"You take the oath to serve your community because at the end of the day, you're proud of where you come from, you love where you live and you want what's best for your neighbors."
I know the value of staying connected with the community and the importance our Village's success has to small businesses & the residents. That's why I am running for another four year term.
As a resident of the Plainfield community and a local business professional, I have been an avid volunteer and supporter of local businesses and philanthropic causes. Learn more about my local involvement below.
If you have questions about a specific project or idea listed, or don't see it on the list and would like to chat more, please email me!
It is always difficult to write about yourself. It's clear I didn't hire anyone to create this website or write an eloquent narrative. The reality is simple: I come from a small town and relocated to the Plainfield area 20 years ago. I fell in love with how a little bit of everything was at my fingertips yet there was a small town feel
It is always difficult to write about yourself. It's clear I didn't hire anyone to create this website or write an eloquent narrative. The reality is simple: I come from a small town and relocated to the Plainfield area 20 years ago. I fell in love with how a little bit of everything was at my fingertips yet there was a small town feel to this community. I felt safe, I felt connected, a piece of Americana that seems almost nostalgic; it's visible in the downtown area when you're walking down the street or even at the big box stores- you always run into someone you know.
That feeling has remained and it's why I chose to stay in Plainfield with my husband Ryan and continue to call this town "home". We have two rescue pups and refer to them as "the fur kids". Ryan is a proud "original" Wildcat through and through and I was part of the first high school split as the community was expanding, starting at Plainfield Central and finished high school at Plainfield South. Yes, it's true, you can be cross-town rivals and make it work! Ha!
In all seriousness, we love this town. We've been honored to be involved and help with festivals and committees over the years that help fund projects and causes in the community. The people here that keep showing up and keep giving back are one of a kind. It's why we both chose to stay in this community and had hoped to raise a family here. But, over time God had other plans for us and myself specifically. While personal to share, it is a common question asked by residents, friends and even clients. It is part of what drives me to continue going above and beyond in my business and continue to be so active in the community.
There has always been a calling on my heart and even my large and sometimes loud personality to give back and of course speak up. Over recent years, a calling to build a business, and to become an advocate for homeownership. With a background in the home improvement and insurance industries, real estate was the perfect fit. I've been blessed with parents, both Veterans, that with very humble means gave me a rich upbringing. I'm beyond grateful for their service to our country and their communities. An upbringing that taught me to be proud of where you come from, to work hard and know that everything that happens, good or bad, has a lesson somewhere in the trial or in the blessing. The ability to perceive life positively, no matter the card dealt is invaluable. I've watched those lessons blossom and come to appreciate the doors that do close as much as the doors that remain open. I have always valued the philosophy passed down from my parents that you give what you can with what you have and you build a longer table, not a higher fence.
The Village is filled with amazing residents and staff. I can't say it enough how fortunate we are to have the experience, tenure and dedication from the employees at the Village, some who grew up here and live here. The Trustee position within the Village is unique. There's a balance between trusting our professionals, exploring the process and the endeavor to parallel it all with the vision and input of our residents. The Village collects around 5% of each household's property tax dollars, an even smaller amount than the local Junior College, and yet are responsible for overseeing a vast amount of services we all depend on daily.
I personally make an effort to leave each meeting with a sense of peace on the decisions made as each one is thoughtfully considered from innumerable perspectives. To those opponents who have written in their candidate forums that my elected decisions have been self-focused, I truly remain balanced as their attacks are not merits of their own qualifications and their attacks are not testimonials of their own commitment to this town. To those opponents who advertise that what is right for their families is right for Plainfield- I disagree. That selfish ideology omits necessary collaboration and objective representation to ALL of Plainfield. To those opponents who have stated in the Chamber forum that they are a "swing vote" as a qualification and have gone so far to have written in public formats that given their profession, they would probably lose money by winning the election; let my response to you be clear- please excuse yourself now if these are your concerning priorities.
As a current Trustee seeking re-election, my role is to remain a liaison between local government and the community members. The role of Trustee is NOT to make decisions regarding what I individually believe in my faith or in personal feelings to be best. The role is also NOT to make the easy or comfortable decisions. The role of Trustee is to communicate, negotiate and strive for collaboration so the decisions made place our Village collectively in the best immediate position with a long term perspective. Those opponents stating their ability to "argue" time and time again in candidate platforms is concerning. We should be listening, connecting with the public and making collaborative decisions towards progress, not boast on the ability to "argue". Those opponents who have consistently read verbatim from the Village's online, published reports yet speak of requiring transparency as a campaign platform by using such provided public data is ironic.
I whole heartedly believe that those who serve locally, you'll know when they're here for the right reasons. Those individuals seeking office, deserving of your vote, they have demonstrated service above self in our community well before they sought campaign soundbites. They have stepped up locally as volunteers, community leaders, and servants before seeking an elected office.
I am proud of the decisions I have made, even when uncomfortable or difficult since my election in 2017. Property values have consistently been on the rise year after year, pedestrian connectivity has been improved throughout with substantial grant funding for ADA compliant sidewalks, paths and we maintain a 4 Million Dollar roadway budget with a copious infrastructure plan before us. Our tax levy has remained flat, and the services provided to residents and businesses exceed those in surrounding communities. Even amidst a global-pandemic, the Village of Plainfield saw new business permits and housing permits on the rise. Our community is one people appreciate, wish to be a part of and with your vote, I look forward to continuing the necessary progress needed.
I would appreciate the opportunity to serve another four years as your Village Trustee. There are still many large projects and decisions before us to keep our community moving forward. It's an honor to be entrusted with this level of expected transparency and responsibility, and I remain grateful of your support & vote on April 6th.
- Cally J. Larson
FEBRUARY 18TH Endorsement Announcement: Safe Suburbs USA is proud to announce the endorsement of Cally Larson for re-election to the Village of Plainfield's Board of Trustees! Cally brings years of service to Plainfield not-for-profits and the experience of an incumbent to the dais. Cally supports law enforcement and public safety. Cally Larson is endorsed!
“Cally Larson is exactly the type of individual you want to be representing your town. She's a straight shooter, does what she thinks is best regardless of pressure, and isn't just another individual using the position as a stepping stone to higher office. She loves our community and this is evident through her volunteerism. I am very proud to support Cally for Village Trustee. Please join me!”
“Cally is an amazing asset to not just the families of Plainfield, but also our small businesses. She has gone way out of her way to support, promote, & help all of us anyway she possibly could through the rollercoaster of 2020. I, personally, am so happy she is running. This woman truly cares about our community with all her heart & it has been obvious with countless examples.”
“Both myself and my son have worked with both them within the village of Plainfield on different events. They have the interest of Plainfield in their heart. So if are voting in Plainfield please vote Cally (Larson) and Tom Ruane."
Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce Member & Event Sponsor Including Cruise Nights, Plainfield Micropantries & Food Pantries, Easter Basket Donations for Micropantries, Women Who Build Habitat for Humanity Volunteer, Plainfield Riverfront Foundation K-9 Memorial Donor, Received the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors Community Service Award in 2018 with a Grant for the K-9 Memorial, Plainfield Fest Volunteer, Toys for Tots, CW Avery YMCA Event Donor & Sponsor, Plainfield Lions Club Donor, IL FOP & IAFF Benevolent Funds, Team Nicholas Sponsor, Guardian Angels Meal Sponsor, Canine Companions, Pits for Patriots & Various Animal Rescues.
When I heard from State Rep Mark Batinick that St. Mary Immaculate Parish was expecting lines of families needing to access boxes of food from the Northern IL Food Bank and he was helping sponsor food trucks along with Catholic Charities- my response was "when?" Community volunteers like myself showed up, rolled our sleeves up and loaded the trunks of vehicles with food. These were and are families in our community who were financially struggling due to the economic impact of Covid-19.
When the shutdown in March of 2020 arrived, many immune-compromised families found themselves struggling to get the groceries their families needed safely. Facebook pages were flooded with posts from local moms trying to find someone to pick up a gallon of milk, a pack of toilet paper, fresh fruits and meats- store quantities were limited and shelves were empty. My husband and I loaded our vehicles, completing multiple trips daily to ensure local families had not just the basic necessities, but groceries for those who simply could not risk the health and safety of ill or at-risk household members. In March & April of 2020, I learned so many Seniors relied on close friends for transportation to the local pharmacies. Most were not set up on mail-order RX programs, but instead the traditional pharmacy trips. We were able to coordinate several pickups as well as print & drop off the necessary forms for a few local residents to transfer their prescriptions to mail orders.
If you know anything about Moe Joes in downtown Plainfield, it's usually rave reviews over their food and libations. But what you may not know is that Jamie Little, Owner and Superwoman continued her commitment to Guardian Angels- feeding local women and children in sheltered situations every Tuesday. Jamie worked with her food vendors and staff to keep their costs minimal; all while her business struggled, she continued to put others before herself. A simple call, and myself and Trustee Margie Bonuchi absolutely agreed to help sponsor a few meals.
About 1 week into the March shut down and our real estate business delaying listing homes, we got creative and put another type of sign in yards for a cause! Thanks to Off the Press Printing here in Plainfield and Donors like TR Miller Heating & Cooling, Radon XPress, State Rep Mark Batinick, Mike Montgomery with Stearns Lending, and local families to name a few, we were able to donate all proceeds from "Plainfield Strong" yard sign sales back into our community. We used all proceeds to purchase gift cards and place orders from local businesses for first responders and our front line health care heroes to purchase meals and personal protective equipment. I felt it was so important to find a way to tell our neighbors "we're in this together" by supporting our businesses and appreciating those heroes that were taking care of us!
Our small business owners struggled immensely and were placed under heavy state mandates. On top of little to no revenue and restrictive guidelines, the struggle to find sanitary supplies to keep registers, counters, and check slips sanitized was difficult. Then add in the extreme, unethical price gauging and empty shelves at stores. We were proud to donate hand sanitizers, masks, and wipes when able to secure orders, even at gouged prices to several of our local small businesses.
Covid-19 impacted every part of life, every industry and even drastically changed the way we donated blood. As an O+ blood type, I didn't think twice about donating after I learned COVID-19 had reduced and eliminated blood drives causing significant shortages at hospitals across the country. While the world felt like it was shutting down, tragic emergencies weren't stopping. I met with a rep from Versiti Blood Centers , and with the help of District 202 securing a safe space in the summer of 2019 and the Village of Plainfield promoting, the Plainfield community stepped up to donate during the pandemic! The need for blood donors is still gravely needed and additional blood drives in the area have still been ongoing. Thanks to the Plainfield Moose for hosting in 2021!
"Everyone deserves to feel connected to their community. Plainfield has always had a unique small town feel and I am proud of the work accomplished over the last few years. Progress can be uncomfortable, but we must responsibly move forward to offer residents a wealth of opportunity socially and economically."
"Please know that at this time I do not accept any financial or in-kind campaign contributions. I am a self funded candidate with a self funded campaign. The amount spent on this campaign does not qualify for filing. I firmly believe that our business community, local non profits and families in need come first. Please support one of our many small businesses, a local non-profit or sponsor a family in need as many are recovering from the impacts of Covid-19."