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Wilcox to Take Chicago Heights to the Information Age

The new city clerk says she plans to make information more easily accessible to residents.

Lori Wilcox has quite a resume. 

She's a librarian, parent involvement coordinator and enrichment teacher for the CICS-Lloyd Bond Campus of the Chicago Public Library. She is also the business manager for the Open Door Deliverance Church and a member of the Board of Trustees.

The mother of three can add a new a job to her list: the first elected Chicago Heights City Clerk.

How does Wilcox feel about her new role?

"Being raised in the city of Chicago Heights, I’m elated," Wilcox said "Especially being the underdog in this race."

Wilcox sure didn't look like an underdog. She ran against current city clerk Ethel Taylor and board member Beverly Goncher and grabbed more than 2,700 unofficial votes, more than doubling Taylor's total.

Wilcox accredited her high vote-count to pounding the pavement.

"We had a strong volunteer base," Wilcox said. "I can say that I walked and walked and walked literally every day for two hours."

With the election over, the new clerk said she is looking forward to making some changes at .

"I would like to see our website up to date," Wilcox revealed. "I would like to see all information easily accessible online."

Wilcox said her interest in online avenues comes from personal experience.

"I like doing things online," she said. "I like to see things moving towards the information age where we can get things online via email, Facebook or Twitter."

Wilcox also said she would like to start an outreach program that finds ways to make information more easily accessible to seniors and individuals who can't get to City Hall easily. She added that most of her plans will depend on what the city can afford.

"We’ll have to look at the budget and see what would be feasible," Wilcox said.

Wilcox is scheduled to be sworn in May 1.

Mia Wallace April 12, 2011 at 01:42 AM
Congrats to Wilcox!
Toi H. April 12, 2011 at 12:56 PM
This is wonderful!!! Streamlining information and developing a user friendly website to access information will be beneficial to residents. I am extremely impressed with her ideas thus far and believe that she will take Chicago Heights to a new level. Congrats Lori W.
Marc A. Wiley Sr. April 13, 2011 at 08:07 PM
Congrats Lori.
AQW July 29, 2011 at 09:31 AM
Congrats Lori, You have always set your standards high on being a major driving force in an endeavor you pursue. I am happy for you and the City of Chicago Heights because I know that not only will you “think outside the box” you will remove the box in order to reach higher goals, raise standards and exceed expectations for the residents who live in Chicago Heights. Let me know if there is anything I can do to assist. Antron Q. Washington

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