“As Lake County Coroner, I will work to help ensure our community’s health and safety, utilizing my medical and military training.”
Health issues that can lead to premature death are an increasing concern. These include opioid abuse, vaping, gun safety, and ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions.
Green Oaks nurse Jennifer Banek plans to draw on her experience in health care and public service as Lake County coroner. She was elected to the two-library Cook Memorial Library board, based in Libertyville, in 2018.
Banek is a certified registered nurse anesthetist—also called a nurse anesthesiologist. She provides anesthesia to patients in Illinois and Wisconsin in preparation for surgery.
She also provides professional guidance/leadership for 225 certified registered nurse anesthetists through the Illinois Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
“As a Captain in the Army Reserve, a Cook Memorial Library District Trustee, and a volunteer for many community and professional organizations, I am passionate about serving,” Banek says.
“The Coroner position brings together my medical training and interest in serving our community.”
Conducting death investigations is a major part of the Coroner’s job.