DuPage Dems Difference Maker – Loretta Burke
Chicago native, Loretta Burke, has lived in Aurora for 20 years, and in 2000 became a member of the Naperville Township Democratic Organization. Most recently, Loretta was elected in 2017 as one of the first-ever Democrats to be elected to the Naperville Township Board of Trustees, where she will serve a four-year term until 2021. As a Trustee, Loretta has sought to bring a greater awareness of the services the Township offers to residents, provide more transparency in the Township’s operations and fiscal policies, and to reduce the tax burden upon Township residents.
In addition, she serves on the Board of the Naperville Township Democrats as the Precinct Director, and was recognized as the Precinct Committeeman of 2018. She had previously been nominated (but didn’t win) as DuPage County PC of the Year, and was personally congratulated by Barack Obama for having been nominated! Barack was attending the DuPage County Gala while he was running for Senator in 2004.
Loretta has been elected many times as the Democratic Committeeperson for Precinct 68, and works as a Precinct Coordinator to recruit and train new Democratic precinct committeepersons. Over the years, Loretta has lent her support to many local, state and national Democratic campaigns. A proud union member of the Illinois Education Association (retired), Loretta served as a delegate to the 2016 National Education Association’s Representative Assembly in Washington, D.C. Loretta earned a B.S. degree in Business Education from DePaul University, Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science and Educational Administration Certification from Dominican University. Loretta just recently retired after 14 years as a junior-high School Library Media Specialist in Oswego School District 308.
Loretta really enjoys walking her precinct and delivering Election Kits to the voters in her precinct. Her voters are so happy to see her because they know they will now have the information to make the best choices in the election booth. She also enjoys talking to people about becoming volunteers or Precinct Committeepersons in their precincts. It is very fulfilling to generate enthusiasm among people to donate their time to getting election information to their Democratic neighbors.