Will County Forest Preserve leader hopes to keep blazing successful trail
Suzanne Hart says she's running again -- and not just on the trails she has helped develop.
Hart, the president of the Will County Forest Preserve, and her running and her running mate, Chuck Maher, kicked off their county board re-election bid at a fundraiser at Francesca’s in Naperville on June 12.
“I am sure I will have a couple more, not only just for my own re-election but I help out my fellow board members in the caucus with me,” she told the Will County Gazette.
Hart has been on the Will County Board of District 11 (Naperville) since 2010 and is the chair of the Legislative and Policy Committee.
“This is very time consuming, so I am very fortunate in that in my life, in my situation, I am able to put forth the time," she said.
Of all of her accomplishments so far, Hart points to the recreational trails as perhaps what she is proudest about.
“It has been a complete group effort,” she said. “I am a runner. I am a marathoner. So I probably hit that three times a week if I am not going around other parts of the county."
“I would have to say our 95th Street project was a huge success, along with a couple other trail extensions that we have off of Whalon Lake.”
Hart said she hopes to continue work on some other issues, including groundwater legislation.
“There is legislation that we have been working on since I have been on the board for the last six years,” she said. “Getting the bill mandatory for the CCDDs (clean construction or demolition debris) -- that is something that we couldn’t get through this year, but we are hoping for next year, down in Springfield, that we can go ahead and pass that bill and have it become law.”
She said Will County has the lowest CCDDs of any county in the state.
“We didn’t make it this year," Hart said. "We didn’t make it the year before, but that is something I want to see come to fruition and to accomplish.”