About Joe

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Before joining the City Council, I had no idea how seriously I would take this job. I feel personally involved when there is trouble, and proud as a new dad when things go well. I had no idea that the role of “city father” was really like being a father. I am honored to be entrusted with this responsibility by our residents.

Here’s a little more about me:

Early Life – Though I have lived in Naperville since 1987,  I grew up on the South Side of Chicago in a very close-knit neighborhood where my mother still lives. This background has taught me the importance of strong, stable neighborhoods.

Education – Master’s degree in social sciences from the University of Chicago, 1999. Master’s in urban planning from Michigan State, 1986. B.A. in English from Illinois State, 1976

Career –

  • Principal, McElroy Associates, Naperville
  • Senior Planner, Planning Resources Inc., Wheaton
  • Vice President of Editorial Services, Windle Inc., Oak Brook
  • Deputy Director, City of Aurora, IL, Division of City Planning

Community Experience –

  • Naperville City Councilman, 2010 – present
  • Volunteer, along with wife, for St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church marriage preparation program
  • Volunteer, Reading for the Blind & Dyslexic, 1999-2008
  • Board of Directors, Resiliency Institute
  • Board of Directors, Naperville Responds For Our Veterans
  • NCTV17 Board of Directors
  • Naperville for Clean Energy & Conservation
  • Naperville Plan Commission, 2004-2010
  • Rotary Club of Naperville
  • Naperville Development Partnership

Family – I have been married to Kay for 35 years. We have three amazing children: Mike, 29, Laura, 28,  Brendan, 25. All attended District 203 schools.

Hobbies – For the past 15 years I have been trying to teach myself how to play the guitar. I also buy and sell used guitars.

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Vote April 7 for Joe McElroy

#2 on the ballot

Parade photo by Ron Hume; family photo by Brian Bates

A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board’s official website (www.elections.il.gov) or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, IL.