Lauren Staley-Ferry was born and raised in Joliet, attending grade school at St. Mary Nativity, before graduating from Joliet Catholic Academy in 1996. In 2013, Lauren made the decision to return to college to complete her degree. She felt that she had reached a ceiling in her career at CapitalOne for someone without a college education. After 3 years of enrollment in a full time class schedule, while working full time, being a mother, and running for and winning a seat on the Will County Board, Lauren graduated With Honors in 2015 from Rasmussen College. Her grit and determination is also evidenced by her vigorous efforts to stay physically fit. She is an avid runner, currently training to complete her 4th Chicago Marathon in 5 years. 


Lauren, and her husband Ed, live in Joliet where they are raising their son Matthew. Ed is an IBEW Local 176 Electrician, employed by the city of Joliet. Matthew is a 2nd Grader at the Cathedral of St. Raymond School in Joliet. He loves playing soccer and baseball in the spring and fall. Lauren in May 2017, after 11 years, left her full time career, at CapitalOne, in Chicago, in order to be able to focus on her duties serving in elected office. She felt that she could not continue to maintain her own high standards either as an employee or as a public servant if she had continued in both capacities.