David F. Black of Belvidere has announced his candidacy for a six-year term as trustee of Rock Valley College. According to Black, a primary reason he is running is to make the resources of the college accessible to more students. I would like to see Rock Valley offer day care on campus and more off-campus courses on Rockfords underserved west side. There is also a need to find assistance for students who cannot afford the high cost of textbooks, said Black.
Other important issues in Blacks campaign are maintaining a high ratio of full-time professors to part-time teachers and taking care of the physical environment. The college is situated on a beautiful piece of land, and we need to be stewards of that land and make sure open space and natural habitats are maintained, according to Black.
Black has a law degree from DePaul University as well as a doctorate in political science from the University of Michigan. He has practiced law in the Rockford area for the past 24 years. Prior to that, he taught political science at Aurora College (now Aurora University). He has also taught paralegal courses at Rock Valley offered through a program based at Harper College. Black is the father of four grown children.
A long-time activist, Black is a member of the Rockford Peace and Justice Action Committee, is secretary of the Northern Illinois Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, is treasurer of the Winnebago Boone Green Party, and serves on the Coordinating and Executive committees of the Illinois Green Party. This is his first run for elective office in Illinois.