Name: Isiah “Ike” Williams Jr.
Office sought: JJC Board of Trustees
Political party: Republican
Town where you currently reside: Joliet
Occupation (employer): Self-employed
Spouse/Children: Yes, two
Education: Oregon State University and the University of San Diego
Why are you running for the elected office you're seeking?
I am running because I see a need for accountability at JJC. With enrollment falling and tuition rates steadily increasing, the board has a duty to fulfill in ensuring that tax dollars, tuition dollars and state funding are being spent wisely and responsibly.
What skills, qualities or experience do you have that separates you from your opponents?
I was a senior staff member and supervisor for Joliet Job Corps and San Jose Job Corps. With Career Systems Development, a Global Corporation, we contracted with the Department of Labor to run Job Corps centers. In San Jose, California, we ranked No. 1 in the country out of 144 centers for, five of the eight years that I was employed with them. Job Corps trains students from the ages 16 to 24 to ready them for the workforce.
I am Blue-Belt Certified in Lean Six Sigma, better known as Process Improvement — steps taken to best utilize resources in a more efficient manner, bringing on best results.
Additionally, I am a business owner (Williams Paralegal Services) and own several properties in the Joliet area. I have seen firsthand what a college education can do to change the outcome of a particular person. I am committed to ensuring the very best for the community, the youth and our students.
What are the greatest challenges JJC is facing in the coming years?
Keeping tax rates and tuition low for families is my primary concern. State funding is falling and tuition rates are rising, making even community college unaffordable for many students in the area. We need to ensure that JJC is spending their budget wisely to ensure that we do not over-burden our students or their families.
If elected, what will be your top three priorities?
Keeping tax rates low
Keeping tuition low
Increasing enrollment for all students