Mayor Joseph E. Roudez III and First Lady Linda F. Roudez have been married for 30 years. They moved to Governors House Apartments in University Park in 1991. They raised their four children in University Park with each of them attending grammar school and High School within the 201U School District.
Joseph is a United States Army Veteran. He decided early, after leaving the military that he had to continue to serve his country and the people. He was married, twenty-six years old and eager to make a difference. Joseph being challenged by knowing that he could extend the discipline gained in the military; had to share his parenting skills, love for sports and educations with others.
He and his wife, Linda, moved into their family home, 822 Blackhawk, University Park, in 1995. He worked for the Village of University Park in the Public Works Department as a Maintenance Technician. During his tenure in the Public Works Department, he served as the President of AFSME 3837, Council 31, for two terms.
Joseph served faithfully under Pastor Rogers Jackson at First Baptist Church University Park as an usher. Joseph due to his giving heart, he voluntarily joined the University Park Lions and the University Park Baseball and Football coaching staff, where he coached for ten plus seasons. During that time, he moved from the Lions Football Program to become head freshman coach at Crete Monee High School. Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to the varsity football team under Coach Tarka until he decided to run for public office in University Park as Trustee.
He served as a Trustee faithfully from 2005 -2017. During his tenure as Village Trustee he led legislation to upgrade housing codes now requiring brick on first level and landscaping, also as code enforcement liaison, he led efforts with citizens to rehab a once abandoned Governors House apartments that now houses over a hundred residents. He strongly supported the Clorox development, I-57 interchange, South Suburban airport, and led efforts Pine Lake renovations. Futhermore, he led efforts to new Hickok Bridge, new sidewalks and solar lighting by our middle school, The Kaboom project at Craig Park that brought over 200 residents and business partners together, as well as leading efforts negotiating new manufacturing and small businesses in our industrial park, Budreck Trucking, Klockner Metals, Holland Rail Co., and American Dental into our town center all in 2016. A strong advocate of local job training and senior citizen services.
Joseph E. Roudez III, is an ordained Deacon at his family Church, St. Luke M.B Church of Chicago. He is a proud grandfather of seven. With his grandchildren, the legacy of attending school in the 201U School District continues. As his political career gained momentum, he later served as the State Chairman of the National Organization of Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO). His notoriety catapulted, which lead to the achievement of leadership awards and many certifications. His leadership, experience and accountability are beyond reproach. His dedication is unmatched. Although Joseph endured many family tragedies, while serving the people of University Park, he continued giving back while persevering.
Joe never meets a stranger. This gift and his business experience have allowed prosperity within the University Park business community and region.
- He will complete financial audits and hire comptroller
- He will end patronage hiring and redirect savings, getting police back in the neighborhoods, parks restored and an economic development director hired to bring in new businesses
- He will get streets resurfaced not patched
- He will use his development experience to garner additional development for Village, and Reigel Farm and Hickok Pool
- He will seek revenue sources that will assist in infrastructure development,
- He will rethink the development for recreational outlets,
- He will seek financial resources in order to aid in the destruction of community blight and substandard dwellings
He will work to change the first impressions of visitors as they enter the community of University Park.
Joseph E. Roudez, III will do these things with the support of the people of the Village of University Park, his wife and the support of his children and grandchildren.