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Meet Ann

Mayor - Waukegan Illinois

Ann Taylor is running for reelection as Waukegan’s first woman mayor to ensure that Waukegan stays on the right track. Under Mayor Taylor’s leadership, the City of Waukegan has focused on running a fiscally responsible, transparent government that collaborates with the entire Waukegan community to increase public safety. Under Ann’s leadership, Waukegan has passed three balanced budgets, invested in city infrastructure, and increased the number of police on the streets without any property tax increases or new debt.


Ann is a proud immigrant. When she was just a young girl, her family came to Waukegan from Liverpool, England. The family’s first home was a basement apartment near Yorkhouse Road. Ann’s father’s first job in the United States was at Firestone Tire on Route 41, and he later worked for Sears in downtown Waukegan in the Automotive Department. Ann’s mother was a hard-working employee at J.C. Penny in Waukegan, both at the original Genesee Street location and later at Lakehurst Mall.
 

Like many fellow Waukegan residents, Ann was the first person in her family to graduate from college. When Ann’s parents looked to pay for her higher education, they realized they didn’t have enough money, so they sold their family home and moved into a mobile home trailer park, and Ann took out additional loans for school.
Before serving as Mayor, Ann proudly served the residents of Waukegan’s 9th ward from 2015 to 2021. As an Alderwoman and Mayor, Ann has been at the forefront of supporting local businesses, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ann is also deeply committed to environmental causes. She has been working with concerned community groups and local businesses to stop EtO pollution, clean up coal ash, and ensure Lake Michigan stays clean for future generations.
 

Outside of serving as Mayor, Ann is President of Taylor Enterprises, which serves some of the largest medical device companies in the world. She is a past board member of the Genesee Theatre and United Way Women Leadership Council; she is a current member of Women United and a supporter of Waukegan Police Animal Control, Waukegan Band, Youth Build, A Safe Place, Mano A Mano, Boys and Girls Club, Heart of the City and the Three Brothers Theatre. She has received awards for her leadership, including iHeart Radio’s Women Who Win and Arden Hills’ President Award.
 

Ann met her husband, Wayne, in college, and they have been happily married since 1981. Ann and Wayne are the proud parents of two adult daughters and three grandchildren. She is a proud graduate of Marquette University.

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