CDAE 102: Political Capital

Throughout the years, America has been faced with the issue of deteriorating roads, sidewalks and sewers, and most of the communities across the country are dealing with the lack of funding and or political structure to make these fixes. Luckily, the Village of Northfield had the political capability to improve their public services.

On March 16 2016, the Village of Northfield approved the request to distribute $7.5 million in bonds for enhancement of sidewalks, road systems and storm sewers in the community. This project was approved through a unanimous vote. The Cook County’s Clerk Office distributed the voting option to a total of 2,026 residents. The people approved this proposal from an average of three to one. This shows that the State legislature and the community were all on the same page. Once the results of the vote where released, the Village President Fred Gougler commented, “These improvements will ensure that our infrastructure remains sound and will positively impact Northfield residents and businesses for many years to come” (Phil Rockrohr, 2016). This improvement to Northfield will not only create more working opportunity for the public, but will also contribute to the political capital that is spread through this community.

A concept that relates to this political power is delegated power. Delegated power is when “citizens have dominant decision-making power re: plan or program with the powerholders or as a separate group. It is decentralized yet shared power/decision-making (Hamshaw, slide 7)”. This ties with how the residents and village officials where both part of the decision making for the decision of the project. The legislature created the plan that they wanted to enact, while the community was allowed to vote on the project at hand.

 

Work Cited

Phil Rockrohr (March 16th,2016). Northfield overwhelmingly approves $7.5 million bond referendum. Retrieved by http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/winnetka/news/ct-wtk-northfield-election-tl-0317-20160315-story.html