President: Joe Cantore, Republican
Joe Cantore has demonstrated strength and resolve to stand up to political pressure and do what is right for the environment.
As Commissioner, he has voted for projects that restore biodiversity, create habitat for wildlife, and give people a great outdoor experience. He has been accessible to constituents, and is against giving up forest preserve land for private projects. Cantore has the leadership skills and experience to continue guiding the Forest Preserve Commission in the coming years.
District 6: Shannon Burns, Democrat
A long-time volunteer for Sierra Club, Morton Arboretum and Wayne Conserv-ancy, in her first term as Forest Preserve Commissioner, Shannon Burns has been powerful and effective advocate for wetlands protection, fiscal responsibil-ity, transparency in government, trail building and enlightened forest stewardship.
Burns has been effective in reaching across the aisle to work with Republicans as well as staff and volunteers to get things accomplished. For instance, her efforts to resolve problems between volunteers and staff at Danada Equestrian Center earned her a standing ovation at the board meeting when she presented her report. “I never saw anything like it,” said Tom Richardson, River Prairie Group’s Forest Preserve liaison. "Republican commissioners were standing and applauding. In the audience, Danada volunteers and staff were standing and ap-plauding too. This problem had festered for so long."
To further transparency in government, Burns proposed and passed resolutions that led to regular evening meetings, a working ethics committee and accurate recording of public comments.
Her passion for fiscal responsibility has led her to donate 6 percent of her salary to fund transportation of children to Kline Creek Farm programs. She voted to re-duce commissioner salaries and against programs that were duplicative and wasteful.
She has tirelessly advocated for projects that increase species diversity and add to people’s enjoyment of the forest preserves. She has walked door to door in neighborhoods near restoration projects explaining the benefits.
Burns carries on the great tradition of District 6 sending a great commissioner to the DuPage Forest Preserve Commission.
Laurie Nowak is an incumbent county board member from DuPage County’s 6th District. Her focus on environmental
issues is not usually seen among elected officials in DuPage County. Laurie is also a long-time Sierra Club volunteer and environmental champion. Elected to the county board in 2012, Laurie is vice chair of the Environmental Committee, board liaison for River Prairie Group’s Cool Cities, and the only commissioner actively participating in DuPage’s Green Government Council’s sustainability plan. She has worked to expand recycling, promoted electronic recycling through PSAs, worked on the community garden program, advocated for green stormwater solutions, commercial composting and food recovery efforts, and encouraged efforts to make cities and towns bicycle friendly. Laurie Nowak is a talented incumbent with a bright future.
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