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Franks Nominates Woodstock Mayor Brian Sager for the RTA Board

Post Date:04/06/2018

WOODSTOCK, Ill. – Longtime Woodstock Mayor Brian Sager will be nominated to represent McHenry County on the Regional Transportation Authority Board, County Board Chairman Jack Franks announced Friday.

Franks said Sager’s deep knowledge of McHenry County, local government and urban planning makes him a perfect choice to advance the county’s mass transit needs. The 16-member RTA Board has financial oversight of the boards of Metra and Pace, both of which are vital to McHenry County commuters and residents who otherwise would have no means of transportation.

“Brian is thoughtful, reasoned, honest, ethical, and arguably the most educated elected official I have ever known. He does not make a decision without studying the issues in depth, and if there is one person in McHenry County who can work with people of different opinions to reach consensus, it’s Brian Sager,” Franks, D-Marengo, said.

Sager, a 37-year resident of Woodstock, served 14 years on the City Council before becoming mayor in 2005, and voters last year re-elected him to a fourth term. He was a professor of animal and plant sciences at McHenry County College for 15 years, and later served as the college’s vice president of academic and student affairs and acting president.

“I look forward to the opportunity of serving on the RTA Board to provide a strong, collaborative voice for McHenry County residents and businesses. My specific goal would be to support the growth of McHenry County transportation options while simultaneously focusing on the sustainability of regional transportation services in a financially challenged state,” Sager said.

Sager earned a Bachelor of Science degree in animal and plant sciences, and a Master of Science degree in agricultural economic development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also holds a Ph.D. in international development from Louisiana State University, and a Master of Arts degree in instructional strategies from Rockford College.

The County Board will vote on Sager’s appointment at its April 17 meeting.