Will County Circuit Court Clerk
Pamela J. "Pam" McGuire
|Pamela McGuire is currently serving her fourth four-year term as the Will County Circuit Clerk of Court. Through her collection efforts, $13,000,000.00 in court costs, fines and restitution have been collected from people who ignored the court orders and have been sent to local municipalities, Will County and the State. |
Ms. McGuire has been instrumental in forming a partnership with the Chief Judge, police and sheriff departments to allow easier and more accurate sharing of data as each agency looks to replace their existing technology, operate more efficiently and help reduce the burdens of our taxpayers. The Circuit Clerk’s Office will continue to pursue this philosophy, as they look to upgrade their current case management system with a new system to meet the growing needs of Will County, utilizing court user fees, NOT TAX DOLLARS.
Will County Recorder of Deeds
|Karen is a life-long resident of Will County. She grew up in Joliet with her parents, Bob and the late Mary Ann Stukel, and her two sisters Deb and Barb. She has raised 3 sons Zachary 27, Michael 24, and Jordan 19. She currently resides in Channahon.|
- In an effort to do more with less, Karen has cross-trained her staff to promote greater efficiency in the office. Additionally, she has reduced her Management staff by 60%. Karen has also been working closely with the Veteran’s Assistance Commission and the Illinois Department of Employment Securities to educate veterans of the importance of recording their military discharge papers (DD-214). Karen has also assisted the US Attorney’s office with an investigation of a property fraud ring in which the individuals have been brought to justice.
- Karen is in the process of implementing a new Land Records system. One of the key features that this system will bring to Will County is electronic recording. E-recording will enable the Recorder’s office to continue with the County’s initiative to “Go Green” by reducing postage and printing costs as well as the amount of paper being used to print receipts and rejection letters. When Karen took office there was a 5-day turn around for receiving your recorded document back. Documents are now returned in 3 days. The goal with the new system will be to return documents immediately after recording for any walk-in customers. The new system also has a Property Fraud component. This will allow individuals to register their personal information online from the comforts of their home into a database. In the event that a document is recorded against you or your address you will be notified in the manner that was specified.
- Karen will continue to enhance the office with the back-indexing of the County’s historical documents. She is also in the process of opening an additional satellite office in Eastern Will County.
Will County States Attorney
James W. Glasgow
|Will County State’s Attorney James W. Glasgow is honored to serve as the elected State's Attorney for the citizens of Will County. Jim has a long and distinguished career during which he has implemented many groundbreaking initiatives to investigate, prosecute and prevent crime.|
He received his Juris Doctor from Northern Illinois Law School in DeKalb, Illinois. He has been practicing law since 1981. He and his wife, Gina, are the proud parents of five children: four sons and a daughter. They also are the happy owners of a Great Dane and a Collie.
- Formed Will County’s first Gang Prosecution Unit and organized gang sweeps that reduced local gang shootings 40 percent in the 1990s and were featured on Peter Jennings’ World News Tonight.
- • Pioneered Will County’s first Specialized Domestic Violence Court, which mandated abuser counseling to break the destructive cycle of violence. • Obtained $1.5 million in federal funding to enable prosecutors, police and victim advocates to battle domestic violence. • Purchased a new, ADA-accessible shuttle bus for use by the Veterans Assistance Commission of Will County to transport local veterans from Joliet to Hines VA Hospital where they receive necessary medical services. He purchased the shuttle bus using money forfeited to the state by criminals.
- • Formed a Financial Crimes Prosecution Unit to assist those who are the victims of financial exploitation, theft, identity theft or loan fraud with an emphasis on protecting senior citizens. • Established the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center to stop child sexual predators in their tracks. • Spearheaded the creation of the Will County Drug Court, which was selected as one of the top 10 programs in the nation after posting a 92 percent success rate.
- • Collected more than $1.5 million for local businesses through the State’s Attorney’s Bad Check Restitution Program. • Wrote the Animal Torture Statute, which created the first felony charge in Illinois for the abuse and torture of animals. • Authored several Gang Awareness and Prevention books, one of which was called “the primary primer on gangs” by the Chicago Tribune. • Formed a Crime Prevention Division that travels the county to educate citizens about gang violence, financial scams that target senior citizens, Internet safety and drug abuse prevention. During his career, Jim was named twice as the State's Attorney of the Year by the Illinois State Crime Commission.
Will County Auditor
|Duffy Blackburn, in his first term, received the “2011 Illinois County Auditor of the Year Award”, reduced office operating costs by 38% or $1.1 million, and is recognized with national and state awards for being accountable to taxpayers as Will County is one of only 17 counties in the nation with an A+ grade and consecutive Sunny Awards for transparency and named by the Illinois Policy Institute as the 5th most open and transparent government in Illinois.|
Blackburn is a Certified Public Accountant; BA in Economics, University of Iowa; MBA and Master’s of Accounting and Financial Management, Keller Graduate School; Executive Certificate, Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is appointed by the Illinois CPA Society to its Government Executive Committee, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Blackburn serves as Treasurer for the Senior Services Center of Will County.
Duffy lives in Joliet with his wife Rachel and they have a 3-old son, Jack. They live with their two cats and their big lovable dog, Memphis. Duffy is an advocate of labor and believes in the fair treatment of working men and women. Duffy's father, Bob Blackburn, was a Local 150 Operator while he was injured severely and now owns and operates a small industrial business. His mother is a doctor and professor of Public Health at Benedictine University and leads mission trips. And his grandfather, Robert Blackburn, Sr., was an Army Ranger, Community Relations Director at Caterpillar, and elected Township Collector.
Will County Coroner
|Patrick O’Neil is currently serving his 5th term as Will County Coroner. As county coroner, Pat is responsible for investigating deaths that occur in Will County, work within his budget and keep pace with the increased population and growth. The coroner position is a 24-hour, 7 days per week, 356 days per year commitment and Pat has provided that to the citizens of Will County for the past 20 years. Pat is committed to being a full time coroner. Currently the office investigates approximately 3,000 cases annually and Pat has supervised over 50,000 death investigations in his tenure as Will County Coroner.|
Pat has been involved in death investigation his entire adult life having earned over 700 hours of continuing education in forensic death investigation. During this time he has helped author Forensic Autopsy Guidelines and Manner of Death Guidelines for the Illinois Coroners and Medical Examiners Association; helped author federal guidelines for death investigators with the Department of Justice, opened Will County’s first morgue in July 2002, and recently has formed a coroner’s cold case squad to investigate the unknown identities of 11 skeletal remains. Additionally, he has obtained three donated x-ray machines for use at the morgue at no cost to taxpayers, most recent a digital x-ray machine. He has negotiated an intergovernmental agreement with the LaSalle County Coroner for morgue rental which has offset the costs associated with the morgue. Over the years, he has been recognized by Gift of Hope for his commitment to organ and tissue donation, this year receiving the 2011 Lifesaving Award.
Pat O’Neil is a graduate of Providence Catholic High School and Southern Illinois University Carbondale, M.S.F.S. He also has earned a masters certificate at the St. Louis School of Medicine Forensic Science Training Program, a Diplomat and Board Certified Fellow with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators, and a Certified Level III Medical Investigator with American College of Forensic Examiners. He is a past president with the Illinois Coroners and Medical Examiners Association, a member of the International Association of Coroners and Medicals Examiners and the International Association of Identification. Pat has served on the Illinois Child Death Review Team and was a former Advisory Council Member for the Illinois State Police Forensic Crime Laboratory. Pat and his wife, Jenny reside in Lockport with their daughter, Shae; son, Ryan and their dog, Divot.
Will County Executive
Lawrence "Larry" Walsh
|As County Executive in one of the fastest growing counties in the State of Illinois and nation, Walsh believes that it is vital to be proactive when it comes to growth and development in the County. On a daily basis, he works collaboratively with community, business and governmental leaders to insure that the County is prepared to move in an upward and positive direction.|
An active member of the community, Walsh is involved in many organizations and serves on a number of boards and committees. He is on the executive board for the Will County Center for Economic Development, as well as on its strategic planning board. He also serves on the Will County Farm Bureau Foundation board, Youth Experiencing Success in School (YESS) advisory board for Joliet Township High Schools, and the Collins Street Task Force. He also is a member of the Elwood Lions Club, the Joliet Exchange Club and the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry, His involvement with numerous social service agencies includes Morningstar Mission, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Will and Grundy counties, Lambs Fold and Cornerstone Services.
Walsh, 59, is a lifelong resident of Elwood, IL. He was educated through the Elwood grade school system, is a graduate of Joliet East High School and holds an associate degree in agriculture and business from Joliet Junior College. Walsh also holds an honorary doctorate in humanities from Lewis University. Along with his sons, Walsh continues to farm family property in Elwood. He is married to the former Irene Quigley and together they have six married children – Larry Jr., Frank, Matthew, Sarah, Shawn and Brian – who have given them “16 wonderful grandchildren”.
Will County Board - District 1
Robert E."Bob" Howard
|Robert is currently serving on the Will County Board and represents Eastern Will County. He currently serves on the Judicial Committee.|
Howard is a lifelong resident of Beecher and a graduate of Beecher High School. For the past six years, Howard has served as the Washington Township Supervisor and was named Township Supervisor of the Year in 2010. During his tenure, the township instituted many new services and programs that have proven to be successful and fiscally responsible to the taxpayers. For example, a transportation service for seniors and the disabled started out with a single bus and only ran two days a week, with a few rides a month. Under Howard’s leadership and by securing RTA grants, the service now has three buses, runs five days a week, and makes occasional trips on the weekends. Currently, the township is looking into expanding service outside of the township to fill the void left by the closing of Southland Senior Services. Other senior programs include prom, holiday activities, educational breakfasts, and an exercise class that is open to all ages.
For the past 10 years, he has worked in the construction industry representing working men and women in the carpenters’ union. Prior to that, he worked as a construction project manager for 20 years. He is married to his wife, Mary, and they have four children.
Will County Board - District 3
Elizabeth J. "Beth" Rice
|Elizabeth “Beth” Rice is a 39 year resident of Will County and graduate from Romeoville High School. Currently employed as an elementary reading specialist and union member, she is aware of the needs of the working class. A married mother of three high school, middle school, and elementary aged children, she is aware of the challenges related to raising a family. Experience working with parents, teachers, professional organizations and administration with limited budgets to advance literacy skills makes her a qualified candidate to work to advance Will County. She pledges to effectively work with residents, County Board members, county employees, and fellow board members to ensure that all of Will County is a good place to live, work, and raise a family. |
Will County Board - District 3
Donald A. Moran
|Don has been a resident of Romeoville for more than 6 years, after moving to the village from Joliet where he had been a lifelong resident. He brings to the table years of bipartisan experience. As President of a large statewide not-for-profit corporation, he has worked with legislators from both sides of the isle in order to protect and further the rights of Illinois citizens. Don served honorably in the U.S. Air Force and later in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. After graduating from Joliet East, and while still only 17, he was stationed in a foreign country. |
As a representative of labor, he sits as a board member on the Will County Workforce Investment Board and as an Executive Board member of the Three Rivers Construction Alliance (labor management group). In 1982 he began a career in the Sheet Metal trade and has been serving Sheet Metal Workers Local 265 as a full time representative since 1999, including over a decade of experience as a trustee on its pension and health insurance programs. He knows and understands the financial realities of benefit plans.
Don’s experience as President of a not-for-profit, especially his ability to bring people together on hotly contested issues in these days of partisan bickering will serve the residents of Will County well. He has worked closely, including employing lobbyists in Springfield, with the state legislature. He has also taken on government when necessary by means of litigation up to and including a successful venture to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Will County Board - District 4
Jacqueline L. Traynere
|Traynere has been a labor organizer for 16 years with the American Federation of Government Employees union. She also co-owns The Cleaning Authority, an eco-friendly home cleaning service in the Bolingbrook area. In this capacity she works with Cleaning For A Reason, a non-profit organization giving women with cancer free cleaning while they are undergoing chemo and radiation therapy. To date she has given away over 50 free house cleanings.|
Jacqueline has been a lifelong resident of Bolingbrook and works tirelessly to engage the citizens of the community in their government and its laws.
- Traynere has served on the Legislative committee and currently serves on the Capital Improvements Committee and the Judiciary Committee and as a National Association of Counties Member of the Cyber Security Committee. She has pushed for Single Payer Healthcare by hosting public meetings in the County.
- Traynere worked in conjunction with the National Association of Counties and Waste Management to use the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funds that the County qualified for to construct the Gas to energy plant.
- Will County Executive Larry Walsh appointed Traynere to The Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau to represent the county.
- Traynere is an alumna of the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership. IWIL exists to promote professionalism and to develop members’ leadership and management abilities. This is done through education, mentoring, networking, member participation, encouragement and support, friendship, and community involvement.
Will County Board - District 4
|Ken Harris is a 19 year resident of Bolingbrook, IL and has resided in Will County for 43 years. He has been married for 21 years and has three children (16, 13, & 9). Ken has a BA degree in accounting from Augustana College, Rock Island, IL and is a Certified Public Accountant. |
Ken’s education, work experience, volunteer work, and his desire to make a difference have prepared him to be an effective member of the Will County Board.
Ken believes he offers a change that you can believe in. He will strive to be open, honest, and represent the 4th District to the best of his abilities and make decisions that are in the best interest of our district as well as the County. Ken's main goal is to work with the entire board to produce a balanced budget, while still meeting the needs of a rapidly growing county. One of his top priorities will be to work with other elected officials and residents to insure that their needs are being met.
Will County Board - District 8
Herbert Brooks, Jr.
|Herb has been a member of the County Board since 2008 and serves on the Capital Improvements Committee and the Legislative & Policy Committee. He has been the Pastor of St. John. Church since May 1990. He has been active in many local organizations including: President of Joliet Ecumenical Clergy Association (JECA), former President of Rainbow PUSH, 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, and Member, Health Cares Authority Coalition 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. |
Will County Board - District 8
Denise E. Winfrey
|Denise has been a member of the County Board since 2009 and serves on the Captiol Improvement Committee and the Public Works and Transportation Committee. She is active in a number of community organizations, including: Will-Grundy Center for Independent Living, Accessible Cities Alliance for Joliet, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Joliet (CASA), National Hook-Up of Black Women (NHBW)- Joliet Chapter. Denise was recently named the chair of the NACo Labor and Employment Steering Committee. The committee deals with employer-employee relations, including personnel policy and practice; merit systems; equal employment opportunity; collective bargaining; pensions; fringe benefits; occupational safety and health; workers' compensation and Social Security. In addition, it works on matters pertaining to employment programs and the jobs aspects of welfare reform. |
Candidate for Will County Board District 9
|My name is Lauren Staley-Ferry and I am running for the position of Will County Board Member in District 9. I am running because I believe that it is time for my generation to join our parents and become actively involved in shaping the future of our community.|
I was born in and grew up in Joliet, attending grade school at St. Mary Nativity, and graduating from Joliet Catholic Academy in 1996. My parents Mike Staley, and Toni Lopez-Syfert instilled in me the importance of having an exceptional work ethic and strong middle class values. Today, my husband Eddie and I live in Joliet with our 4 year old son Matthew. Matthew is a student at The Cathedral of St Raymond School, where we are parishioners. Ed is an IBEW Local 176 Electrician, employed by the City of Joliet. I am a full time employee of Capital One, and a full time student at Rasmussen College. I also recently trained for and completed the 2013 Chicago Marathon.
During my 8 years at Capital One, formerly HSBC, I have held a variety of positions with a wide range of responsibilities. I have worked in several team roles, crafting my ability to work with people from different backgrounds, with varying opinions, toward reaching common goals. In these roles, I have frequently been recognized as a leader among my peers and as a strong leader company wide. Some of my other responsibilities have included managing and mentoring other employees. Most recently, I have been involved with partnerships and client development. This has given me the opportunity to work directly with our business partners, building relationships in order to improve programs and make adjustments to satisfy their needs. All this while maintaining compliance with legal obligations and maintaining profitability for my company. I will draw on these experiences to accomplish goals while working with citizens, developers and the other members of the county board.
Will County Board - District 10
Stephen M. Wilhelmi
|Steve was originally appointed to fill a vacancy on the Will County Board in 2003. He later ran for and won his board seat in 2006. He currently services on the Legislative & Policy Committee, the Executive Committee, and the Finance Committee. He is active in a number of organizations including: the Illinois CPA Society, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Will County Habitat for Humanity, Board Member, Raymond Cathedral Parish, and the Will County Community Health Center, Board Member. Steve is self-employed as CPA. He is a lifelong Will County resident. He has been married to his wife Sara for 31 years and they have three sons and two grandchildren. |
Will County Board - District 10
Joseph M. Babich
|Joe was first elected in 1982 to the County Board and currently serves on the Public Works & Transportation and Public Health Committees. He is also a member of the National Association of Counties (NACO) Transportation Steering Committee an the Will County Public Building Commission. He is active in the local community as part of the following organizations: VFW Cantigny Post 367, Past Commander, Elks Americanism, Chairman, Moran Club, Moose, American Legion 1080, and St. Joe's Church, Restoration Committee. Joe is the owner of Banana Joe's Barber Shop and has been active in real estate. He is married to Mary (Cresto) Babich and they have two daughters and two granddaughters. |
Will County Board - District 13
|Mark Ferry has lived in Plainfield Township since 1976. His and his wife Patricia have been married for 35 years. They have three sons and six grandchildren. Mark is a graduate of Lockport Central and Southern Illinois University with a degree in Communications. Mark is currently employed at Citgo Petroleum Corporation – Lemont Refinery. He is a member of good standing with the United Steel Workers Union. He has served on the Union Workman’s Committee.|
Mark’s top priority as a County Board member would be to support job creation efforts. He also wants to continue to working to bring infrastructure investment to the state’s fastest growing county. Mark says the current board does not do enough to plan for the future and put plans into action. He also will work to balance future advancements with preserving the quality of life for local residents.