Jackie Traynere is a proud, lifelong resident of the Village of Bolingbrook. She has dedicated herself to keeping our community a great place to live and raise a family. Her commitment to our community is rooted in her own experience growing up in Bolingbrook, attending Bolingbrook High School, and then raising her 2 children in her hometown – in the very house she grew up in!
As a child at Northview Elementary School, Jackie experienced firsthand the positive influence local leaders can have on their communities. As a fourth grader, her class successfully lobbied the Governor to get a crosswalk and signal light and crossing guard put in place over Route 53 so that her classmates could safely walk to school. This early experience inspired Jackie to become civically engaged. As an adult, Jackie volunteered with the local Democratic Party and later ran for local office to give back to the community that had given her so much. She has diverse interests and has volunteered with Bolingbrook Rotary, Citizen’s Against Abuse, Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership, Boy Scouts of America, Bolingbrook Pride to name a few.
Jackie is currently serving her fourth term on the Will County Board. As a Board Member, she has successfully held the line on our local property taxes, improved public safety, eased traffic congestion, and protected our parks and green spaces. Jackie takes great pride on her accessibility, transparency, and keeping her office open. Her commitment to transparency is why she is the only Board Member to proactively send regular updates and useful information about the County to the people that she proudly represents.
Jackie’s commitment to people is also evident in her professional life. She proudly worked as a union organizer for nearly 25 years with the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). In that role, she was a strong advocate for social and economic justice for workers, brought people together to collectively fight for a better life through higher wages, improved working conditions, and reliable benefits. During her time with the union over 60,000 new employees were organized.
Jackie is also an entrepreneur. Jackie and her husband Joe founded the Cleaning Authority. The small business provided jobs to over 30 people. She also worked with a non-profit to provide free home cleaning services to women with cancer that were undergoing chemo and radiation therapy. After more than 15 years of successful operation, Jackie sold her business in 2019 to allow for more time for community engagement.
Jackie is excited to run for Mayor of Bolingbrook. She understands that our community needs an inclusive leader who reflects the values of its residents. She has committed to embracing our great diversity and creating opportunities for each of the families, businesses, and neighborhoods that make up Bolingbrook.
As Mayor, Jackie will work to reverse the garbage tax, responsibly address the debt plaguing our Village, and end the heavy handed, business as usual politics of Village Hall. She will do this with the same high level of transparency, accountability, and responsiveness to community residents that she has demonstrated in her role on the Will County Board. She pledges to listen to all voices within our community and will work as OUR Mayor FULL TIME, no matter the pay, bringing new ideas and positive results to the community.