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Citizens Advisory Committee

Committee Function

In 1975, the Citizens Advisory Committee was formed by the Forest Preserve District of Will County Board of Commissioners to advise the Board on land acquisition and on the use of Forest Preserve properties. The Committee's mission includes proposing guidelines for land acquisition and land use policies and suggesting the direction of the District's future.

Committee Meetings

The Citizens Advisory Committee generally meets the first Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. View the meeting schedule for 2021.

Citizens Advisory Committee meetings are held at the Sugar Creek Administration Center, 17540 W. Laraway Road in Joliet. View a Google Map of the meeting location.

The meetings are open to the public, and anyone who wishes to address the Committee may do so at these meetings.

Committee Membership

Volunteer members make up the Citizens Advisory Committee. The President of the Forest Preserve District's Board of Commissioners appoints the members for four-year terms.

Mary Ann Deutsche, Chairperson

25035 Old Post Road
Crete, Illinois 60417
Home Phone: 708.227.3793
Term Expires: December 31, 2022

Stephen Baker, Vice Chairperson

933 Shirley Parkway
New Lenox, Illinois 60451
Home Phone: 815.485.5273
Term Expires: December 31, 2024

Gil Anderson

115 Trout Street
Shorewood, Illinois 60404
Home Phone: 815.744.3405
Term Expires: December 31, 2022

Dr. Bill Bromer

1509 N. William Street
Joliet, Illinois 60435
Work Phone: 815.740.3467
Home Phone: 815.727.1915
Fax: 815.740.4285
Term Expires: December 31, 2024

Jim Kopchok

10 S 381 Alan Road
Naperville, Illinois 60564
Home Phone: 630.667.8372
Term Expires: December 31, 2022

Sue Myers

22607 Merriton
Frankfort, Illinois 60423
Home Phone: 815.651.7646
Term Expires: December 31, 2022

Patti Nugent

15431 W. Offner Road
Manhattan, Illinois 60442
Home Phone: 815.478.3817
Term Expires: December 31, 2022

Barbara Parker

178 Creekside Drive
Bolingbrook, Illinois 60440
Home Phone: 630.484.5577
Term Expires: December 31, 2022

Carol Zelensky

1147 W. Frank Street
Beecher, Illinois 60401
Home Phone: 708.921.8699
Term Expires: December 31, 2022


The Forest Preserve District is dedicated to protecting, conserving, enhancing and promoting Will County's natural heritage for the educational, recreational and environmental benefit of present and future generations.


Bringing People and Nature Together


The people of Will County will view the Forest Preserve District as vital to enriching their quality of life.

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