(Vote for 1)The Forest Preserve District is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners, which translates the open-space needs of county residents into ordinances designed to protect and enhance natural areas and support general operations.DuPage County contains six districts. Voters elect one commissioner from the district in which they live. The seventh member — the president — is elected by the county at large by popular vote. [source: https://www.dupageforest.org/our-board/board-commissioners]Salary: $75,000, PresidentSalary: $50,000, CommissionerSource: https://www.dupageforest.org/hubfs/About/Documents/Departments/2021-03-08-Elected-Officials-Compensation.pdf
University of Illinois , Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
Illinois Farm Advisor/Dairy Inspector 36+ years
Member of Conservation Foundation, Monarch Way station (fostered over 200 monarchs in 2020, 2021) Wild Ones Greater Dupage Chapter, Sag Moraine Native Plant Community, U of Illinois Bee Spotter and Westmont Environmental Improvement Committee.
I also have restored my yard to a miniature native reserve.
One of the major challenges that I am already experiencing is explaining why the forest preserve is removing so many trees. The constituents do not always understand the importance of removing invasive trees and sometimes many trees. But this action promotes diversity of the understory which encourages the arrival and growth of our native flowers and small plants. I feel it is important that we explain this to the public so that they understand why the look of their forests is changing . And that change will improve their forests in the long run.
I hope to continue the good stewardship that has been started in our forest preserves. I will encourage solar power use and biodiesel use in our forest preserves and in our vehicles. I would strongly encourage the return of native plants and trees to help restore the natural biodiversity in our forest preserves.
I am currently in office, and I have many accomplishments. Some of which are:
● Helped to acquire over 100 acres of open space in District 3
● Instrumental in creating a very popular dog park in the southeast DuPage in Oldfield Oaks Forest Preserve in Darien.
● Initiated new Directional Signs in Waterfall Glen as a pilot project. Since the trail users found them to be extremely helpful, the sign project has been expanded to many other DuPage forest preserves
● Worked cooperatively with other governmental entities to provide a much needed spur trail for nearby residents of Greene Valley to help them safely access Greene Valley off of 79th St, in Naperville.
● Initiated a new parking lot in Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve to make it safer for patrons to access the trail system in Waterfall Glen
● I have an in depth understanding of the finances of the Forest Preserve District which enables me to keep a close eye on how tax dollars are spent.
● I am very responsive to resident concerns.
A bridge over Sawmill Creek in Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve got washed away in the early spring from one of our big storms. The bridge was part of the 10 mile loop in Waterfall Glen causing a very difficult situation for trail users. I am working with the Forest Preserve staff, Argonne National Lab, bridge engineers, Army Corp of Engineers, National Guard, and the DuPage Stormwater Department to develop short term and long term solutions to address this unforeseen problem.
● Continue to look for more open space to acquire to expand our forest preserves
● Have a new bridge constructed over Sawmill Creek in Waterfall Glen
● I would like to create a garden/sanctuary in Waterfall Glen that our seniors and people with disabilities can get to, so they can enjoy the tranquility of our forest preserves. This would also be accessible for users of the trail system to take a rest, pause, reflect and fully enjoy our preserves.
● Work with homeowners along Greene Road to get better and safer access to Greene Valley Forest Preserve.
● A new bridge needs to replace the current aging bridge in Maple Grove Forest Preserve
● I would like to work with Law Enforcement to get QR codes posted on the mile markers to alert 911 callers to their exact location in the preserve in case of an emergency.