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Meet Mayor Joseph A. Marchese

You are invited to Meet Mayor Joseph Marchese on the third Monday of each month from 6:00 pm to 7:00 at the Darien City Hall, 1702 Plainfield Road.   If you would like to meet Mayor Marchese during daytime hours, you can call City Hall to schedule a daytime appointment.

Mayor Joseph A. Marchese

Mayor Joseph A.
Term Ends – May 2023
Joseph Marchese has been a resident of Darien for 33 years and Ward Five Alderman for 22 years.  He and Cathlynn Marchese have been married for 46 years.  They have three adult children, Jeffrey (Christie), Jon (Lynda), Jameson; and two grandchildren, Jake and Ella.
Joseph is retired following a 35-year career as a High School Teacher and Administrator, as well as a Graduate School instructor In the Masters in Leadership Program at Benedictine University.  A 45-year parishioner at Our Lady of Peace Parish in Darien, Joseph has served the Darien Community as president, chair, co-chair or member of 18 Darien civic, religious, recreational and service groups.
During his tenure on the Darien City Council he has served on the Administrative Finance Committee, Police Committee and has chaired the Municipal Services Committee for the past 10 years.  Joseph was elected to serve as Darien’s Mayor in April 2019.


City Clerk JoAnne Ragona

JoAnne Ragona, City
Term Ends - May 2023

JoAnne has been Darien resident for more than 44 years and is the parent of two adult children.

She has 23 years municipal experience with the City of Darien and the Village of Woodridge.  JoAnne has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from DePaul University and is a Certified Municipal Clerk and Illinois Registered Clerk.  JoAnne has been a volunteer for Our Lady of Peace, Darien Youth Club, School District 61, DarienFest, Carmelite Carefree Village, Municipal Clerks of Illinois and Safer Foundation PACE.  She is a member of International Institute of Municipal Clerks, Municipal Clerks of Illinois, Municipal Clerks of DuPage County, North and Northwest Suburban Clerk’s Association.


Treasurer Michael J. Coren

Treasurer Michael J.
Term Ends - May 2023

Elected as Treasurer in the April 2007 election.  Michael is married to Jan and has one daughter, Gina, and two sons, Scott and John.

Police Pension Board [schedule]


Ted V. Schauer, Alderman Ward One

Alderman Ted
 Ward One Map

Elected as Alderman April 2009
Term Ends - May 2021

Ted Schauer has lived in Darien since 2000. Ted graduated from The University of Iowa in 1991. He is a senior loan officer and has been in the banking industry since 2001. Ted is also president of the Farmingdale South Homeowners Association. He is married to his wife, Kristina and is the father of two boys.

Ward One is bound by Plainfield Road, Bailey Road, Nantucket Drive and North Frontage Road.

Administrative/Finance Committee [schedule]


Lester Vaughan, Alderman Ward Two

 lvaughan@darienil.govAlderman - Lester Vaughan                                                  
 Ward Two Map
Term Ends - May 2023

Lester, who was appointed with the unanimous consent of the city council,is a Systems Engineer, with over 15 years of experience in software development and project management.  Lester has a B.S. in Computer Science and Education from Oral Roberts University and has completed a number of professional-credit project management courses.  Lester is a proud father of two and lives with his partner Lauren.  
 Ward two is bound by 75th St., 67th St., Leonard Dr., and Route 83
Police Committee [schedule]    

Joseph A. Kenny, Alderman Ward Three

Alderman Joe
Ward Three Map

Elected as Alderman April 2013
Term Ends - May 2021

Joe and his wife Lisa, who is a nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, have lived in Darien since 1997.

Joe has been a local Realtor since 2001 and volunteers for numerous organizations such as the Rotary Club of Downers Grove, First United Methodist Homeless Ministry in Chicago, and is a member of the choir at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.

Ward Three is bound by 67th Street, Cass Avenue, Plainfield Road, and Fairview Avenue and includes:

  • Brookhaven West Subdivision
  • Brookhaven Plaza
  • Darien Club Subdivision
  • Heritage Plaza & adjacent businesses
  • DiCosia Subdivision
  • Plainfield Office Park
  • Farmingdale Subdivision
  • Moser Subdivision
  • Norman Court Homes & Townhomes
  • Knotingham Subdivision - Darien portion
  • Stevens, Hawthorne & Williams Street Homes
  • Lace, Fairview and Eisenhower Schools area homes & businesses
  • Colonial Manor Apt & adjacent businesses
  • Darien City Hall & Police Department area

Chairman, Police Committee [schedule]


 Thomas M. Chlystek Alderman Ward Four

Alderman Thomas
Ward Four Map

Term expires: May 2023

Police Committee [schedule]



Mary Coyle Sullivan, Alderwoman Ward Five 
Ward Five Map

Term Ends – May 2021

Mary has been a Darien resident since 1996.  She and her husband Mark have 3 children.  She is a graduate of Bradley University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Political Science.  Mary has a strong background in non-­‐profit management and volunteer empowerment.  She also spent 8 years on staff with the Darien Neighbors Magazine and worked on other surrounding suburban publications as Editor. Her service to the community has been extensive.  

She has been an active member of the Darien community for over 20 years serving in various capacities with organizations such as: 
Darien Planning & Zoning Commission, Darien Historical Society Save The Barn, Cass District 63 Foundation for Educational Excellence President, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catechist & Food Pantry, Hinsdale South High School Booster Club President, District 86 Caucus, District 86 Vote Yes Campaign Co-­‐Chair, Darien Park District Referendum Committee and the Darien Woman’s Club.

Chairman, Administrative/Finance Committee [schedule]


Eric K. Gustafson, Alderman Ward Six
Ward Six Map

Term Ends - May 2023

Eric is married with three children and has lived in Darien since 1982.
Eric is a CPA and has a masters degree In Finance. 

Ward 6

  • Adlfinger’s Resubdivision
  • Betkes Subdivision
  • Charles Peak Division
  • Chestnut Court (shopping center)
  • GMC Resubdivision
  • Marketplace at Darien (shopping center)
  • Meyers Commons
  • Part of the Lake in the Woods
  • Rosewood Condos
  • Rosewood Resubdivision No. 2
  • Sharon Estates
  • Water Tower Court Assessment
  • Water Tower Court Unit 2    
  • Woodhill Resubdivision
  • Woodmere
  • Zepa’s Subdivision
  • Crossroad of Darien PUD (office, shopping center)
  • Darien Corporate Center (office, industrial)
  • Darien Towne Centre (shopping center)
  • Gallagher & Henry’s Farmingdale Ridge Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Gallagher & Henry’s Farmingdale Village Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Administrative/Finance Committee [schedule]
Municipal Services Committee [schedule]


Thomas J. Belczak, Alderman Ward Seven
Ward Seven Map

Term Ends - May 2021

Ward Seven is bound by 67th Street, Richmond Avenue, Plainfield Road and Cass Avenue

Chairman, Municipal Services Committee [schedule]