Village President Candidate Mark Hellner Gets Endorsements from Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Rep. Michelle Mussman and former Trustee Ed Duffy

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Mark Hellner’s campaign has announced on his Facebook page that candidate for Village President Mark Hellner has been endorsed by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Representative Michelle Mussman and former President of the Arlington Park Racetrack, Ed Duffy. Duffy is also a former Village of Arlington Heights Trustee and former Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Jim Thompson.

“Mark is a principled leader with a vision and a smart fiscal plan for the Village of Arlington Heights. His experience in the areas of law, finance, ethics and gaming, including Mark’s service as General Counsel of the Illinois Department of Revenue, sets him apart from the field,” Schakowsky said.

“He’s made it his life’s work to assist seniors and the disabled, and that shows a meaningful commitment to people in need. A tax law educator at the University of Illinois with a background in government policy, Mark has the expertise to lead this wonderful community.”

— Jan Schakowsky

The campaign office exclaims it is proud of Mark Hellner’s broad cross-partisan support. “From the beginning of this race, I have reached out to open-minded and thoughtful people who agree with our messages of fiscal responsibility, transparency and broad community participation. Thanks to all of you who have joined in this effort to bring a more collaborative approach to government here in Arlington Heights,” said Hellner.

“I’ve met with all three candidates, and there’s only one who completely understands issues affecting the Arlington Racecourse. Mark’s knowledge of these issues is second to none.”

“If residents want the racetrack to grow as an economic engine that supports the community and creates commerce and tourism, they need to vote for Mark Hellner,” he said.

— Ed Duffy

Mark Hellner has an impressive resume, serving as General Counsel fo the Illinois Department of Revenue. His work included legal oversight of the Illinois Gaming Board, the Racing Board, the Lottery and the Liquor Commission. Mark advised on ethics rules, contracts, procurement, legislation, policy and personnel.

Helner’s legal background includes work in mediation, real estate, commercial transactions, professional liability, employment, state and local tax, corporate law, product liability, finance and white collar criminal defense.

Hellner is also an Adjunct Professor of Law in State and Local Tax at the University of Illinois – Champaign.

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  1. Definitely. He’s kind of a low-key guy, but he definitely has some great ideas and a ton of experience with Springfield. We need that.

  2. Hellners Endorsement by Schakowsky was a bad move! She just voted to raise $1 trillion taxes on all families, including our Wheeling families!! Tells me Hellner is a high spending democrat!!! No thanks!!!! I will definitely say NO to Hellner!

  3. I think the point is he’s the only candidate with bipartisan support. You want to take a look at all the wackadoodle bills John McCain voted for and tie Drake to those or how about Metra Mulder’s oversight of the looting of our commuter train system and connect that to Hayes. “A trillion dollars!!!” Try to relax.

  4. Hayes told the 6290 residents in Arlington Hts who signed the Shadow Project petition back in 1997 that it met nothing. Trustee’s make the rules in town, not you.

    This kind of thinking scares me. Vote Hellner

  5. Actually, Jane, Hellner was the only candidate to talk about the huge pension liability the Village has, and how we need to spend less than $40 million on a new police station; Hayes and Drake didn’t blink at that price tag. Hellner’s a fiscal conservative.

  6. I’m intrigued by Hellner’s background in revenue wrt racing and gaming. With the track as the largest employer in town, it seems like a special opportunity to see what he can do to help make the track more lucrative for them, surrounding businesses and in tax receipts.

    I could vote for Hellner or Hayes. Drake just seems to be the wrong guy at the wrong time. He presided over an Arizona city that doubled in population during economic boom times. We’ve had stable population for 40 years and hard times require a different approach to attracting business.

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