Will County Clerk
(Vote for 1)The Will County Clerk serves as the Chief Election Officer for the county. In that capacity, the County Clerk and her staff are responsible for the administration of federal, state, and local elections conducted in Will County. In addition, the County Clerk’s Office maintains vital records including birth certificates, marriage certificates, and death certificates for those who were born, married, or who died in Will County. The County Clerk’s Tax Redemption Department also accepts payments for delinquent property taxes on behalf of the Will County Treasurer. And the office’s Tax Extension Department calculates property tax rates for government districts based upon the levels of funding they approve in their property tax levies. The County Clerk also serves as the record keeper for the Will County Board, which includes taking and filing minutes for all Will County Board meetings and filing all Will County Board Resolutions. The duties of County Clerk’s Office are set forth by Illinois Statute 55 ILCS 5/3-2003. [Source: https://www.willcountyclerk.gov/general-services/freedom-of-information-act-request/]The office of County Clerk is open to lay persons.County clerk is an elected office serving a four-year term.The Will County Clerk’s Office employs 31 full-time employees. Its budget for FY-2020 is $4,367,065.
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Lauren Staley Ferry
What qualifications do you bring to the office?
What is a major challenge facing your constituents and how will you address it?
What are the major goals you hope to achieve should you be elected to office?
I have a Master of Library and Information Science degree which encompasses records management. I have the attention to detail necessary to be trusted with the vital records of the citizens of Will County. I have experience with database cleanup. I am a creative problem solver.
Master of Library and Information Science from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Bachelor of Science from Millikin University, United Counties Council of Illinois/University of Illinois Extension Leadership Seminar (2020)
The people of Will County just want the County Clerk to follow Illinois election laws. Election integrity—or the lack thereof—touches everyone. The Will Co. Republican Central Committee knows of at least 15 people who want to serve as election judges but have not been contacted by the Clerk’s office. The Clerk's office has also reversed itself on allowing appointed precinct committeemen to serve as election judges, despite our lawyer’s opinion that they qualify under Illinois statute. We have at least 12 people who are appointed PCs who would like to serve as election judges as well. Election judges and pollwatchers have reported being given vote-by-mail envelopes that have already been opened, out of their sight. People are troubled that they have received vote-by-mail applications for the former owners of their houses and dead people. These are just a few examples.
I will proactively clean the voter rolls, follow state election laws & lobby the ILGA for better election laws.
My number one priority is to improve election integrity by proactively cleaning the voter rolls, following state election laws and cleaning the list of election judges. I will work with other county clerks to lobby the Illinois General Assembly for better election laws, including opposing unfunded mandates and requiring voters to produce identification. I would update the software used to produce marriage certificates which currently requires applicants to select only one race to allow multiracial applicants to select more than one race for that question to improve the accuracy of the data or remove that question entirely if Illinois law allows it.
While the Clerk’s office is not a taxing entity, budgets can always be analyzed and potentially trimmed to reduce the overall taxes needed by the county.
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