The Township Supervisor is the chief operating officer of the Township Board of Trustees, supervising the implementation of the Board’s policies and programs. He chairs Board meetings, prepares the agenda and is a voting member of the Board. The Supervisor prepares proposed annual budgets, appoints committees and serves as an ex-officio member of those committees. He is the treasurer of all Township funds and is the treasurer of the Township Highway Commission. He is also the Supervisor of General Assistance for the Township.
Chris Heidorn was sworn in as Milton Township Supervisor in May, 2001, and focused his first term in office on streamlining Township services and administration, trimming expenses and non-essential staff positions and expanding the use of volunteers in Milton Township.
Heidorn was first elected to the Township Board in 1997 and served one term as a Township Trustee.
When he was elected Township Supervisor in 2001, one of his first acts was to look into the feasibility and advisability of reviving the defunct Township Youth Program.
Guided by the principals that any youth program should serve Milton Township residents and not duplicate any of the other available programs, the Youth Committee presented a program to the Board that would address unique and special requirements of low income Township youth through individual grants.
The program has been a great success through which hundreds of Milton kids have been helped. After taking office, Chris realized that the food pantry which had been in operation at the Town Hall for many years and operates without tax dollars was heading toward financial crisis.
To assist in fundraising efforts he incorporated the food pantry as an Illinois not for profit corporation and obtained IRS sanction as an IRC Section 501 (c)(3) charity.
After the events of September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush sent out the call for volunteers and initiated the Citizen Corps program. Heidorn established Milton Township as the first township Citizen Corps Council in the State of Illinois.
After attending training in Springfield, Chris became Milton's first certified instructor in Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. Since then, using grants from IEMA and FEMA, Milton Citizen Corps has trained and equipped over 2,000 volunteers in CERT.
In December, 2004, Chris Heidorn was elected and served two years as Chairman of the DuPage County Citizen Corps Council, an organization made up of representatives from the County Board, the Sheriff's office, the County Health Department, the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management and each of the local and municipal Citizen Corps in DuPage County. Chris is also a member of the Township Supervisor's Association of DuPage County.
A proponent of tax caps, Chris Heidorn understands the concepts, difficulties and pitfalls of governing under them. With the assistance and support of the Republican Township trustees, in 2003 Chris proposed and accomplished the single largest tax abatement in the Township's history.
That year the Township abated $1,200,000 from its tax levy, leaving the money in the pockets of the taxpayers where it belonged. By the careful use of the abatement process, the Township Board can keep your taxes down without endangering the future of the essential services the Township provides. In 2008, he once again led the Board in abating another $180,000 in taxes.
A resident of Milton Township since 1963, Chris was raised in Glen Ellyn with his four brothers and one sister, attending Ben Franklin Elementary and Glen Ellyn Jr. High School (Hadley Jr. High) before graduating from Glenbard West in 1973. After serving three years in the Regular Army (volunteer), he returned to Glen Ellyn in 1976 and worked full time while attending College of DuPage.
Chris married his late wife Laura in 1979 and received a BA in psychology from Northern Illinois University in 1980. He graduated, cum laude, from NIU College of Law in 1983. After practicing law as an associate attorney with a Wheaton law firm, he opened his own practice in 1985 and engaged in private civil practice until 2001 when he became general counsel to Cibulka Concrete Construction, Inc.
Chris and Laura have three children. He is a Republican Precinct Committeeman, served as Chairman of the Milton Township Republican Central Committee from 1998 to 2000 and subsequently served as that organization's Treasurer.