Tag: Meet the Candidates 2023

Meet the Candidates: Lisa Komorowski, Flossmoor library (free)

Age: 52Education: Robert Morris CollegeJob/role: Loulou Belle/OwnerOther elected positions: N/A Issues:I believe our library’s important issues are supporting literacy and education, promoting lifelong learning and serving as a community gathering space. Goals:One of my top goals is to supply our library with inclusive learning materials and services that reach every member in our community. 

Adrienne River

Meet the Candidates: Adrienne N. River, Homewood library (free)

Age: 63Education: B.A., Carleton College, and J.D., Northwestern University.Job/role: Appellate attorney for the Office of the State Appellate Defender, a state agencyFamily: Husband Dr. Philip River, and a daughter.Other elected positions: Currently president of the Homewood Library Board of Trustees; former trustee of the Village of Park Forest. Issues:The most important ongoing issues in a[Read More…]

Tom Popelka

Meet the Candidates: Thomas ‘Tom’ Popelka, Homewood library (free)

Age: 41Education: M.A. History, Rice University; M.A. Education, University of Illinois at Chicago; B.A. History, DePaul University.Job/role: Associate Director, Foundation and Corporate Relations, University of ChicagoFamily: Wife, Becky, and two daughters.Other elected positions: NoneIssues:The most important issue for me is the library’s continued commitment to being a community space for everyone. This includes a commitment[Read More…]

Jennifer Cutshall

Meet the Candidates: Jennifer Cutshall, Homewood library (free)

Age: 43Education: Master’s in Library and Information ScienceJob/role: Library Director, Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library DistrictFamily: Married with two sons.Other elected positions: NoneIssues:Current and future financial stability. Equal access to all materials and services. Patron and staff satisfaction. Goals:I will be a capable and responsible public steward of our library and aim to serve the[Read More…]

Angie Coderre

Meet the Candidates: Angie Coderre, H-F Park District (free)

Angie Coderre Education: Denison University.Job/role: Sr. Manager Corporate Strategy at US Foods.Family: My wife, Kim, and I have a 1-year-old daughter and we are expecting our second child in June.Other elected positions: NoneIssues: Clean, safe, and well-maintained parks. Fiscal responsibility.  Optimized usage of district facilities and desirable programming. Goals: Effective transition and onboarding of[Read More…]

Brent Bachus

Meet the Candidates: Brent Bachus, H-F Park District (free)

Age: 53Education: Master’s in Education, Illinois State University.Job/role: Retired.Family: Wife Maggie and two daughters.Other elected positions: Serving on the Park Board of Commissioners since 2016.Issues:Reopening the HF Ice Arena; invest in aging infrastructure, including revitalizing the Racquet & Fitness Club; run effective transition for incoming HFPD executive director. Goals:Addressing the issues outlined above, as well[Read More…]

Meet the Candidates: Michael Rouse II, D161 (free)

Age: 55Education: B.S. Mathematics, Purdue University; M.S. Secondary Mathematics Education, Quincy University.Job/role: Thornton Township District 205 mathematics instructorFamily: Married with 4 children.Other elected positions: NoneIssues: Ensuring that all decisions are made by first focusing on the impact on student learning and how those decisions support our teachers ability to provide[Read More…]

Meet the Candidates: David Linnear, D161 (free content)

Age: 65Education: M.S., University of ArkansasJob/role: U.S. EPA / Engineer (Project Manager)Family: Married with 4 children.Other elected positions: Completing first term on District 161 board.Issues: As a current board member, I am acutely aware that the district is facing big decisions ahead regarding budget, long range/strategic planning, facility needs and improving climate and culture. Flossmoor shall[Read More…]

Meet the Candidates: Theartris Childress III, D161 (free content)

Age: 46 Education: B.S. Biology, Xavier University of Louisiana; M.A. Curriculum and Instruction, Xavier University of Louisiana; Ed.D. Educational Leadership, National Louis University.Job/role: Executive director, Transformations Advisory Group.Family: Wife, Tanika Childress, and three children.Other elected positions: N/A Issues:School boards are faced with the difficult task of deciding how to allocate limited resources to provide a[Read More…]

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