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Illinois Governor Signs Wehrli Legislation that ensures balance and experience on Park District Boards

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Above / Parks have enjoyed a celebrated history in Naperville. The Centennial Park rock nestled along the Naperville Riverwalk commemorates Naperville’s 100th anniversary and the beginning of the park with Centennial Beach. In 1981, the Naperville Riverwalk Park was begun to celebrate Naperville’s sesquicentennial. Thanks to all responsible commissioners and friends who care for parks!

State Rep. Grant Wehrli

After receiving unanimous support in the Illinois House and Senate earlier this year, legislation sponsored by State Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) that ensures balance and experience on park district boards was signed into law on Friday.

HB 2081, now listed in the Illinois Statues as Public Act 101-0058, provides for a re-staggering of terms for elected park district commissioners on the rare occasions when a large majority of seats are up for re-election at the same time.

Upon the bill’s passage in the House in March, Wehrli said, “Park district commissioners are elected at consolidated elections in odd-numbered years, and while rare, sometimes when park districts take action to change the number of commissioners through legal channels, the normal schedule that staggers the seat expirations is thrown out of balance. This legislation provides for the re-staggering of terms so that park district boards can return to a more healthy election where a close to equal number of seats are filled in each election.”

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According to Wehrli, the need for the legislation was brought to his attention by leaders of the Illinois Association of Park Districts. The new law took effect immediately upon its signing.

Synopsis of HB2081 as Introduced

Amends the Park District Code. Changes the staggering of the election schedule when a 7-member park district board with members with 6-year terms transitions its members into 4-year terms. Effective immediately.


Editor’s Note / The Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners is made up of President Rich Janor, Mike Reilly*,  Bill Eagan*, Bobby Carlsen*, Mike King*, Marie Todd and Josh McBroom.  *Four-year term ends 2021 / All other terms end 2023.

The Naperville community seeks reasonable, responsible women and men to serve during every election cycle. Pay attention and consider the opportunity during the next Consolidated Election in 2021 featuring seats for four-year terms on the Naperville City Council, 203 and 204 School Boards of Education, and Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners.

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