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Trustees square off for Hinckley presidency

HINCKLEY – James Roderick and Richard Snedeker Jr. have spent their lives building, and now they want to construct a community.

Roderick, owner of James K. Roderick Woodworking, and Snedeker, a construction foreman, are running against each other to become the next village president of Hinckley. Both men said they want to make the step from village trustee to president to help the community of just more than 2,000 people grow.

“I grew up here, and it’s a great place to grow up,” Roderick said. “I get along with people, and most people here know me. I don’t have a personal agenda. I just want the village to move forward.”

Roderick, who has served as a trustee for the past two years, said his focus is on reigniting the growth the village briefly saw before the economy tanked. He said losing a major car dealership hurt sales tax revenue, which is why he proposed placing a 1 percent tax increase on the ballot.

He said voters would choose whether they want the extra sales tax revenue, which would go to needed infrastructure improvements such as a water treatment facility. He said the existing water system has reached its capacity, and state agencies will not allow new businesses or residential units to be added until the system is upgraded.

“The nice thing is this all goes back into the town,” Roderick said of the potential tax. “The job of the village and the board is to promote Hinckley and bring people out here ... but we can’t add until we update the infrastructure.”

While Snedeker agreed an improved water system is needed, he is more concerned with improving what is in Hinckley than expansion.

Snedeker, who has also spent two years on the Village Board, said the people he has spoken with during his campaign have all said the roads need to be improved and water system needs to be addressed.

Hinckley had higher than normal radium levels in its water several years ago.

“We can’t worry about keeping up with the Joneses as far as other communities,” Snedeker said. “We need to address our priorities and get back to basics.”

Snedeker and Roderick said they were not sure how much the potential revenue added tax would generate, but any revenue source would be helpful in funding the water facility upgrades.

The election is April 9.

Candidate bios

Richard ‘Drew’ Snedeker Jr.
 Occupation: Construction foreman
 Education: High school graduate with some college courses
 Family: Divorced with two adult sons
 Experience: Two years as village trustee

James Roderick
 Occupation: Owner of James K. Roderick Woodworking
 Education: Degree in political science from Northern Illinois University
 Family: Married with three stepchildren
 Experience: Two years as village trustee

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