As a former Addison Township trustee with years of experience, Marsha Murphy understands the needs of her community.
Since becoming commissioner for District 1 in 2002, she has helped guide efforts to acquire lands that provide wetland mitigation and flood-control management, important issues to her constituents. One such purchase was the Medinah Wetlands Forest Preserve in Addison in 2005, which also serves today as a haven for migrating waterfowl and other wetland species; a $703,000 grant from the Illinois Open Space and Land Acquisition Development program and the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund funded the acquisition. Her support of acquisitions along Salt Creek has also helped to avert flooding issues along the greenway.
With a strong interest in educational programs and recreational amenities for forest preserve patrons, Commissioner Murphy has been instrumental in the District’s construction of new trails for hiking and biking. Her interest in managing the county’s natural areas for future generations is reflected in her enthusiasm for the new urban stream research center at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville, which will help District ecologists and researchers from partnering universities to study and support the West Branch of the DuPage River.
But according Murphy, her priority remains a balanced Forest Preserve District budget. Her support of a five-year fiscal plan has helped the District to maintain its excellent fiscal management.
Marsha Murphy lives in Addison.