Jennifer Pacourek

Below are candidate-submitted answers to a survey Landmark sent out to all candidates running in this year’s elections.


Age:  46

Office sought:  Riverside Public Library Board

Previous political experience:  None

Previous community involvement (in Riverside):

2014-current:  Fredrick Law Olmsted Society (FLOS) Secretary

2010-current:  Central School PTO member and volunteer

2004-2010:  Active Riverside Woman’s Charity member

2006-2007 – Publicity Chair

2007-2008 – President

2008-2009 – Parliamentarian      

Prior to Riverside residency:

2001-2005:  Volunteer and Learning Center Teacher for Deborah’s Place – Chicago (homeless shelter for women); 2003-2005 – Founding member of Junior Auxiliary Board

2001-2004:  Horizons for Youth “Big Sister”

1990-2000:  Past member of Women Employed and Site Coordinator for Group

Mentoring of Teen Girl Program, past volunteer Chicago CARES, past

volunteer tutor at Mercy Home for Boys and St. Joseph’s School 

Education:  BA Science (Math)/AS Computer Science – 1990; Purdue University 

Occupation: Northern Trust Bank – Senior Vice President; Change Management Specialist


Why do you want to be a library board member?

I have been a Riverside resident for over 10 years and have actively used the library and its services and programming for both my family and myself over this time.  I truly love our library – the location, the building, the services/programs, the staff, the safe haven it is for our children, and the key role it plays in our Riverside community.   I seek a Library Trustee position not to change anything that the library does today, but to help ensure that it can continue to play the positive role it does in our community.  I feel that it is my responsibility as a resident to serve as a leader – especially for an organization and entity about which I am truly passionate.


Have you attended library board meetings in the past year? What was the board discussing that was of interest to you? 

I recently attended the February, 2015 meeting.  I am aware that the library is looking for ways to promote its technology and online capabilities and feel that I can help in this area.  Also, capital improvements will continue to be something that needs to be addressed to ensure that our library is safe and that we are working towards the library of the future.


What is the most important issue facing the next library board, and what should the solution be?

As noted above – ensuring that we focus on appropriate capital improvements and enhancements to space in the library should be our areas of focus.  We may need to consider some fundraising efforts to meet these needs.  I truly believe Riverside will rally around events to support the library to keep it functioning and safe.


If elected, what changes, if any, would you like to have accomplished by the end of your term?

I hope to play a role in ensuring that our library has the support and resources to continue to service our community as it does today.  Space enhancements and continued improvements are changes that I would certainly support.


If elected, what changes would you most strongly resist? 



What other issues facing the library are of interest to you? Why?