Letter: Vote for the future of Elburn

By on April 2, 2009

I would like to take the opportunity to ask all Elburnites to consider their votes carefully in this election.

My wife Patricia has worked hard day and night to get her message out about her campaign. Despite criticism and false allegations, she has pushed on, walking door to door to ask for votes, many times in freezing temperatures and on rainy days.

I can personally attest to the passion she brings to the table, and all the while without support from any politician, local, county or other. She has been self-funded and will therefore not be obligated to any political party or persons.

When did a small town like Elburn become so saturated in the machinations of politics? Actually, it wasn’t until a couple of months ago. We went from being a carefully growing, modest community sharing the pains that come with development. The change came with the jockeying for position in the town’s first contested mayoral election in eight years, accompanied by the fact of a long sitting mayor deciding to step down.

Jim Willey led Elburn through significant growth, and although it may have been trying at times, he never let it show. He wore his love for Elburn on his sleeve; he really deeply cared about us. His contributions will be with us for a very long time. Development was happening to the north and south of the sleepy little village, and people were arriving by the hundreds to be part of the far west suburb we call home. The arrival of Metra will always be an accomplishment Jim can be proud of. The dedication of the end of the line was indeed a momentous day, even though it was postponed a while due to one of our dazzling snowstorms, but come it did and with it the opportunity to link the old Elburn with the new.

Development has slowed; there are those who would like to take Elburn back 30 years, with policy made in the local coffee shop and committees meeting in private rather than out in front of the public, where citizens would have the opportunity to weigh in on the decisions of the board. We should not let machine politics become a part of our way of life.

The state of Illinois, the city of Chicago and Kane County itself have done nothing if not taught us that government should be more transparent. Our president has made good on his promise of transparency in government; you can go to the web and see where the money is going. We too must be willing to post our budget on the website for everyone to see, along with our local ordinances and all documents that affect our citizens. We can bury our heads in the sand and let the good old boys take us back to Mayberry, or we can move forward with courage and optimism by choosing a leader who is not a career politician, but possesses intelligence, is educated and has spent a 25 year career in business, and who is willing to work hard to bring Elburn forward to it’s rightful place as a destination for everyone looking for a special place to call home.

Please vote for the future of Elburn on April 7th, choose Patricia Romke as our next Mayor.

Richard Romke
Elburn