Township Supervisor

Green Garden Towship Supervisor Don Murday



Don Murday currently serves as the Supervisor of Green Garden Township.

Murday is one of twelve children of an Army family. His father was a career Army officer, retiring as a Colonel when he was in the sixth grade. As with most military families, his mother ran the show.

He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, in 1982, where he was elected Student Body President in his senior year.

Murday then attended Catholic University Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C., receiving his law license in 1985.
After graduating, he moved to Chicago and has been practicing there since then.

In 2005, he and his wife built a home in Green Garden Township, and he became a regular attendee at Township meetings, wanting to get involved in the community.

After a period of time, he was asked to serve as the Chairperson of the Planning Commission, which he did for over eight years. In October 2020, he was appointed acting Supervisor of the Township and then elected as Supervisor in 2021.


Township Clerk

Green Garden Towship Clerk Crissy Kraft

Crissy Kraft has over 25 years of customer service experience along with running their family company, Kraft Custom, since 1995.

She has an Associate's Degree in Science with a Paralegal major from Robert Morris College and a Bachelor's Degree in Science with a Criminal Justice Administration major from the University of Phoenix. She graduated top of her class with honors from both universities.

She has lived in Green Garden since 2002 with her husband, Mike. They have three sons and one daughter, who all attend Peotone Schools.

They started their family business, Kraft Custom, in 1995, which is operated from their home in Green Garden.

She has been a certified Substitute teacher in Will County since September 2018 and currently substitute teaches for Peotone School District.


Township Road Commissioner

Green Garden Towship Road District Supervisor Jim Hilliard


815.469.5018 / 815.469.9144

Road District Mailing Address

26448 South Center Road,
Monee, Illinois 60449

Jim has over 33 years of public service experience, serving most of them as a firefighter and paramedic.

He moved to Green Garden Township in 2004. After moving to Green Garden Township, he volunteered coaching sports, such as baseball, soccer, and wrestling.

He is married with three children, who have all attended the Peotone school system. Two children attended the United States Naval academy, and one graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. All are currently active-duty military officers.

Serving the public is an important tradition in his family.

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Green Garden Towship Assessor Jane Bushong


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Township Trustee, FOIA Officer

Green Garden Towship Trustee Cherie Newton

Cherie grew up in Peotone and attended Peotone Schools K-12. After graduating from Southern Illinois University (Carbondale), she returned home and worked in Chicago as an Executive Assistant to the Managing Partner for a law firm for many years.

She and her husband, Tom, built their home in Green Garden approximately 25 years ago, where they have raised their two sons.

Cherie is currently serving her second elected term as Trustee for the township. Giving back and being active in the community is something she's always cared about.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading and traveling. Cherie can be reached at: [email protected] or at 815-474-9255.


Township Trustee

Green Garden Towship Trustee Bill Wagner

Bill and his wife have lived in Green Garden Township since 1979. He became involved in local government when appointed as Township Supervisor in 1995 and later elected as Township Supervisor.

In 2001, Bill retired from a 25-year career in Information Technology with the phone companies and shifted his focus to veterinary medicine. In 2008,

Bill graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. At that point, Dr. Wagner stepped down as Township Supervisor and was elected as a Trustee.

Bill’s focus as Trustee is to support the Township in making sound financial decisions while helping the Township grow with integrity.


Township Trustee

Green Garden Towship Trustee Ralph Dietz

Ralph Dietz retired from the University of Chicago in 2019 after 36 years as a Building Engineer.

He is currently a Green Garden Township Trustee, having been elected in April of 2021. Ralph has been assigned to work on Land Use matters.

Ralph has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Saint Xavier University. He has lived in Green Garden Township for over 20 years and enjoys woodworking & DIY Projects in his spare time.

To Contact Ralph, call 708 975-7963 or email him at [email protected].


Township Trustee

Green Garden Towship Trustee Mark Kovar

Mark Kovar grew up in the Frankfort/Green Garden area.

He graduated from Lincoln-Way High School in 1974. Mark attended Joliet Junior College studying Criminal Justice.

He was Will County Sheriff's Deputy from 1978 to 2008. Mark is currently a part-time Peotone police officer.