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Lauren Staley-Ferry was born in and grew up in Joliet, attending grade school at St. Mary Nativity, and graduating from Joliet Catholic Academy in 1996. Her parents Mike Staley, and Toni Lopez-Syfert instilled in me the importance of having an exceptional work ethic and strong middle class values. Today, my husband Eddie and I live in Joliet with our 4 year old son Matthew. Matthew is a student at The Cathedral of St Raymond School, where we are parishioners. Ed is an IBEW Local 176 Electrician, employed by the City of Joliet. I am a full time employee of Capital One, and a full time student at Rasmussen College. I also recently trained for and completed the 2013 Chicago Marathon.

 

Lauren has held a variety of positions with a wide range of responsibilities and several team roles, crafting my ability to work with people from different backgrounds, with varying opinions, toward reaching common goals. Some of her other responsibilities have included managing and mentoring other employees.

 

Throughout my career Lauren has led several community service initiatives. I have been involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation coordinating fundraising efforts. More recently she worked with a group of local women to organize and plan the Wish Upon-A-Star Diamond Dash 5k. Currently, she is the relationship lead for Capital One with Windy City Habitat for Humanity. In this role, I work with Habitat to recruit volunteers to assist with builds in the Chicago area, along with participating on the projects.

 

As a county board representative, she will promote programs and projects that provide living wage sustaining jobs for families and an advocate for seniors. She will be fiscally responsible and work to find ways to lower the property tax burden for our residents.

 

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Inspired by the belief that one person can make a difference, a lesson she learned from the late U.S. Senator Paul Simon, Madigan has spent most of her career in public service. While pursuing her undergraduate degree at Georgetown University, Madigan worked in Senator Paul Simon’s office. Before seeking her law degree, she taught math and English to underprivileged Zulu girls in Apartheid-era South Africa. When Madigan returned to Chicago, she developed an innovative after-school and weekend program to keep kids away from gangs and drugs in the Austin and Logan Square communities

 

Madigan was engaged in private law practice prior to her election to the Illinois State Senate in 1998. Convinced that she could do more for the people of Illinois as the state’s chief legal advocate, she ran for Attorney General in 2002. Attorney General Madigan was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2006 and 2010. Madigan is a graduate of Georgetown University and Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

 

She resides in Chicago with her husband Pat Byrnes, who is a cartoonist and contributor for The New Yorker, and their two daughters.

 

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Judge Jeffrey Allen serves the Twelfth Circuit Court (Sub circuit District 2) in Joliet, Will County, Illinois and is running for retention (6 year term). Prior to joining the bench, Judge Allen was head of the Will County Legal Assistance Program providing lawyers to indigent clients in civil cases.