The daughter of a Korean War vet, Jean Kaczmarek was raised in a blue-collar family in the Midwest. The values of hard work, common sense, fairness and justice follow her every day. She graduated from Western Illinois University and had a career in communications.
Jean is a 26-year property tax payer and resident of Glen Ellyn. She and Michael have been married nearly 32 years. Together they have two college-age children; Julia is studying neuroscience and biochemistry, and Jamison is majoring in economics.
Aside from her years as an unpaid county government watchdog, Jean has been a dedicated community volunteer, including 12 years for Boy Scouts of America.
Jean attended every DuPage County Board Ad Hoc Committee meeting on transparency in 2009. Some of her suggestions to the committee led to amendments in the county’s ethics ordinance. Last May, she was instrumental in slowing down a vote for raises for county elected officials due to an Open Meetings Act violation. The delay placed attention on the undeserving high salary of the county clerk.
“I’ve already been working for the citizens of DuPage County for a decade,” Jean says. “Now it’s time to take all my knowledge and skills and serve in public office.”