Biography

Dr. Brian Sager has served on the Woodstock City Council since 1989 and is in his fourth term as Mayor of Woodstock, making him the longest serving Mayor in the City’s history.

He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Illinois, a Master of Arts in teaching from Rockford College and a Ph.D. in international development from Louisiana State University.

Brian is a retired College Professor and Administrator and now spends his time serving the community, working for the Illinois Department of Agriculture as the General Livestock Superintendent of the Illinois and Du Quoin State Fairs, serving as the McHenry County Representative on the Regional Transportation Authority Board of Directors, and conducting benefit auctions for local and regional charities.

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Community Service and Professional Leadership

  • Mayor, City of Woodstock, 2005 to Present
  • Director, Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), 2018 to Present
  • Councilman and Mayor ProTem, City of Woodstock, 1989 to 2005
  • President, McHenry County Council of Governments, 2007 to 2009
  • Chairman, Mayors’ Caucus, McHenry County Council of Governments, 2009 to 2015
  • Chairman, Legislative Committee, McHenry County Council of Governments, 2017 to Present
  • Member, McHenry County Stormwater Management Commission, 2005 to 2015; Chairman 2013-2015
  • President, McHenry County College Faculty Association, 1999 to 2007
  • Chair, Animal & Plant Sciences and Horticulture Departments, McHenry County College 1990 to 2000
  • General Livestock Superintendent, Illinois State Fair, 2007 to Present
  • General Livestock Superintendent, Du Quoin State Fair, 2015 to Present
  • Superintendent, Junior Dairy Cattle Show, Illinois State Fair, 1981 to Present
  • Member, Higher Education Council, Illinois Education Association, 2001 to 2004
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education, 1998 to 2003
  • President and Executive Producer, Woodstock Musical Theatre Company, 1986 to 2001
  • Member, McHenry County Welfare Services Committee, 1982 to 1989; Chair 1987-1989

During my tenure as Mayor...

...I have worked with the City Council and Staff to:

  1. Establish an active Cultural and Social Awareness Commission;
  2. Dedicate ourselves to two Sister City Programs in the State of Zacatecas, Mexico;
  3. Organize an Hispanic Connections business organization;
  4. Establish a Homeless Task Force to increase understanding and awareness of the homeless resulting in the creation of the “Heart of the Homeless” article series, a temporary homeless assistance center and now, after nearly five years of hard work, a permanent homeless shelter, the first in McHenry County planned for opening April 2020;
  5. In 2019, host what will be the first of many future Pride Parades; and
    Welcome with open hearts the Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple on the Square.

I believe in One Woodstock, a community bound together through the richness created in its diversity and culture. It is my commitment to work for legislation that would provide the same open, inviting, engaging and affirming efforts throughout the State of Illinois.

Additionally, we have:

  1. Not raised the municipal property taxes by the allowable PTELL rate for the past 8 years;
  2. Reduced the municipal property tax by 10% in 2017;
  3. Adopted a Local Government Taxpayer Bill of Rights in 2017;
  4. Established a 1% municipal sales tax in 2018 to increase available funds for street improvements;
  5. Established a $.03 per gallon municipal fuel tax in 2019 to increase available funds for street improvements;
  6. Produced and distributed 15,000 municipal reusable bags to 9,000 households, residents and businesses in the City in 2018-19;
  7. Adopted a Retail Single Use Bag Program in 2019 to reduce the utilization of plastic and paper bags in the City;
  8. Worked with the McHenry County Council of Governments, McHenry County, IDOT and the Illinois Legislature for 14 years to promote and successfully secure funds in the 2019 Capital Bill for improvements to IL Rt 47 in Woodstock; and
  9. Established a 562 acre TIF District in 2019.