For Douglas Boresi, being a member of the Grundy County Board isn’t something new.
It’s the same thing, he says, that he has been doing for the past nine years.
“Being a (township) supervisor, it’s just smaller,” said Boresi, who has served as township supervisor for Braceville Township for the past nine years. “It’s the same philosophy with budgets and tax levies.”
Boresi, who was sworn in as the newest member of the Grundy County Board Tuesday night, acknowledges, however, that there is significant difference between the amounts of money he deals with on the township level and the $17 million county budget.
What will not be different, he says, is his effort to work for the benefit of the area he represents.
First among his goals, he said, is doing what he can to bring more jobs to the southeastern portion of the county, including the Coal City, Braceville and Gardner areas. He noted Coal City just approved $2 million for a railroad spur on Reed Road and he is “hoping I can help with that at the county level to keep jobs coming.”
Construction jobs and the Coal City area are both things with which he is very familiar. Born and raised in the area, the 56-year-old is currently affiliated with Local 75 of the Laborers Union in Joliet.
“I do a lot of pipeline work,” Boresi said following the county board meeting Tuesday.
Prior to that, he spent the better part of a decade — “during the housing boom,” he said — as a building contractor in Coal City. Prior to that, he owned a bottled water company for about as long.
Boresi lives in Coal City with his wife, Susan, and their four children.
He credits the fact that he has lived in the area all his life and that he “knows a lot of people” for his selection to replace fellow Republican David Boggs on the board representing District 3.
“I want to thank the executive committee for nominating and selecting me,” said Boresi, who noted he was chosen from among four candidates who had thrown their hats into the ring for consideration by the Republican Central Committee.
He also indicated that he intends to retain his supervisor position while he serves on the county board. He was re-elected to his third term as supervisor earlier this year.
His appointment to the county board will last for 18 months. “And then I’ll run for re-election again,” he said.