302 N. Chicago Street
Joliet, Illinois 60432
Phone 815.740.4602

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Joliet 60432


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Committee Assignments

Executive (Chair)

Herbert Brooks, Jr., District 8 (D-Joliet), County Board Speaker

Brooks was elected County Board Speaker in 2012 and has been a member of the County Board since 2008.

Herbert and his wife, Gwen, have been married since November 1, 1974.  He and Gwen are the parents of five children and eight grandchildren.  A graduate of LaSalle University of Chicago with a Bachelor Degree in Business and John Marshall Law School with a certificate of completion in Social Law, Chicago.


Herbert has been Pastor of St. John M. B. Church since May, 1990.


Current Community service:

  • President of Joliet Ecumenical Clergy Association (JECA)

  • Joliet Black Chamber of Commerce, CEO 

  • Superintendent of Evangelism for the Lebanon Baptist District
  • NAACP- Board member
  • Silver Cross Hospital Community Commission Council- Member
  • Family Violence Coordinating Council, 12th Judicial Circuit, Will County, IL- Member
  • Health Care Authority Coalition
  • Board Member, Will County Workforce Investment Board (WIB)
  • Joliet Region Interfaith Educational Council
  • Faith-Based Committee, Joliet Township High School District #204
  • Herbert Brooks, Jr. Christian Education Institute - General Baptist Assoc., IL
  • Board of Directors, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Will County

Past Community Service:

  • Past President, Joliet Grade School District 86 Board of School Inspectors

  • Past President of Rainbow PUSH

  • Past Member, Editorial Board of the Joliet Herald News

  • Organizer of the Building Bridges Project in Joliet and the Expungement Program
  • Elder Abuse Investigator for IL Dept. of Aging - Will County, Retired 18 years, 2008