Elburn plan commissioner wins seat on Village Board
by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—Patricia Schuberg said that one of her major goals for the village, now that she has won a seat on the Elburn Village Board, is to get the word out about Elburn.
“I want people to know that it’s a viable and active community, and a good place for a business to put down roots,” she said.
Schuberg, one of four candidates vying for three seats on the Elburn Village Board, ended up receiving the most votes, according to unofficial results. Schuberg received 240 votes, Jeffrey Walter received 237, and Kenneth Anderson, Jr. landed 203. Walter and Anderson are incumbents who won their bids for re-election. Michael Rullman received 116 votes.
Trustee Jerry Schmidt did not seek re-election.
Schuberg has served on the Elburn Plan Commission for the past 15 years, including six years as its chair. She believes that her experience in government and business will help her to be an effective member of the Village Board from the beginning. She said she decided to run for a board seat at this time because Elburn is at a turning point in its development.
“There is a lull in our planning cycle, and policies and decisions are being made that will set the tone for years to come,” she said.
The biggest difference she would like to see four years from now when her term is completed is more balance between rooftops and business. Schuberg said there is an ordinance for an economic development commission on the books, and she will encourage Village President Dave Anderson to get that started again.
Schuberg would like to see future development that would not just cost the current residents more, but that would bring something of value to the village.
“Let’s get those open storefronts filled,” she said.
Schuberg said she would like to see all kinds of businesses, not just retail, but offices, commercial manufacturing and more.
“A healthy economic base has a wide diversity of businesses,” she said.
Schuberg, 53, has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a Masters of Business Administration from Aurora University, with more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and consulting. She is currently an account manager with a textbook publisher for institutions of higher education.
She is also an active volunteer within the community. She began serving as a den leader when her two sons were in Cub Scouts, and continued on with scouting through Boy Scouts and Eagle Scouts. Among other commitments, Schuberg has also been actively involved in Elburn Baseball and Softball, and she is a member of the Town and Country Library Friends.
Schuberg said it is good to know that, with the election behind her, she can get down to work and serve. She will be sworn in on Monday, May 6.