ABOUT ME

Hi, I'm Willie Holton Halbert

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"Together, We Can Make a Difference"

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  WHY I WANT TO SERVE WARD 3

I want the voices of Ward 3 to be heard for the better good of our Ward and our community.  I believe my 45 years of volunteer experiences, such as, serving several boards within our community, and serving as an officer of our local NAACP, allows me to be able to listen and address the needs of our Ward. In addition, my work experiences of reviewing and implementing procedures, negotiating, developing programs, and resolving conflicts, will assist as I work to help formulate policies, work to conduct policy for current and future needs as we work to enact legislation for the city, set and interpret rules in relations to our city.  Help to direct and enforcement of city laws and protect the welfare of you, the resident of our community.

COMMUNITY DEDICATION

Willie serves on the Mid-Illini Credit Union Board and is 2nd Vice-President of the Bloomington-Normal NAACP.  She is a recent recipient of YWCA 2020 Women of Distinction Award, Professional Women of McLean County “Empowerment Award,” and 2020 Week-25 Women in Leadership Award.

Other achievements and Awards:  Appointed by Mayor Smart to the Bloomington Human Relations Commission and served over 10 years – 1990; Lifetime member of the NAACP ; 1996 One of the Organizer for the Not In Our Town (NIOT) Grassroot organization; Member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Author of several motivational books.

 

Willie has been married to Charles Halbert for over 46 years and is a mother, grandmother & great-grandmother. She graduated from Illinois State University with a Criminal Justice Degree. A retiree from the Illinois Department of Corrections where she worked over 25 years as a counselor, casework supervisor at Pontiac CC & assistant superintendent over our parole system. A licensed real estate broker. Member of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church.  

BACKGROUND INFO

ELEMENTS OF MY  PLATFORM

Together, We Can Make a Difference

  • - Providing COVID-19/Pandemic Support & Relief to families and businesses within our communities 

  • - Equity for all.. including diversity within our government & hiring that represents the diverse community we live in

  • - Buying & Building Local, investing in our community

  • - Inspiring & Engaging people within our community & investing locally .. Promoting the unique concept of Listening Circles.

  • - Public Safety for All - Focus on Protection & Services for all - Reimagining. Providing Mental Health Professional & Social Workers to Co-partner or redirect Mental Health related 911 Calls;  Ensure training, certification, transparency, accountability  & diversity in the various governmental departments

  • -Economic Development- Bringing new businesses & expanding current businesses within our community

  • - Reducing homelessness within our community.. Affordable housing & protecting renters rights

  • - Improving infrastructure within our community