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The Daily Herald Endorses Sabatino for City Council 3/12/2019

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Hi and welcome to my website!  Below you'll find some info about me however,  I've been a strong believer in addressing any questions or concerns in person or over the phone.  I'd really like to hear from you and ask that you contact me directly.  Thank you for looking and thank you for your support on April 2nd!

 

Email me at sabatino4elmhurst@gmail.com

or call (630) 890-3359

About Mark Sabatino

Mark has deep family ties to Elmhurst, as his parents have been residents in the community for over twenty-five years and his sister and her family for over thirty-five years.   He was actively involved in music since early childhood and took trumpet lessons at Elmhurst College back in 1980/1981.  He moved to Elmhurst over 17 years ago from Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood to raise his son Aidan who is now a Junior at York High School.  Mark is a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church. 


Mark became a First Ward Alderman in 2015 and has served the past four years as a member of the Finance, Council Affairs and Administrative Services Committee and past two years as Vice Chairman.  The committee is responsible for all matters of policy related to revenues and expenditures, purchasing, personnel, budget and appropriations, data processing and public improvement financing.   Some notable achievements by the committee and city staff over the past four years include reducing the total city tax levy from 2015-2018, increasing sales tax revenue by 14%, refinancing city bonds which saved tax payers $900,000, maintaining a AAA bond rating from S & P, providing utility billing assistance with the city-wide water meter change out and developing a formal debt policy based on GFOA best practices.   The city’s financial position is better now than it was four years ago and together, we will continue to practice sound, fiscal responsibility.  


Mark has had a strong focus on economic development which includes but is not limited to business retention and new business recruitment.   Without a consistent, healthy revenue stream, our city cannot provide services needed by our citizens.  Responsible, well-thought out redevelopment/development revitalizes our community, expands our real estate tax base and reduces the tax burden on homeowners.   From 2007-2015, Mark served as a commissioner on the Economic Development Commission (“EDC”),  Vice Chairman from 2011-2014 and Chairman from 2014-2015.  During his tenure on the EDC, the commission grew from nine to fifteen members which enabled the EDC to capitalize on bringing in additional resources, more diverse backgrounds and relationships to assist with the City’s long-range planning goals and objectives.  As the commission expanded, so had the roles, responsibilities and direction in collaboration with City Staff and EDC leadership.     


Mark has an exceptionally strong background in business, having spent over 25 years in the commercial real estate industry.    His experience and leadership as an executive in asset management includes the oversight of institutional real estate assets consisting of office, medical office and industrial assets in the Midwest, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic markets, upwards of 18 million square feet and a market value in excess of $2 billion.    Mark’s expertise in commercial real estate has been an invaluable resource to the City of Elmhurst, especially as it relates to economic development.  


Mark has been involved with the community as his son’s baseball coach and manager with both Elmhurst Youth Baseball and the Elmhurst Electric Travel Baseball teams.  He is also a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and has worked part-time at Courts Plus training clients.    Mark’s hobbies include playing guitar where he had been the co-founder of two original bands back in the 1990’s/early 2000 and had the good fortune of performing at some of the most prominent music venues in Chicago.  


Mark’s connections to Elmhurst are deep and the years have only strengthened his love for his chosen home.  As your First Ward Alderman, he wants to continue to give back to the community and feels that his leadership, proven track record and experience will continue to make an immediate and profitable contribution to the City of Elmhurst and its residents.   

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Experience

 

•   First Ward Alderman, 2015-Present 

 

•   Vice Chairman – City of Elmhurst Finance, Council Affairs and Administrative Services Committee

  

•   Commercial Real Estate Executive With Over 25 Years of Institutional Real Estate Experience


•   Past Chairman, Vice Chairman and Commissioner, Elmhurst Economic Development Commission 

 

•   B.A. in Economics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign     

Viewpoints

  Mark recognizes the need to maintain a healthy revenue stream for the City of Elmhurst.  A methodical approach to redevelopment opportunities provides for a broader tax base while reducing the tax burden on homeowners.   


 •   Redevelopment, bringing in new businesses, both expanding the real estate tax base and reducing the burden on homeowners


 •  New businesses means job creation in Elmhurst  More jobs bring more money into the City as people shop, dine and live in Elmhurst

 

 •     Expansion of existing infrastructure, making downtown Elmhurst more pedestrian friendly and easing traffic congestion  


 •   More effective and immediate flood control measures to mitigate storm water management issues which means continued focused and collaboration between the City, Park Board, School Board and residents


 •   Improve communication between the Aldermen and the residents of the 1st Ward.  

Do you have a question or concern about something going on in Elmhurst?  Talk to Mark – he’ll get you all the information you need.  Everything from potholes to who qualifies for the York Township Senior Ride program (residents of  York Township which includes Elmhurst – aged 55 and over)  


 •   Maintain and promote Elmhurst’s rich cultural opportunities including the Elmhurst History Museum, Elmhurst Art Museum, are award-winning library and The Elmhurst Center for Performing Arts  

Campaign Contributions:

Please make checks payable to Friends of Mark Sabatino


Mail Checks to:

Friends of Mark Sabatino

267 North Larch Ave. Elmhurst, IL 60126

Questions for Mark:

Email Mark at sabatino4elmhurst@gmail.com

or call (630) 890-3359