The following Letter to the Editor was submitted to Patch by Paul Pedersen:
I am a long time resident of Clarendon Hills and a member of the Village Board. Our Village’s current fiscal condition is very solid, and in my opinion, our Village is the best place to live in the Chicagoland area. I want to keep it that way.
In 2011 we asked residents to volunteer to join a committee to study whether Home Rule might be an appropriate form of government for Clarendon Hills. All 10 residents who volunteered served with two village trustees on the committee over a three-month period. After studying Home Rule and considering the headwinds we face, the committee voted 10-2 in favor of Home Rule. Based on the committee’s recommendation, the Village Board voted to put the issue to the public on the March 20 ballot.
I must say at the beginning of the process I was skeptical about Home Rule, but after taking the time to learn about it I changed my mind. I believe local government is closest to its constituents and, given the enormous amount of fiscal uncertainty that surrounds us at the big government level (both state andfederal), I believe we should do what we can to maximize the control we have over our own destiny.
There are well funded groups in town who are urging you to vote no on the referendum. There have been websites created, cards placed on doors and I fear the inevitable yard signs are coming. All I ask is that you study the issue yourself and make your own decision on this very important issue.
The Village is hosting a Town Hall meeting to help residents consider all sides of the issue at Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. Or go to the Village’s website: www.clarendonhills.us.
Before you vote, please consider all sides of the issue.