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Forest Preserve District of Will County elects new officers

Laurie Summers
Laurie Summers

The Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Board of Commissioners elected member Laurie Summers, D-Crete Township, as president during its reorganization meeting Monday.

Summers succeeds former President Suzanne Hart of Naperville, who lost her primary election in March and was not on the November ballot. Summers said Hart encouraged her to consider becoming president, according to a news release.

“I’m very excited to be president and honored that Suzanne Hart had enough confidence in me to suggest that I seek this position,” Summers said in the release.

Summers is a registered nurse who has served on the Will County Board since 2016. She also is a lifelong resident of Will County and has resided in District 1 her entire life. Summers attended Zion Lutheran School in Beecher, and graduated from Beecher High School and then from the Prairie State College nursing program.

She and her husband, Michael, have three children and four grandchildren.

“I’ve been very involved in the Forest Preserve District out in my area, and I’m familiar with many of the preserves,” Summers said. “When I worked as a home health nurse, I traveled all over the county, and most days I would be at one of the forest preserves eating my lunch.”

Commissioners also elected Kenneth Harris, D-Bolingbrook, as the board’s vice president, Amanda Koch, D-Frankfort, as secretary, and Tyler Marcum, D-Joliet, as treasurer.

Summers said she would like to expand the district’s educational outreach related to composting. Her interest in composting was sparked by her late friend Nicholas Markobrad, who wanted to expand composting activities throughout Crete Township and was familiar with the composting program at the forest preserve’s Plum Creek Nature Center.

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