Board reorganizes for next two years
Four new members sworn-in, leadership re-elected
The Board reorganized after newly elected board members were given the oath of office and officially seated. New board members include Laurie Summers (D-Crete), Gloria Dollinger (R-Joliet), Tyler Marcum (D-Joliet), and Tim J. Kraulidis (R-Joliet).
"I'm proud of the recent work accomplished by this board, much of it on a bipartisan basis," said Speaker Moustis. "I look forward to continuing to work with everyone on both sides of the aisle and provide the type of leadership required to move this board forward. Together, we will tackle many important issues for the citizens of Will County, especially a number of capital projects that will make Will County a safer, better place to live."
"It's a pleasure to begin working with this new board that is made up of individuals from a variety of backgrounds and professions," said Republican majority leader Maher. "The citizens of this county have an incredible group representing them and advocating for their best interests. Thanks goes to Speaker Moustis for his continued leadership, as well as Democratic minority leader Brooks."
Maher was initially elected to the Board in 2002. He previously chaired the capital improvements committee that drafted a master plan to address the county’s capital needs through 2030 by providing a road map to consolidate operations, improve the efficiency of resources, and better deliver services to residents. Over the long term, the plan is intended to save money and help the county maintain a solid financial rating.
"We have come through a long election cycle, and all of us are ready to focus on the work at hand," said Democratic minority leader Brooks. "Personally, I have a positive outlook on working with the new board and finding common ground in order to accomplish much. Thank you to everyone in Will County that has entrusted us with this great responsibility."
Brooks was first elected to the Board in 2008. In 2012, he became the first African-American ever elected to head the Board. He has been the pastor of St. John Church in Joliet for the past 28 years. Brooks and his wife, Gwen, of 42 years are the parents of five children and nine grandchildren. He is 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.
Republicans also selected Mike Fricilone (R-Homer-Glen) as their majority whip, and Democrats introduced Lauren Staley-Ferry (D-Joliet) as their minority whip.