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Kendall County Election 2016: Matt Kellogg, Candidate for Kendall County Board District 2

Mar 06, 2016 03:30PM ● By Steven Jack

Matt Kellogg

Name: Matt Kellogg


Employment: I own Kellogg Farms Llc and manage the family farm that has been in the family since 1846. We raise corn, soybeans, hay and hogs. I also own Seed Source LLc and sell seed and crop input in the midwest.

Family: Wife Lindsey. We have four beautiful daughters.

Education: Oswego High Scool, University of Illinois degree in Agriculture and Consumer Economics.

Previously elected office: 14 years elected to Kendall County Soil and Water Conservation District. Currently in my 4 year as chairman.

Relevant community service: Kendall co Fair Association, Na Au Say cemetery board, Board of Nabor House a mens cooperative at U of I, Ag in the Classroom, Farmland Tax review board.

What are the county’s three most important capital needs (i.e. roads, buildings) at this moment?

We need to find money to open and maintain the forest preserves that we already own. Heneberry Woods is a beautiful part of our community that is inaccessible. A public/private collaboration to open the preserve may be the best option. Kendall County has modern, well maintained buildings and the challenge is to maintain them while staying in budget. We have a number of roads that are in some stage of improvement. Many are state or municipal roads that the county does not have jurisdiction over, but we may be able to help move them forward. Rt 47 north of Yorkville and Wolf Crossing in Oswego are two that need to be addressed.

Do you think the County Board’s meeting times are convenient for residents to attend? Why or why not? What changes, if any, would you propose to the meetings schedule?

The meeting times work for most of the agenda items. In case of items with a large public outcry the meetings may need to be moved. 

Should the County Board continue its policy of paying its members per diems (or per meeting), or should they change to a straight annual salary for board members? Why or why not? Is the pay for County Board members adequate or should they be paid more, or less?

A per diem system is the best option as long as it is managed correctly. A salary would pay members even if they quit attending meetings. This had been the case in recent years and those members should not be paid.