Will County Candidates in 2018

Will County Sheriff

Mike Kelley

Sheriff Mike Kelley is a 26-year veteran of the Will County Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff Kelley is a member of the Metropolitan Alliance of Police, the Illinois Homicide Investigators Association, a Moose Member, a former AFSCME #2961 Executive Board Member (Deputies Union), a former FOP Labor Council Executive Board Member (Deputies Union), and a former Metropolitan Alliance of Police #123 Executive Board Member (Supervisors Union).

He has been married to his wife, Leigh, for 21 years, and they have three sons.


  • He has worked in virtually every division within the Will County Sheriff's Department. Sheriff Kelley joined the Sheriff's Department in 1988, recently served as a sergeant in the Criminal Investigations Division.

  • He also has served as a patrol sergeant, as a Will County State's Attorney's Office investigator, in the Fugitive Warrants Division, as a deputy providing security in the Will County Courthouse and as a deputy in the Will County Adult Detention Facility.

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Lauren Staley-Ferry

Lauren Staley-Ferry is a corporate trained process improvement and project management professional with 11 years of Fortune 500 experience in a national top 10 bank. In 2006, Lauren began her career at the then HSBC (purchased by CapitalOne in 2011) in an entry level operations position. She advanced quickly up the corporate ladder by earning a reputation as a top performer in every role along the way.

Lauren Staley-Ferry was born and raised in Joliet, attending grade school at St. Mary Nativity, before graduating from Joliet Catholic Academy in 1996. In 2013, Lauren made the decision to return to college to complete her degree. She felt that she had reached a ceiling in her career at CapitalOne for someone without a college education. After 3 years of enrollment in a full time class schedule, while working full time, being a mother, and running for and winning a seat on the Will County Board, Lauren graduated With Honors in 2015 from Rasmussen College. Her grit and determination is also evidenced by her vigorous efforts to stay physically fit. She is an avid runner, currently training to complete her 4th Chicago Marathon in 5 years.

Lauren, and her husband Ed, live in Joliet where they are raising their son Matthew. Ed is an IBEW Local 176 Electrician, employed by the city of Joliet. Matthew is a 2nd Grader at the Cathedral of St. Raymond School in Joliet. He loves playing soccer and baseball in the spring and fall. Lauren in May 2017, after 11 years, left her full time career, at CapitalOne, in Chicago, in order to be able to focus on her duties serving in elected office. She felt that she could not continue to maintain her own high standards

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Will County Board District 1

Laurie Summers

Laurie Summers is a lifelong resident of Will County. She has been married for 29 years, has three children and three grandchildren.

She has a proven track record of bringing government, business, non-profit and community stakeholders together. She has held numerous management roles in the private sector and in civic organizations throughout Will County.

Her candidacy is a reflection of her upmost respect for the hard working taxpayers. As your County Board representative, she will facilitate greater responsiveness, citizen inclusion, transparency and fiscal responsibility in fulfilling the duties of the office. Laurie believes need someone with a “hands-on” approach that is willing make the tough decisions about where and how our hard earned dollars are being spent.

Candidate - Will County Board District 1

Bob Howard



  • Served on the County board previously

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Will County Board - District 4

Jacqueline L. Traynere

Traynere has been a labor organizer for 18 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 Capital Improvements Committee and currently serves on the Finance and the Public Health Committees.

  • 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.

  • Jackie previously served on The Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau to represent the County of Will.

  • Treasurer for Citizens Against Abuse, located in Bolingbrook. CAA raises awareness of the reality of domestic violence and inspires unified action toward its elimination & prevention while remembering victims, empowering survivors, and providing resources to those it affects.

  • Jackie is President of Illinois Democratic Women of Will County and on the Executive Board of IWIL now, serving as Chair of the Alumnae committee.

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Will County Board - District 4

Kenneth Harris

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.

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