Shannon Burns
Shannon and Dave

Meet Shannon


I live near Blackwell Forest Preserve in unincorporated West Chicago with my husband Dave. I love to:

  • camp, hike and ride my bicycle;
  • read about and study nature;
  • lead volunteer groups in natural area restoration activities.


These people and organizations believe I should be re-elected. I hope you do too!

Sierra Club (2012 and 2014)
Chicago Tribune (2012. The Tribune did not endorse in my race for 2014)
Mayor Dave Brummel (Warrenville)
Village President Erik Spande (Winfield)
Former Republican Forest Preserve Commissioner Roger Kotecki (2012 and 2014)
Jesse White (Illinois State Secretary)
UMMA Community Organization
United Hellenic Voters of America (UHVA)

Additional endorsement interviews are still being conducted. Check back soon for an updated list.


In 2012, I stated that “No other candidate has my unique qualifications for this job!”  Please review my resume to see my qualifications.  Then see my 1st Annual Report, to read about my accomplishments and future goals.  After reading my report, I believe you will agree that my qualifications have been used well during my first term in office.  I hope you will agree that these qualifications make me the logical choice for re-election in November!

Why am I truly qualified to continue to serve as YOUR Commissioner on the Forest Preserve Board in DuPage County?

  • My background combines formal education with hands-on experience in managing business, balancing budgets, and natural areas restoration. I love working with people!
  • As a small-business owner, I have managed non-profit and service-oriented businesses for over 35 years. My experience in business has taught me to be fiscally conservative, yet realistic in managing assets.
  • I understand the importance of balancing organizational needs with the needs of the community.
  • I have earned certification as a Woodland Steward and Steward Supervisor. I have volunteered over 100 hours of hands-on work in natural resources; work that allows me to understand land management issues at the Forest Preserve.
  • I have an ability to work with diverse groups and am a formally trained leader in collaborative management. This process respects individual citizens as community partners with boards and elected officials.

What do I believe?

As YOUR Commissioner, I have worked to make sure that the Forest Preserve Land we enjoy today remains open and safe for your use because I believe:

  • This land belongs to us, the tax paying public.
  • Commissioners serve at the pleasure of the public and must be accountable.
  • Political party affiliation and agendas have no place in land management.
  • Your tax dollars for the Forest Preserve should be spent primarily to maintain and restore natural areas.
  • A Commissioner who is involved in hands-on land restoration will better understand the needs of the Forest Preserve.

I am happy to provide detail on how I have actually worked to uphold these principles during my first term; just ask! Call me at 630-779-4893 or email me at  I’d love to hear from you!


Natural Resources

  • Steward Supervisor, Morton Arboretum, 2011
  • Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Training, 2010
  • Wetland Conservation & Management, Morton Arboretum, 2010
  • Certified Woodland Steward, Morton Arboretum, 2010
  • Volunteer River Water Monitor (Sierra Club) 2009/present


  • Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership: 2011
  • Doctor of Education: Adult Education 1999
  • Master of Business Administration: 1986
  • Bachelor of Arts: Social Work (Community Organization) 1975

If you would like to see a copy of my professional resume, click here.

  • © 2014 Citizens for Shannon Burns. 1 S. 726 Bender Lane, West Chicago, IL 60185.