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Hoscheit to serve as Kane County Forest Preserve Commission president

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

GENEVA – Even as much of the leadership in Kane County’s government changes, a familiar face will lead the Kane County Forest Preserve District.

Tuesday, the Kane County Forest Preserve Commission – a governing body that is constituted by the County Board – selected John Hoscheit, R-St. Charles, to again serve as the president of the commission, overseeing operations and setting policy for the forest preserve district.

Hoscheit was selected unanimously, and no commission members nominated any others for the position.

Hoscheit has served as president of the forest preserve district since 2002, taking each two-year term in the post since.

In that role, Hoscheit has overseen the growth of the district’s land holdings, shepherding numerous referendums in which voters in the county had chosen to raise their own property taxes to pay for the purchase of more forest preserve land.

Hoscheit on Tuesday told the forest preserve commission that the work of the forest preserve has become his “passion,” fueling his desire to continue to serve on the County Board, as well.

He said he believed the district enjoys strong public support within the county because the district has managed its money and resources well, while also showing the public its accomplishments.

In coming years, he said bonds issued to buy land will be paid off, leading to property tax levy reductions.

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