Will County Board veteran won't rest on accomplishments
Despite what she and the Will County Board have accomplished during her tenure, Annette Parker sees her work as unfinished.
“When I was elected, we took the majority and were able to move forward with many of the projects we perceived to be in the best interest of the people,” Parker told the Will County Gazette. “I now want to be able to finish what we’ve started.”
To do that, Parker has to count on District 9 voters re-electing her next year. She is counting on some of her achievements to speak for themselves.
The projects Parker rates as her most gratifying include the work done on area roads and the new health department and courthouse buildings being constructed. She said she's particularly proud of the fact that the projects were undertaken without raising taxes.
“We were able to budget everything by moving some things around and remaining true to our convictions,” she said.
Overall, the lifelong Crest Hill resident said voters have been quite receptive to her goal of keeping taxes in check and using all available resources to make life as manageable as possible for residents.
“I’ll continue communicating with people and listening to what their concerns are and learning how I can help to make things easier for them,” she said.
The veteran politician, who writes that “politics is in my blood” in her Facebook profile, was recently feted at a $40 per person, $70 per couple re-election fundraiser at Crest Hill Lanes and Kegler's Sports Bar & Grill in Crest Hill.
“It’s good to be appreciated,” said Parker, who in her profile also traces her start in politics to going door to door with her grandmother to pass out fliers and to attending community rallies.
Parker was elected to the Will County Board in 2014 and also serves on the Legislative & Policy, Public Health & Safety, and Public Works & Transportation committees. She is also vice president of the Forest Preserve District of the Will County Board of Commissioners and previously served on the Lockport Township Park District Board.