Vitals: Gilbert Elizondo, 48, is originally from Los Angeles. He has spent the previous 45 years of his life as a resident of Rockford. Elizondo was formerly a flooring systems installer before going on permanent disablity with a back injury.
1. If you could choose any elected official – local, state or national – to speak with one-on-one, who would it be, and what would you say? I’d speak with Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D). I’d like to ask him if he is going to follow up on the promise made by former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) and extend our free public transportation passes for another year.
2. If you were to move away from the Rock River Valley, what three things would you miss the most? I’d miss the small restaurants, the discounted license plates for cars and the reasonable cost of living we have here in Rockford.
3. In your opinion, what could be done to improve safety in Rockford schools? Well, I’m not sure if they’ll ever solve that problem, but you could consider putting cameras in the classrooms. Also, teachers could report more proactively on safety issues in the classroom.
4. What is your stance on the proposed health care reform bills, to date? They will eventually get this one right. Little by little, they have worked these bills into a more workable shape, and eventually I feel like our government will produce a bill that helps the majority of our country. But, there will always be those who don’t support it.
5. Question from last week’s “This week in The Times” participants Michelle Palmer and Roxanne Lawrence: Do you feel marijuana should be legalized, and why? I think it should be legalized, but it should be regulated very closely. I think if it were to be legalized, they should limit how much a person could purchase. Plus, if it were legalized and regulated, its sale could be taxed and that would put a bunch of money back into the government’s wallet.
“This week in The Times” is a weekly survey of people selected by The Rock River Times staff. The column does not accept unsolicited submissions.
From the November 25-December 1, 2009 issue