Ed Schock

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Ed Schock
Mayor of Elgin, Illinois
In office
1999–2011
Preceded by Kevin Kelly
Succeeded by Dave Kaptain
City Councilman of Elgin, Illinois
In office
1993–1999
Preceded by Sue Moylan
Personal details
Born c. 1947[citation needed]
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Karen (m. June 1971)
Children three
Alma mater Roosevelt University[citation needed]
Occupation Elementary school principal

Edward "Ed" Schock (born circa 1947)[citation needed] is an Illinois politician and former elementary school principal.[1] He began service on the Elgin City Council after winning election in 1993,[1][2][3] and he was re-elected in 1997.[4][5] In 1999, Schock successfully contested incumbent Kevin Kelly for the office of Mayor of Elgin.[6][7] He was re-elected in 2003 and 2007.

He married his wife Karen in June 1971.[8] Schock is a lifelong Elgin resident and the couple has three adult children.[9]

The Elgin government is dominated by Republicans and no City Council member was opposed by a Democrat or independent when he ran for re-election.[10] During his time on the City Council, he was part of a 4–3 majority opposition block to Mayor Kevin Kelly.[11] In the mid-1990s, Elgin had extensive debates on how to manage its casino revenues.[12][13] As a city councilman, his proposal that seniors be given a property tax rebate because of surplus riverboat tax revenues made news outside of Illinois.[14] Schock remained principal of Coleman Elementary School while on the city council.[15]

His starting annual salary as mayor in 1999 was $7000,[7][16] and he continued to serve as a principal until he retired in 2003.[9] Day-to-day responsibilities fell to the full-time city manager.[16][17] As a mayor, his city's success at managing its gambling-dependent economy and its relationship with the Grand Victoria Casino Elgin was well chronicled throughout the country.[18][19] Revenues from the casino have helped pay for the Elgin Police Department building and a new town recreation center.[20] In 2000, he lured Motorola to bring its distribution center to Elgin by using an Illinois state economic incentives package.[21]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kuczka, Susan and Teresa Wiltz (1993-02-24). "Woodstock Mayor Denied 3rd Term". Chicago Tribune. Newsbank. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  2. ^ "Suburban Election Results". Chicago Tribune. Newsbank. 1993-02-25. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  3. ^ Bjorklund, Janice (1993-05-18). "City Out To Ensure Terms of Gambling Deal Are Met". Chicago Tribune. Newsbank. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  4. ^ Krol, Eric (1997-04-02). "Elgin voters make a strong statement - Favor direction incumbents are taking city". Daily Herald. Newsbank. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  5. ^ Krol, Eric (1997-02-26). "Incumbents rule in area primaries - Elgin council trio easily outpaces four challengers". Daily Herald. Newsbank. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  6. ^ Hahn, Brad (1999-02-22). "Gang shootings leave mayor candidates at loss - Kelly, Schock can't offer easy solution for crime". Daily Herald. Newsbank. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  7. ^ a b Scott, Anika M. and Bechetta Jackson (1999-04-15). "Incumbents Come Up Short On Personality And Votes". Chicago Tribune. Newsbank. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  8. ^ Krol, Eric (1996-06-15). "Woman backtracks on comments about councilman's ethics". Daily Herald. Newsbank. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  9. ^ a b O'Konowitz, Tom (2003-03-22). "Elgin's mayor says city must stay aggressive to weather - economy". Daily Herald. Newsbank. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  10. ^ Griffin, Jean Latz and Desiree Chen (1997-02-25). "Controversy May Draw Elgin Voters To Primary". Chicago Tribune. Newsbank. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  11. ^ Griffin, Jean Latz (1997-02-20). "Elgin's 1st Round May Resemble The Finals - Primary Often Proves To Be A Sneak Preview". Chicago Tribune. Newsbank. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  12. ^ Borchmann, Phil (1995-07-13). "City Won't Help Fund Youth Jail". Chicago Tribune. Newsbank. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  13. ^ Borchmann, Phil (1995-08-21). "Elgin Rolls in Casino Cash". Chicago Tribune. Newsbank. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  14. ^ "Riverboat bonanza". The Hawk Eye. Newsbank. 1996-07-18. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  15. ^ Karuhn, Carri and Karen Ann Culotta (1998-12-15). "3 In Race For Elgin Mayoral Primary - Most Villages Will Not Go To Polls In February". Chicago Tribune. Newsbank. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  16. ^ a b Chiem, Phat X. (1999-03-10). "Maine Township's Teen Jobs Program Is In Snow Mode - Residents Want Paths Shoveled". Chicago Tribune. Newsbank. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  17. ^ Scott, Anika M. and Bechetta Jackson (1999-04-15). "Incumbents Come Up Short On Personality And Votes". Chicago Tribune. Newsbank. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  18. ^ Lannan, Maura Kelly and Ryan Keith (2005-05-13). "Amid Talk Of Expansion, Illinois Gambling Reaches A Crossroads". The Cincinnati Post. Newsbank. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  19. ^ "Illinois gambling industry reaches a crossroads State's high taxes hurting business, casino officials say - response could serve as a lesson". Charleston Daily Mail. Newsbank. 2005-04-13. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  20. ^ Lannan, Maura Kelly and Ryan Keith (2005-04-17). "Tax Hikes Sinking Ill Riverboats / State's 70% Levy Crimping Casinos' Profits, BUSINESS". The Press of Atlantic City. Newsbank. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  21. ^ Comerford, Mike and John Patterson (2000-07-14). "Motorola's back on track Company reviving plans from growth - spurt in '90s". Daily Herald. Newsbank. Retrieved 2009-02-16.