R. CARY CAPPARELLI Republican candidate for METROPOLITAN WATER RECLAMATION DISTRICT                                

R. Cary Capparelli for MWRDGC Commissioner                

What will your number one priority be, if you are elected?  The Board of Commissioners must continue its efforts to implement proven ideas and to explore new innovative technologies that will improve water challenges and demands yet remain environmentally conscientious. However, the Commissioners need to be more accountable for its spending. Sole party domination has allowed for waste.

Water management and safety is the single most important responsibility for the MWRDGC Commissioners.  Protecting water supply is paramount as it is the lifeline of every citizen’s survival. As Commissioner, water safety should never be compromised under any condition.

What avenues can be taken to streamline and improve the District’s procurement process?
  The entire procurement process needs to be vetted to permit appraisal and correction. In my opinion this should be done by an independent committee or arbitrator with experience in this area. The present system favors the politically connected causing an unfair advantage, waste and not necessarily the correct solution.

Balance of government- reiterating, there has been single party domination of the board for over 40 years. This is contrary to the concept of any effective government. A proper government needs full representation to provide a counter-balance and exchange of opinions. The MWRDGC board lacks this ingredient and the Republican slate, particularly my candidacy, can assist in accomplishing this goal to serve all people in the district.

What avenues do you see to reduce government spending and waste?  First, the budgetary process must follow basic sound principles: it is imperative for a budget to be responsible, accountable, absolute and adhered to. Overruns should not be tolerated. This funnels from each department within the agency and are conceivably manageable. Proper management has the abilities to control a large portion of waste by each department before it reaches the board. The board provides the final approval or rejection of budget items that are mandatory, controversial, or simply not needed. It would seem to me, and my running mates, these departments and the bidding process for major projects would make two good starting places to limit and stop waste.

Please, briefly describe your background and qualifications for the office you are seeking.
  As a past ten-year board member and Chairman of its homeland security, legislative, and marketing committees of the Illinois International Port, I have a unique experience and knowledge that would be beneficial to the MWRDGC. Also, several years ago for an extended period of time, my communications company was responsible for promotion and public relations for the MWRDGC’s household hazardous waste disposal programs when it enjoyed record-setting participation. In short, I could hit the ground running as a MWRDGC Commissioner.

And, my education is also unexcelled to this position: PhD Candidate, Geography and Environmental Studies, University of London; M.A., Geography and Environmental Studies, Northeastern Illinois University; M.S.J., Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University; and B.A.J., School of Journalism, Drake University.



What do you consider to be the major issue(s) facing Cook County?
  Allocation of storm water flooding prevention resources.
What will your number one priority be, if you are elected?  Representing suburban Cook County on all issues, especially the prioritization of flood prevention resources.

What avenues do you see for increasing business growth and economic development in the County?
  Promote fiscal responsible use of tax money. Eliminate anti-business policies.

If elected, what will you do to support local farmers, including urban farmers and community gardeners in your district?  I supported the community garden and urban farming efforts as Cook County Commissioner and will continue on the MWRD board. I found that the best way to support local interests is to talk to anyone with an issue and to find common ground.

What avenues do you see to reduce government spending and waste?  Concentrate government resources on mandated responsibilities and curtail extras, especially the staff luxury items.

Please, briefly describe your background and qualifications for the office you are seeking.  I served as Cook County Commissioner from 1990 to 2002. I have an MBA in Finance from DePaul University. I served as Commissioner on the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission from 1990-2002, and as the President of NIPC from 1998-2002. I represented the flood-prone areas of Maine and Wheeling Townships as Commissioner and worked with the Army Corps of Engineers and The Illinois Department of Natural Resources on flooding issues. From 2002 to 2009, I was the Chief Financial Officer for the Cook County Highway Department so I am familiar with civil engineering-oriented public administrative responsibilities.


James "Jim" Parrilli did not return a survey.