the Army on this issue. It was an inaccuracy from the forest preserve and the builder.

E. On Ethics-related Issues for County Board and Forest Preserve Members

We should hold our elected county officials and staff members to the highest standards. If there are violations, the laws should be upheld and enforced. Sadly, there are too many incidents (Witmore Affair is one of them) in the press regarding ethical violations or lapses of integrity in our elected officials. We need to hold all staff to the highest standards. Terms of these ethical violations were just negotiated.

F. Suggestions to Improve Government Transparency

I feel there is no place for patronage in our Lake County government and I will fight against any discriminatory practice. Good jobs at the Forest Preserve District and other county agencies should be open to any applicant. I believe in objectivity, diversity and fair hiring practices to fill a position.  We need to examine our process of hiring new employees, using a system of objectivity, fairness and accountability for all those involved. This would provide a change in the hiring process and will diversify our work force. The public should also be able to see more detail of expenditures within agencies. Since sometimes fair law on company, hiring practices are not followed.

G. On Eminent Domain to Acquire Land Needed for the Final Link in the Des Plaines River Trail

As a homeowner, I understand this issue very well. There are State laws that allow the Forest Preserve district to get the land needed. The district should pay a fair market value for the land. The price should be agreeable to both sides. Eminent domain must be reserved for very precise and specific circumstances and only where it’s absolutely necessary. Government and elected officials should listen and work with the affected owner of the property. When I had such issues with Lake County over the expansion of a road, my rights were ignored for two years by the county and by my opponent. This is one of the reasons that I am running for Lake County board. I will work with all residents.

H. On Issues Facing the County over the Next Decade

Our future generations deserve jobs and a clean environment. It is our duty right now to create good jobs and provide a healthy environment for our future generations in Lake County. We have to attract, support, and bring "green companies to our county. I would like to see our Lake County government awarding contracts to these types of enterprises. We have to safeguard our environment and improve it where possible. To this issue, I propose that the Forest Preserve District acquire the land adjacent and located on the East side of Marytown and the Seminary of Mundelein. This beautiful piece of land is for sale. Residents of Libertyville and Mundelein want to preserve this wonderful area from residential builders. I will work to keep this area as a treasured natural beauty for future residents to enjoy as natural and protected land.


1. I believe that Board Members are responsible to the constituents and taxpayers of the county, not to their political parties

2. I will not allow Lake County to be shortchanged at taxpayer expense or taxed unnecessarily.

3. I believe that constituents’ problems and issues are my main job. I will be working for them.

4. I know that hardship comes, and we have responsibilities to help taxpayers by reducing expenses in the county and keeping our taxes under control.

5. I believe elected officials should be held accountable to the taxpayer, not to their political parties.

6. I believe that people want transparency in the government process.

7. I believe that people want elected leaders to work together for the common good of the county!

8. I am committed to work together with all the members of the Board!

9. I will represent all of you at the Lake County Board. I will be your agent of change for the common good.

10. I value the diversity of opinions, cultures and beliefs that make our county richer and stronger.

11. I will support more and varied activities for seniors, families, youth, people with disabilities and businesses at the county level.

12. I am committed to require a forensic audit of the county at all levels.

13. I will require accountability and translucency from the County’s Administrator. In addition, I will promote the creation of an Office for an Independent Inspector General to provide the residents of the county with a more transparent and accountable government.

14. I will put all contract information on line.

15. I am committed to gain the public trust. We owe it to the residents.

16. I believe all county agencies should act in good faith to ALL.

17. I will promote a smaller and more efficient county government.

18. Reduce overtime and I will consider hiring new employees as a possible resource to reduce overtime and create jobs.

Del Parra

Candidate Lake County Board, District 15

Libertyville, Mundelein

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