SUGAR GROVE TOWNSHIP – Alison Squires was exposed to government and politics at a young age through her father, Phil Silagi, who is now the Sugar Grove Township Clerk.
When she learned that there was an opening for a Sugar Grove Township trustee after one moved out of the area, she decided it was a good time to become more involved in public service to the community. She attended her first meeting as a trustee Nov. 17, 2017.
“Alison bring a fresh perspective to the township board as she has been politically active the last several years,” Sugar Grove Township Supervisor Tom Rowe said. “While we had three very qualified candidates, the board felt Alison was the best fit to replace Laurene Geary.”
Squires is also serving as the township liaison to the local 708 Mental Health Board.
“Alison cares deeply about the well-being of our residents, which is an important quality to be a township trustee,” Rowe said.
While Squires was first exposed to government and politics years ago, she’s more recently gotten involved. In 2016 she ran in the March primary election to become a delegate to the Democratic National Convention for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont). In that election she received enough votes to become a delegate and attend the convention.
Last year she ran for Sugar Grove village trustee, but fell a little short of winning that election.
Now, she has an opportunity with the Sugar Grove Township and to make a difference locally.
“While I believe that the state and federal government have an impact on our lives, local units of government more directly affect us and are the ones we interact with most frequently,” she said. “Ironically, most people don’t participate or inform themselves and that is reflected in the low voter turnout for local elected positions.”
As the married mother of two young sons, Squires intends on bringing a new perspective to the township, namely one that represents the younger families who are also raising children in the community.
Silagi acknowleged that Squires has a passion for public service. He also made it a priority to explain to the other members of the board that he didn’t want his presence to affect their decision in potentially choosing her among the group of three that were interested in replacing Geary as trustee. He wanted them to make their decision on the merits of the candidates.
“I think Alison will bring a perspective to the board that is missing given the age and gender of the current members and given that fact that she is the mother of two adolescents,” Silagi said. “Alison is bright, politically active and has an interest in government and the community. Since I'm her dad, I know you would probably expect me to make complimentary remarks about her, but I can honestly say they are true.”