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Parker takes over as Forest Preserve Board president

Annette Parker and Meta Mueller
Annette Parker (left) and Meta Mueller (right)

Annette Parker of Crest Hill took over as president of the Forest Preserve Board of Commissioners in December.

She will serve a one-year term. She succeeds Meta Mueller of Aurora. 

During a Board reorganization meeting in December 2022, it was decided that Parker and Mueller would share the two-year presidential term, with Mueller serving first and Parker serving second. The term was split because there is a tie between Democrats and Republicans on the 22-member Board. Mueller is a Democrat and Parker is a Republican. 

Parker has been on the Board since 2014. She served as vice president while Mueller was president. Mueller will now serve as vice president. Sherry Newquist of Steger will continue to serve as treasurer and Raquel Mitchell of Bolingbrook will continue to serve as secretary.


Delicious and entertaining Fun and Food Trucks programs set for June, July and August


Fun and Food Trucks programs will roll into three different preserves this summer on June 14, July 12 and Aug. 9. Each program will have lawn games, a bounce house, entertainment and an adult beverage vendor. 

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Stop feeding wildlife in the preserves, it's bad for critters and you could be ticketed


The Forest Preserve District's General Use Ordinance No. 124 prohibits the feeding or baiting of wildlife in the preserves and violators will be ticketed. The prohibited activity can lead to disease transmission, overpopulation and illnesses in wildlife. 

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