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2012 Election: Who Will Represent You on the County Board?

Laurie Smith (R-New Lenox) won't run for re-election, opening up one spot for the 2012 race.

Former village trustee Laurie Smith, who has represented New Lenox on the county board since 2008, will serve through September and then move to Florida, she said Wednesday.

Smith will step down and someone will be appointed to fill her spot until all 27 board members are up for re-election in 2012. With newly drawn district boundaries, New Lenox could now lose one local representative.

Smith, a Republican from New Lenox, is chairwoman of the Will County Board's technology committee, and she's also a member of the county's Forest Preserve Board.

She was unavailable for further comment Wednesday and didn't return subsequent phone calls.

Before being elected to the county board, Smith was an administrator for the county executive and a communication specialist for the Will County Sheriff. She was also a New Lenox Village Board trustee for six years and Planning & Zoning board member for two years.

Currently, New Lenox is in a district with Mokena and Frankfort that's represented by three people: Smith, board chairman Jim Moustis (R-Frankfort) and Tom Weigel (R-New Lenox).

In the newly drawn boundaries, the number of districts increases from nine to 13, with each district dropping to only two representatives. Because , that would have left Smith and Weigel to run for re-election for the two available district spots.

Now that Smith is stepping down, one spot will be up for grabs. New Lenox shares its new district with Mokena and a small part of Orland Park, so someone from those villages could challenge for the county seat next to Weigel, if he's re-elected.

Tony September 06, 2011 at 11:18 PM
I don't care as long as its not a Republican or a Democrate and heaven forbid the tea party, how about a janitor or a streetsweeper, carpenter, bricklayer, garbageman someone we working people can trust, we can't take any more of the party politicians.
Peter Martin November 21, 2011 at 08:49 PM
DEAR TONY, "JOE THE PLUMBER" IS NOW RUNNING FOR CONGRESS...SO HE'S OUT. HOW ABOUT A UNION LEADER THAT RETIRED ON ONE OF THESE "SPECIAL" PENSION PAYOUTS....THAT'S OUR GUY...SOMEONE THE UNION MEMBERSHIP CAN TRUST!
Tony November 22, 2011 at 01:24 PM
I don't trust union leaders any more than any other politician,Look what the UAW did for the retiree,s in the new contracts.They gave back a little bit of our dental and vision and took away our Christmas bonus. And they want us to buy new cars.
Peter Martin November 22, 2011 at 03:46 PM
DEAR TONY: THERE ARE SCORES OF PEOPLE WHO WILL READ THIS ARTICLE WHO DO NOT HAVE JOBS OR ANY BENEFITS. TONY, YOUR UNION IS TAKING MONEY OUT OF YOUR AND MILLIONS OF OTHER UNION PAYCHECKS. YOUR MONEY FLOWS TO PEOPLE WHO YOU MOST LIKELY DO NOT WANT TO SUPPORT. PLEASE READ THE BOOK LINDA CHAVEZ WROTE. IT IS CALLED "BETRAYED" OR "BETRAYAL." THIS PRACTICE OF TAKING YOUR UNION DUES IS "ILLEGAL" IF USED FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES. PLEASE HELP CLEAN UP YOUR UNION AND THEN WORK WITH THE TEA PARTY TO CLEAN UP THE REST OF AMERICA.
Tony November 22, 2011 at 04:34 PM
The UAW took away my right to vote when I retired by claiming we are no longer active employe's but we still pay union dues. If the 400,000 retired UAW members were allowed to voice an opinion things might be different, but that is not going to happen. I don't go along with the tea party or any other republicans and I still have a right to vote for a President and some of the other crooks running our goverment and I will.

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