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Voter Guide: April 4, 2023 – Lan-Oak Park District Board elections

Background: The Lansing Journal made efforts to contact all candidates in the April 4 Municipal Election to gather information to share with Lansing voters. Using a “candidate info form,” we asked the same questions of each local office seeker. Answers were prepared and submitted by the candidates. We will be sharing the info race by race in a series of “Voter Guide” posts.

LANSING, Ill. (March 14, 2023) – The Lan-Oak Park District Board is in charge of overseeing and enhancing all of Lansing’s parks, its bike path, the Eisenhower Community Center, and the Eisenhower Fitness Center.

Parks and community spaces are important to local residents. As a taxing body, the Lan-Oak Park District uses tax money from the community to maintain and develop public parks, programs, and facilities. The Lan-Oak Park Board is responsible for deciding on policy in the park district, establishing a budget, overseeing the Superintendent, and approving personnel decisions.

The Park Board typically consists of five commissioners, though it currently only has four, according to the Lan-Oak Park District website. Those commissioners are Lolly Lewis, Bob Tropp, John Kelly, and Gina Aguilar.

The ballot information below is included as it appears on the Cook County Clerk’s website.

Four board spots are up for election this year: a standard six-year term, one two-year term, and two unexpired terms from previous office-holders. This means each open seat is broken up into its own race on the April 4 ballot.

Lan-Oak Park District Board – six-year term – uncontested

Robert Tropp

No information provided

Lan-Oak Park District Board – four-year unexpired term – uncontested

Lan-Oak Park District Board
Gina Aguilar (Photo provided)

Gina Aguilar

Residence: Lansing


Occupation: Financial Advisor, Thrivent-Lakeshore Group

Resumé highlights:

  • Resident of Lansing since 1998; married with two children — son graduated from TF South in 2021; daughter will graduate from TF South this year in 2023.
  • My career in Financial Services began in 1991. I joined Thrivent in 2008 and have a successful career as an Associate with the Lakeshore Group, a fee-based planning practice within Thrivent with offices in Crete, Valparaiso, and Crown Point.
  • Trustee for Lansing’s Police Pension Fund since 2010
  • Lan-Oak Park Board Commissioner since 2021

Goals and promises: I would like all families to get as much enjoyment from our community and Park District as we do.

Lan-Oak Park District Board – two-year unexpired term – uncontested

Llona Lewis

No information provided

The Cook County Clerk’s online list of write-in candidates includes James Shaffer for this race. Shaffer did not provide The Lansing Journal with any information.

Lan-Oak Park District Board – two-year term

No candidate


The Lansing Journal will continue to cover local election news ahead of the April 4 elections. To view all election coverage so far, view our April 4 Election category. To make sure you don’t miss any future coverage, sign up for our free daily newsletter today:

Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.