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Jennifer Banek with daughter Lily, stepsons Gabe and Luke, and husband Rafal Banek.


  • Elected to the Cook Memorial Library board in 2018.
  • A Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (also called nurse anesthesiologist) since 2009. 
  • Master’s of science degree in Nursing from DePaul University. Nurse anesthesia training at NorthShore School of Nurse Anesthesia in Evanston, IL. Bachelor's degree in biology from Illinois State University.
  • Serving in the Army Reserves as a nurse anesthesiologist for approximately 9 years. She has the rank of Captain.
  • A board member for the Illinois Association of Nurse Anesthetists and a committee member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Recently recognized by the association as “Advocate of the Year."
  • Grew up in Mundelein and graduated from Mundelein High School. After leaving the area for a time, she returned to raise her children.
  • Has two daughters, Emma and Lillian, and two stepsons, Gabe and Luke. Husband Rafal Banek is a nurse anesthetist in the Naval Reserves.
  • Enjoys traveling and camping with her family, and especially likes to visit the National Parks.
  • Active in College Bound Opportunities, a Lake County organization.
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