By Lisa May/
Candidate for Mayor of Waukegan
Waukegan, IL. – Time and time again, the residents of Waukegan have asked the city what we are going to do change the school system in Waukegan. And while City Hall has refused to take a stand on one of the most important aspects of our community, I have a different point of view.
For the past several years, I have worked in our schools as a substitute teacher. I have been in the classrooms with the students and I have heard about the challenges many of their families are facing and the challenges our teachers are facing.
While the city does not have authority to override the school board, all aspects of city government should work together to make the city, schools and county better places.
Although the city and our schools are governed by two different bodies, the success of both is dependent on a close relationship. I am committed to regular intra-government meetings not just with the city and school leaders, but also representatives from the Lake County Board, Waukegan Library Board, and others.
With an open and honest business recruitment practice, the City will be more successful in bringing in businesses, resulting in more tax dollars for our schools. For example, although large warehouse businesses are important to our western industrial corridors, these businesses do not pay property taxes to the Waukegan School District.
Our city also needs to encourage business of all sizes to our main retail channels such as Lewis, Grand, Washington and Belvidere streets.
Our children and our schools are key to a successful Waukegan and I am committed to doing everything within my power as Mayor to ensure they have the tools to build a better future for the city.