RAILS Announces 2024 Board Election Winners

Headshots of newly-elected Rails board members. From left to right: Amanda Kowalcze, Emily Porter, Jennifer Cutshall, Anupam Goel, Karen Voitik.


Congratulations to the 2024 candidates who have been elected to the RAILS Board:

At-Large Seats

  • Amanda Kowalcze, Frankfort Public Library District
  • Emily Porter, Byron Public Library District

Public Library Trustee Seats

  • Jennifer Cutshall, Homewood Public Library District
  • Anupam Goel, Clarendon Hills Public Library
  • Karen Voitik (re-elected), Shorewood-Troy Public Library

We were pleased to see a record number of candidates run in this year’s election. Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to run for the RAILS Board, as well as the member libraries who made their voices heard with their votes.

We would also like to thank our Nominating Committee who helped make this election a success:

  • Tom Stagg (Chair), RAILS Board member, Alpha Park Public Library District Trustee
  • Jennifer Hovanec, RAILS Board member, Villa Park Public Library Trustee
  • Ashely Huffines, Freeport Public Library Executive Director
  • Karen Lonergan, Cordova District Library Director
  • Michelle Holschuh Simmons, Western Illinois University Outreach and Engagement Librarian

The new group of board members will be seated at the RAILS Board meeting in July. We are excited to work with this new group of board members as we move into the future.

If you have any questions, contact Dan Bostrom, RAILS Director of Marketing and Communications.