Last week, Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) named Lake County Board Member Judy Martini to the Illinois Flood Control Commission. Martini, who brings a wealth of experience in water management issues, was recommended for appointment to the commission by 64th District State Representative Tom Weber (R-Lake Villa).
“When Leader Durkin was seeking input for appointments to the commission, Judy immediately came to mind,” said Weber. “She has a wealth of knowledge from her time leading the Fox Waterway Agency and serving on the Special Area Management Planning Commission. I’m certain she will be an asset to the mission of the Flood Control Commission.”
The newly created Flood Control Commission is the result of legislation from the previous 100th General Assembly and was established, in part, in response to the severe flooding that struck Illinois in the summer of 2017. The commission will study and develop an integrated floodplain management coalition of communities in the Fox River Watershed to serve as an example and catalyst to other watershed communities in the DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will County region. The purpose of which is to jointly leverage community resources and collaborate on flood preparedness, flood protection, flood response, flood recovery, future flood damage reduction, and necessary floodplain management education to mitigate future flooding events, prevent property damage and threats to public health, and save taxpayer money.
“I want to thank Tom for recommending my appointment to the commission,” said Martini. “Proper planning is so important to ensuring our communities are adequately prepared for flood events and I look forward to using my experience to help the commission achieve its goals.”
Martini currently represents the 5th District on the Lake County Board, where she also serves as a member of the Forest Preserve District. Prior to her service on the county board, Martini served as the first female director of the Fox Waterway Agency from 1991 to 1994. As Weber referenced, she also previously served on the Special Area Management Planning Commission.
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