Denise Winfrey has been a resident of Will County since childhood and has represented Joliet’s 8th District on the Will County Board since 2009.
As a resident of Joliet City, Denise has unique insight into how the city and county work together on projects such as the new courthouse. Indeed, collaboration and teamwork are some of the key ingredients that Winfrey sees in helping the Will County Board continue to move forward on projects that have already been started as well as planning for the next round of projects that will keep the County economically strong while maintaining the high quality of life residents deserve.
As one of the fastest growing counties in the state, Winfrey sees the Will County Board taking more of a role in planning at a state level most notably in transportation. Will County is home to the largest inland port in North America. The county ships and receives goods from all over the world via highway, railroad, and water.
As part of that strategy to have a bigger seat at the table, Winfrey plans to work closely with other County Boards in Illinois. Long an active member of the National Association of Counties (NACo), Winfrey looks forward to helping create a statewide organization that can participate in NACo leading to more opportunities to make county government function better for residents.
Winfrey also holds leadership positions with the National Association of Counties (NACo). She is currently the vice-chair of the Large Urban Counties Caucus, vice-chair of the Community Economic Workforce Development Steering Committee, and a member of the Membership Committee. She is also a membership ambassador.
As Chair of the Capital Improvements Committee Winfrey was proud to work with the city of Joliet and Will County on the new courthouse which is being built in her district. The new health department will be built in the next few years and Winfrey looks forward to ushering in a new facility and the value that it will bring to residents.
Winfrey attended Joliet public schools and did her undergraduate work at Lewis University. She received a master of science at American University in Washington, D. C., and conducted her post grad work at Gestalt Institute of Cleveland at Case Western Reserve.