Council candidate Wilson sees property taxes as biggest issue in Des Plaines
Earl Wilson is all about continuing to uplift the people of his Des Plaines community.
“I’ve been on the Library Board for years, and in that time I’ve stood up for what’s right, like reducing costs and burdens on residents,” Wilson told the North Cook News. “The term limit for my time on the Library Board is approaching, but I feel like I’ve just started to make a real difference and want to be able to continue on that path.”
With that, Wilson is running as an independent for Des Plaines alderman in the city's April 2 election. He said he sees rising taxes and mounting debt as the biggest obstacles facing the city and insists he is committed to changing that dynamic.
“I talk to neighbors all the time, and many of them just shrug their shoulders and say, ‘What can you do?’” he said. “Well, I’m here to do something about it. I think that’s one of the things that separates me from other candidates. You don’t hear any of them even talking very much about putting an end to this vicious cycle that is really hurting people.”
Among the candidates Wilson is facing is Colt Moylan, the son of veteran Chicago Ald. Marty Moylan.
“I haven’t had the chance to talk to him about what he envisions for this city,” Wilson added. “I would love to hear his perspective.”
In Wilson’s mind, it all comes back to the skyrocketing property taxes that are he says are forcing many Des Plaines residents to leave the city.
“You have to talk with constituents and work with other council members to address all these issues,” Wilson said. “The time for just pointing fingers has come and gone. We have to have leaders willing to step up and do the things that need to be done.”
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