2017 Honoree

Kristina Kovarik

2017 Gurnee Days Honoree is Mayor Kristina Kovarik

The Gurnee Days Corporation is pleased to announce Mayor Kristina Kovarik has been chosen as the 2017 Gurnee Days Honoree. For 45 years, the Gurnee Days Corporation has selected a deserving individual or couple to be honored during the annual Gurnee Days celebration. The testimonial dinner honoring Mayor Kristina Kovarik will be held on Thursday, August 10 and traditionally kicks off the annual Gurnee Days festivities.
Mayor Kristina Kovarik is being recognized as one of Gurnee’s most distinguished and dedicated citizens. Mayor Kovarik was appointed first to the Gurnee Plan Commission in 1997 by Mayor Richard Welton. She was elected as a Gurnee Trustee in 1999 and served until 2005 at which time she ran for Mayor. Kovarik has been Mayor of the Village of Gurnee since 2005 and was just re-elected this year for another 4-year term. She has served the community continuously for 20 years as a public servant.
In 1992, Mayor Kovarik moved to Gurnee and purchased a home in South Ridge with her spouse, Gerald and three small girls. A son was born shortly thereafter. Their children attended Woodland School District 50 and graduated from Warren Township High School. All her children are grown with careers of their own and live out of state. Also, Kovarik has four wonderful grandchildren.
In addition to her duties as Mayor, Kovarik has served since 2005 on the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission and the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency. Both agencies were spearheaded by Mayor Welton in the early 1990’s and Kovarik is pleased to carry on his work. Mayor Kovarik also has served on the Lake County Affordable Housing Commission, been active in the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and still finds time to support many local causes. The Gurnee Days Corporation wishes to honor Mayor Kovarik for her selfless dedication to the on-going development and success of the Village of Gurnee and her enthusiastic support of various civic groups, all of which have helped mold the Village into a community of which we can all be proud to call home.
“I am honored to serve the Village and its residents and businesses every single day. Being the Gurnee Days Honoree is delightful recognition and thanks for doing something I have enjoyed tremendously. The best part of my position is when I can help others so I plan on using the Honoree recognition to raise awareness and funding for Housing First, a local organization with long term solutions to permanently solve the plight of the chronically homeless. I’ll add a few features to the Gurnee Days festivities to help this organization further their mission by engaging our residents. The best thanks possible will be for our community to embrace the cause on my behalf” said Mayor Kovarik.
Mayor Welton began Gurnee Days with an outdoor picnic celebration. In keeping with that spirit and his memory, the testimonial dinner will be held at Bittersweet Golf Club at 875 Almond Road in Gurnee on Thursday, August 10th. Additional details about this great event will be announced soon.
Each year, the Gurnee Days Corporation seeks nominations from the community for people who have made meaningful contributions to make this area a better place to live and work. The Gurnee Days Corporation is excited to have Mayor Kristina Kovarik as the 2017 Gurnee Days Honoree and Parade Marshall. The annual Gurnee Days celebration is August 10 through August 13 and this year’s theme is Let’s Play Ball. For more information on Gurnee Days, check the GDC website at gurneedays.com.

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