Lynn LaPlante lives in Glen Ellyn with her husband, Michael Allaway, and their four children. She decided to run for office after learning the incumbent Republican was going to run unopposed, something she felt was unacceptable in our current political climate. She had two weeks to gather 1,144 signatures to get on the ballot; she got nearly 3,000.
Trained as a classical violinist, Lynn is Principal Violist with the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic. She has a Bachelor of Music from University of Illinois; her Masters in Violin Performance at the University of Notre Dame; and she attended Roosevelt University for Orchestra Studies, all on full merit scholarships plus stipends.
She also writes about politics and current events for Huffington Post and many other online platforms.
Lynn is very involved in her community, as Founder and President of GEWLS (Glen Ellyn Women Leaders), a philanthropic organization she started to support local working women. This group meets monthly, has a Board and is developing a mentoring program for local girls, matching their professional aspirations with members of that profession. A portion of funds from membership dues are given back to community programs that help women and children.
Lynn is also involved in Bridge Communities, a non-profit that helps homeless families in DuPage County. She enjoys playing her violin for residents of nursing homes, memory care units, hospital and hospice patients and those house-bound by illness.
Lynn is running for Chairman of DuPage County because the current board does not represent the constituents of DuPage: there is only one Democrat and 17 Republicans. Neither a female nor a Democrat has ever held this position since DuPage County was founded in 1839—it’s time.
With a budget of $439.5 million dollars, it is time to reign in the irresponsible spending and make DuPage County fiscally sound.
Lynn’s goals are to lower property taxes by cutting the wasteful spending of the unchecked Republican Board, without cutting social services to the least among us; she wants to involve more women and Democrats in leadership positions throughout the County; and she really wants to receive an ‘F’ rating from the NRA.