- Position sought: Trustee
- Address: Orland Park, IL.
- E-mail address: email@example.com
- Age: 67
- Family:Wife, Carol (Married (46 Years), Children (3 Married) Grandchildren (8) All live in this area.
- Education: St. Xavier University, Saint Rita High School, Saint Mary Seminary.
- Occupation: Retired. Previously worked as journeyman wireman instructor at IBEW-NECA Technical Institute, teaching photovoltaic’s (Solar Design and Installation), electrical code, motor control wiring and design, print reading, HVAC and conduit bending. Before teaching, I supervised as foreman or general foreman residential, industrial and commercial construction for 25 years.
- Political party affilitation: Independent
- Previous elected offices: Trustee, Orland fire Protection District, 2005- 2011; Commissioner, 911 Board, Village of Orland Park, 2006- 2011; Commissioner, Telecommunication Advisory Board, Village of Orland Park, 1998- 2011
- Applicable experience: Liaison, Construction Project/Oversight for the New Training Center; Liaison, Expansion-Remodel of Administration Offices; Liaison, Pension Board for Local 2754 OFPD
Mr. Cacciato answered an issues-specific questionnaire as well, which can be read through this link.
What is the primary reason you are running for this office?
As an elected member of the Orland Fire Protection District (OFPD) for the past six years, I have worked with my colleagues on the board to implement a number of changes which have benefited the district. For example, the district’s Insurance Service Office (ISO) class 2 rating for fire protection now elevates us to the top 3 percent of the best fire departments in the United States. We have balanced each budget and still returned $4 million in surplus funds back to the taxpayers where they belong.
What will be your single most important priority if you get elected?
I am going to continue what I’ve done since I’ve taken office, and that is keep everyone accountable, be transparent and maintain a high level of service. We keep trying to reduce costs, which we have been able to do. We work to make sure we are operating in the most efficient way. Ideas need to be proven so if a cost is incurred, it will pay dividends back to the citizens. There used to be no accountability, and since then we’ve set limits on credit spending. We’ve abated money back. We want to maintain the highest level of service we can.
What sets you apart from the other candidates?
I am a 25-year resident of Orland Park and have actively participated in local government and in doing so have always made every effort to promote transparent and access to the residents we represent. I continue to serve as a commissioner on the 911 Board and the Telecommunication Advisory Board for Orland Park. As a trustee for the OPFD, my tenure has been dedicated in large part to making the OFPD a leader among first response departments.
What's your favorite thing about Orland Park?
It’s the greatest place in the world to raise a family. When I moved here with my almost-grown children they wanted to move back to city, and now they’ve moved back to the village with their own kids. That’s a testament to how great it is to raise a family, between the amenities and sports, it’s an excellent place to live.
What is the biggest problem in Orland Park?
Traffic in town, especially around the holidays. Not being able to get into a good restaurant on Friday or Saturday night.