Latest updates from the campaign:
Supporting local business has always been important...
Supporting local business has always been important and the Committee to Elect Keith Giagnorio loves the reach and local...Posted by Committee to Elect Keith Giagnorio on Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 10:00 AM
Thank you Bill Ware for your kind words and support. Early voting available today up to Monday ahead of Election Day Tuesday, April 6th.Posted by Committee to Elect Keith Giagnorio on Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Monday, March 29, 2021 8:00 AM
Issues don't hold merit...
Good insights on where Lombard is today as we head into the final week of early voting ahead of Election Day, Tuesday,...Posted by Committee to Elect Keith Giagnorio on Monday, March 29, 2021
Sunday, March 28, 2021 3:00 PM
Knocking on doors and encouraging Lombardians to get out to vote...
Knocking on doors and encouraging Lombardians to get out to vote this week ahead of Election Day on Tuesday, April 6th.Posted by Committee to Elect Keith Giagnorio on Sunday, March 28, 2021
Saturday, March 20, 2021 11:00 AM
Coffee with Keith...
Coffee with Keith on a beautiful Saturday morning....Posted by Committee to Elect Keith Giagnorio on Saturday, March 20, 2021
Sunday, March 14, 2021 1:00 PM
Out and about this weekend talking to voters...
Out and about this weekend talking to voters....interaction and communication with the community has always been at the forefront of Keith’s efforts to serve Lombard residents.Posted by Committee to Elect Keith Giagnorio on Sunday, March 14, 2021
Saturday, March 13, 2021 2:00 PM
A perfect spring day to walk the neighborhoods across the Village...
A perfect spring day to walk the neighborhoods across the village and interact with residents....and most importantly...Posted by Committee to Elect Keith Giagnorio on Saturday, March 13, 2021
Thursday, March 11, 2021 10:04 AM
"Supporting local business has always been important..."
Supporting local business has always been important and the Committee to Elect Keith Giagnorio loves the reach and local news coverage of the Lombardian. Did you see today’s ad and insert yet?Posted by Committee to Elect Keith Giagnorio on Thursday, March 11, 2021
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 9:55 AM
"The only thing I have ever asked for is the endorsement from Lombard's residents..."
“The Daily Herald has never endorsed my candidacy for Village President. The only thing I have ever asked for is the endorsement from Lombard’s residents...and that is the only endorsement that matters to me.”Posted by Committee to Elect Keith Giagnorio on Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Monday, March 8, 2021 2:15 PM
Daily Herald Candidate Questions - Keith Giagnorio for Lombard Village President
DAILY HERALD CANDIDATE QUESTIONS
KEITH GIAGNORIO – FOR LOMBARD VILLAGE PRESIDENT
Occupation: Owner, Gianorios Pizza & Pasta
Employer: Gianorio’s Pizza & Pasta
Education: B.A. Sociology/Psychology Elmhurst University
Civic involvement: Current Lombard Village President since 2013, past village board member and park district commissioner.
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain. NO
Are you related to any other office holders or to anyone who works for the unit of government you hope to serve? NO
How do you view your role in confronting the pandemic: provide leadership even if unpopular, give a voice to constituents -- even ones with whom you disagree, or defer to state and federal authorities?
One needs to lead by example and ensure that fellow board members and village staff are doing the right things as well. The village has taken proactive steps from the onset to keep employees safe while ensuring key village services are maintained. We have kept full transparency by televising/streaming village meetings and making sure agenda/minutes are updated on a timely basis. The role of village president continues to be one to interact with department heads and the board to make sure lines of communication are open and that any challenges are proactively being handled. I also routinely ask residents to adhere to mask guideline.
Did your town continue to adequately serve its constituents during the disruptions caused by the pandemic? If so, please cite an example of how it successfully adjusted to providing services. If not, please cite a specific example of what could have been done better.
The village took proactive steps at the onset to make sure village services continued to be offered in a safe and convenient manner. Lombard is fortunate that we had taken steps pre-Covid to embrace an online permitting system and enhanced online water billing/usage tracking and had a robust website in place that allowed businesses and residents alike to communicate with the village and find answers to common issues.Village Public meetings continued via Zoom and in-person when allowed and continue to be televised on the public access channel as well as streamed (and archived) on the village website.
In light of our experiences with COVID-19, what safeguards/guidelines should you put in place to address any future public health crises?
Communication is always key and the village needs to ensure they have ways to reach out to residents in a timely manner. Between the village website, newsletters, social media outreach, message boards, and local access TV broadcasts the village has always strived to keep residents up to date and how they can contact needed resources. The village continues to learn day by day during this public health crisis and think that interaction with county, state, and federal health officials is critical to make sure right steps are being taken and that correct information is being shared with residents.
What cuts can local government make to reduce the burden of the pandemic on taxpayers? Cuts in services or staffing can be difficult at any time regardless of the pandemic. Lombard has taken many proactive steps to meet local funding challenges brought on not only by the pandemic but also significant shifts in sales tax revenue due to changing shopper habits and closure of past sales tax leaders like Carson’s and other retailers. Lombard’s finance committee and staff constantly review expenditures and look for ways to reduce costs while not greatly impacting key services the village provides like public works and fire and police.
What do you see as the most important infrastructure project you must address? Why and how should it be paid for? Conversely, during these uncertain economic times, what infrastructure project can be put on the back burner?
Flooding has been a problem in the northern parts of the village these past years. It almost seems like these “100 year rain events” come more and more frequently and steps need to be taken to alleviate the damage they can incur on our community. While proactive steps have been taken over the past many years the aging sewer and stormwater infrastructure is often pushed to the limit. Lombard is striving to address this with the recent acquisition of the Sid Harvey property on North Main Street where residents will soon see the structure removed and the site improved as a stormwater retention and recreation area. Lombard’s strategic acquisition of this property will provide for more open space rather than more residential development. Lombard is always striving for state and federal grants for street light enhancements and additions throughout the village. We have seen many street lights upgraded in the past few years to more energy efficient LED bulbs through these energy conservation programs and can hopefully see that continue as those type of funds become available. While street lights are important and provide for safety and security the village certainly does not have the financial abilities at present time to fund an aggressive street light expansion program unless significant state/federal grants come to fruition.
Do you agree or disagree with the stance your board/council has taken on permitting recreational marijuana sales in the community? What would you change about that stance, if you could?
Lombard took steps in 2020 to allow recreational marijuana sales in the village and we will see our first dispensary opening in the coming months along the Butterfield Road corridor. I welcome this addition to our robust and ever evolving business community that will bring consumers to our area while generating needed sales tax revenue. The proper restrictions and safeguards are in place to ensure sales are done properly while following strict state-mandated guidelines. There is no need to change this and going forward the market will decide if this is indeed a good or indifferent addition to our community. The state law changed and Lombard responded to take advantage of the opportunity….for there is nothing to stop Lombardians from going elsewhere if they opt to indulge so why not allow them to purchase locally.
What’s one good idea you have to better the community that no one is talking about yet?
I want nothing more than seeing an engaged community with strong voter turnout and regular public participation and input at village board, plan commission, and committee meetings as we strive to work together to move Lombard forward. While a wish list of “if only money were no object” projects or plans for betterment of the community would make for some great discussion it is important for residents to realize all that is going on right now even during these times of economic uncertainty. Lombard has seen its property valuations grow nearly 30 percent since 2013 to todays $1.664 billion. New construction, renovation, and redevelopment has kept Lombard on an upward trend and will continue far beyond 2021. We will soon see activity at 101 S. Main with the Lilac Station mixed use development as well as progress being made towards significant redevelopment of the long tax-exempt seminary property with new entertainment, dining, and shopping options and more. The Yorktown area will continue to see new as well as creative redevelopment in the coming year as well as many new projects on deck along the Roosevelt Road and North Avenue corridors.
What makes you the best candidate for the job?
My goal for 2021 and beyond is to lead us into the future by appreciating and respecting our past, improving the present, and planning for our even brighter tomorrow. This past year has taught us all many life lessons. Ones trust in government has been tested many times and yet Lombardians continue to persevere and we move forward together. On top of navigating through the global pandemic Lombard has faced a tornado, record flooding, and near constant economic uncertainty. Despite these challenges Lombard has risen above it and we are stronger as a community. As a small business owner as well as village president I interact day in and day out with residents, village staff, fellow business owners, other local/state officials and more and truly have my hand on the pulse of the community and what is best to truly move Lombard forward. With your continued trust and support we can continue to work together in my third term. Your voice will be heard, our community goals will be achieved, and our dreams can become a reality.
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 10:11 AM
"The snow has melted and spring has finally sprung..."
The snow has melted and spring has finally sprung so there is no better time than now to plant a Keith Giagnorio for...Posted by Committee to Elect Keith Giagnorio on Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 9:00 AM
"Take the time to video..."
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20210303/watch-the-interview-between-candidates-for-lombard-village-president Take the...Posted by Committee to Elect Keith Giagnorio on Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Sunday, February 28, 2021 4:00 PM
"What does the future hold for Lombard?..."
What does the future hold for Lombard? The past year has been a trying time for the community but know Lombard is...Posted by Committee to Elect Keith Giagnorio on Sunday, February 28, 2021
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:36 PM
Lombard Village President Giagnorio Looks Forward to Continued Momentum in 3rd Term Push
Contact: Keith Giagnorio
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lombard Village President Giagnorio Looks Forward to Continued Momentum in 3rd Term Push
Election Day is Tuesday, April 6th with early voting commencing February 25 at DuPage County Complex, March 22 at remote locations throughout DuPage County
Election season is upon us and this year it will present many challenges as campaign events, candidate forums, and walking door to door have certainly been curtailed by current Covid-19 protocols. While disheartening not to be able to engage one-on-one in person with residents between now and election day Keith Giagnorio’s commitment to continue to serve a third term as Lombard Village President is stronger than ever.
The past eight years have been the most interesting, educational, and satisfying years of my life. To say that any given day in the life of village president “is like a box of chocolates...” would be an understatement. Each day I look forward to the challenges the new day brings. Customer service has been the heart and soul of my professional life and serving as village president is no different.
Are there differences in opinion or view on issues in the village? Of course but through it all I have listened and debated and have set the course towards success for the village. A confrontational government, on the other hand, would isolate, divide, and challenge the community. The voices and opinions of all constituents need to be heard for Lombard to have a commitment to the broader community I strive to serve.
The number one responsibility of village government is to provide excellent core services to our residents. Lombard’s police, fire, public works, and community development each have professionally managed staff that provide residents the best services. I am committed to that belief today and will remain committed to see that continue for the next four years.
To serve as Village President is an honor that I truly respect and am most proud of. I have and always will listen to your voices, understand your goals and dreams, and be guided by deep rooted Lombard pride. I have not once started anything that I don’t plan on finishing. No village president’s job is ever complete…mine is no different…but know many positive changes have been made. Today we have cohesive board relations and a thriving economic development environment to name a few. There is always more to be done and exciting things are in motion from the Golf Social development (Seminary property) to the 101 S. Main St (Lilac Station) development to the forthcoming Sid Harvey property (N. Main Street) flood control project. In addition we are seeing continued revitalization/redevelopment in the Yorktown Center area, police body cameras forthcoming, improved and streamlined online permitting, ongoing downtown core improvements, and so much more.
This past year has taught us all many life lessons. Ones trust in government has been tested many times and yet Lombardians continue to persevere and we move forward together. On top of navigating through the global pandemic Lombard has faced a tornado, record flooding, and near constant economic uncertainty. Despite these challenges Lombard has risen above it and we are stronger as a community. With your continued trust and support we can work together in my third term. Your voice will be heard, our community goals will be achieved, and our dreams can become a reality.