DuPage County Board swears in first ever chairwoman

DuPage County Board
Deb Conroy is sworn in as the Dupage County board chairwoman at Monday's Dec. 6 ceremony. Photo credit DuPage County Board

WHEATON (WBBM NEWSRADIO) - Deb Conroy’s swearing-in ceremony was interrupted by applause as she took her oath of office Monday night.

The former Democratic State Representative is DuPage County’s first female board chair.

“Tonight we turn a new page in the book of DuPage County government,” Conroy said during her inauguration speech.

Conroy plans to make history, but not because she happens to be the first woman elected to lead the DuPage County board.

“We will make history because together we can and will make significant lasting change,” she said. “Change that impacts people's lives and lifts up our residents.”

One of her top priorities? Affordable housing.

“We will create new avenues to increase the number of affordable apartments and homes available to families so that those who work in DuPage County can actually afford to live here,” Conroy said.

Conroy previously championed mental health and addiction services while serving in the Illinois House of Representatives for 10 years.

She plans to continue those initiatives locally, including the first major renovation of the DuPage Care Center in three decades.

“Not only, not only can we help provide food, clothing, shelter, education, and employment services to those in need, but we must address the underlying causes for the disruption in their lives,” she said. “Too often that unspoken and unaddressed need has to do with mental health.”

Conroy replaces Republican Dan Cronin as board chair, after he decided not to seek a fourth term.

Joining her in one of the most diverse county boards is Michael Childress, the first African American elected to the position along with Lucy Chang Evans and Yeena Yoo, the county board’s first two Asian American women.

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