William "Bill" Tarver

for Kane County Board, 10th District

Contact Me: electbilltarver@gmail.com

Meet Bill

I am a native Illinoisan, hailing from Orland Park, and moved to Batavia in 2005. My family includes my wife Kim, two Batavia High School teenagers, and two failed foster dogs. My extended family includes four grandchildren who call me “Poppy.”

In May 2013, after 29 years in the food service industry, I became an unemployed, displaced worker. After a long, unproductive job search, I explored opportunities with the non-profit groups where I was volunteering and learned that I lacked the required qualifications for employment. I decided to pursue a degree in the field of Human Services. I started my path at Elgin Community College and transferred to Aurora University, earning my Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2018.

I love my work as a Social Worker/Restorative Practice Facilitator in school district 93 which spans Carol Stream, Bloomingdale, and Hanover Park. I am engaged in my community and volunteer with local non-profit agencies that support my interests and passions including youth services, child advocacy, education, restorative justice, mental health & wellness, social services, human services, public health, animal welfare, veteran’s assistance, training & workshop facilitation, and equity diversity & inclusion.

Why am I running for Kane County Board, 10th District?

I am not a politician, yet I find myself running for office. We need folks like “us” involved in making decisions about us, our work, and our communities. I want Kane County to be the number one choice for people to live, to WORK, to raise their families, and to play.

Since moving to Batavia in 2005, I’ve supported and volunteered for a variety of local social service support agencies, youth programs, and community outreach organizations. I’ve tried to make positive change in our community. These experiences are the primary reason behind my motivation to run for the Kane County Board to represent the 10thdistrict, and they are the reason I am a social worker today. When I lost my job at the age of 45, I went back to school and found myself on a path to work in human services. The impact I was able to have on families and children as a volunteer inspired me to further my education and now, my primary role at CCSD93 is to facilitate restorative practices and restorative justice working with youth to avoid suspensions and expulsions. The skill set required to do this work makes me uniquely qualified to serve in public office. One of the most important things that I do is listen. I then seek to understand, recognize the harm, and take steps to repair harm and restore relationships.

In my role as a school social worker, I strive to ensure restorative practices are in place to support student success. Restorative practice is a social science that builds and repairs relationships between people and communities. This skill makes me uniquely qualified to serve as a member of the Kane County Board. I will use my professional background, leadership, and life experiences to ensure inclusive representation of Kane County 10th District residents. As your voice on the Kane County Board, I will consult with residents outside of my circle, welcome diverse perspectives, and foster a culture of belonging.

I served as the treasurer of a non-profit organization for 10 years. I understand the need to conservatively budget, closely monitor revenue and expenses, and wisely invest. I am also a homeowner and taxpayer; I will work to avoid increasing our tax burden, but more importantly, ensure that we get maximum value from our tax dollars. I am committed to spending your money wisely and to making fiscally responsible decisions. I believe that it is possible to keep our taxes in check AND maintain and improve the high level of services that make our communities strong.

I care about equitable, high quality, affordable education. I support partnering with local providers of early intervention services, K-12 school districts, and local higher education institutions to maximize achievement and potential of students of all ages.

I, like many others, have experienced the impact of depression, anxiety, and suicide in my own family. Many of us love and care about people with mental illness and substance abuse disorders. The Kane County Board has an important role to play in directing funds and resources to support mental health needs throughout the county.

If elected, I will focus on what is best for the residents of Kane County. I will employ a collaborative approach to solve problems and address issues rather than engage in partisan politics.

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Calendar of Events

October 22 Saturday 8:00-9:00 AM

Coffee with the Candidate

Limestone Coffee & Tea

8 W. Wilson St., Batavia IL

October 22 Saturday 12:30-4 PM

Day of Action!

Helping Bill Knock on Doors

Free Pizza Afterwards

Call for location 815-686-8854

October 23 Sunday

Last day to register online

Register in person at voting sites until polls close on Election Day

October 24 Monday

First day to vote early at permanent polling places

October 29 Saturday 8:00-9:00 AM

Coffee with the Candidate

Limestone Coffee & Tea

8 W. Wilson St., Batavia IL

October 29 Saturday 12:30-4 PM

Day of Action!

Helping Bill Knock on Doors

Free Pizza Afterwards

Call for location 815-686-8854

November 3 Thursday

Last day to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot

November 8 Tuesday 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Election Day!


Aurora University Masters of Social Work, 2018

Aurora University Bachelors of Social Work, 2016

Elgin Community College (A.A.S.) Human Services, 2014

Joliet Junior College (A.A.S.) Hotel & Restaurant Management, 1988


C.A.S.E., Community Consolidated School District 93, Social Worker/Restorative Practice Facilitator

Indian Prairie School District, Paraprofessional

Boys & Girls Club of America, Elgin & Dundee Townships, Program Specialist

Individual Advocacy Group, Direct Support Professional

Licensure & Certification

International Institute of Restorative Practice, Certified Trainer

National Council for Behavioral Health: Youth Mental Health First Aid, Certified Instructor

Living Works Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Certification

Life Space Crisis Intervention Certification

Crisis Prevention Institute: Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Certification

Registered Direct Support Professional, State of IL

American Red Cross, Responding to Emergencies Certification

Volunteer Experience

Elgin Community College Human Services Advisory Board, 2014-present

Suicide Prevention Services of America, 50 Men Who Cook Event Chair, 2009-2015

Suicide Prevention Services of America, Volunteer

Anderson Animal Shelter, Foster, 2015-2020

Norman B. Barr Camp, President, 2022-present

Norman B. Barr Camp, Treasurer, 2010-2020

Norman B. Barr Camp, Board of Directors, 2006-2021, 2022-present

Norman B. Barr Camp, Corporation Member, 2004 -present

BSA Scouting, Cub Master, Pack 153, J.B. Nelson School

BSA Scouting, Assistant Scout Master, Troop 21, Holy Cross Catholic Church

BSA Scouting, Committee Chair, Troop 21, Holy Cross Catholic Church

BSA Scouting, Three Fires Council, Certified Merit Badge Counselor

Anderson Animal Shelter, Foster, 2015-2020

Community Helpers Impacting People In Need (CHIP-IN) Batavia

Aurora Township Youth Center

Boys & Girls Club, Elgin

Hesed House, Aurora

Youth Leadership Academy, Elgin

Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry

Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry