WIlliam Caisley served as a circuit judge in McLean County for 32 years. (WJBC file photo)
By Eric Stock
NORMAL - A retired judge is seeking his third term on the McLean County Board.
William Caisely was first elected to the board in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010. He served as a circuit judge in McLean County for 32 years. Now at 72, he's campaiging again in what is largely a new district because of the legislative map.
His wife, Mary Caisley, is a trustee of Connect Transit, a former member of the Unit 5 school board and former supervisor of Normal Township.
Caisley, along with Ed McKibbin, are the two Republican incumbents seeking election in District 4, running against Democrats Steve Campbell and Sally Pyne.
Below you'll find where Caisley stands on some of the key issues facing the McLean County Board.
Caisley said he hears concerns from constituents about keeping the tax rate down. He points out the county only controls the tax it levies and it's bound by the vital services it must provide.
"Those things are a concern. How are we going to finance the services that we are required to provide. We don't have any authority whether we are going to have a circuit court. We are going to have a circuit court. We are going to have to have a county jail. We are going to have to have a state's attorney to prosecute crimes," Caisley said.
Caisley said the county's role in assessing water needs is limited by the fact that it's a municipal issue. He says Bloomington and Normal seem more interested in resolving the water supply concerns on their own.
"I think maybe their attitude is 'Why don't you stick to doing what you are supposed to be doing and we'll supply water," Caisley said. "At least it kind of appears that way to me at this point."
With all the talk of hydraulic fracturing or fracking, that the county could soon be forced to confront, Caisley says he expects the issue to work itself out.
"I don't think there's going to be much call for fracking in McLean County because we really haven't been able to identify any viable oil or gas," Caisley said.
Caisley says fracking would cause particular problem in the northern part of the county where Nicor has underground gas storage fields.
East Side Highway
Caisley said he's ok with the county studying a proposed east side highway, but said the state will have to deliver on the funding for the project, because the county and local communities couldn't possibly shoulder the cost.
"It makes good sense, I think, to identify an area where it might go, so that there would be space to put it in," Caisley said.
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