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Meet the Candidates: Julie Willis, Homewood (free)

Julie Willis

Age: 53
Education: B.A. with distinction, Economics, University of Illinois;   J.D., U of I; MLIS, U of I.
Job/role: Attorney supervisor, Cook County Public Defender’s Office.
Family: My husband, Arthur, and three children.
Other elected positions: St. John’s Lutheran Church in Country Club Hills congregation president.

Issues:  Maintaining Homewood’s economic strength and stability, continuing to provide our residents with high quality services and fostering a strong sense of community among our residents are the most important issues to address if I am allowed to continue serving as a Homewood Village Trustee.

Currently, Homewood has no debt and continues to have a strong record of economic development. In the last year alone, we’ve welcomed Burlington, Bath & Body Works, Five Guys and Homewood Brewing Company, to name just a few in a long list of new businesses contributing to our economic growth.

Having such a vibrant economic base, allows us to provide excellent services to our residents through our Police, Fire and Public Works Departments. The departments are working together to keep our residents safe and secure, including undertaking the project of making 183rd Street safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

I believe it’s important to foster a strong sense of community, which we have done through our many community events. Our Farmer’s Market, festivals and fairs continue to attract large crowds and help maintain community cohesion.

As a current Trustee, I believe these factors will keep our village a strong, safe and welcoming place to live.

If I am allowed to continue in my role as trustee, I hope to continue our strong economic growth. I want to see our village continue to make use of economic incentives to attract new businesses and further expand our economic base. I believe we are on the right path. Our village operates in a fiscally responsible manner, which has been a benefit to our residents. I want to continue to exercise fiscal responsibility and look for creative ways to improve the well-being of our residents.

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