After former Will County Board member Margie Woods died Jan. 29, county officials remembered her as a trailblazer for her service in county government.
Woods was the second black woman elected to the Will County Board and the first black woman to serve in a leadership role on the board, according to a news release.
"Margie was a tremendous example for how to be involved in your community and make a difference," Will County Board Speaker Denise Winfrey, D-Joliet, said in the release. "I wouldn’t be Speaker of the Will County Board today if Margie Woods hadn’t first blazed the trail."
Woods was first elected to the Will County Board in 1980 and served for 28 years. In 2003, her peers elected her to be the leader of the Democratic caucus.
"Margie was dedicated to lifting up the disadvantaged in her District 8, as well as all of Will County," Will County Board member Herbert Brooks Jr., D-Joliet, who served with Woods, said in the release. "And she believed that government had an important role to play in creating an environment and providing the opportunities for the disadvantaged so that they could succeed.”
Woods also served on numerous county board committees including 14 years on the Executive Committee and 18 years on the Judicial Committee.
“She didn’t just talk the talk, she walked the walk,” member and colleague, Jim Moustis, R-Frankfort, said in the release. “She worked hard for what she believed in and she worked across the aisle to build consensus and move the ball forward.”