Lorna Turner

for Lisle Clerk

I am a graduate of DePaul University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, with studies concentrated in accounting and finance, after receiving my associate degree with high honors and my bachelor degree with honors, all while working full time and going to school nights.  After completing my degree work, I then pursued my Certified Public Accountant designation, having passed the exam shortly thereafter.

My family has been residents of Lisle for over 35 years, and taxpayers for 40 years.  We purchased land in Hitchcock Woods and began construction on our home in 1984 and moving in 1985.  My late husband and I raised our two daughters here in Lisle, with both of them going through the District 202 school system, along with supporting their activities in such sports as subdivision soccer, Lisle  Park District Swim Team, volleyball, basketball, and bowling.  My mission in running for the Village Clerk position is to restore integrity back into the Village of Lisle government by promoting mutual respect among the elected officials, regardless of their position on a particular topic.

Village of Lisle Summary:

I first began my involvement with Lisle Government when a proposed housing development was going to destroy Hitchcock Woods, an area that contains trees that predate Lisle’s settlement.  My husband and I joined a group of concerned citizen, arranged for a nationally-recognized tree specialist from  The Morton Arboretum to tour the woods and document what he found,  and testified at Village Board meetings until an agreement was finally reached for the 18 acres to be acquired by the Lisle Park District and the DuPage Forest Preserve.  Today, Hitchcock Woods has been maintained as the pristine environment it was intended to be, with Rot’s Creek gently flowing through the woods.
Within a year of the Hitchcock Woods acquisition happening, I decided that I needed to give something back to the community, so I volunteered for the Hotel/Motel Tax Commission, which operated for ten years, reading grant applications, discussing their attributes, and eventually making a recommendation to the Finance Committee.  I was the individual that designed the application form, which remains substantially unchanged today.

For the past two years, I have been the Village Clerk, performing my duties and only missing one meeting, when I was out of the country.

District 202 Summary:

Within a week of my daughter starting first grade at Tate Woods School, I was tapped to become the treasurer of the Tate Woods HSO for the next two years.  At that time, there were two HSO’s within the elementary school system (eventually they were combined) and after my daughter started at Schiesher School I was asked to run for Treasurer, an election that I won, and served another two years at Schiesher as their treasurer.  Along with attending all of the monthly meetings of the HSO, the treasurer is involved in all aspects of the fundraisers from providing monthly financial statements, maintaining the checkbook,  and providing financial advice to the committees.  I was on the Clothing Sale Committee for 9 years, providing support to the chairperson with respect to writing checks, inspecting the clothing when it came through the system, sorting tags, and dividing up the clothes when they went unsold, all within a 48-hour period of time.  I also chaired the annual Field Day at Tate Woods, among other events, planning all of the games and menu for the students.  

Once at Schiesher School, I became involved in all of their activities, including joining the Choral Parents and Band Parents organizations, supporting all of their fundraisers.  I stayed involved with Lisle Choral Parents for the next 8 years.

At the District 202 level, I was their treasurer for three years until my youngest graduated from high school, and spearheaded the effort to get the District signed up for the collection and  of sales tax to the Illinois Department of Revenue to bring them into compliance with the regulations of the State of Illinois.

When my daughters entered high school, I co-chaired their Senior Banquet Committee, providing an end-of-the-year experience for graduating seniors.  I helped with many, many high school fundraisers whether it was a Chocolate Festival for the Choral Parents, staffing the concession stand during sporting events, or supporting the Booster Club’s yearend dinners for the athletes.  With my daughter being president of the Thespian Club, I was involved with helping to sew costumes for the high school productions and assembling sets.  Later on, when she was hired as a Technical Director of the productions, I helped her build sets for the District, along with providing costumes and props.

Career Accomplishments:

With my background in accounting and financial services, I made a decision earlier on to specialize in corporate taxes, with a focus on state and local taxes (income, sales and use, personal and real property, federal excise taxes, etc.)  Expertise included developing and implementing tax-saving solutions through the use of tax laws and regulations, and accurate tax filing for large, complex organization.  I have a demonstrated track record of success in applying organization, analytical, and communication skills to a variety of business situations.  With a reliable problem-solving skillset, I became adept at delivering tax dollars to the bottom line through the use of creative and resourceful concepts and methods.  Having worked for several Fortune 100 companies, and attending their executive management training programs, including best practices, my strengths include recognizing process-improvement opportunities and the ability to understand their operations and use that knowledge to create cost-savings opportunities.  I managed staff throughout the country, and in some instances instituted training programs not only my staff, but others as well, and developed the curriculum for the programs.  I also managed the outside legal counsels, racking up a success rate of 100% for those cases that I have managed the litigation on.

Along with my work responsibilities, I also participated in various professional and charitable organizations.  Among other organizations, I was an active volunteer for The Sharing Connections when it was still located in a Lisle resident’s garage and was on their initial Board of Directors as Treasurer, which saw it transition into Sharing Connections, Inc. at its present location.  Currently, I am an active member of the Lisle Township Community Gardeners, growing fresh and health vegetables to the township for distribution to their clients.  I have been an active volunteer at The Morton Arboretum for 40 years, and currently act as a team leader on several of their events.  I have helped Metropolitan Family Shelter Services with their gala and organized a corporate event for the yearly Housewares Show, where they are a recipient of donations from the vendors.  Synapse House, a clubhouse for those individuals who have endured traumatic brain injuries, has received my services for the past 7 years with their special events.  I am an active member and past president of the Lisle Woman’s Club, and local organization whose primary purpose is to provide scholarships to graduating seniors, along with supporting various other events such as the adoption of families through the Lisle Township at Christmas time for the donation of Christmas gifts, sponsoring Garden Gait each year for more than 15 years, financial donations to various other local charities, and planning events for its members, such as annual dinners.  I am also the current Enviromental chairperson for the General Federation of Women’s Club Fifth District and have been past treasurer for this organization, who is the support group from various other women’s club throughout the western suburbs.  I have also volunteered my time to Theatre of Western Springs sewing costumes for the productions.

Professionally, I have been on the Board of Directors for the Council of State Taxation, a Washington-based organizations of 500 of the largest companies in the United States.  I have served on the Board of Directors and have been a past President of The Tax Executives Institute-Chicago chapter (which is the largest chapter internationally).  I have been an officer and on The Board of Directors of The Chicago Tax Club, and organized and planned their Fall Seminar, with over 500 attendees.  I have been involved in various advisory groups, including the Illinois Taxpayer’s Federation, Illinois State Chamber, and the Department of Revenue serving as an advisor and panelist.  I have also been a guest lecturer for many of these organizations, along with Interstate Tax Analysts, Sales Tax Institute, and the Council of State Taxation.