Dear Library Patrons,

In the Consolidated Election on Tuesday, April 6, there will be four candidates running for three spots on the Midlothian Public Library Board of Trustees. Here are brief bios of each of the four candidates on the ballot. They are listed here in alphabetical order by last name:

Patricia Bonk has lived in Midlothian for 10 years. She is a graduate of Purdue University (BSN). She has been a nurse for 42-1/2 years. She was a volunteer firefighter/EMT for 6 years, a Girl Scout, and a Girl Scout leader. She volunteered for Big Bikes/Big Hearts motorcycle run to benefit Park Lawn Charities, and she has been a team leader for South Suburban Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk. She would love to see the wonderful library programs continue to serve the community with the possibility of exploring additional programs.

Louis Ceja has served as a Midlothian Public Library Trustee since 2007. He is a lifelong resident of Midlothian, an alumnus of Bremen High School class of '82 and is a happily married father of two teenage daughters. Louis has worked for the Village of Midlothian Public Works Department for over 34 years. He has been on the Midlothian Planning Commission for the last ten years and the Chairman for the last eight. He sees the library as a place where residents can go to start their success journey in a clean, safe, respectable environment with the latest technology.

Rhoda Mattson As a twenty-year resident of Midlothian, Rhoda Mattson has long been grateful for the little ecologies that make this such a good village to live in. One of her favorite spots in the town has to be the Midlothian Public Library. She and her husband Craig raised four children whom Rhoda took to the library on a weekly basis with the result that there was always a teetery stack of children’s books on the living room coffee table. As an attorney with a juris doctorate (JD), Rhoda has, during her time in Midlothian, completed a Master of Laws degree (LLM) in Health Law at Loyola Chicago School of Law. She is now employed in Chicago-based R1 RCM, a healthcare revenue management company. But these days, you’ll still see her walking in or out of the Library with a stack of books. Her enjoyment of the Library’s services over the years makes her eager to give back to this institution by serving as a trustee.

Jackie Murawski has lived in Midlothian for over 50 years and is a retired Junior High Language Arts Teacher. Over the years, she has co-founded the Historical Society, was an editor of the village Tartan Tidings, was active in Girl Scouts, and continues to be an active member of St. Christopher  Parish. She has served on the library board for two terms. Her vision is to respond to our community needs through communication and being open to patron ideas for programs. 

I encourage all eligible voters to exercise their civic right to vote. For information on your polling place, your voter registration status, and election-day voter registration, visit the Cook County Clerk's Election Website or call the library at (708) 535-2027, and our Help Desk staff can help navigate this site to find answers for you!

Wishing you safety and wellness,

Jennifer Cottrill, Library Director

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