Election Day is November 5th, 2024

My name is Rick Gieser and I want to be the next District 6 Commissioner of the DuPage County Forest Preserve.  I love the DuPage County Forest Preserves.  They are there for everyone.  Regardless of income, gender, status, race.  The DuPage County Forest Preserves are a valuable resource for all residents.

The Forest Preserves provide residents an opportunity for recreation, respite and relaxation.


I am a lifelong supporter of the DuPage County Forest Preserve.  In fact, the Daily Herald, WGN radio and the DuPage Country Forest Preserve District website have featured my wife and I for visiting all Forest Preserves with a trail and a parking lot.

I was born & raised in Carol Stream.  Received a BA in Telecommunications from Indiana University.

Married to Kim.  Son, Ricky, is a Bat Biologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey at the University of Illinois.

I am a communications professional, working as the Public Relations Director for the Zanies Comedy Clubs.  I have also worked as a producer, host and podcaster for WGN & WSCR radio in Chicago and as a traffic and news reporter for Shadow/Metro Networks in Chicago.  Prior to returning to the Chicago area, I worked at radio stations in Indianapolis and Maine.

I have served as a Trustee for the Village of Carol Stream for nearly 20 years and I am an active volunteer in the community.


Trail Connections 

Many residents have asked me about new and additional trails.  I look forward to working with the Commissioners and staff to identify and build new trails to make the Forest Preserve more accessible.


I want to preserve & protect the existing preserves and acquire new property when it is fiscally responsible.  I am excited to be a steward of the Forest Preserve property and will work hard to make sure that natural areas are maintained and restored.

Fiscally Responsible

I have proven with my years in municipal government that I am fiscally responsible.  As a Carol Stream Trustee, we always had a balanced budget. 


As a communications professional, I will promote and share the successes, opportunities and events of the Forest Preserve.  According to a recent Forest Preserve District survey, many residents are not aware of the valuable natural resources available in the Forest Preserves.  Plus, I will update residents and municipal leaders on the accomplishments of the Forest Preserve.  I will represent the public and listen to their ideas, questions and concerns.  I am visible and available.


I will work with the other commissioners to encourage and implement green initiatives throughout the Forest Preserve District.

Endorsed By

Dan Hebreard, President of the DuPage County Forest Preserve District

Endorsed By

Deb Conroy, Chair of the DuPage County Board

Endorsed By

Greg Schwarze, DuPage County Board District 6 Member

Endorsed By

Sheila Rutledge, DuPage County Board District 6 member

Endorsed By

Martin McManamon, Wayne Township Highway Commissioner

Endorsed By

David Brummel, Mayor of Warrenville

Endorsed By

Yasmeen Bankole, Village Trustee in Hanover Park

Endorsed By

Erica Bray-Parker, Wheaton City Council

Endorsed By

Emily Jacobs, Trustee in Winfield


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