County board gets new member

February 14, 2019

KANKAKEE — A local insurance agent has joined the Kankakee County Board, filling a seat left vacant by the death of a longtime member.

Monday, the county board approved the nomination of Bourbonnais resident Aaron Dunnill for the District 24 seat on the board.

Dunnill is the district manager of American Family Life Insurance, or AFLAC, and has served three times as president of the Rotary Club of Kankakee.

Dunnill, a Republican, was nominated by county board chairman Andy Wheeler, R-Kankakee.

“He has a documented history of service above self, and that is exactly what we need more of in public service,” Wheeler said in an email. “When I found that he had interest in the seat, I did not need to look further. He has my utmost confidence that he will not just do what is easy, but do what is right and strategic.”

In an interview, Dunnill said Wheeler reached out to him about the open position.

“I’m willing to help and was flattered that I was one of the people he thought of,” Dunnill said.

Dunnill will fill the seat held by Republican Jim Tripp, who died last month.

Tripp served on the board from 1967 to 1972 and then resumed his service in 1974. He was the retired director of the physical plant at Olivet Nazarene University.

Tripp, 85, remained active on the county board, serving on the executive, highways and buildings, and planning, zoning and agricultural committees.