Term limits, tollway emerge as issues in Hinsdale president's race
Hinsdale Village Trustee Laura LaPlaca said she supports term limits, open conversation and change in the community in her bid to defeat Village President Thomas Cauley Jr., who is seeking a third term in April 4 election.
“The purpose of term limits are to bring in fresh ideas, dialogue and discussion between residents and the village,” LaPlaca told the DuPage Policy Journal.
She said she thinks a new perspective will be good for the village and is pushing for “change and diversity.” She also said Cauley is the first individual in Hinsdale to “serve more than one term.”
“It is wrong for government to have someone in power for that long of a time,” she said.
LaPlaca is endorsed by the Hinsdale Village Caucus, which also supports term limits.
One of her main issues is to bring diversity into the community and increase commercial business.
“I would like to work with downtown businesses,” LaPlaca said. Currently, downtown businesses are successful but if elected she hopes to “encourage further success.”
LaPlaca also said she will not be in support of the proposed Interstate 294 tollway widening. She told the source if approved the tollway could “eliminate Hinsdale oasis,” which produces over 11 percent of income for the village, and could also take away “people’s backyards and park space.”
To stop the proposal, she has asked for help on her Facebook page. “As I have said in prior posts, joining together as community is our most powerful tool in influencing this project.”
Recently, LaPlaca gave Bob Schillerstrom, chairman of the Tollway Authority, a signed petition with 600 signatures protesting the I-294 expansion. On her Facebook page it read, “The time to come together and be heard is now and residents raised their collective voice for this critical community effort.”
“We would gain nothing,” LaPlaca said of the tollway plan.
On her Facebook page, LaPlaca made it clear that Hinsdale needs change. “I promise new energy and a fresh perspective for Hinsdale's future,” her post said.