Eileen Olivier Bio
Why I’m running for Trustee for the Village of Maywood
Eileen Olivier Illinois Licensed Realtor
21 year Switching Technician with AT&T IBEW, CWA
Working on Bachelor of Science in Public Administration
I care about how taxpayer money is spent. I will continue to push for balance and efficiency in our government process, in our spending and saving, to ultimately keep property taxes low. With that belief, we have to stress smart growth, rebuild integrity, and follow better government standards. Draw in new business and retain our existing business to increase our tax base. Work to find funding sources and review our options for the village road and alley improvements by bringing in a grant writer looking for funding through bonds and any other available sources. Advocate for visible police patrols. Partner with our Park District and Schools. Keep young families interested in moving to our village while respecting and caring for our seniors that provided such a strong foundational footprint and made this village the reason we all wanted to live here long ago. We want to build on that experience as we encourage all to Think Maywood.
I will continue to work hard to improve our community, through involvement in local government, nonprofits and small businesses. As a wife and mother and a longtime Maywood resident, I understand the priorities of our neighborhoods. It is important to me that our village gives everyone the opportunity to live in a safe, thriving community. As village trustee I will use my experience in real estate and community service to shape a better future for us. I have two young children, and I want to play an active role in shaping their community while modeling the importance of being involved. I believe I can positively change the community where I work, live and raise my children
The challenges Maywood faces are continued economic development, public safety, responsible use of our tax dollars and how we grow together. These are the issues I can contribute to finding solutions to. I would like to see viable economic growth, more single-family homes and additional mid and small sized businesses such as restaurants and retail added to our tax rolls. While economic development is important government’s first priority must be to the people and businesses that make up the community.
I have been a member of the District 89 Parent Advisory Council, Past PTO founder, President and Vice President Washington School and Mentor for A Better Tomorrow Youth Employment Facility. I have experience as a community leader with training from PASO and ENLACE, and strive to bring the community together to address issues rather than alienate people. I believe that in order for our community to continue to progress, we need to bring everyone to the table, to ensure that everyone has a say.
Community involvement is something I value deeply, and I want to continue to play a role in strengthening our neighborhoods.
I have experience in negotiating and writing contracts. In my current position I have to work with homebuyers and developers to ensure their vision is carried out. I work in the best interest of the customer. It is my job to see their vision and make it reality, at times it’s difficult, but I enjoy the challenges.
The first thing is we need accountability and performance monitoring for all positions within the Village. How can you judge how well you’re doing at a job if there isn’t a firm measurable performance plan in place. There needs to be an emergency management number available to all residents as a single point of contact to report infrastructure issues with feedback and progress reports returned in a timely manner if not that department that failed will have to account for the issue. I would like to engage the community and gather complaints and prioritize these items as we seek to address them. I would like to see the board use this information to establish service priorities that would guide budget deliberations. When seeking input from residents, we need to provide enough information so they fully understand the financial and service level impacts that coincide with the options that are to be considered. Then get to work finding the money and bringing in economic development, getting properties back on the tax rolls, working with developers, revitalizing our downtown district, bringing in the Artist community, working with our park districts. Provide more activities and opportunities for our youth and our seniors. Working with current community groups to ensure we are all on one accord.These things solidify a community. We are ready to Rebuild Maywood stronger than ever.
Having lived here for 20 years, I am invested in Maywood. My husband and I suffered a devastating loss of our home in 2005 we wanted to be a beacon for our block with encouragement from our neighbors Mrs. Fox, Mr. Saunders, Mrs Shirley Higgins, Mrs Williams, Mr. Bounds, Mr. Grace we decided to stay so we reinvested and decided to double down on our community, we stuck with Maywood and will continue to do so. My children are growing up here and I am actively involved in our community and schools. My husband is a Commissioner with the Maywood Historic Preservation Committee. We love MAYWOOD.
I care about our public safety and service departments. I want to make sure as Maywood continues to grow, and that we are adequately prepared for that growth. I want everyone to love our town, and I’m committed to investing in those areas that help move Maywood forward for generations to come. ReThink Maywood. Vote April 2 2019, punch 6,7,8 The Peoples Choice Party
Isiah Brandon's Bio
Since he was a teen, Isiah Brandon — youth activist, community organizer and Maywood trustee — has been fighting for jobs, recreational activities, businesses and quality of life opportunities for all residents of the village.
Trustee Brandon was born in Chicago and raised in Maywood. He is a proud graduate of Washington Elementary School, Proviso East High School and Triton College. He plans to attend Northeastern University to finish his degree in public administration.
Brandon has helped combat the violence in Proviso Township through a variety of measures, such as hosting a “Cry to Save Our Youth” — a campaign to advocate for violent-free communities. He has also worked with business,organizations, park districts and faith-based initiatives.
Brandon has received many awards and recognitions by local media, including as “Someone You Should Know” and “Talk of the Town.” Brandon is also the 2010 Dr. King Dream keynote speaker and award-winning recipient.
Brandon is the executive director of Youth on the Move, an 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that provides educational and recreational enrichment programs and outreach initiatives for youth in Proviso Township and across Chicago.
For almost two years, he served as a student trustee at Triton College District 504 and chairman of the Illinois Community College Board Student Advisory Committee.
He is a past member of the Youth Advisory Committee and the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority. He has also served as co-chair of the Maywood-Bellwood Relay for Life.
Brandon has chaired the “meeting of the minds” group that consists of park districts from across Proviso Township, Triton College, University of Illinois Extension and the Office of Proviso Township. Isiah is also a current member of Neighbors of Maywood Community Organization.
Trustee Brandon brings the experience and knowledge necessary to help the village be the shining light that everyone can see.
Organizations and affiliations,
CityPoint Community Church in Chicago,
Member Youth on the Move,
Executive director Maywood-Proviso Rotary,
Service Project Chair National Black Caucus of Local Elected officials,
Member Illinois community college Board-SAC,
Former chairman Neighbors of Maywood Community Organization,
Former secretary Triton College District 504,
Two-term student trustee West Suburban NAACP,
Former vice-president Maywood Health Initiative,
Past member Proviso Action Coalition,
Past member CanaanAME food pantry.
Miguel Jones Bio
Miguel obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting at the State Farm College of Business at Illinois State University. Committed to community involvement and advocacy, Miguel held several leadership roles including chapter President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated: Eta Tau chapter and serving as Vice President of the National Association of Black Accountants. Currently, Miguel is a senior accountant in the Revenue Accounting department at U.S Cellular while still serving his community in an official capacity. Miguel serves as a commissioner on the Planning & Zoning Board of Appeals in the Village of Maywood as well as host community events within the Village including an annual Juneteenth Family day BBQ. In his spare time, Miguel enjoys to travel, exercise & listen to podcast.
Born directly into the beautiful Village of Maywood at Loyola hospital, Miguel Jones made his arrival into our community in the winter of 1989. Miguel was raised on the 100 block of 12th avenue where he spent most of his time playing basketball at the legendary Conner / Heise Park, also known as 10th park. Graduating valedictorian at Washington Elementary, Miguel was raised by a mother & grandmother who placed academics first. In addition to his academic achievement, Miguel was also an Earl Taylor Award winner. This accolade, honoring late Principal Earl Taylor, was given by Mr. Gene Mobley to students who demonstrated high performance in the areas of academics and sports. Miguel attended high school at Walther Lutheran where he continued to make strong scholastic and athletic strides. Miguel graduated in the top 20% of his class while achieving a varsity letter in three sports.