April 6, 2005: Headlines: COS - Solomon Islands: City Government: Weisner for Mayor: Tom Weisner for Mayor of Aurora Illinois

Peace Corps Online: State: Illinois: February 8, 2005: Index: PCOL Exclusive: Illinois : April 6, 2005: Headlines: COS - Solomon Islands: City Government: Chicago Sun-Times: Solomon Islands RPCV Tom Weisner wins big in Aurora Mayor's Race : April 6, 2005: Headlines: COS - Solomon Islands: City Government: Weisner for Mayor: Tom Weisner for Mayor of Aurora Illinois

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Tom Weisner for Mayor of Aurora Illinois

Tom Weisner for Mayor of Aurora Illinois

Tom Weisner for Mayor of Aurora Illinois

Vision. Experience. Leadership.

Tom Weisner has spent a lifetime working to improve quality of life for others...whether as a Peace Corps volunteer in a distant land or as an innovative administrator right here in the City of Aurora.

Tom Weisner has been a creative leader, helping to bring positive change to our city...from community-wide efforts to reduce crime, to revitalizing our older neighborhoods, to a new Customer Call Center for better service to you. Weisner cares about people.

Tom Weisner is a Proven Leader who produces Real Results.

Biography Sketch


Marmion Military Academy graduate

Aurora University B.S. Degree – Organizational Management – summa cum laude

Administrative Experience

Over 17 years with the City of Aurora . . . advanced from minor division head position to lead several divisions . . . promoted to Department Head in 1992, administering several public works divisions and over 130 employees. Tom was also project manager for construction of the Stolp Island Place Parking & Retail Center, restoration of the Ginsberg Building (now the David L. Pierce Art & History Center), and Rt. 59 Metra Station Improvements. Tom was promoted in 1999 to head the Organization Development/ Community Services Department . . . he has worked closely with ward committees and neighborhood groups to improve quality of life in Aurora’s neighborhoods, facilitating the Neighborhood Revitalization Plan . . . also has worked to improve City operations, efficiencies and customer service, facilitating the City’s strategic plan and developed and implemented the City's innovative “one number” customer service call center.

Community Involvement

Beyond his involvement with citizens and neighborhood residents in his daily work, Tom has contributed impressively to our community on a volunteer level, working to create educational, recreational and career opportunities for our young people, stronger families, and employment for all. Tom has served as an officer or board member of the following organizations in recent years:

* Quad County Urban League—youth development, career development and employment programs

* Family Counseling Services—family counseling, Big Brother/Sister, anti-domestic violence

* Boy Scouts—Friends of Scouting fund drive chairman, 1994 & 2003

* Study Circles—community dialogue to increase understanding and cooperation among all citizens.

* Aurora Cares Corporation—broad-based community group working to reduce violence in our city.

* United Way

* Aurora East Educational Foundation—founding Chairman


* Unity Day Award recipient , 2001

* Quad County Urban League Leadership Award recipient, 2002


Tom and his wife, Marilyn Hogan Weisner, have made Aurora their home for more than 30 years, residing on both the east and west sides of town. Marilyn is an owner/partner in the Rainbow Center, a pediatric therapy center in Aurora that provides speech, occupational and physical therapy to children with disabilities. Marilyn taught in the East Aurora Schools (Allen) 1975-1980 and served as an elected Aurora Township Trustee from 1997—2000. Son, Thaddeus, 19, was born with Cerebral Palsy, resides at home and attends Hope D. Wall School. Foster son, Anthony Scotti, 26, joined the Weisner family at age 14, graduated from Aurora Central Catholic High School, and received his B.S. degree from Western Illinois University.

Peace Corps Volunteer

Prior to Tom’s employment with the City of Aurora, Tom and Marilyn spent 5 years working to improve the lives of third-world natives on the Island of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, from 1980–1985. Living in Guadalcanal’s remote interior rainforests, Tom and his wife worked closely with the natives to improve the health, sanitation, and economy of the region, providing medical services and ultimately training several young adults to provide health services to their own, isolated villages. They also assisted business development, including a cooperative store.

When this story was posted in April 2005, this was on the front page of PCOL:

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Jim Doyle proposes domestic partner benefit 27 Mar
University to name library auditorium for Elaine Chao 26 Mar
Rockefeller says every young American should serve 26 Mar
Chris Shays calls Republicans "party of theocracy" 25 Mar
Norm Coleman to visit South America 25 Mar

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