Suzanne Hart has served on the board since 2010. She serves concurrently as President of the Will County Forest Preserve. She is also Chair of the Legislative & Policy Committee.
During Hart's tenure on the board, she has worked to keep the county's debt to a minimum, maintain a balanced budget, and continue to provide vital services to a growing population of constituents. She has advocated a conservative approach to managing resources and only spending what the county can afford. In her leadership position on the Legislative and Policy Committee, Suzanne has lobbied elected officials in Springfield and Washington for Will County's fair share of state and federal tax dollars for local improvements and fought against unfunded mandates that try to unfairly squeeze local taxpayers. She was recognized by the Illinois State Crime Commission in 2013 for her commitment to strengthening the interaction between law enforcement and communities and named Republican Legislator of the Year.
"Will County continues to be recognized as one of the best places to raise a family, start a business and enjoy numerous recreational opportunities," said Hart. "In order to maintain this status, I strongly believe the board must do all it can to promote job growth and economic development. In addition, we have to keep our budget balanced and act as a watchdog for wasteful spending."
Suzanne has a passion for recreation and fitness. She was elected to the Naperville Park District Board in 2007, reelected in 2009, and served a term as president. She resigned her seat prior to being sworn-in to the Will County Board. During her tenure, she was the recipient of the Illinois Association of Park District’s “Rising Star” award. She is currently a member of the Naperville Marathon Committee. In her elected role on the Will County Forest Preserve, she works to provide quality forest preserves for her constituents along with fun and enjoyable programs and events. Hart was appointed in 2012 as president of the Illinois Association of Conservation and Forest Preserve Districts as well as a board member of the Illinois Association of Park Districts’ Joint Legislative Committee. Hart’s involvement in both organizations gives Will County residents a strong advocate for issues and concerns relating to local conservation and recreation.
"Some of our county's greatest assets are the many parks, preserves and trails that provide incredible opportunities for residents to get active and experience nature," said Hart. "I hope we can continue to upgrade and expand these for the benefit and enjoyment of our citizens."
Hart has been a resident of Naperville for 19 years after moving to the suburb from Chicago. Glancer Magazine named Suzanne one of "15 of the most influential women in Naperville." She is a past member of the Wheatland Township Plan Commission and Naperville Junior Woman’s Club. Hart is a graduate of Southeastern University in Florida. She has been married to her husband Leo for 25 years. They have three children, Megan, Gaby and Julia.