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(2 Year Term)The Will County Board is the policy-making body of Will County government. Its mission is to determine vision, set policy, and appropriate resources for the delivery of countywide services.

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    Natalie Coleman

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    Tyler J. Marcum

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Biographical Information

How should tax revenue from the sale of recreational marijuana be allocated?

What changes do you propose for the upcoming budget year to ensure that services are maintained for Will County residents?

What are your qualifications for the position of Will County Board Member?

I would use the revenue from marijuana sales to develop programs the empower and educate youth. This would be a two-fold program. First, we should consider developing community based services that provide information on relevant college and career paths associated with STEM. Programs that emphasize wellness could be developed and provided to youth, families, schools, and community leaders. This could be done in multiple phases where additional programs and services are added based on revenue while keeping our inaugural programs and services funded year to year. To ensure efficient and impactful use or tax revenue, innovative approaches (online trainings, programs, workshops, virtual reality experiences) could be developed.
My primary goal as a board member would be to ensure that the budget equitably funds educational programs, health care services, and economic development for all Will County citizens. My firsthand experiences with numerous services shows the impact they can have on not just individuals, but also all of our communities across Will County. I would continuously analyze the budget to ensure we are fiscally responsible and that equitable and equal services are accessible across the county. Suggested changes would be based on a thorough analysis and understanding of not just immediate benefits, but scalable and sustainable services and programs that impact Will County at large.
My experiences as a combat veteran, educator, and entrepreneur qualify me for this position. Born and raised in Joliet, I am a proud lifetime resident of Will County. In 2003, I was deployed to Iraq to serve in combat as a Military Police Officer. It was from this experience that I learned one of my life's purposes was to stand for people and fight for causes bigger than myself. I spent 11 years as a formal educator, beginning as a high school science teacher and then District Curriculum Coordinator. I am currently a small business owner. Throughout my career, I have continuously developed my leadership, communication, policy development and data analysis skills. This skillset proves valuable in moving Will County forward. My current work spans across the county, which allows me to see the needs of our residents. I have also been a member of teams and other boards, worked with numerous schools and non-profits and know the importance of collaboration to make effective change.
Will County's portion of the cannabis tax should be used to support portions of our community that have been negatively impacted by high rates of incarceration. The money should be used to help programs that provide a positive influence on the youth in our county.
Will County has a strong history of maintaining our financial health. The largest changes in the upcoming budget revolve around the operation of the new Will County Court House. We have been fortunate that the county has the opportunity to refinance some of our bonds which will potentially save the county millions of dollars over the life of the bonds.
I have served on the Will County Board since 2016 when I was elected after serveing on the Joliet Township Highschool board. I currently serve as the chairman of the Judicial Committee and the Landuse and Development Committee.
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