Dr. Brian Sager
Dr. Brian Sager served as mayor of Woodstock for 16 years, working to make Woodstock more inclusive and economically competitive.
Under his leadership, Woodstock gained state support for the improvement and expansion of Route 47, a major thoroughfare for the McHenry County community. He also helped relocate and expand the landlocked Metra railyard from Crystal Lake to rural Woodstock, doubling the number of trains to the area and creating 100 permanent jobs.
Facing a rise in homelessness in the area, Brian led the conversion of an old firehouse into a homeless assistance center and chaired a regional team to create the county’s first year-round homeless facility.
After nearly 32 years in Woodstock government, Brian retired in 2021. From supporting arts and culture to improving quality of life for senior residents, Brian led efforts big and small to make Woodstock a better community for its residents.
As director of public utilities for Joliet, Allison Swisher led the city through the complex undertaking of securing a new water supply.
Faced with a depleting groundwater source that serves the city, Allison inspired Joliet and neighboring communities to take action. Allison gathered representatives from all over western Will County and formed a planning group to better understand the conditions of the aquifers.
At the same time, Allison launched Rethink Joliet Water to explore different water source alternatives, promote water conservation, and provide a regional solution. The city is proceeding with preliminary designs for new infrastructure needed to transport sourced from Lake Michigan. Communities in Will County are set to begin using the system in 2030. Due to Alison’s leadership, residents in Joliet will have reliable and high-quality water for years to come.