Election 2013: Philip Suess

Philip Suess is one of four Wheaton City Council candidates in the city's North District in the 2013 municipal election.

Philip Suess is the incumbent candidate for Wheaton City Council in the city's North District race. Suess, 55, is an investment consultant with a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Northwestern University and a Master of Business Administration from Loyola University of Chicago. He lives in Wheaton with his wife, Mary and their three children, Kathryn, 19, Philip, 16 and Laura, 15. Suess is one of four candidates in the North District race.

Name: Philip J. Suess

Position sought: Wheaton City Councilman, North District

Campaign contact information:

  • Website: re-electphilsuess.com
  • E-mail address:baileytd@ameritech.net
  • Phone: 630-668-2699
  • Address: 121 W. Forest Ave  Wheaton IL 60187

Age: 55

Family (name, relationship and age): Married to Mary Suess, 3 children, Kathryn 19, Philip 16, Laura 15

Education (degree and school):

  • MBA, Loyola University of Chicago
  • BA Economics, Northwestern University
  • Chartered Financial Analyst

Occupation: Investment Consultant

Political party affiliation, If any: 

Previous elected offices: 

  • Councilman North District 2005
  • Councilman North District 2009

Applicable experience qualifying you for the position: 

Having served on the Council for the past 8 years I have a record of accomplishment where we have stabilized and improved the City’s finances, held real estate taxes consistent the last 3 years, implemented recurring annual projects to improve infrastructure and attracted successful private development projects. In my professional life I provide financial and advice to corporations, not for profits, and government entities. These skills and experiences are readily applicable to the City Council.

What is the primary reason you are running for this office?

I am running for re-election because I want to see Wheaton continue to evolve as a desirable and affordable residential community in which to raise a family.  Through my service on the City Council, and utilizing my financial and investment experience I want to continue to contribute to the City’s future success, by maintaining the City’s strong financial foundation by making key infrastructure investments in our residential neighborhoods and by continuing to attract viable private development.   

What will be your single most important priority if you get elected?

My single most important priority is to maintain Wheaton as a desirable residential community in which to raise a family.

What sets you apart from the other candidates?

What distinguishes me from the other candidates is my 8 years of experience on the City Council, my financial and investment expertise, skills that have contributed to the City Council’s deliberations and a record of accomplishments. Looking forward, I will continue to place emphasis on financial strength, maintaining the residential character of our neighborhoods, respecting private property rights, increased infrastructure investments and continuing to provide an economic environment that will attract additional private development.

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How long have you lived in Wheaton? If applicable, how long have you been involved with Wheaton?

I have lived in Wheaton for 25 years. Over those years, in addition to my City Council service, I have been involved in planning and zoning issues, served on the Wheaton History Center Board, and served as the General Operating Chair of the St. Michael Church capital campaign. Since July 2010, I have served as a Commissioner on the DuPage Water Commission and since January 2011 have served as Chairman of the Water Commission’s Finance Committee.

What's your favorite thing about Wheaton?

My favorite thing about Wheaton is it’s residential character with a downtown area you can walk to, it’s parks, it’s schools, it’s commuter access to Chicago and the generosity of it’s citizens in helping others.

What is the biggest problem in Wheaton?

The biggest problem in Wheaton is the uncertainty resulting from the State of Illinois’ finances and mandates from the state that push additional expense to the City.


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